Every year, during Mtl à Table, Montreal offers its patrons the chance to discover new restaurants and visit old favourites at a reduced cost. From November 3 to the 13th, 150 restaurants are offering set menus at 21$, 31$ or 41$ and some even have brunch!
Diva #2 and Sabo absolutely love Inferno, located on Dante street in Little Italy. That being said, every meal we’ve had has never disappointed. Nor has the service. You feel right at home from the minute you walk in to the minute you walk out!
The Mtl à Table at Inferno offers three courses at 41$. We started with the duck tartare, served with apples and crispy thin fennel seed focaccia chips. The diced green apples added a nice tart element to the dish, and the duck was full of flavour.
We really enjoyed our second starter, the wild mushrooms on polenta. The disk of polenta had a layer of aged cheddar cheese that made every bite decadent and creamy. The mushrooms were perfectly cooked and plentiful. We made sure to clean our plates scarpetta style, leaving none of the sauce behind!
If you eat with your eyes, you’ll be absolutely satiated with the beet risotto at Inferno. A deep ruby colour, the beet risotto is served with crispy kale chips for texture and dollops of creamy Gorgonzola which adds a whole other level of richness to the dish. The risotto was cooked perfectly and the beet taste was evident but still blended well with the crispy kale and Gorgonzola.
Think of this dish as a variation of carbonara, but on a whole other level. The pasta was perfectly cooked al dente, which is always important. The sauce which was made with squash was velvety and clung to the strands of pasta. The bacon was finely cubed and scattered throughout the pasta adding a hint of smokiness while the almonds added some crunch. The smoked ricotta, like the Gorgonzola in the previous dish, added richness to the sauce and freshness.
Dessert was next and while Sabo is not a fan of meringue, Chris, our favourite server, convinced her that this is one meringue that she would love. And he was right. The texture was more like a marshmallow than anything else, it topped the tart lemon square. The crust was a bit hard to cut through but that didn’t stop us from cleaning the plate!
The carrot cake was moist and delicious and topped with a citrus icing which was a welcomed change from the usual cream cheese frosting that is layered on this cake. There were also chunks of pineapple which is a secret to keeping the cake moist. This too didn’t last long on our plate!
Do we love Inferno? Yes. Every visit always leaves us wanting more. The food is beautifully prepared and tastes just as delicious as it looks. The service always goes above and beyond, and you really do feel at home. It might not get as much attention as other Italian restaurants in Little Italy but trust us, Inferno is one of the best!
Our Rating: Always on Thursdays
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