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Trip Report

quddous | Oct 28, 201302:55 PM

First off, thanks to everyone who helped me with recommendations.

Au Pied de Cochon - This restaurant lived up to all the hype surrounding it and more. I was expecting this meal to be more like what we experienced at Joe Beef - pure gluttony without any finesse but I was proven wrong by a long shot. The duck carpaccio was probably the best carpaccio I have ever had - very beautifully plated and amazing tasting. The bison tartar tamaki hand roll is tied in top place as one of the two best hand rolls I have ever had. The duck in a can - now I expected the breast meat to be slightly tough and I was right - but the sauce that came along with it and the celeriac puree were mind blowing. We also ordered a side of the poutine which was very good. The dessert of pecan pie was also probably the best dessert we had the entire trip.

Kem Coba - They serve most delicious soft serve I have ever had - when we went it was strawberry and coconut milk swirl - amazing! (We revisited two or three times)

Kouign Amann - I have had more croissants and almonds croissants which are more decadent than the ones I had at Kouign Amann (which I think is the trend lately) but I prefer the subtlety of the flavouring of the croissants at Kouign Amann - sweet but not too sweet, decadent but not too decadent. Their Kouign Amann (their eponymous dessert) is also amazing - sweet, salty, caramelized layers of deliciousness - we went back for it two or three times.

Club Chasse et Peche - A bit more formal feeling than its sister restaurant Le Filet - the dark walls and rock-like passageways made it feel as if it was previously a dungeon. The food and service more than made up for the weird walls. Everything we had was executed perfectly - just very good food, cooked and seasoned perfectly.

Le Filet - Highlights - Squid ink spaghettini with seafood - one of the best pasta dishes I have ever had - and amazing considering I have been to many amazing Italian restaurants. Hon Shimeji, truffle oil, oyster cream grilled oysters - very, very delicious. The pork flank with the seared oysters and polenta was also very rich and delicious. The maple syrup square was another hit - it reminded me quite a bit of the pecan pie at APDC.

L'Express - Highlight - Beef tartar. It was too much for one person - almost the size of a softball - but delicious and we finished it all.

Bouillion Bilk - Really good modern food and flavours. Highlights - Tomato, Burrata and Fried Zucchini flower appetizer. Guinea fowl with beets and vadouvan.

Romados - I didn't think I would be impressed by this place but I am glad I went. I knew I was going to love it once I arrived because I could see them cooking their rotisserie chicken over REAL coal. I was really impressed by the amount of effort put into making this delicious chicken. A real gem.

Damas - Delicious middle eastern food, all the dips were made as perfectly as I have ever had or better. The fattoush salad was a bit on the acidic side but a small complaint. The biggest problem with this restaurant is the price - probably the most expensive middle eastern restaurant I have ever been to (most middle eastern restaurants are priced quite reasonably)

Lawrence - Quite good. Great or worth a wait? maybe not. It seems like many of the decent brunch places I've been to.

Joe Beef - After having been blown away by Au pied de Cochon I was less than amazed by Joe Beef. The sauce for the lobster pasta was too creamy and thick - not very appetizing. The dessert was also quite a let down - a multi-layered cake that was dry and just mediocre.

Olive + Gourmando - This small and cute cafe bakery was the busiest I have ever been to. You could barely walk around in there. I ordered a grilled mango avocado blackened chicken sandwich; sadly, it was pregrilled and cold - this is what happens when restaurants get too busy. I had a look at the pastry section too and was not excited by anything I saw.

Les 400 Coups - We went here for a dessert tasting and tried all three of their offerings for the night. Beautiful restaurant. Good service. Beautifully plated desserts. The flavours in the desserts were quite weak though. Out of all the flavours (there were atleast 10+) in all the desserts only one stood out enough (a melon flavoured sorbet) to make any impression on us.

Camellia Sinensis - Really amazing tea shop. Montrealers are so lucky to have this place. I think we bought at least 8 teas from here.

Le Petit Alep - Just okay. Not horrible but just not somewhere I was excited by. The lentil soup was good.

Kazu - Probably the biggest disappointment. The food wasn't horrible but considering the hype and the wait at the door, I was really disappointed. The food was just okay.

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