My favorite meal of my recent Montreal jaunt was this spot on Saint Denis in the Mont Royal neighborhood. It feels more Brooklyn than Montreal with an open kitchen, exposed brick and not an ounce of pretension. The prime seating in summer is on the sunken sidewalk patio – just hope they’re not doing street cleaning while you’re there.
Despite the casual ambiance, the kitchen is pretty formal with a modernist / molecular gastronomy kick. The menu changes every six weeks to take advantage of local and seasonal ingredients. You begin by receiving a sheet of paper with the ten dishes on offer that day. From there you have two options. First is a six course tasting menu where the chef chooses which items you’ll receive. That will set you back a reasonable $74 CAD ($56 USD). If you’re feeling hungry or can’t risk missing your favorite dish (guaranteeing the duck would almost make it worth ) you can have all 10 courses another $35 Canadian. We held ourselves to six, which also included some amuses and an extra dessert so we certainly didn’t go home hungry. Here’s a look at what came out:
Chocolate Is it strange the chocolate course is generally the one I look forward to least on a tasting menu? It typically feels more obligatory than thought out. Personally I’m also not into the “classic” orange and chocolate pairing and the apricot used by Chasse wasn’t that different. If you’re more into that combo (or chocolate) you’ll probably enjoy this more than I did.
4110 Rue Saint-Denis,
Montreal, QC, Canada