Sunday, May 13, 2007

Montreal: La Chronique

May followed her fellow 'Chowdies' (http://www.chowhound.com/)recommendation and booked us at La Chronique on Saturday, May 12th. It is a bit out of the way from downtown and about 6 blocks away from the nearest subway station (you won't get me to drive in Montreal when there is one of the nicest subway system in the world).
But trust us, La Chronique could be on the moon and it would be worth the trip (Ok, well, maybe I'm pushing a bit)

The dining room is small. In fact, judging from what we could see through the kitchen windows, it is smaller than the kitchen itself. Which, in itself is a good indicator of the fact that chef owner Marc de Cank got his priorities right.

Here's the rundown:

Creme d'asperge: wow, burst of bold asparagus flavor. Incredible. With morsels of morels (say that three times fast) and lobster.

Ceviche de Petoncles, with strawberries, cream of avocado and mango vinaigrette (May's appetizer). Even better than Feirerra's scallops of the previous night. The mix of scallops and strawberries is genius. My tastebuds are still jumping.

Magret de canard laqué a l'érable; excellent
Risotto au canard confit, champignons et pois vert, sauce cognac/érable

File de boeuf Angus, facon Rossini ($84)

Foie gras, purée de courge, batonnets de salsifis, endives, sauce truffe. Again, everything is executed extremely well.

Cheese plate was very generous and well presented.

I read that La Chronique's chef is a pastry chef. It shows in the scrumptious dessert that are served.

La Chronique
99 Rue Laurier Ouest
(514) 271-3095

$72 "Prix fixe" (Set price)

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