So, you go to the website, you choose your dishcrawl event: truckcrawl, dessert crawl, terrace crawl, lots and lots of amazing choices! Then, you subscribe and pay! All you know is the city in which you'll have the most awesome time of your life, the date and time. The rest is a mystery... until the day before the event! They will send you an email for the first location to meet the others... love the suspense!!!
Ours was in the beautiful city of Montreal where the reputation of good eats is growing like never before!
First stop: Marché 27!
This restaurant offers a tartare bar. Yes! You read it well! A tartare bar! A huge menu offering raw servings of 10 different kind of proteins seasoned in 13 creative ways! Perfect for the beginner that can choose the most conservative dish such as French or Italian beef Tartare or the most adventurous foodie that will explore the tropical deer tartare (mmm... maybe not the best combination!)
Our lovely host, Tracy Lee, designed the tasting in a way that all palates will be satisfied:
- Fresca tartare with salmon: Jalapenos, Cucumbers, Dill, Shallots and lime
- Italian tartare with deer: Parmesan, Truffle oil and shallots
- Indian tartare with duck: Curry oil, chives, shallots served on crispy papadum
The fresca salmon tartare was fresh and flavorful, the lime and shallots came out really well. However, the addition of jalapenos was not noticeable. The Italian deer tartare tasted very gamey and the truffle oil was very proeminent. The Indian duck tartare is the most surprising one I must say. The curry came through really well and complemented well the shallots and chives. The papadum added an interesting crunch to the whole. The only thing is that I thought that duck was a bit too oily for me. Interesting place to taste tartare but not the best I had.
2nd stop: Koko Restaurant and Bar
I've heard about this place a lot, but more as a lounge/bar than a restaurant. I am quite surprised of the elaborate menu they are offering on their website! The decor is pure and chic and the terrace is absolutely awesome with huge sitting areas. We are giving introductions by the owner and the Maitre D of the place, love it!
2 or 3 plates of each dish are brought to the table to be shared by all of us. The crab salad and asparagus was served with a piece of grilled prosciutto, cherry tomatoes and calabrese olives. It may sound crazy but I thought that the star of the dish was the prosciutto, it was so so crunchy and tasted like a much better version of bacon! The crab was fresh and well balanced with its friends on the plate. Then, they served a beautifully presented dish of tomato caprese and mozzarella di buffala. Drizzled with balsamic vinegar and olive oil, it was simple but their use of again fresh ingredients made the difference.
We were fortunate to get to try three different flavors of ice cream (soft or regular/hard?) with a iced macaron! We can chose either rhubarb or salted caramel. Miam! They also exclusively serve a mixed soft ice cream with sherbet all mixed in one!
They highly recommend the coffee flavor which is infused for three hours to truly showcase the complex aromas of the drink. And must I say, it is very impressive indeed! There is also the maple taffy one which truly taste like our traditional quebec treat! and their homemade marshmallow!!!! Wow wow wow wow! So fluffy!!!! I will never see marshmallows the same way again! I was speechless! And although i am not a great fan of macaron (i find them often too sweet masking the flavors), I must say that iced macarons are a completely different story. The coolness of the ice cream just adds the oomph! without overpowering the baked good. But do choose the salted caramel over the rhubarb.