During a cold April night, Cam and I went to check a new restaurant's opening. It's one of the things I love most about my job, discovering new places in my city and at the same time encounter places I never thought I would visit if it weren't for the blog. As I consider myself being an epicurian who loves great food and wine: I couldn't pass on this one of a kind occasion. This time, it was MKT restaurant who invited us, located on Metcalfe Street, right in the middle of downtown. I realize how we weren't well informed of great places to eat in this part of town, since our office is located in the Mile-End borough and I live in Outremont… in other words, we don't often go out downtown. And to our surprise, it's crazy how there are tons of great places to discover at the heart of Montreal! At MKT we serve Italian dishes, but it doesn't stop to pizza and pasta. There's a great selection of seafood which we had the fortunate chance of tasting. Here's what we ate during our night out. First and foremost, we had homemade focaccia, a real delight. True to our habits, we jumped on the bread basket by forgetting the other plates we'll meet in the near future. Rookie mistake.
We then started the night off with a very fresh salad of snow crab and northern shrimp, the Insalata di Granchio to be sound more exotic, which is served with green apple julienne. It's summer at will, I loved the mix of flavors and textures with croutons and apples. It also reminded me of a tartar.
We then tried Calamari Alla Piastra, or grilled squid with tomato sauce. It's a great alternative to fried calamari that ensures the lack of taste of good squid. Here, the seasoning is done to bring forward the basic ingredient and it's perfect that way.
Thereafter, as the Italian tradition requires, we were then at the pasta or risotto dish. We tasted the risotto di Marino, one of the chef's suggestions, by the way the menu constantly changes. That day, it was shrimp, served with a large whole shrimp on top. Creamy to perfection, it was a pretty filling dish! It might be a good idea to share if you want to continue with another dish.
As for the plat de résistance, we had the fish soup with seafood, or Mediteraneo as it would be written on the menu. A comforting mix with pretty much everything you'd find in the sea. Paired with a Chianti wine, it was pure happiness. This dish is also really filling and I think I would've enjoyed it more if I haven't eaten beforehand. Bon appétit!
We could not resist the urge to share a dessert even though we had already eaten too much. Here is the cheesecake with praline ice cream. Honestly, I loved this dessert, I go gaga for nougat, it was really delicious and the pie was not too sweet, which balanced out well with the ice. No complaints about this dessert, yum!
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