or the art of sophistication.
On the verge of its third decade of existence, this figurehead of the Montreal food scene has lost none of the elegance that gave it its reputation. Its dining room, intimately lit in yellow, still impresses with its high-ceiling mirrors. Its staff, knowledgeable, completes the experience of fine French dining.
In search of a light snack to keep us civilized on our way to la Main, M and I opted for the darling establishment. Laloux serves a daily entr’acte $20 menu, which, considering the absolutely beautiful food offered, should be much better known.
The menu includes two appetizers and one dessert. While probably not enough to feed someone who just ran a marathon, the dishes, complemented with a few glasses of wine, satisfied us. To start, M had a cold cucumber soup with faisselle, creamy cheese made from unpasteurized milk. Light in taste, but denser in texture, the soup was both refreshing and indulgent on the tongue. I, for my part, opted for the marinated trout. Presented on a bed of fennel and orange peel puree, it had a delightful taste enhanced by the oiliness of the roe. Very pleased with our first round, we were looking forward to the next. On my list was the Roasted quail. Simple and to the point, it was nice, but nothing compared to M’s beef tartare. Not only was it accompanied by a decadent garlic puree and joyful marinated honey mushroom (maple/soy), it was mixed with croutons. Yes, crunchy heavenly little bites. Pure genius. Finally came the infamous desserts, those for which so many pastry chefs have made a name for themselves while in residence at Laloux (cough Patrice Demers cough). M had the frozen chocolate parfait mounted with peaks of coffee ganache, while I chose the lemon tart. The chocolate treat was a bit too sweet for my liking. The tart however, was grand. Paired with a slightly bitter grapefruit sorbet to cut the sweet, it was, I repeat, grand. All in all, a wonderful meal in a delightful setting. On your next outing, please consider trying Laloux. I promise you, your dinner from this Montreal kitchen will be one to remember forever.
|250 Pine Ave E, Montréal, QC H2W 1P3
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