1187 Van Horne Avenue, Montreal QC / (514) 270-0850
4-course dinner: $45-60 (Canadian)
Christophe is the most expensive BYOB in town. Montreal has many wonderful BYOBs. Most of them offer meals at around $30/person. Every BYOB restaurant that we had tried had some great and some so-so dishes. We went to Christophe in the hopes that it would be more consistent since its prices are $50-60 person. Unfortunately, the food was no better than at Poisson Rouge or Les Heritiers and definitely not worth its price. The bread in the basket was a day old. The fish soup was poorly seasoned and didnt taste good. The stuffed cabbage swimming in it did not make it any better. The salad of marinated salmon, scallops, and avocado was delicious. Foie gras crème brûlée was a rich and creamy mousse with a caramelized sugar crust. It was decadently delicious, but the pate could use more foie grass and less cream to make the flavor more pronounced. The lobster ravioli were sad. The filling tasted too processed, the pasta dough was mushy (I think they used wonton wrappers instead of real pasta dough). The dish was topped with lifeless and bland spinach that tasted like something that was frozen and then microwaved. The lobster sauce lacked clarity of flavor. It tasted as if 10 different ingredients were simmered in a pot until they turned into one big blah. Our other main dish of sweetbreads with lobster, chanterelles, truffled potato and asparagus had only one good part truffled potato. The chef at Christophe often uses expensive ingredients, but the results are often disappointing. The chocolate cake with a liquid center was an outrageously good end to an otherwise disappointing meal.