Sunday, November 27, 2005

La Chronique , Montreal

Montreal: La Chronique

Well to be quite frank I didn’t think that it would be that expensive. When my more affluent friend Nick heard I had made a reservation he looked at me and said “Really? That’s expensive!”. I knew I was into trouble. But, when you're on the sinking ship you might as well have at it, so we each ordered a degustation with wine (145$/person) .. We could have gone either more expensive (degustation with super wine, 195$/person) or lower (degust with no wine, $95). The menu items were in the mid 30’s for mains and high teens for apps. What follows are from my incomplete notes, from a meal a week and a half ago.

-1) Oysters. 2 per person, I don’t remember what the garnishes were but reading the online menu now I see that they are “nature”. They were laid out on a bed of sel gris with a decorative branch. Beautiful presentation, and they were lovely oysters.

-2) Seared tuna with tempura shrimp. Incomplete notes, I remember that umm.. tuna is endangered, even good quality tuna like this.

-3) Sweetbreads with smoked salmon. I’ve had good sweetbreads. And now, I’ve had spectacular sweetbreads. Spectacular sweetbreads with corn and a spectacular creamy curry sauce, texturally a beautiful combination with the smoked salmon which was delicately delicious in it’s own right. (2004 St Joseph, Marsan Blend… a beautiful wine, so well balanced)

-4)Foie gras with wild mushroom risotto and veal jus. Loved the foie. Risotto was toothsome and flavorful, I would have preferred a bit softer. And yes I understand that traditionally risotto should be toothsome. We meet our soon to be friend veal jus (really a demi glace… glace de veau?)

-5) Venison, celery root mash, Wild mushrooms. Again, a beauty of a dish. We are starting to get full now and pretty tipsy.. probably at least 3-4 oz of wine per course. More veal jus. (Toasted Head, Alexander Valley, Cab Sauv.. it’s a big wine, it’s delicious, it’s a bit overpowering)

-6) Onion soup with Tome cheese. I don’t remember much about this dish, it was a big portion, no one could finish it.. well I did, but I just had to. (2002 white rioja)

-7) Chocolate dessert selection. My God this was just tooo much. 4 different mini desserts including: Daquoise, a dense mousse, a very very good brownie cake with caramelized bananas on top.
(Solera Reserva, Lustau(sp?), Sherry.. umm just tooo bloody sweet an cloying. Should have been cold and a half portion. no, should have been a different wine)

It was a lovely if very expensive dinner. I’m tempted to gripe about veal jus but will refrain. I will refrain from saying that I would like something more than 2 servings of veal jus in a row, delicious unctuous veal jus, in a degustation. We all have healthy appetites and felt that there was too much in the way of food and too much in the way of wine. Give me a 110$ price tag, Take away an oz of wine in each serving, 2 oz of the dessert wine AND a different dessert wine, two desserts instead of four and give me a half sized cheese course.
It should be noted that for those of us with a Star Trek or mall fetish, they have a glass sensor controlled door from the dining room to the kitchen.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Gazza said...

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