Dishcrawl Part Deux: Downtown Core

October 4, 2010 · 3 comments

in General Food,Restaurants

So here we go again! Dishcrawl invaded downtown Montreal last week and since the first one was so successful, it’s only natural to have the same if not higher expectations the second time around.

20 of us met at M:BRGR to begin this incredible night. For those of you who are unaware, I used to work there! It was nice to begin in a familiar place and experience the foods I used to work with again. At this stop, we were served a plethora of dishes; far more than I expected. First came a trio of slider burgers with different toppings: tomato and pickle, goat cheese with roasted peppers, and bacon and cheddar. They were juicy and full of flavor just the way I remember them. They were covered in the most amazing french fried onions which I overdosed on many occasions. We were also served mac & cheese which was was just cheesy enough topped with tender pulled pork. Then came poutine with smoked and shredded chicken with a delicious barbecue style gravy. Both were outstanding. And as usual, the fry basket comprised of french fried onions, fries, and sweet potato fries was simply addictive. Add the red pepper mayo, sambal chili ketchup, chipotle mayo, and my absolute favorite truffle mayo and there we have an amazing start to the night.

 

Our next stop was around the corner at Troika. I have never been here before, but judging form the classy red velvet decor I knew we were in for a treat. Our first dish was tomato carpaccio. It was beautifully dressed with delicious olive oil and a touch of balsamic vinegar and was covered in thinly sliced radish, crumbled goat cheese, and inoki mushrooms. Fresh, simple, and another great dish. After, came miniature calzone-looking pieces called piroshki. They were stuffed with beef, pork, and a touch of foie gras and gently covered in a sweet sticky sauce. Served along with this were crunchy and tart pickled cabbage. Eating them together made perfect sense. Salmon tartare was served next. This was a salmon overload in a good way. In the middle was the classic version chopped finely and flavored with dill and chives. It was wrapped with smoked salmon and topped with salmon roe. This was also very fresh and tasty. Then came the pièce de résistance: lobster ravioli soaking in a rich foie gras sauce with crimini, chanterelle and porcini mushrooms. This was as heavenly as you could get. Troika was a great experience.

For the final stop on our dishcrawl, we indulged on some decadent desserts from Les Plaisirs Coupables. We walked in for the owner and chef, Jean-François Plante’s book launch. He graced us with his presence, welcomed us to the new restaurant, and generously donated 2 of his books to our group (they were raffled off). Out came our first dessert: a Baileys cheesecake with a coffee crisp cracker and a fried banana split with a chewy, decadent chocolate chip cookie. Both were very satisfying. I thought we were done at that point, but I was wrong! Dessert number two came out. On one side was the most amazing caramilk brownie with a sea salt caramel and a scoop of ice cream melting over it. On the other side was an apple pie fritter which tasted very traditional. An excellent end to out meal.

Dishcrawl part deux was an incredible success. High praises go out to Marcella from EatalianGirl.com for organizing this once again. Stay tuned for the next one: Dishcrawl Croissants!

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tracy @ladyleet October 4, 2010 at 12:59 am

love this post, dustin! espectially how delicious the piroshki sound! yum!!!! and those onions at MBURGR!

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chowwithchow October 4, 2010 at 9:12 am

great stuff! sounds like tasty fun. gotta give troika a try sometime.

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