Montreal’s hottest new supper club in Old Montreal is Le Pink Flamingo. We were immediately wowed by the décor, their dark modern style can only be described as sexy, with the flamingo motif elegantly displayed throughout the supper club. The décor is a mix of old school Miami with some dark modern flair – we loved it!
We sat outside on their gorgeous terrace that faced Place Jacques Cartier, a pedestrian only walkway filled with artists selling their wares such as beautiful paintings of Montreal, prints and jewelry. We started our night with some of their signature cocktails. Lighter than we would have liked, they were refreshing on a hot summer night.
Our favourite of the cocktails was the Pink Flamingo itself with vodka, strawberries, lemon and ginger beer for that perfect vacation feel. Sweet Pea couldn’t resist the edamames and they were more refined than the usual steamed variety. These edamame beans with shishito peppers were coated with ginger, lime and togorashi, a Japanese spice.
The menu is separated into vegetarian options, meat, and fish and seafood – all small dishes ideal for sharing. The mac & cheese had a secret ingredient but we hate surprises so our waiter informed us that it was truffle oil. We were apprehensive since so often the truffle oil flavour is barely detectable but we loved this tapas, the mac & cheese was creamy and the truffle oil was apparent.
The potatoes were good, buttery with plenty of garlic and fresh herbs. We weren’t quite sure what Peruvian potatoes were but they arrived skin-on but in varied colours; they were delicious. Their vegetarian dishes were off to a good start.
The roasted yellow and red beets were as expected. The goat cheese and beets combination paired well together and we loved the tartness from the green grapes that were in this tapas. The pistachio flavour was mild as each piece of goat cheese was half covered in ground pistachios.
The asparagus and burrata was interesting, the burrata was creamy and delightful as usual. The asparagus was perfectly cooked so that a bit of crunch remained but it was heavily under seasoned, the dish needed salt to tie it all together. The croutons were crispy and tasty, but a touch of salt would have done it a world of good.
We loved the raw scallops with grapefruit and slivers of avocado. The citrus flavour from the grapefruit was perfectly tart and paired well with the fresh scallops. The avocado went very well with the scallops and tart grapefruit, we very much enjoyed this combination.
The crab cakes were disappointing because the dish didn’t particularly taste like anything. The crab cakes lacked seasoning, they needed a kick to bring out the tasty crab flavour through the fried coating. Served with a chipotle mayo, you really needed the spicy mayo for flavour. Topped with jicama, a type of Mexican turnip, something was lacking though the presentation was gorgeous!
The seabass was fried with a crust of sourdough bread, it was definitely a different way of enjoying seabass and not what we were expecting. It was a fancy sort of fish n’ chips served with a grilled lemon and herb salad. Good but they had better tapas!
You can’t go wrong with oysters, and they were marvelous with a delicious mojito mignonette. Pricey at 18$ for half a dozen they were nonetheless juicy, meaty and shucked well. We immediately wanted to order another dozen but we’re ladies so we refrained!
The shrimp linguine with pesto and parmesan left much to be desired, again the sauce lacked salt or any pep at all. P’tit Soeur said it best, Diva #1 has made her a better pesto with shrimp linguine. The shrimp were cooked well but the pesto lacked pizazz. We’ve had extraordinary Italian food so perhaps we’ve been spoiled in the past!
We couldn’t get enough of the bacon jam, oh yes, you read correctly, B A C O N jam! Crispy baguette was served with a generous amount of bacon jam with a perfectly melted piece of brie cheese in the center of the warmed jam. We’ll take two servings next time, thanks!
Oxtail braised beef with a black risotto, again, left much to be desired. It too lacked seasoning but the risotto was not overcooked (as is often the case) and cooked to perfection. Served in a parmesan cream, it needed more sauce as we truly only tasted the risotto, and we barely tasted any of the cream sauce or oxtail.
Le Pink Flamingo is a gorgeous supper club, perfect for cocktails and a few bites. There were dishes we loved and dishes that required more seasoning and personality. They have the right idea but they need to improve on a few little touches. Will we be back? Of course; for cocktails and a few bites at Old Montreal’s newest and hottest terrace facing the gorgeous Place Jacques Cartier pedestrian walkway.
Our Rating: As Expected
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