Monday, August 25, 2014

Maison Boulud: Ritz Carlton

On vacation, we always love to go out for at least one gourmet dinner; somewhere with a chef's tasting menu.  In Montreal we chose Maison Boulud in the Ritz Carlton hotel.

This restaurant is the most aesthetically appealing restaurant we've ever dined in.  It was simply beautiful.  You can't really see it, but there is a fountain waterfall outside (behind the bridge).

We ordered the five course, fixed price tasting menu, which we thought was reasonable at $90 per person.  Unlike other tasting menus we've had, the dishes for this one were not listed on the menu.  We had absolutely no idea what we would be eating, which made it even more fun!

The chef sent out an extra large amuse bouche, which was assorted tempura.  It wasn't your average tempura; the batter was like nothing we've had before.  A couple of the pieces were soft shelled crab, and some others were zucchini blossoms, avocado, and calamari.

One of our many servers brought out a giant truffle (just to show us) that the chef uses in many dishes.  It smelled incredible I sort of wanted to grab it and make a run for it ...

Kidding.  Maybe.

The first course was a lobster salad.

There was a lot of lobster in this dish, and the flavours were paired perfectly.

The second course was a mushroom pasta, as the chef is Italian and makes incredible noodles.

I would definitely have ordered these first two courses on their own.  They were very impressive.

The third course was seafood, with vegetables and squid ink

We were surprised by how much we liked the squid ink.

The fourth course was a perfectly cooked beef dish.

The fifth course, dessert, was too sweet for me, but Christopher liked it. 

This was a wonderful dining experience, and we'd definitely return to this restaurant if we are back in Montreal (which I have a feeling we will be).  We've been home for about 36 hours, and I'm sad that this vacation is over.

Oh well, time to start getting excited for our next trip!! 

Have you ordered a chef's tasting menu?  
Where at?  What did you think?

1 comment:

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

Yum, all of that food looks amazing! I am glad that you had such a great dining experience. Restaurants in the Ritz tend to be great. I went to one in Orlando when I was on a business trip in March and the food was awesome and the service was impeccable.

Because of my gluten intolerance, I am usually not able to order tasting menus. :( Which sucks as it would be fun to try some different things. And I think $90 is really reasonable for a special meal like that!