[MTL] Spoiled palates – Maison Boulud

IMG_6208_Fotor

Maison Boulud is located adjacent to the Ritz-Carlton of Montreal. As one of the prestigious restaurants in Montreal, Maison Boulud offers traditional French cuisine with a twist, which you’ll find “refined yet soulful” contemporary French food here.

IMG_6209

IMG_6217

To be honest, I’ve never thought that I’d ever have a chance to step in here (based on my current financial status…) without my parents. However, I felt like winning a lottery and honored when I got an invitation to get a taste of the executive chef Riccardo Bertolino’s cuisine.

IMG_6210The night started off with one of their signature cocktails, Cosmopolitain de L’Orient. It is a relatively light and refreshing cocktail, which is made with Ketel one Vodka, Cointreau, Infusion of ginger and coriander, and white cranberry juice.

IMG_6239

Madaï du Japon (Japanese madaï, clementines, smoked celeriac coulis, tardivo, coriander): Madaï is a type of fish that is known for its flavor and its traditional use as an auspicious food in Japan. The flesh was tender and good combination while the bottom layer gives a crispy texture.

IMG_6241

“Sandwich” (Truffle poached chicken, salted butter, foie gras, celery and black winter truffle): The sandwich was good as the taste of the truffle is really strong (and I loved it!)! The toasts was still soft, and with the fried artichoke on the side, it was still crisp and moist inside.

IMG_6253

Homard et cœur de Palmier (Lobster and heart of palm, blood oranges, yuzu, coconut milk): Th coconut milk on the side stood out the most to me as it reminds me of the coconut milk taste from one of my favorite Southeast Asian foods, laksa!

IMG_6264

Huîtres “Rockefeller” (Rockefeller style oysters, cauliflower crémeux, Iberico lardo, Louis d’Or, Romanesco): This was one of my favorite appetizers. I’m not an oyster person, but I would like to have a second one if I could for this! It doesn’t have salty and fishy taste. It was creamy and smooth with the cauliflower. There was multiple flavors bursted out in the mouth once the oyster is popped.

IMG_6256

IMG_6257

Anchois et Puntarelles (Spanish anchovies, puntarelles, chickpea socca, and artichokes): Puntarelle is the green vegetable above. It’s a bit bitter if it’s eaten alone.

IMG_6280

This “creature” wow-ed me the most of the entire night! It is definitely one of the top rare food I’ve ever seen. It is “Goose neck barnacles“. It is a filter-feeding crustaceans that live attached to hard surfaces of rocks and flotsam in the ocean intertidal zone. It kind of looks like crocodile feet or some sort of animal parts.

IMG_6278

Pouce-Pieds (Goose neck barnacles, shellfish broth, and honey mushrooms): The orange, carrot-liked pieces in there are the barnacles! The soup was light and clear. The barnacles taste just like mushrooms.

IMG_6294

Raviolo au jaune d’œuf de coulant (Egg yolk raviolo, bufala ricotta, chanterelle mushrooms and truffle butter): Another favorite dish of the night! The ravioli was well-seasoned, and the sauce was too tasty that we cleaned out plate by scrapping it with baguette!

Now…. comes to the desserts! We were each given a main dessert, and multiple ones to share.

IMG_6305

Poire et Meringue (meringue, pear, vanilla and walnut, chantilly, and custard sauce)

IMG_6309

IMG_6310

IMG_6298

Café et Cardamome (Coffee and cardamom dessert, crispy tuile, shortbread biscuit, and espresso ice cream): The crispy tuile was really crispy! It cracks as soon as my spoon pressed on it, and the mousse inside was smooth. Moreover, I really liked the ice cream. Though it’s “espresso”, but it wasn’t that strong, and it doesn’t have the bitter taste from coffee. It has a light and nutty coffee taste, which smells good too.

IMG_6303

Daniel Boulud’s Madeleines: These madeleines smelled so good when they were served. It was warm and puffy, and couldn’t resist to pop in my mouth one after another. If you would like to make it at home, Bon Appétit has this recipe online!

Overall, this was definitely an unforgettable dining experience, and an eye-opening one too. The atmosphere was relaxing and casual. I would definitely go back for their brunch when my parents are here, and when their terrace is open for summer too!

Lastly, I would like to thank Carrie MacPherson for the invitation, and Maison Boulud for this memorable dinner!

Maison Boulud
1228 Sherbrooke West Montreal, QC H3G 1G2


Maison Boulud on Urbanspoon

To never miss a post, follow WANG Food on Facebook and Instagram or simply subscribe! :)

Advertisements

4 thoughts on “[MTL] Spoiled palates – Maison Boulud

  1. Pingback: [MTL] Mid-day Food Coma – Europea | "WANG" Food

  2. Pingback: [MTL] Hidden Gem on Blvd. St-Laurent – Bouillon Bilk | "WANG" Food

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s