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RAMGOD | Dec 29, 2005 10:57 AM

After reading the rave reviews in En Route magazine last month (best restaurant in Canada), we thought that we should give Garcon a try.

The restaurant itself is quite beautiful. Lots of wood and leather. There are big windows looking out onto Sherbrooke St. Behind the bar is a large built-in wine fridge showcases many of their choice bottles.

Speaking of the wine, the sommelier has to be one of the most charming people that I have ever met. He made an excellent wine recommendation, Gerard Depardieu's "Confiance". This was the first time sampling this wine and it was really quite extraordinary. It was not inexpensive ($100) but so good that we had a second bottle.

Service this evening (Dec 23) was a little uneven. The restaurant was full. On several occassions, I poured wine and water for the table, as there was simply no waiter in site. The wait was long between courses. We were with good friends so we did not mind, but were it a business dinner, this would have been less interesting.

Now, the food. Starter was a soup of cream of jerusalem artichoke, with poched quail's eggs and frog legs. Yes, very inventive. The soup had a very silky quality and was lightly seasoned with truffle oil. It was quite delicious. The quail egg paired well with this rich soup, though the frog legs were completely out of place. Odd combination.

I must admit that the main was disappointing. Duck breast with foie gras. The meat was not very tender and the dish was lukewarm when it arrived at the table.

Cheese course was good. Dessert OK, nothing extraordinary.

With tax, tip and wine-$600 for four people. Unfortuntaley, I don't think that we will be going back soon. Don't get me wrong, this is a very nice restaurant and is worth trying, but best in Canada? $150/pp? I am not so sure.

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