There are plenty of food festivals in Montreal, there is something to make everyone happy! We particularly love them when they are held after the holidays, when most of us are staring blankly at our credit card receipts, wondering where are money has gone. We appreciate having the chance to eat well without breaking the bank!
We welcome you to the 5th edition of Le Chop, running from January 9th to March 2nd, 2017. This food festival offers a 3 course menu for 25$ at Decca 77, Wienstein & Gavinos, and the two l’Atelier Argentine locations.
We were invited to try out the Le Chop menu at Decca 77. We all chose to start with the burnt salmon gravlax and we can say that it was hit and miss at our table. Some of us liked the dish and others wished they ordered the other starter option which was the rabbit terrine. Thick cut cubes of salmon were beautifully presented with a small disc of smooth, mint-coloured basil panna cotta. There were a number of elements on the plate for various textures including a crumble, fried shoestring thin leeks, caviar and fresh raspberries.
The mains were next and we tried two of the three that are being offered (we didn’t order the mushroom risotto). The first was the pork shoulder which simply fell apart at the touch of the fork. It was served with cassoulet-style beans and a grilled sausage which added a nice touch of smokiness. A very hearty and warming dish.
We also had the blue marlin which isn’t something we see on menus very often. Two thick-cut pieces of marlin were cooked but remained perfectly pink in the middle. Blue marlin is a firm fish that has a steak-like quality to it. It was served with baby potatoes, carrots, and a béarnaise-like sauce that complimented the fish well.
You can’t end a meal without dessert and we tried both. The chocolate cake was served in a cast iron pan and topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. The cake was moist and fudgy, perfect to satisfy that chocolate craving.
We love anything with lemon so the lemon pie was our favourite. The shortbread crust was a little hard to cut through but that didn’t stop us from cleaning our plate! The meringue was gooey and perfectly torched. The lemon curd filling was nice and tart which went well with the equally tart raspberry sorbet that was served with the pie.
Le Chop is running for 8 weeks until March 2nd, it’s a great opportunity to discover or revisit a fine Montreal restaurant without breaking the bank.
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