When you spend 35 hours at work, you develop friendships with those you work with. And sometimes those friendship are what keep you sane at work! Diva #2 & Spooner headed to M.Mme Bar à Vin on Laurier, a wine bar that has been garnering nothing but rave reviews.
We started our night with a fresh and crisp Spanish Rioja while deciding what to order. M.Mme offers a 5-course tasting menu or you can opt for a 3 or 4 course menu which includes two savoury dishes and one dessert. We love a good tasting menu!
Our waiter brought us an amuse bouche. A delicate chou pastry filled with ham and a heavy grating of nutty gruyère. A great start to our meal!
Our fist appetizer was Quebec bufala mozzarella with mushrooms. The mushrooms were both grilled and marinated. The presentation was lovely and the food just as delicious. The pesto tied the mushrooms together and the small drops of mushroom jelly were a nice surprise.
The hamachi crudo is a must. Again, the presentation was on point. Slices of raw hamachi were hidden under a layer of thinly sliced radishes. The fish was fresh and clean, the salty element was very much appreciated, and the radishes added some nice crunch. The dish was flavoured ever so subtly with curry which was unique, unexpected, and very good.
The halibut was served on a black bean purée and served with grilled lettuce. In our experience, a lot of places that serve grilled lettuce often overcook it but at M.Mme, the lettuce remained tender and still had crunch. The thick piece of halibut was flaky, and cooked perfectly. The dish was topped with a lettuce foam and roasted chickpeas.
The venison was served with mini wheat gnocchi that reminded us of spaetzle. It was also served with a cranberry purée which was a nice compliment to the meat. It sat in a pool of veal jus with butternut squash.
The duck was exceptional. Cooked perfectly, the beet purée complimented the meat well. It was also served with grilled mushrooms, pearl onions for sweetness and veal jus. Every bite of duck was tender and paired with the vegetables, each element worked well together.
Dessert nearly brought a tear to Spooner’s eye. And who could blame her! Each bite was pure bliss that left us speechless. Caramelized pears were on top of a moist piece of sponge cake. This was topped with velvety pear mousse which had shards of crackling sugar that was flavoured with pear. By its side, was a pear sorbet that was light, fresh and heavenly, a perfect palate cleanser.
An extensive wine selection is just one reason to visit M.Mme bar a vin. The food is absolutely delicious. Chef Stelio Perombelon has complete mastery of his kitchen, which turns out amazing dishes. This is one place you’ll be coming back to again and again, whether it’s for a 5 à 7 or dinner with friends.
Our Rating: Always on Thursday
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