***Sadly this Restaurant is Closed***
There are so many restaurants in this city that many are overlooked. So it’s nice when a restaurant will reach out to us and invite us to try their menu. We arrived at Communion Restaurant for their 5 à 7, a rare occasion for the Divas, as we tend to be creatures of the night. We usually set out for adventure when the world is dark and our decision making is questionable.
Initially, we sat on Restaurant Communion’s terrace which was already full, with a DJ providing mood-setting music, a new feature during their 5 à 7 evenings. The décor was a combination of industrial lighting, with turquoise trim under the bar. The menu was simple; Restaurant Communion is a good spot if you want to enjoy cocktails and some gourmet treats without being overwhelmed with an abundance of choices.
The cocktails are all created by their in-house mixologist and we were more than happy to sample a few. The Rick and Rol is a nice refreshing cocktail made with one of our favourites, Hendricks gin, gingerale, lemon and Aperol, which gave it that slight tinge of peach. It was of course garnished with two large slices of cucumber, the customary garnish with Hendricks. La Pink Lemonade is an adult lemonade, made with vodka, Chambord, rhubarb bitters and gingerale. Also very refreshing, we’re sure many adults would fork over some money if kids set this up at their lemonade stand. Just a suggestion!
The prettiest drink was the Great Atsby, with crushed lavender flowers around half the rim and lovely edible orange flowers as a garnish. Vermouth, that ever wily Maker’s Mark bourbon and orange essence made up this strong drink that was bitter and very different from our previous two. This was definitely our favourite of the evening!
We were presented with a selection of appetizers in a smaller format for our tasting. We were told by our waiter that the beef tartare is very popular at Communion restaurant and we can see why. Dressed in the traditional French style, the cubed beef was topped with a truffled peach and flavoured with salty capers, vinegary gherkins and just the right amount of Dijon to create delicious bites.
The Niçoise salad is probably not something we would have ordered on our own but we’re glad we tried it. The tuna was seared on the outside and still pale blush and raw inside, as it should be! The slices sat atop the traditional ingredients of a pickled boiled egg, crisp and bright green beans, tender fingerling potatoes and Kalamata olives for that touch of saltiness that usually comes from anchovies. It was a perfectly refreshing summer salad for a humid night.
We also had another salad, this time made with buffalo mozzarella, yellow beets and heirloom tomatoes. It was very fresh and light and we liked the addition of the cubed yellow beets which added the slightest contrast in texture with the soft cheese. They needed a bit of salt but other than that they were much better than the usual pickled beets! The shallot vinaigrette added enough bite to really balance the flavours.
As a dessert, we had the strawberry shortcake, which is new on their menu. Made in house, it was served in an open face sandwich style. A thick slice of homemade pound cake was topped with a thin layer of cream and topped with very red and sweet strawberries. The pound cake could have been a touch more moist, but it sat on a strawberry coulis which was both sweet and tart.. And since both Divas love shortcake, it’s safe to say we cleaned our plate.
Communion restaurant has been on the corner of de la Commune and Place Royale in Old Montreal for four years now. It has a great location for both tourists who wander to the edges of the Old Port and for locals who know their neighbourhood restaurants. The menu encourages you to share plates but you can easily order the larger dishes on your own, and they offer a fun atmosphere for 5 à 7’s, with a DJ, as well as late brunch on the weekends. If you’re in the neighbourhood, stop by for a cocktail and quick bite and see what the locals are eating.
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