Ê.A.T. at the W Hotel – Aperitivo

Italians know a thing or two when it comes to relaxing after work.  After all, Italy is the home of the aperitvo, which is the act of going out for a pre-dinner cocktail.  What Montrealers call the 5 à 7, Italians call the aperitivo. The executive chef at Ê.A.T., Chef Sébastien Giannini, is behind their great aperitivo concept. These are his gourmet bites that are meant to be shared and enjoyed with cocktails.

“Jackie Robinson: Prosecco, gin, cherry, cranberry” 12$

“Jackie Robinson: Prosecco, gin, cherry, cranberry” 12$

At Ê.A.T. restaurant, inside the W Hotel, you’ll be able to partake in this Italian tradition from Wednesday to Friday, starting at 5pm.   We were invited to grab a drink at the bar and we were intrigued by the Jackie Robinson, a mix of Prosecco, gin, cherry and cranberry.  Served in a champagne flute, the sweet and tart were balanced, and we loved that it was garnished with three Amarena cherries!

“Duck: foie gras, fleur de sel, fig confiture / duck rillettes with orange peel / foie gras panna cotta and caramelized pecans / smoked duck breast with lavender honey” 39$ “Salmon: sashimi, sake eau du désir / smoked salmon, creamy dill marinated in lemon & grilled Chicago style / tartare with sweet mustard” 34$

“Duck: foie gras, fleur de sel, fig confiture / duck rillettes with orange peel / foie gras panna cotta and caramelized pecans / smoked duck breast with lavender honey” 39$
“Salmon: sashimi, sake eau du désir / smoked salmon, creamy dill marinated in lemon & grilled Chicago style / tartare with sweet mustard” 34$

The concept is straight forward, with the order of two cocktails, you receive a mezze plate.  Remember, this is meant as something to nibble on, it’s not a full meal.  But the plates at Ê.A.T. are more than substantial.  We were treated to a sample of each, starting with the duck and foie gras, and the salmon plate. The foie gras was silky and the specks of salt were perfect with the sweetness of the fig jam.

e-a-t-aperitivo-w-hotel-montreal-restaurantThe salmon is fresh, and unlike any other place we’ve tried so far, they cooked it Chicago style, which is usually something reserved for steaks.  That is to say that the outside of the flesh is charred for a hint of smokiness and the inside is raw, sashimi style.  The sweet mustard that accompanied the tartare was a little on the sweet side for our liking but it brought the dish together rather nicely.

“Mediterranean: Bella di Cerignola olives, truffle oil, grated cauliflower / Kalamata olive tapenade, baguette croutons / Rouille / Grilled octopus, lemon olive oil” 36$

“Mediterranean: Bella di Cerignola olives, truffle oil, grated cauliflower / Kalamata olive tapenade, baguette croutons / Rouille / Grilled octopus, lemon olive oil” 36$

Our favourite was the grilled octopus, and as we’re both of Mediterranean backgrounds, we know when it’s good, and when it’s not.  We loved it at Ê.A.T.!  Beautifully grilled with char marks for added flavour, the octopus remained tender.  It was perfectly paired with a meaty olive tapenade, it was our favourite dish of the aperitivo mezzes.  The green olives came with a grated cauliflower which was a nice addition.

This wasn’t our first event at Ê.A.T., we had attended their opening event and fallen in love with their towers of seafood, click HERE for our review. The aperitivo at Ê.A.T. is a great concept, it’s the perfect opportunity to grab a drink after work to unwind, catch up with friends and enjoy a quick bite.

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