Jerome Ferrer’s Europea has topped many lists and garnered many rave reviews. It’s one of Montreal’s best restaurants. But chef Jerome Ferrer wanted to offer up something a little different and something a little more tangible to patrons. Hence the opening of Jerry Ferrer Casse-Croûte extraordinaire, not your usual casse-croûte experience.
We were recently invited to the intimate 1-year anniversary party for this popular eatery. Of course, Mr. Ferrer was in attendance and welcomed us before our sit down meal, introducing his new expanded menu. We had eaten at the Jerry Ferrer Casse-Croûte food truck a couple of times, but this was our first visit to the restaurant.
We started with a few appetizers, including the fried calamari. A lot of restaurants offer this dish and it rarely stands out for us. But at Jerry Ferrer, the coating was dotted with poppy seeds for a little extra crunch and a nutty flavour. The calamari were tender though we found the batter to be a little on the thick side, we like a thin batter that lightly coats the calamari. But a squirt of fresh lemon and a dip in their homemade tartar sauce partially remedied this.
Now that the warmer weather has decided to escape us, it’s nice to have some comfort food dishes to keep us warm. The clam chowder is served in a hallowed out bread bowl so yes, you can eat your dish too! Though it was lacking potatoes, a staple in most chowders, it was thick and filled with plenty of veggies and plump clams. And we couldn’t resist tearing off some of the bread to dip into the bowl, before we were done with the chowder.
We love duck, and we love foie gras – imagine our glee when we saw that they were serving a burger with both of these superior ingredients! The Canard Royal was indeed a royal burger. Imagine a burger topped with confit duck and a disk of foie gras? Add coleslaw for tang, mushrooms to compliment the beef, and plenty of melted cheese to add to the creaminess of the foie gras – it was one luxurious burger!
The fried chicken sandwich had us smiling! Two large pieces of fried chicken were more than enough to fill the burger. The chicken was tender and the outside of the chicken was nice and crispy; we could have eaten the chicken on its own. It was topped with coleslaw and the spicy Jerry sauce which we found took away from the chicken, so maybe less of this sauce or a different sauce would have been better.
We also tried the Classique Forestier, with caramelized mushrooms for richness, crispy bacon for the perfect hint of salt, melted cheddar, and a little kick from the spicy Jerry sauce. Sometimes a classic burger is all you need. All the burgers at Jerry Ferrer Casse-Croûte are served with a pickle on the side and delicious crispy fries that you’ll continue eating even after you’re full!
We ended our night with a sample tasting of a new ice cream flavour they are working on, pouding au chômeur. This is something that every customer will get at the end of their meal. It needs a couple tweaks but that didn’t stop us from loving it!
Jerry Ferrer Casse-Croûte also does take-out and will soon be introducing specials on hockey nights so you can enjoy the game and great food. Their appetizers are good but the burgers are the true stars of the show.
Our Rating: Splendid
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