Thursday, December 3, 2009

Oh Canada - Bonaparte Restaurant

Recently I went to Canada and found my new favorite restaurant, Bonaparte. Situated in Old Montreal, the restaurant is part of a 30 room hotel in the Historic area. When you walk in you feel like you've stepped onto the set of a French film. The ambience is very soothing, the wait staff is very helpful and the seats are really comfortable.

I decided to go with the tasting menu, which included a choice between soup or salad, an appetizer and an entree.

I chose the Following:

To start a Lobster Bisque with enhanced ginger. However, I was not impressed. It was higly under salted for my taste.

Next Smoked Salmon rosette with chive oil, lime flesh, capers, red onions and tomato accompaniments. This dish was so creative. It was the first time I had lime that was meant to be eaten as part of the dish.

The lime brightened up my entire palate. It tied the whole dish together so beautifully that it literally blew my mind. It sounds simple but wow the flavors. The acidity of the lime, the saltiness of the capers, the tartness of the red onion, the sweetness of the tomato and the smokiness of the salmon it was to die for. The use of the lime was so special and really showed how one ingredient can make a huge impact.

Now the Smoked Salmon appetizer had me at hello. But the Shrimp and Scallops entree was not going down without a fight.

Let me describe the Shrimp and Scallops to you... It was heaven on a little plate. If you are in Montreal you must, I repeat, MUST go there and try this dish. With aromas of vanilla, the spicy floral kick from the pink peppercorns, and slight crunch of the shrimp and scallops... it is in my top 10 favorite entrees of all time.

{Perfect end to a delicious meal a Dessert Tray.
I was so full but still managed to eat the fabulous Creme Brulee}

What I really liked about my experience at Bonaparte was the imagination in the dishes. The ingredients were not overpowering and they worked in such a magical way. It inspired me to incorporate the ideas for Sunday brunches. Now I serve smoked salmon with fresh lime and capers as an homage to that wonderful little restaurant in Montreal. Oh Canada.

1 comment:

Jackie said...

My husband and I are going to Montreal for our anniversary and I stumbled on your site doing a search. Thanks for the review. Can you recommend any other restaurants while we're there?

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