Though The Divas’ nights are usually filled with food, drink and bad decisions in excess, sometimes, we like to change it up. We were invited to Hotel Le St-Sulpice for the opening of their permanent art exhibit by Jean-Claude Poitras, and their new garden terrasse. A little culture coupled with champagne almost makes us adults. Hotel Le St-Sulpice is a beautiful hotel located in the heart of Old Montreal, Sinclair restaurant is connected to the hotel and we were quite eager to try their fare. Though the restaurant was undergoing renovations when we arrived at the end of May for this event, after trying their canapés at Hotel Le St-Sulpice, we are quite eager to return and try out their menu.
We arrived at Hotel Le Saint Sulpice located on St. Sulpice, at the corner of St. Paul and quickly checked in. To our surprise, we were handed gift bags, filled with dark chocolate truffles, a notepad bearing the name of the art exhibit as well as information about the artist and his work. Very organized and well done, the media event was tastefully done and we began roaming around in search of the artwork and as this was our first visit, we wanted to assess the hotel.
The Body and Soul exhibit by Jean-Claude Poitras has 11 pieces in total and was displayed throughout the hotel and is now open to the public. The hotel has also arranged to have a guided audio tour to escort you through the art and the inspiration behind each of Poitras’ pieces. This has certainly added to the elegance of Hotel Le St-Sulpice, each piece of art was unique and being at an art exhibit with champagne and canapés just made us feel fabulous.
The hotel lobby, bar and restaurant area were full. We made our way through the crowd and soon each had a glass of pink champagne in hand. We found a place at the bar and installed ourselves, perfect to set down our glasses and spot the food as it was being served. The lobby opens up onto the newly renovated garden terrasse. It was all very lovely and a sort of escape within the city. Unfortunately it was a cool day so we could not spend as much time outside as we would have liked.
There were plenty of hors d’oeuvres going around and we sampled enough to know that we’d like to return to the Sinclair for a full meal. The canapés were rather impressive; they served spring rolls filled with lamb. The outside was crispy, more like a wonton wrapper than the traditional spring roll wrapping, and the lamb was very tender. The shrimp tempura was crispy and tender within, not at all greasy, it was delightful! We also had a slider filled with tender, shredded meat and topped with half a sweet cherry tomato, served on a pretzel-brioche bun. There was a bit too much bun and not enough meat but it was appetizing and we were enjoying ourselves with all of these gourmet appetizers.
The most impressive amuse bouche of the night was both the beef and salmon tartares. They were served in mini waffle-like cones made out of pumpernickel, but really it was the presentation that was absolutely divine. The meat and fish were seasoned lightly, not in the same fashion, and topped with fresh herbs. Both tartares were divine and we soon caught ourselves chasing the servers holding the tartare trays. This was almost too good to be a canapé! Once again this made us quite eager to try Sinclair Restaurant, if they can do this with hors d’oeuvres, imagine what they can do with a menu that they designed?
As our champagne glasses were refilled several times, we continued to snack and chit-chat. You’d be surprised at how much we have to say to one another even though we work together all day. More plates of food arrived, and let’s be honest, for us it is always about the food and cocktails! There were small cone-like cups filled with diced pickled beets, topped with a piping of creamy goat cheese and crumbled pistachios. Small clams were opened and topped with a slice of celery and a spicy sauce that gave it a little kick, and vegetarian sushi was also offered, but we like our sushi full of fish! The crab cakes surprised us because they looked like arancini, instead they were small fried little round crab cakes with a crunchy outside and sweet interior. This was well paired with the marinara sauce that came with each little crab cake.
There are two things that pair perfectly with champagne, oysters are one of those things. The norm at events is usually a less than stellar oyster. The oysters at Hotel Le St-Sulpice were plump, salty, briny, and perfect with our pink bubbly.
We were ready to leave when we received a tweet from LF4 of Les Live Five. Last time one of them tweeted us, they pulled one over on us at Suite 701, see that story HERE, so we were a tad skeptical but figured “fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me”. We met them on the hotel’s terrasse and we met LF2 and LF4, who wisely brought us a glass of champagne each. We also met one of the girls from 3 Filles 1 Ville, we love meeting new bloggers and these events are always a fabulous opportunity. We chatted, conducted a little business and even decided to crash LF4’s wedding later this summer. Why not?!
We went back in and got ready to leave but another perfect coupling with champagne are macarons. Sitting at the bar, we spotted a plate piled high in a pyramid-like fashion, they were ready to be served, and we were waiting for them. But they just sat there, taunting us. We grew impatient and asked the bartender if we could indulge, and he obliged. We tried the pistachio and raspberry macarons, both were delicious and light, and it certainly ended the event on a high note.
The sound of popping of champagne corks was a constant amidst all the chatter in the room. The event was grand and what better way to showcase an art exhibit than with champagne and hors d’ oeuvres; we even ran into Pauline Marois…and then we made our exit. Poitras’ art exhibit is open to the public, and after your tour, take advantage of the fabulous garden terrasse, and later in the night we hope you enjoy Sinclair restaurant! The Divas will definitely be back to try out their menu.
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