What I Got For My BIRTHDAY: More Calories at Scarlet Exclusive
Photos taken / written by JENNIFER MAHON | This post was read 846 times
I know - not a travel post (more to come soon!) but could not resist posting my other passion - food!
Even though we went on December 26, this was technically the birthday dinner that my hubs set up.
A bit of background info: My hubs has been going to Cafe Gentile for years for lunch, boasting about how amazing the food is there (he’s got some set up with Anthony there, where he makes him pretty much anything he feels like and my hubs is always super impressed with the flavor profile), so when Anthony and his partners opened up a new resto in Old Montreal, this was the perfect opportunity for me to try out what my hubs has been rubbing in my face every Friday for how many years by sending me mouth-watering food pics from his custom made lunches at Gentile's.
What can I say about Scarlet Exclusive? I friggin’ love it. The décor is beautiful – a mix of modern and vintage, it’s a touch Baroque in style with a gorgeous lavish bar area, an expansive dining room with imposing chandeliers, chic ornate mirrors decorating the walls and of course, the ever-present old brick walls in Old Montreal. As for the food, Chef Nelson came out and explained all the dishes to us as they were being served - every dish is freshly cooked on the premises using locally sourced ingredients and the menu offers a good range - a delightfully delicious dining experience (more on food below).
Fresh bread and olive oil
YOU'VE GOT TO EAT THE.......
APPETIZER SAMPLE PLATTER
Smoked Duck Breast, Fried Foie Gras, Jelly on Brioche: There's nothing quite like the smell of smoked duck breast - and I had to concentrate hard on what Chef Nelson was telling us because the aroma was absolutely intoxicating. The smoked duck, the fried foie gras and jelly on the slice of lightly toasted brioche was exquisitely sweet and rich in flavor.
Endive Salad: with mixed greens, potatoes, radish, parmesan shavings, walnut oil, pumpkin seeds and balsamic. A wonderfully light salad that packs a whole lot of flavor.
Grilled Octopus Salad: What goes better with octopus than spuds? The well-seasoned chunks are tossed with purple potatoes, fennel, olives, tomatoes, basil, lemon and sherry. Wow. You've got to try it - the octopus was perfectly grilled and incredibly tender.
Homemade Smoked Trout: Cold smoked in-house, the trout was super moist with a light smoky flavor, served with quail eggs, dill, crème fraîche and beets.
Shrimp à la Plancha: Seasoned with smoked paprika and garlic flower and served with a white bean purée, this was delicious! The smell alone is enough to make your mouth water, and the taste does not disappoint.
DUCK CONFIT AGNOLOTTI
Oysters.....I have to admit, my first time trying them
Sample platter of appetizers
Endive salad - mixed greens, potatoes, radish, parmesan shavings, walnut oil, pumpkin seeds and balsamic
Endive salad - mixed greens, potatoes, radish, parmesan shavings, walnut oil, pumpkin seeds and balsamic Grilled octopus salad - fennel, chorizo chips, blue potatoes, lemon, sherry, olives, basil
Grilled octopus salad - fennel, chorizo chips, blue potatoes, lemon, sherry, olives, basil Homemade smoked trout, quail eggs, dill, crème fraîche and beets
Homemade smoked trout, quail eggs, dill, creme fraiche and beets Shrimp à la plancha - smoked paprika, garlic flower, white bean purée
Shrimp à la plancha - smoked paprika, garlic flower, white bean purée Grilled octopus salad, fennel, chorizo chips, blue potatoes, lemon, sherry, olives, basil
Grilled octopus salad, fennel, chorizo chips, blue potatoes, lemon, sherry, olives, basil Duck Confit Agnolotti & Arugula Cavatelli
Duck Confit Ravioli & Arugula Cavatelli Duck Confit Agnolotti (ravioli), foie gras, sage and parmesan emulsion
Duck Confit Ravioli, foie gras, sage and parmesan emulsion Arugula Cavatelli, braised rabbit, pancetta, fresh ricotta, pistachios and lemon zest
Arugula Cavatelli, braised rabbit, pancetta, fresh ricotta, pistachios and lemon zest Osso Buco & Pan-Seared Cod
Osso Buco & Pan-Seared Cod Osso Buco, northern mushroom sauce, polenta with sun-dried tomatoes
Osso Buco, northern mushroom sauce, polenta with sun-dried tomatoes Pan-seared cod with onions, potatoes, white wine, cream, egg, olives, parsley and watercress sprouts
I wish you could be cloned, because we need more of you - I love the photos and I love the way you write
I like the style of writing on your blog.
This was an extremely informative, well-written, interesting post. Photos are gorgeous too - ça va sans dire
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I hear they have an amazing terrasse, I can't wait to try this resto
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