Following my diner with dad at Toqué in october :( http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/811049) I decided to invite mum to La Chronique (belated christmas gift).
I've been to La Chronique twice before, once for the "sommelier" special dinner , and once again with 5 other friends.
The first time was very good, the second not that much (compared to the first time).
But I decided to take mum there because it is quite intimate and not too loud and we could talk and I knew the staff was very good and pleasant.
We went for the tasting menu with the "Grand Vins" pairing.
The May menu features lobster in all savory courses; so what's not to like!
Amuse bouche was a BLT with gascogne(?) jambon, lobster and a dried tomato : Very good, light, fresh.
First Course: Lobster Bisque with sweet potatoes and lobster and "truffled" cream : very Excellent; when a bisque is good it is very good; this was served with a glass of Coulée de Serrant from the biodynamie pope Nicholas Joly !!! WOW !!!
Second course: Lobster stuffed scallops(!) with asparagus, very good and surprising to have the scallops stuffed with the lobster ! Served with a glass of Auxey-duresses (forgot which producer)
Third course: Pan fried foie gras with lobster with perigourdine sauce (truffle sauce), Very good, even if I'm not a fan of pan fried foie gras, served with a Nuit St-Georges "Les Damodes" THAT was good.
Fourth course: surf'n'turf, lobster with sweetbreads with morilles (morels?) The only weaker dish, not because it was not good, but too close resembling the dish before in texture (sweatbread vs. foie gras) served with a glass of Barrolo (forgot which one) but was good!
Cheese course: 2 french, 2 quebec cheese (forgot which one), but one was a lavender "crusted" cheese (from fromagerie Yannick ) which was very good served with a glass of Gevrey-Chambertin (vieille vignes) from Dugat-Py.
Dessert was a frozen chocolat/noisette/mascarpone mousse with the first québec strawberries; under a golden chocolate dome. served with a glass of Riversaltes from Jean Gardies. (I'm not a fan of vin doux, but it was a good match).
All in all, an excellent meal.
I've had the best high-end wines served in a restaurant in Montreal for a tasting menu (at a cost); each glass was generous and well presented by the sommelier.
Compared to Toqué!, La Chronique is a lot more traditional and bourgeois, less , no "modern" cooking techniques (or it does not show at all); the cooking at both restaurants is top notch, but Toqué could be seen as more modern (inventive?)