Did you ever have one of those nights when you’re out with friends and checking your phone never crossed your mind? These days that’s rare, but it was exactly the kind of night that Diva #2, G-Spot and company had enjoyed at Griffintown’s Foxy. The team behind Olive + Gourmando are all about charcoal, with every dish having an element made on the open flame. The long, narrow restaurant was packed and the mood was set with the low lighting and candlelight at every table.
The menu is shorter than we expected, so we got to try a lot of the menu! The babyneck clams were a comforting dish, filled with winter vegetables and herbs that brightened up the dish. The clams were small but plump and salty. The broth was delicious and perfect when soaked up with the charred bread.
Foxy was more than happy to modify a couple dishes so that G-Spot could maintain her vegetarianism. She started with the sweet potato and spicy mayo. The sweet potato was charred on the grill which gave it a nice smoky flavour and softened the texture. The spicy mayo and pickled onions worked well to balance the sweet and smoky combination.
“Homemade Feta” 12$
“Polenta: Smoked butter” 7$
The polenta fell short. While it melted in your mouth, it was bland. The smoked butter layer on top didn’t really add much flavour to the dish. We had heard that the homemade feta was a must, but the dish didn’t work for us. There was something about the texture of the cooked grapes that threw everything about the dish off. The homemade feta and polenta were not our favourites!
Another vegetarian friendly dish was the mixed greens. Filled with rapini, bok choy, Chinese cabbage and more, the charred flavour brought out the tenderness of the greens and the charred lemon made the dish bright and fresh.
If chicken is on the menu, it better be something special. And at Foxy, it is. A generous portion of fire roasted chicken delivers an exceptionally crispy skin with very moist meat. It was full of flavour and the chunky Romesco sauce was slightly spicy. Almonds were scattered on the dish and while they added a nice textural element, some were burnt and bitter, but that’s not always easy to control on an open fire!
Perhaps the best dish of the night were the scallops, perfectly grilled and smoky. They were served with a shaved fennel salad which kept the dish light even though the fennel was also cooked on the fire. It was a perfectly composed dish.
The flourless chocolate cake was dense with a rich, dark chocolate ganache draped on top. The bourbon ice cream was smooth and creamy, and a nice compliment to the fudge-like cake. We also indulged in the coconut, grilled pineapple and buttermilk ice cream. Again, the ice cream was delicious, and the combination of the sweet grilled pineapple and toasted shards of coconut was perfect. Our only complaint was that the oatmeal cookie in the dessert was rock hard.
Foxy has received a lot of attention since opening and rightfully so. While not all the dishes wowed us, we love the concept of having at least one element of each dish cooked over open flame. It brings out different flavours and offers a different type culinary experience!
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