Who has money after the holidays? January and February are the slowest months in Montreal’s restaurant industry and LeChop helps ease the financial strain without sacrificing a nice night out. LeChop offers a three course table d’hôte menu at 25$ per person until February 11th. Participating restaurants include Atelier d’Argentine, Newtown, Wienstein & Gavino’s and Decca 77.
We chose to go to Decca 77, the 25$ menu didn’t include cocktails. but of course we indulged. The Pepper Fizz cocktail was a gin based cocktail with citrus juice, Perrier grapefruit and homemade pepper syrup for a little extra zing. We preferred this cocktail over L’Ultime Martini with Absolut lemon, lillet blanc, and a lime saline solution. It was a touch too salty for our liking but a smooth drink nonetheless.
Our first appetizer was the home smoked salmon which wasn’t what we expected, it was more poached, than smoked, and less raw. St-Viateur bagel chips were layered with the salmon and a melted homemade melted cream cheese that was very creamy. It was tricky to cut into because the bagel chips were very crispy and not easily eaten with a fork. It was an interesting appetizer but not our favourite of the two.
We very much enjoyed the arancini Bolognese, a nice variation from the usual marinara sauce that’s served with arancini. Crispy arancini were topped lightly with a Bolognese sauce and plenty of parmesan cheese and chives. A sun dried tomato mayonnaise added a nice creamy element to the dish, which paired nicely with the Bolognese sauce.
We aren’t usually drawn to a fish dish on a menu but our waitress recommended the candied trout that was candied with maple syrup. A fresh vegetable salad and fried leeks topped the fish for a crispy and refreshing combination with the very delicious trout. The fish eggs were a nice salty touch that was delicious with the salsa verde on the very colourful plate.
We preferred the trout dish over the grilled porchetta. Perhaps we have been spoiled with a lot of very good porchetta but this one fell short. It just wasn’t tender enough, but the crispy skin was a nice treat. The chili rapini that topped the porchetta was cooked to perfection, and the warm bean salad under the porchetta had crispy little cubes of pork that were a lovely salty surprise.
The porchetta dish was very large, we couldn’t finish it but we still had some roof for dessert. The pudding chomeur, a Quebec classic, was absolutely delicious in a pool of maple cream with creamy ice cream. The churros were a little crispier than we would have liked, thinner than usual, which changed their consistency. The salted butter caramel was perfection, but the pudding chomeur remained our favourite of the two desserts.
Participating restaurants in LeChop chop their prices so that you can enjoy fine dining at a reduced price for January and February. Hurry up and indulge before it’s too late!
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