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Montreal Report

Ellen | Jun 7, 2005 11:28 AM

Had three good meals here this week. First went to L'Intrigue for moules et frites. It was the day's special for $10.95. The mussels were fresh and classicly prepared, served with good frites and bread. Despite being on De La Communes, it made for a good and reasonably priced lunch. Had the mussels in lieu of oysters.

Had dinner at Les Ramparts, a few doors down from L'Intrigue. The duck fois gras terrine was delicious and so was the roasted deer cooked as ordered over baby vegetables. They offered two wonderful sounding tasting menus but I wasn't that hungry. I was able to get wines by the glass from the pairing menu to match with my selections. I dined alone and the service was friendly. The restaurant is in the cellar and is quite cozy. Next door they have an extensive wine bar.

The next day I went to Jean-Talon market, where I had perfect cappucino and pastries from a bakery along the edge of the market. Also tried the mint tea and a Turkish delight from the vendor in the center of the market. Very refreshing. Very good chocolates are available at Chocolats Privilege. They make everything with Valrona and they make their own version of Nutella that is, of course, much much better. Across from the market is Le Marche Des Saveurs du Quebec. They carry an extensive selection of gourmet items from the region, including a very good selection of ice wine and ice ciders that you won't find in the government stores, as well as cheeses, meats, syrups, cosmetics, etc. And if you've never tried the Sortileges liquer made from Canadian Whiskey and maple syrup, do. It's to die for. The market is well worth the trip via the metro. It's two blocks away from the station and I had to ask for directions, but it wasn't hard to find.

Last night eight of us went to Aix for dinner. Really excellent food and service, and the dining room was simple yet elegant. I opted for the seared fois gras (I love the stuff) and grilled lobster served over baby vegetables and potatoes mashed with gorgonzola and lobster bisque. The fois gras was wonderful and rare in a fabulous reduction. The lobster was served over a lovely selection of baby vegetables. The star, however, were the potatoes. The best I've ever had. The braised pork salad entree was also excellent. As were the seared scallops. The waiter recommended a 2000 Marquis de Riscal Rioja Riserva that was great ($65). We also had a nice Sancerre for about $50. The bread was also quite excellent.

I opted for ice wine for dessert. A "cigar" of white mousse in miniature cannoli shells with fresh berries was delicious, as were the sorbets. Overall, everyone at the table was extremely pleased and would return. The restaurant is in the Hotel d'Armes.

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