Continuing from part 1 of my review:
After stuffing ourselves the previous night, we pondered whether we should go with something a little lighter until we stumbled upon Europea which was also right around the hotel. After looking at their menu, we were hooked and walked in.
After having lunch the previous day at Decca77, we weren't too sure Europea could top it. I did have high expectations for Europea after reading some very positive reviews prior to our trip. I did hype up the resto to my SO telling her that this could be better than Decca which she refused to believe. Well her mind changed as soon as she stepped into the restaurant. We were greeted warmly by the staff and asked whether we had a reservation. We say we didn't. The place was really busy and we kind of regretted not booking in advance. A minute later, they said no problem, we have seats for you and took our jackets away and led us to our seat. The room was beautiful and elegant in an artsy way. They seemed to have covered every little detail and we were both wowed. The lunch crowd was definitely older and full of business lunchers similar to Decca77.
There were two menus for the lunch Prix Fixe $26 or $36 and we decided to go with one of each. The $36 menu was definitely more intriguing and you can actually substitute your app with a foie gras dish for $10 bucks more which we wish we did.
Here what we had,
A gift from the chef: 3 large pieces of calamari lightly battered with tasty spiced mayo on the side. That was brought to us to our delight soon after their bread arrived. The calamari was tender and tasty and it started the meal on a great note.
Lobster cream cappuccino's, with truffle shavings
This was by far the highlight of the meal. The lobster bisque came in a little espresso cup and came with black truffle shavings on top. Let me tell you, I can probably drink a litre of this bisque because it was so flavourful and divine. We tried to soak up every last drop of the bisque in the tiny espresso cup, but there were too many people walking around and we felt too embarassed which is too bad haha. It was that good!
Mesclun salad, herbs, lemon and honey dressing
Portabello mushroom stuff with confit duck
My SO was still stuffed from last night and decided to go with the salad and it was tasty and fresh. The salad comes wrapped with a large piece of crispy parmesan cheese I think which was delicious and I ended up munching on it like chips. The mushroom app was insanely delicious. A large mushroom cap was stuffed with very tasty duck along with some greens on top. The presentation was fabulous and my first bite sent me to heavens. It was like having mushroom steak, and we loved every little bite.
Slowly braised veal cheeks, fondant potatoes and parsnip purée
Braised Kamouraska lamb shank, aligot style mashed potatoes, herbs sauce
We were both smiling like fools after our teaser and apps and couldn't wait for our mains and have already concluded that we made the right choice of dining here. After having veal cheeks at Chez Levesque and were greatly impressed, Europea goes even a step above in presentation and taste. The texture of the the cheeks was melt in your mouth and the sauce was also excellent. My lamb shank was nice and soft and well flavoured. I loved the herb sauce along with the creamy mash and we just can't say enough about both dishes.
We are both dessert crazy and couldn't imagine how good our desserts will be after what we've seen.
Chocolate macaron presented on a crispy feuillantine, chocolate ganache
This was the third time my SO had the mousse and she was wowed by the smoothness and texture of the mousse. She really savoured her mousse till the last scoop. My macaron dessert was beautifully presented. A larger than usual chocolate macaron rested atop a crispy feuillantine. This was my first time trying macaron and I've always wanted to try and were delighted that it was the dessert of the day. I fell in love of macaron after a taste of the dessert. The crispy feuillantine kind of reminds of my ferraro roche and was very tasty. ON a side note a nice surprise came along with our dessert, martini glass full of pink cotton candy. It made us feel like kids again and we never would have imagine having cotton candy along with such a great meal in a place like it. We were having a blast rolling our cotton candy into little balls. Just as we thought our great meal has come to an end, yet another surprise came along with our coffees, a box full of citrus flavoured mini madeleine cookies. They were freshly baked and still warm when it came to our table. Being stuffed they were simply too delicious to pass up on. Let me tell you, it was a fairly big boxful of them, no less than 15 or 20 or them and we ate every last one.
Completely satisfied, we both agreed it was the best lunch/meal experience we've ever had. In terms of ambience, the professional service, personal attentiveness were all top notch. After we took care of the bill and stood up from our table, the staff brought over our coats and handed us too gift bags and wished us a Merry Christmas. That really put us over the top in how much we loved this place. The gifts were their own branded sparling water but it was a very nice gesture and I can say for certain that I will be revisiting them again the next time I visit again and I will highly recommend them to anyone looking for a good dining experience.
I know I rambled on about Europea, but the experience really was memorable from the time we stepped in to the second we came out and I know Europea's well established and my review probably won't turn more heads, but if you haven't tried them, I say you give it a shot.
I don't want to make the post even longer so Part 3 will be next which will include Lemeac(again haha), Europea Espace Boutique, La Banquise so stay tuned hehe...thanks for reading.