When the Divas were invited to Ristorante Beatrice, formerly known as Bice, to take part in their promotional event in conjunction with Lincoln Motors Canada, we were intrigued. Not only were they giving us an opportunity to test drive one of the newest Lincoln models on the market, but we would also be treated to a 3-course dinner at the restaurant. This all sounded quite fabulous to us!
When we arrived at Beatrice we met our Lincoln escort, Daniel. They were wisely not letting us test drive the car alone, who knows where we would have taken it! It was established from the beginning that Diva #1 would do the driving, though it was a gamble if she would get a speeding ticket or not. We settled into the luxurious 2015 Lincoln MKC, and Daniel was telling us about the features as we drove around downtown Montreal. The ride is very smooth and some features included a heated steering wheel, THX sound system and ambient lighting. It was a luxurious drive but Diva #1 is a sucker for speed and quick acceleration, driving is all about the thrill after all!
Ristorante Beatrice is part of the family of restaurants which includes Wood 35 and Cavalli, among others. It is a long-standing restaurant on the affluent Sherbrooke Street West in the Golden Square Mile. The Divas have been there many times; it is always delicious and makes for a fabulous Italian dinner. After our drive, we were seated at one of the tables on their heated enclosed terrace. The wood beams above, the moss-covered walls, rustic chandeliers above, and a view of Sherbrooke Street through an ornate gate; this is what Montreal fine dining is all about.
Our waiter greeted us and brought the bread basket filled with olive, walnut and white bread slices before taking our cocktail order. The Negroni, a classic Italian cocktail, was made to perfection, but we expected nothing less from Beatrice. We also tried the Bacio di Luna which had an apparent pear taste but wasn’t overly sweet and was well balanced with the basil and lime.
We started with the beef tartare which was exceptionally well-seasoned. It was served with paper thin crispy waffle chips which were light and the perfect vehicle for the tartare. Sparingly seasoned arugula and the olives added a touch of brininess to the beef tartare, but it didn’t mask the taste of the beef.
The seared salmon carpaccio was delightful, and the addition of fresh black pepper on top added the perfect touch of seasoning. It was dressed with sweet heirloom cherry tomatoes, crispy wafer-thin slices of salty cippollini and ribbons of basil. The sear on the outside of the salmon slices was enough to add some colour, and enhance the texture, but the fish was still bright, pink and delicate.
A pasta dish where the main ingredient is fresh truffles is always a good idea. The pasta was lovely and the intoxicating aroma of the shaved truffle instantly wafted up as the plate hit the table. Topped with arugula and fresh shavings of Parmesan, the pasta was al dente, the truffle flavour pronounced, and our mouths were soon watering in anticipation. The arugula added a little punch of pepper to this decadent dish.
The veal cheeks were cooked to the point where a knife was not necessary; they simply fell apart on your fork. The veal sat on a bed of creamy polenta with a side of swiss chard, which is a vegetable not common on menus, but it added an earthy element to the dish. It was surrounded by a red wine reduction which soaked into the polenta and added an extra layer of richness to the dish. It was also served with a very thin Parmesan tuile, which added the slightest hint of salt. Every dish at Beatrice looked beautiful and tasted even better.
The desserts were delicious, served with our cappuccinos. The apple budino was moist, and the apples were sweet and caramelized. It was served with a warm caramel sauce and refreshing baked apple sorbet to cut the richness of the sauce. It was also served with a thick cheddar tuile which didn’t seem altogether necessary in this dessert.
The vanilla bean crème brûlée was rich and creamy with a thicker than usual sugar crust. Served with dark chocolate crumble and a scoop of pistachio ice cream, Diva #2’s favourite, it was a different way of enjoying a classic French dessert. The pistachio ice cream added an Italian flair to French crème brûlée. We ended our night satisfied with a great meal and attentive service. Test driving a 2015 Lincoln MKC followed by dinner at Beatrice definitely added to the Divas’ usual dinner experience. Beatrice is a Montreal staple in the Golden Square Mile. They have been impressing Montrealers for years with their lavish events and parties in their private room and their decadent meals. If you are craving Italian, check out this Montreal staple on Sherbrooke Street West, you won’t be disappointed.
Our Rating: Always on Thursdays
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