It feels like it was just yesterday that we were at Ê.A.T. restaurant in the W Hotel for their opening event – click HERE for that review! If that wasn’t enough, just a few months ago we were wine-ing and dining for their Apperitivo event, every Monday to Wednesday, after 5pm, with the order of two cocktails you receive a mezze plate, click HERE for a review of Ê.A.T.’s Apperitivo event!
Ê.A.T. restaurant in the W Hotel is much more than your typical hotel restaurant. As much as it is about your dining experience, it is also about the art and supporting local artists. The restaurant’s art ranges from a graffiti-like street style to more contemporary art. Mediums of art include paintings on canvas, and a collaborative mural that can be seen all around the restaurant.
Since our modern conception of art transcends painting, Ê.A.T. restaurant supports other artistic mediums such as music. Ê.A.T. restaurant’s music is carefully chosen to work with the paintings and murals of the restaurants. Everything ties together! Every month a different Montreal DJ mixes their unique tracks, while the staff is dressed in Travis Taddeo, a Montreal fashion designer. Ê.A.T. restaurant is all about Montreal, local talent, local music – it’s really all about the locals.
Diva #1, P’tit Soeur and Whitey had a fabulous time at Ê.A.T. restaurant for their anniversary event! The cocktails were flowing, delicious little bites were passed around, and the ambiance was wonderful. Our only complaint is that the cocktails are frighteningly expensive, we ordered a double Gimlet and paid 35$ for one cocktail… it was a traumatizing experience to say the least!
Varied mezes were served, we loved the oyster with a refreshing mignonette (we definitely wanted more oysters) and Ê.A.T. restaurant’s delectable ball of duck confit topped with creamy foie gras. We had already tried this bite at their apperitivo event and it remained delicious! Their small plates are ideal for sharing, parts of either their mezze menu or their usual dinner menu.
Ê.A.T. restaurant has a menu that is heavy on the seafood, particularly fresh seafood or raw. Executive Chef Sébastien Giannini likes to use fresh seafood with plenty of interesting sides and sauces to accentuate the flavours of the shrimp, lobster, oysters, etc. Their jumbo shrimp were full of flavour and absolutely divine, so simple and fresh!
Who knew that vegan could taste so good? The vegan apperitivo platter was composed of a sweet potato purée with still-crunchy asparagus, and an avocado and veggies toast that was delicious, especially when dipped into the olive tapenade that was provided. Though a little pricey, Ê.A.T. restaurant has something for everyone, and their emphasis is on the freshest ingredients.
We loved the three types of salmon served with a creamy dill infused cheese spread. Salmon sashimi, smoked salmon and seared salmon made up this delicious trifecta of salmon. The pickled red onions were a nice touch and added more flavour to this already tasty plate. But nothing could compete with the seafood poutine – our favourite dish!
Crispy fries were topped with a creamy seafood sauce with calamari and mussels. We couldn’t get enough of this; we were licking the plate clean so as not to waste any sauce! We would definitely return to Ê.A.T. restaurant and enjoy some cocktails, oysters and their seafood poutine. It’s a pricey night out but you get to enjoy a very Montreal experience, surrounded by art painted by Montreal artists, music by Montreal DJs and even a staff wearing a Montreal designer’s clothes!
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