Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Le Filet, Montreal

On our first night in Montreal, Fougoo and I grabbed dinner at Le Filet, a recently opened restaurant located near Parc Mont-Royal. It's run by the same people who run respected Montreal restaurant Le Club Chasse et PĂȘche, and it has a menu that highlights a lot of seafood.
We began with a couple sets of Canadian oysters: Eel Lakes (Nova Scotia) served with soy & citrus jelly and briny Beausoleils (New Brunswick) prepared slightly warmed with Hon Shimeji mushroom, truffle oil, & oyster cream.
We also had a second starter of raw fluke with wasabi, Japanese plum, & cucumber. The fish was very fresh, and the I loved the plate's simple preparation.
For our larger courses, we selected two items from a part of the menu called "Amphibians" as they combined seafood with proteins from land animals. First was sweetbreads, lobster salad, mozzarella, and eggplant puree. The pairing of sweetbreads and lobster was just right. They both have similar textures and sweet flavors. Fougoo noted that she really liked the puree.
Our second main was a spicy grilled octopus, bone marrow, and cherry tomatoes. It reminded me of Spanish tapas. The octopus was smoky with a hint of char, and I was pleasantly surprised by the inclusion of marrow in the dish.
For dessert, we shared a slice of rhubarb pie with white chocolate ice cream. It was tart, fresh, warm, sweet and cold all in one dish, a beautiful ending to a great supper.

219 Ave du Mont Royal W
Montréal, QC

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