Thursday, September 29, 2011

Hong Kong: The Swiss Chalet

May has had a craving for cheese fondue for a while and it just happens that I was also in the mood for an orgy of cheese. We reserved at The Swiss Chalet and and orgy of cheese it was! The fondue pot for two is huge. Add everything to dip in and that's a gigantic meal.

Now, Max Liechti, the chef/proprietor shows his roots with great flair; the fondue is really good. I remember enjoying cheese fondue but always finding it too rich in white wine. Not at Swiss Chalet; the wine just perfumes the fondue without overpower it. Very very nice.

Highly recommended!

For two, with an appetizer (White asparagus which were quite good HKD $138) and 1/3 liter of Swiss red:
 HKD $840, including 10% service charge.

The Swiss Chalet
G/F, 12-14 Hart Avenue, Tsim Sha Tsui
Kowloon, Hong Kong
2191 9197

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Montreal: Chez ma maman!

Dinner at my mom's place. Invitation only! May had requested the pumpkin bisque  weeks before we left Hong Kong for Canada. My mom has been cooking up a storm... Results at the end of 3 weeks? I gain 10 pounds and May, well, you can ask her...

Pumpkin bisque

Tarte aux tomates

Apple pie/strudel

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Montreal: T

The same way F is the little brother of Feirrera, 'T' is Toque's. However, T is proportionally cheaper than F.
However, we got the same great food and service was also very good. Very relaxing ambiance. Inside the restaurant is virtually identical to F. Comparison stops here however as the menu is quite different. French bistro vs Portuguese bistro food.

Side salad CDN $7. Nice and crisp.

Coquille St-Jacques CDN$24. This was really, really good. Nice pieces of fresh seafood. A well-executed classic piece.

Bavette de boeuf CDN$20.

Blueberry tart. CDN $8. I thought this was the low-point; a bit too basic in taste and rendition.

Brasserie T!
1425 Jeanne Mance

Monday, September 5, 2011

Baie St-Paul: Bouquet Express Eco bistro

Family weekend in Baie St-Paul. Quaint little town. Great views of the St-Lawrence river. Fun time.

We had a nice lunch at Bouquet Express on the main tourist street. Was quite good.

Salmon tartare CDN $19
Croque Monsieur CDN $11

39 St Jean Baptiste, BAIE-ST-PAUL, QC G3Z 1M3 


Saturday, September 3, 2011

Montreal: F Bar

F bar is the little brother of Ferreira Cafe, which both May and I like very much. Turns out that F bar keeps the same level of great food in its Quartier des Spectacles address. Service needs a bit of tweaking as we had to wait 20 minutes despite having made a reservation. But all in all, the food was great and the ambiance relaxed. Great fish. Gotta have the fish!


Algarvia salad with grilled sardines
Mixed greens $7

Fresh cod, sardine parmentier, egg/herb sauce, fennel $23

Lamb burger, cucumber yogurt mint, sumac onions, fries/salad $18

Red snapper, fish of the day $24

Creamy chocolate, star anise/brioche, wild blackberry ice cream $10

For 3, with wine: CDN $179
F Bar
1485 Rue Jeanne-Mance
(514) 289-4558

Montreal: Marche Jean Talon

We go every time we go to Montreal... Hong Kong's wet markets are just not the same experience!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Montreal: Rotisserie Laurier by Gordon Ramsay

Rotisserie Laurier has been a staple restaurant for roasted chicken lovers in Montreal since 1936. Gordon Ramsay recently partnered with a local investor to bring the old shine back on the place.
We had not actually been there pre-Ramsay so we can't really compare the before and after. However, what I can say is that the rustic, no-frills, comfort food is great and locals, as well as visitors, will thoroughly enjoy.
Now, if you are in Montreal for just a few hours, are low on the dough but want an amazing lunch, Olive & Gourmando still wins the prize over Laurier.

Pot of dill pickles. Have one... or three!

1/4 BBQ chicken. Tasty, with fresh-made coleslaw. The sauce is out of this world good. CDN $14

Roasted chicken sandwich. Was nice. CDN $13

Hello Dolly. Nice crunch. $4

Bread Pudding. That was just OK.

Rotisserie Laurier
381 Ave Laurier Ouest
Montreal, Quebec
(514) 273-3671