When you get invited to a restaurant’s anniversary party organized by Tracey Brooke PR, you make sure to clear your schedule and attend! And for those who need a little extra incentive, the restaurant also happens to occupy an old fire station, unfortunately there were no firemen left behind! We checked thoroughly 😉
Labarake Caserne à Manger celebrated its 1 year anniversary with a lavish celebration. The Vieux-Rosemont restaurant on Rachel East offered a punch cocktail as we arrived and an open bar to a very full house. The open kitchen was busy all night, with new head Chef Joaquimm Henni turning out delicious canapés from their new menu, as well as some of their classics.
The tuna tataki was seared on the outside, leaving the inside cool and pink, the way it should be. Sprinkled with black sesame seeds for a nice colour contrast, it had a touch of saltiness from the soy sauce, and the creamy avocado enhanced its flavour.
The beef tartare was delicious! Made with Angus beef, it was chopped up finely and in a French style, with capers and shallots, which we love. Served on a crunchy piece of baguette, it was the perfect bite! If you order this as a dish, it also comes with a poached egg as well as a salad and croutons.
We fell in love with the fish & chips and their yummy tartar sauce that quickly ran out! The breading was not too thick and the white fish was flaky and moist. Definitely one of the better fish & chips we’ve tried in a while and worth ordering when you visit Labarake.
The drinks were flowing and we were having a wonderful night with Sweet Pea of Montreall, Tanya-Kay, Peaches, Sensei and Day Jobs & the NightLife. We did what we do best with our favourite bloggers – we drank and ate!
Soon a waiter arrived with mushroom crostini. Unfortunately they were a little bland compared to the rest of the tasty bites that we had tried. The mushrooms sat atop a thin crispy slice of bread with a thin layer of herbed ricotta, and cherry tomatoes and arugula for a little peppery punch.
Though we were getting full, the burgers at Labarake were another surprise. The patties were thick and juicy, and the BBQ sauce added a nice tangy flavour. We also tried the short ribs which were braised for 8 hours. The meat simply fell off the bone! A mix of soy sauce, maple syrup and balsamic gave them a unique taste and paired very well with the celery root purée which was velvety and creamy.
There’s always a little room for dessert, especially when the brownies are served slightly warm, and are light and airy with a cake-like texture. The profiteroles were also light and filled with a delectable pastry cream.
We left Labarake’s 1 year celebration feeling full and happy. We were also given a little package with all the ingredients to make rice pudding at home, a nice unique touch. Though Labarake might be a little more east than where we are used to visiting, their new chef Joaquimm Henni and his kitchen make it worth the visit. Happy birthday Labarake!
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