Diva #1, Sweet Pea, P’tit Soeur and Rambo arrived in Mont-Tremblant absolutely famished. It was already late, so after we got settled into our condo, we went into the village in search of dinner. We ended up at Coco Pazzo, an Italian restaurant with a restaurant boutique attached to it. The restaurant boutique has gourmet sandwiches, frozen Italian meals, products from Italy like olive oil and pasta, etc. It is a gourmet foodie boutique that looked very interesting. The restaurant was a more upscale quiet dinner type of place and we were soon ordering our wine.
Our wine was recommended to us by our waiter and we drank away, gossiping and planning our nice weekend in Mont-Tremblant. Sun tanning and swimming on Day 1 and hiking for Day 2… sometimes the Divas get outdoorsy. Although usually outdoorsy for us is drinking on a terrace in the OldPort, but to each his own. We started with the soup of the day which that night was a butternut squash soup. It was a thick soup that was hearty but it lacked certain spices which would have brought out the taste of squash. It was an average soup.
Next up was the smoked trout which is a local specialty. We saw trout on the menu of a few restaurants in Mont-Tremblant. The smoked trout was served with beets, avocados and an olive oil and balsamic vinaigrette. The presentation was beautiful, the trout was thinly sliced on top of a half avocado. Capers and carrots decorated the plate as well as drizzles of balsamic reduction. The fish was perfectly salty, as expected, and very fresh. You could smell it as the waiter brought it to our table, a very delicious appetizer.
We then tried two different pasta dishes which were very different and intriguing in their own way. The spaghetti with duck confit was an olive oil based pasta with rosemary, spinach and diced tomatoes. This sounded very promising but a lot was lacking. The olive oil based sauce needed salt and the duck confit was just placed on top without much incorporation into the dish. The pieces should have been cut finely since it looked like you ate the duck separately from the pasta. The duck itself was flavourful but the dish didn’t tie well together; something was missing to connect all of the ingredients.
In terms of pasta dishes, the winner of the night was the lobster ravioli. Stuffed raviolis with Canadian lobster was topped with a lobster bisque. You have the option of ordering this as an entrée or a main meal and we chose the larger main meal. The portion was generous and the combination of flavours delicious. The lobster bisque was rich and the taste of lobster was evident, it was creamy and well seasoned.
Coco Pazzo was a cute restaurant but who wants to be cute? The food was average and if we returned to Tremblant we would not necessarily return. This was worsened by the fact that the restaurant was empty but service was still fairly slow that night. It wasn’t bad for our first night in Mont-Tremblant but we wanted more out of our second soirée…
On our second night in Mont-Tremblant we went to the Fairmount’s Windigo restaurant in the beautiful Fairmount hotel. P’tit Soeur knew someone who was working as a chef and we were excited to try out a Fairmount restaurant. This French restaurant also serves breakfast as well as a surf & turf and sushi buffet on Saturdays. We happened to go on a Saturday and the options were either that we order à la carte or we pay a fixed price for the buffet. The buffet looked interesting but not particularly dazzling so we decided to order from their menu. It was a great decision! The Divas and their entourage aren’t really the buffet type.
Always in the mood for wine, we started our night with a 2011 Malbec Trapiche from Argentina. We were soon ordering multiple bottles and enjoying our wine with the warm buns (olive, white and brown) that were brought to our table. The butter was flower shaped and thankfully salted, contrary to the butter at Coco Pazzo. Rambo was very impressed by this and insisted Windigo get a five star rating as a result. Rambo really likes her salty butter… We drank a lot that night, gossiping, having lewd conversations and constantly looking over our shoulder in fear that the more respectable patrons could hear us. We discussed the age that we lost our virginities, how many partners we’ve had, and other inappropriate dinner conversation. The night must be going well if the topics become inappropriate before the appetizers have arrived!
As a side note, the Windigo is a classy establishment and not the sort of place you discuss these things but when you get four girls and enough wine together, well, anything is possible. Diva #1 and Sweet Pea started their meal with the French onion soup with red beer and gratinéed with Oka cheese. We love onion soup and this was no exception, the beer was subtle and its yeasty flavour was perfectly coupled with the baguette crisps. The key to onion soup is a rich broth and strong cheese. The broth was perfect, the onions were not overbearing and the Oka cheese was plentiful and strong. All in all a great French soup.
The best appetizer of the night was the foie gras terrine with a fleur de sel biscotti, fresh fig salad and balsamic reduction. Its presentation was breathtaking and the amount of foie gras filling. And it is very rare that a restaurant provides you with enough foie gras to say that you were getting full off of it. It came with fig chutney as well as fresh figs with arugula and edible flowers. The appetizer also came with these sweet cubes of gelatin that offered an interesting texture when coupled with the foie gras. Sweet Pea prefers foie gras terrine over poêlé so we were both satisfied with this appetizer. It brings a tear to Diva #1’s eye that she eats everything!
Rambo and P’tit Sœur shared the giant scallops on a celery mousse with a ginger carrot sauce. It was an intense combination; there were three scallops served with asparagus spears. The scallops were meaty and lightly seared although they were a little chewier than expected. This was a delicious light dish that had a rich sauce that did not take away from the taste of the scallops; they could have easily been overpowered.
There were two risotto dishes on the menu and we ordered both. The first was a creamy risotto with wild mushrooms, zucchinis and an almond milk mousse. Sweet Pea loves almond milk and was automatically intrigued by this dish. You actually saw the foamed milk sitting on top of the risotto and it added a nutty element to this more traditional dish. The thick shards of Parmigiano were an added bonus that added richness to the risotto and we were soon polishing off the plate. The risotto was perfectly cooked and the vegetables were very tender. Mushroom risotto is common in restaurants but this plate offered another dimension that is usually lacking in this dish. Sweet Pea does not normally like mushrooms, but she suggested the dish and Diva #1 nearly fainted with glee.
Our second risotto was the giant grilled shrimps with a curry tomato compote on a bed of goat cheese risotto. The goat cheese did not stand out in this main, but the risotto was made with a very interesting wild grain risotto. It was purplish-brown in colour and was full of flavour. This risotto dish was very different from our first. The grains tasted like a wild rice and were nutty in flavour. The curry in the tomato compote was not evident, but that is for the best because curry can overpower a dish. Decorated with baby tomatoes and asparagus spears, this risotto was less creamy than the previous one and much more herb-like. It was nice to see two similar yet very different dishes on the same menu: an ode to the talented chef.
For dessert we ordered the crème brûlées trio which consisted of a vanilla crème brûlée, another with milk chocolate with white chocolate shavings and a coffee crème brûlée. They were a lovely end to our meal and they all tasted different. Sad to give up our wine, we enjoyed our dessert with cappuccinos like civilized people. Thankfully the Windigo did not catch on that we were completely insane.
We ended our last night in Tremblant back at our condo drinking while Rambo slowly nodded off. It was a lovely girl’s weekend filled with the right amount of debauchery. Surprisingly the wild gal in the group, after Diva #1 of course, was Sweet Pea! Darling and fabulous, she has turned out to be quite the sleepless alcoholic. It was P’tit Soeur and Rambo who were all tuckered out. The Divas are loving the newly single Sweet Pea. Men, if you want her number, just comment below And don’t worry, she isn’t always so sweet….
Coco Pazzo Rating : Average
Windigo Rating : Splendid
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