New look, new chef, and a new menu; Hotel Place d’Arme’s restaurant has gotten quite the makeover and rebrand, welcome to Old Montreal Brasserie 701. The inspiration for this restaurant came from Paris’ Golden era and the décor suits such an era with lush seating, light colours and of course, their infamous birdcage chandeliers above the bar.
As we arrived we were greeted with a flute of Moet & Chandon, à volonté. Not a bad way to start off our night! As we sampled canapés, sipped on champagne, and chatted with friends, we were eager to see what the new menu would entail.
Brasserie 701 is led by new chef, Lucas Hadengue, we love discovering new chefs so we were quite excited to see what he had in store for us. We started with a Boston salad, the salad was tasty, mixed with blue cheese and pears, which is always a great combination, and hazelnuts for crunch. The vinaigrette of chardonnay and honey also complimented the wine that was being served. Our only complaint, and perhaps we’re just being picky, is that we had to eat our salad using a knife and fork, we hate having to cut our salad!
All was soon forgotten as the snails were brought to the table and our eyes lit up, especially since some friends that we were sitting with didn’t want to eat them! The snails were served still in their shells and we had to pick them out, à la Pretty Woman but minus the mess because we’re Divas. A little squirt of lemon added to the deliciousness of the meaty snails, and we loved the sauce that was in the shell.
There were three main dishes to choose from, one being the seared gnocchi. The portion was large which is always nice but it left much to be desired. We admit we’re snobs when it comes to gnocchi but at Brasserie 701 they were mushy, and the melted cheddar and sliced olives did nothing for the gnocchi. We wouldn’t return for this dish!
However, the duck breast is a dish that we would run back for! Served on a bed of shiitake mushroom quinoa that was perfectly cooked with plenty of mushrooms. There was a nice balance of sweetness from the carrots, and acidity from the roasted cherry tomatoes. And the duck, with a thin layer of fat, was cooked just right, pink in the middle, and delicious.
If you love chocolate, the chocolate tasting at Brasserie 701 is perfect for you. We had a dish with four different desserts, including vanilla and strawberry macarons, chocolate tarts, heavenly chocolate brownies, and mini doughnuts.
Brasserie 701 boasts a new, chic look with Parisian influences, and a new menu with great items from their new chef Lucas Hadengue. Whether you go for a cocktail and appetizers or stay for a meal, you’ll enjoy yourself. And you can end your night in style on the rooftop of Place d’Armes Hotel at Terrasse Place d’Armes for cocktails and a great view of the city!
Our Rating: As Expected
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