[MTL] Taste MTL 2013 – Chez L’Épicier

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Chez L’Épicier was the last restaurant on our list for Taste MTL 2013. My first visit to the restaurant was for Ashley’s birthday, and Ashley and I loved it! Since their regular menu is a bit pricy for students, therefore we decided to take the advantage of Taste MTL!

Bar

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The restaurant is located in Old Montreal. It has a classy ambiance like most of the French restaurants in Old Montreal. The restaurant is awarded for its notable sustainable practices, meaning that 75% of their products are local, seasonal, and sustainable fishing. Also, L’Épicier is more than a restaurant. It is also a fine grocery store where customers can find a wide array of “Les Saveurs de L’Épicier” products.

Signature Maple Syrup Cocktail

Signature Maple Syrup Cocktail

As soon as we were seated, the waiter greeted us with their signature maple syrup cocktail. It has raspberry maple syrup and apple cidar.

Amuse-bouches: Olive and Goat Cheese Macaron

Amuse-bouches: Olive and Goat Cheese Macaron

After we ordered, the waiter brought up their signature amuse-bouches. I’ve been thinking about it ever since Ashley’s birthday. It’s definitely my #1 macaron flavor! I never had savory macaron before, and I doubt the combination when the waiter told us what it was (olive and goat cheese were never the type of food that I would go after for). However, the combination of olive and goat cheese is absolutely amazing!! It’s so hard to find appropriate terminology to describe how much I loved it. One is definitely not enough.

Appetizer: Crunchy Chicken Egg with Warm Parmesan Mousse, and Iberian Ham Shavings

Appetizer: Crunchy Chicken Egg with Warm Parmesan Mousse, and Iberian Ham Shavings

The appetizer is pretty good. It’s similar to an egg tempura. The fried coating is still crunchy while the egg yolk is still runny inside. Eating the egg with ham shavings balanced out the saltiness of the ham.

Potato Velouté with Brown Butter, Onion Pickles, Poivre des Dunes Braised Beef Cromesquis

Appetizer: Potato Velouté with Brown Butter, Onion Pickles, Poivre des Dunes Braised Beef Cromesquis

I didn’t get to try this since it has beef in it. However, my friends said it’s pretty good. It’s a fancy dish, since the potato velouté was poured into the bowl upon serving.

Appetizer: Wild Mushroom Risotto, Confit Snails with Truffle Froth

Appetizer: Wild Mushroom Risotto, Confit Snails with Truffle Froth

With additional cost, we can choose a second appetizer. Therefore, Ashley and I decided to share the wild mushroom risotto. We waited quite a while for this, however, the risotto for the first serving wasn’t completely cooked. They exchanged a second one for us, though it was better, we can still taste some uncooked risotto rice. Despite the rice, the flavor of the risotto is pretty good. It wasn’t that creamy and heavy.

Main: Confit Salmon Medallion with Apple and Mustard Dressing

Main: Confit Salmon Medallion with Apple and Mustard Dressing

I’m a seafood person, so no doubt that I would choose any seafood that is offered on the menu. The confit salmon is topped with champagne and yuzu caviar, and spinach chlorophyll and lemon whipped butter on the side. The salmon disappointed me a bit. The flesh was a bit too dry, and wasn’t that fresh (I’m pretty sensitive to the freshness of seafoods). Comparing to the salmon filet I had last time, this dish was disappointing.

Main: Pork Belly Braised for Two Days

Main: Pork Belly Braised for Two Days

Ashley ordered this since she really liked their pork from her birthday. The pork belly has chocolate parsnips and jus corsé lacquered stuffed yellow potatoes on the side. Once again, this was a bit disappointing as the pork was too hard and dry.

Dessert: Chocolate Club Sandwich, Pineapple Fries, and Creamy Melon Salad with Fresh Mint

Dessert: Chocolate Club Sandwich, Pineapple Fries, and Creamy Melon Salad with Fresh Mint

This is L’Épicier’s signature dessert. The club sandwich is layered with white chocolate, dark chocolate, and strawberry. However, I didn’t find it too special, because I got sick of it after having half of the “club sandwich”. The only plus of this dish is probably the pineapple fries. The sourness of the pineapple balanced out the over-sweetness of the chocolate club sandwich.

Dessert: Halloween Pumpkin Leftovers

Dessert: Halloween Pumpkin Leftovers

This is definitely better than the chocolate club sandwich! The sorbet is rich in maple syrup flavor, and the crème brûlée is creamy and smooth. It also has a bit of tea flavored too.

Take Home Sweets

Take Home Sweets

At the end of the meal, the waiter brought up the packets with marshmallow and cocoa meringue for us to take home!

Overall, their menu wasn’t that surprising and satisfying. I’m not sure whether it’s because the expectations were set too high or it was purely because of their menu. Despite the disappointment of their Taste MTL menu, I still strongly recommend their regular dinner menu!

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