We aren’t truly fans of “clubbing” – bottle service is mandatory if you want a table, guest list is necessary if you want to come after 10:30pm, you’re more likely to get in if your group is more women than men (but we don’t like girls), etc etc. It’s complicated, bouncers have favourites, we don’t club enough to be known at the door, and the experience is generally miserable. What can we say? We’re girls who prefer bars instead of clubs. And supper clubs… well usually the supper blows. But hey, we were invited to Pandore’s Sneak & Chic Event so we went to check them out and see if we were pleasantly surprised or greatly disappointed.
We had never eaten at Pandore, we had only partied there, so when we were invited to their Sneak & Chic event we were rather intrigued at what they had in store for us. The Divas and Sweet Pea started their Friday night with one of their signature cocktails, the Belvedere Spectre 007 with Belvedere vodka, lime juice, raspberries and ginger beer. It was refreshing, a little tart and very much our style of cocktail.
We started with the beef tartare that was very fresh and made in the traditional French style with a caper berry and fresh herbs. The straw potatoes added a crispiness and the necessary salty element to the dish. Fresh greens topped the beef tartare and dollops of a creamy sauce had a nice tang and was perfect with the raw beef.
The Quebec cheese platter was a mix of three different cheeses on a delicious and unique saffron tatin pie. Fresh figs, edible flowers and candied hazelnuts and almonds were perfectly paired with the salty cheeses. Although the waiter should have described the cheeses when they arrived, they were of the usual variety, nothing too exotic. Our favourite being the brie-like cheese that was creamy.
Of course when Diva #1 sees foie gras on a menu she is immediately drawn to it like a tall dark and handsome gentleman (or scoundrel) in a bar. The foie gras parfait at Pandore is quite a treat. Sugary doughnuts replace the usual crostini and they give you a generous amount of foie gras torchon. A curry mango chutney gives the dish an Indian influence that was very unexpected and unusual. The caramel tuiles are unnecessary because they just get stuck in your teeth but pretty and decorative.
Of course we were sharing everything, including the mains. Diva #2 chose the grilled beef back steak and though Diva #1 would have never chosen this dish it was divine. Rare back steak was lean and delicious with a full lobster tail on a vanilla and Madeira hollandaise sauce. Grilled asparagus and peppers added the right amount of crunch and flavour and were the perfect addition to the creamy potato gratin. Pandore, this dish was absolutely lovely!
The seared scallops with shiitake, smoked cauliflower and pears with a hazelnut butter sauce were tasty but the scallops were a touch more dry than we would have liked. The hazelnut butter sauce made this dish very rich and though it was good it wasn’t a favourite of the night. The forbidden rice that it came with was earthy and nutty and we loved it… and not only because it’s forbidden, although we do love what we can’t have.
Last but not least was the wild mushroom ravioli with one of our favourite cheeses that is rarely seen at restaurants, asiago. This ravioli was earthy and meaty in at truffle cream sauce with plenty of sweet peas, pecans and a sage pesto. The truffle cream was light, nothing to fret for people who aren’t in love with the potent taste of truffles. The sage pesto was a touch too dominant, overpowering the dish, which had a lot of flavours that you wanted to enjoy.
Our favourite of the desserts was this decadent chocolate Manjari mousse with a rich dark chocolate mousse on a dark chocolate brownie. We fell in love with the guava and jalapeno sorbet, it was sweet and tangy with the right little kick from the jalapeno. We aren’t usually a fan of brownies but it was well paired with the creamy mousse.
The Demera caramel cake was good but nothing exceptional. The popcorn ice cream was Sweet Pea`s favourite, she loves popcorn in a creepy kinda way. It was served with green apple, a passion fruit jelly and Cracker Jack cashews, it was a little too sweet for our liking but it made Sweet Pea happy.
Sneak & Chic is every Friday starting in October, it will be where Montreal’s nightlife meets gastronomy and where international DJs meet. Shaharah Sinclair from La Voix, will be the curator of the project, and on our visit we had the joy of listening to Dominique Fils-aimé and DJ AIK (from London). The special guest of our soirée was from the very talented G’Nee from La Voix. We adore her voice! All local talent and all at Pandore on a regular ol’ Friday night.
Pandore is gorgeous, their view of the Quartier des Spectacles is breathtaking, and it’s perfect for a 5 à 7, dinner or a party that lasts until morning. It’s still a supper club so get there early and enjoy the ambiance before it becomes a bottle service club. We were pleasantly impressed with the food and we so rarely are with supper clubs.
Our Rating: As Expected
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