Thursday, November 21, 2013

Bistro le Contemporain ~ #TasteMTL [Montreal]

Once again accompanied by Janice (@KtchnHealsSoul), 2nd night of TasteMTL bought us to Le Musée d'art Contemporain (@macmtl). HElm by Chef Antonin Mousseau-Rivard. Bistro le Contemporain's menu are often inspired by the exhibition happening at the time which results in inventive and beautiful dishes that's not only a treat to our taste buds but also to our eyes.
TasteMTL three course dinner at $29pp
~ The TasteMTL event was to promote Montreal food scene to both locals and visitors alike, I was extremely surprise that the menu here was only in French. So bear with me while I do my best in translating the menu

~ amuse bouche

Langue de veau façon jambon cuit, sauce gribiche, onion frits, macedoine de legumes, herbes fraîches
 ~ Veal tongue cook in way of ham, sauce gribiche, fried onions, diced veggies salad, fresh herbs
We both ordered this as our appetizer and we were both pleasantly surprise at the portion of this considering it's a prix fixe menu, it could easily be a main course portion. Everything here was just perfect, from the perfectly cook melt-in-your-mouth tongue to the tangy gribiche sauce and the crispy fried onions.

Boudin Noir en Croustade Salée au Ras El Hanout, Chou Rouge, Beurre de Pommes, Petit Juus Corsé +$6 for this option
~ Blood Sausage crusted with Ras El Hanout which is a North African spice mix, red cabbage, apple butter & juices
Thought the appetizer would be my favorite dish but after the first bite here, I change my mind. Once again everything on this plate was amazing from the crusted blood sausage which had the perfect texture and flavors plus love the added crunch from the spice crust. Tied together with the pop of tartness from the red cabbage and sweetness from the apple butter.

Omble Confit Légèrement Fumée au Foin, Foam Carotte-Whiskey-Érable, Fricassée de Giroles et Pois Verts aux Lardons +$7 for this option
~ Confit of Arctic Char lightly smoked with hay, Carrot-Whiskey-Maple Foam, Fricassee of Chanterelle Mushroom, Green Peas with Bacon
This was Janice dish and I didn't try it but she seems to fully enjoy it.

Glace à le Citrouille, Crumble Bacon-Noisettes, Croustillant aux Épices, Simple Crème Brûlée au Sucre D'Érable
~ Pumpkin Ice Cream, Bacon Bits, Spice Crust, Simple Crème Brûlée w/ Maple Sugar
Perfect for the season, love the pumpkin ice cream with the spices together. Love how the Crème Brûlée is so casually scoop on the side with the pop of saltiness from the bacon bits which goes perfectly with the maple sugar. And somehow the ice cream goes really well together with the Crème Brûlée although being almost the same texture and tied together perfectly with the crisp.

Marquise au Chocolat, Crumble Cacao, Glace au Petit Lait Salé, Huile Vierge et Pommes Crues
~ Chocolate Cake, Cacao Crumble, Salted Ice Cream, Apples
This was a very dense cake made with dark chocolate, supoer indugent and extra creamy with the ice cream and sort of refreshing with the apple with the added pop of tartness and crunch.

Verdict :
We both agreed that it was a steal at $29pp
The dishes was very sophisticated and rather large portion for a prix fixe tasting like this.
Taste as good as it look.
Service was great, our waitress keep checking on us to make sure we like everything.

Wish the exhibits were still open since I thought one of the perks dinning at a museum was free admission to the exhibits.
As per our Montreal guide, they have a very nice patio during summer which I would love to visit

 See my re-cap of my TASTE MTL trip here

 *** This meal was complimentary but opinions are my own ***

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