April 11, 2012 in Restaurants
After a long vaca and some mega site changes, I’m finally back with a review of one of Montreal’s hottest restaurants. It may have opened a year ago, but this place is certainly as hard to book as it was back then. Yes, that’s what happens when the guys from Club Chasse et Pêche open a new seafood spot.
Located on Mont-Royal between Parc and St-Laurent, Le Filet is an easy-to-miss modern space and a great addition to the Plateau/Mile End high-end resto scene. It’s also in on the city’s latest dining trend – tapas sized portions. Trying different dishes all while eating to satisfy my current hunger level? J’aime.
After helping us with our decision-making, our super courteous and helpful waiter brought out our first dish – the scallop, avocado, orange and beet salad ($16). It was just so delicious and refreshing, we couldn’t get enough of it. Raw scallops can be very hit-or-miss… These were definitely a huge hit.
Next, the flounder dish. It was accompanied by Japanese prune purée, wasabi and tiny cubed cucumbers ($13). The fish was cool, fresh, and paired with the perfect balance of sweet and spicy accoutrements. Great!
Next we had the cod with macadamia nuts, celery root purée and chorizo flakes ($17). It was moist, flaky and well seared.
The snow crab risotto with asparagus and crustacean sauce ($19) was definitely the hit of the night. It was so ridiculously delicious! The Arborio rice was cooked to perfection, the consistency was neither runny nor too thick and we could really taste the crab. A description won’t do it justice, you have to try it yourself.
The grilled octopus with bone marrow and cherry tomatoes ($17) was also incredible. One of the city’s best, along with Tasso Bar à Mezze’s of course.
Our last dish was the pork belly, which came with a seared scallop and creamy polenta ($15). It was tasty, but I’ve been eating more than my fair share of pork belly lately so I have a lot to compare it to – my favorite is still Pastaga’s.
For dessert, we chose the caramel cheesecake with apples and pear chips ($9) and the praline parfait with chocolate mousse and crumble ($10). Both were enjoyable and we certainly finished every bite, but Le Filet seems to be another Montreal restaurant whose desserts don’t fully live up to its mains. It’s not a long way though, so it shouldn’t be too hard… Le Filet, I believe in you.
Le Filet is a serious restaurant. The hostess promptly checks your coat upon arrival, waiters thoughtfully recommend food and drink according to your preferences, and a 30-50 year-old crowd makes the place buzz. Can’t wait to go back in summer and eat on le Filet’s lovely terrasse!
Food 9.5/10, Atmosphere (buzzing,getsloud)9/10, Pretty people (oldercrowd) 9/10, Music 8/10, Service 9.5/10.