It’s been all about the food since yesterday. Last night, we ate at the Stash Cafe (Rue St. Paule Ouest) in Vieux-Montreal. It’s not often that I would volunteer myself for Polish food but this was a delight complete with a talented pianist. Traditional borscht and a roast duck really made this quite the meal complete with Polish favorites like perogie, krokiety, and bigos.
This morning we trekked it via Metro to Fairmount Bagel for a different type of bagel. These bagels are smaller with big holes. They are traditionally boiled like the New York ones. I was particularly impressed with the whole wheat sesame bagel.
Lunch brought lighter fare at the Cafe Holt. I had an open faced sandwich with chicken and cheese with a salad on top.
Dinner was supposed to be the big Thanksgiving meal at Toque!, a french restaurant. We surprisingly chose a sampling menu: eight courses, a total surprise menu at the whim of the chef. Here’s what we got:
- Smoked salmon between two slices of potato chips (sandwich) with chive and creme fraiche
- Noca Scotia princess scallops marinated with cranberry juce, apple julienne, and topped with apple foam, served on half shells
- Grilled mackeral on a bed of toasted crumbs and mustard seed sauce topped with baby salad mix
- Five shrimps served between two thin slices of bread cooked in olive oil, drizzled with mayo, served on top of red bell pepper sauce, garnished with baby parsley
- Postage-stamp sized ravioli stuffed with squab with confit of baby bok choy, garlic, mushrooms, and pearl onion
- Veal medallion with puree of artichoke, butternut squash, honey mushroom, and black fennel
- Melted cheese on scallopped potatoes with beet reduction and olive oil
- a) Pineapple sherbet with coconut cream b) Breton berry sherbert with cream
I thought Toque! was nice but not stunningly good. It is supposedly one of the best in Montreal but there are a few things missing: lighting, hot plates, good tea, hotter food, better atmosphere, better menu setup.