Wednesday, February 22, 2012

LES 400 COUPS HOSTS CHEF JASON FRANEY - MONTREAL HIGHLIGHTS FESTIVAL


As part of the gastronomy portion of the Montreal Highlights Festival, this year chef Jason Franey of Canlis restaurant in Seattle, formerly executive sous chef to chef Daniel Humm at Eleven Madison Park in NYC, visited to execute two back-to-back dinner services as guest chef with the team at one of our favorite Montreal restaurants - Les 400 Coups. The meal was nothing short of spectacular, a truly memorable experience on a level of meticulousness that we rarely, if ever experience here in Montreal. We have several of what we would unquestionably, in our humble opinion, consider to be world class restaurants in Montreal but nothing that parallels this type of labor-intensive, elaborate dining, plated with such scrupulous precision. Cooking and plating like this is the culinary equivalent of neurosurgery that our skill-level of photography doesn't offer its due-justice. 

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

LA SALA ROSA


We were recently invited to a birthday celebration that was held at La Sala Rosa. Part concert hall, part bar, part restaurant, it's located on St Laurent near the corner of St Joseph. We walked in the door with a Spanish flag waving over the awning to what didn't strike us as a restaurant, at this point we still weren't quite sure if we were in the right place. After a quick look around we noticed a bar to our left, a small dining room on the right and a crowd on their way up a flight of stairs. We found our friends in a dining room by the bar that we had missed on our initial look-around. The mood is lively, and the room if full of people drinking and sharing small plates of tapas. We joined our group and were greeted by a friendly waiter who took our drink order. The rest of our group arrived in the minutes that followed including a few unexpected guests; the restaurant made no issues about accommodating the unanticipated extra people happily providing additional seating which was nice.