Cacao Barry chocolate desserts on MTLàTABLE menus
If you love great food, fall is an especially sweet season in Montréal with the annual arrival of restaurant week, MTLàTABLE. From November 1 to 11, 2018, you can taste the best of Montréal in neighbourhoods across the city with fixed-price table d’hôte and brunch menus.
But wait, it gets even sweeter: once again this year, master chocolatiers Cacao Barry challenged participating restaurants to create an original dessert featuring their mouth-watering Cacao Barry chocolate ingredients. The fifteen winners were chosen based on the creativity and originality of their dessert offerings.
Here are the restaurants who aced the chocolate challenge and the delectable desserts they added to their MTLàTABLE menus. Don’t forget to save room for dessert!
Known for its South American fire and grill fare, ASADO gives you a glimpse of its sweet side with a yogurt and lemon crémeux, Aliments Massawippi miso, pears and beet dessert.
Dine in the company of Old Masters at the cozy Beaux-Arts Restaurant in the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and finish with its Avril Choco (chocolate ganache with Avril Amaretto).
Situated steps from the historical and iconic Notre-Dame Basilica, Brasserie 701’s winning dish is a comforting dark chocolate chip cookie served with chocolate ganache and caramel and topped with caramelized peanuts.
Hoogan et Beaufort
Chef Marc-André Jetté’s Hoogan et Beaufort wins with its Zephyr caramel cream, sea buckthorn gel, carrot sorbet and spiced chiffon.
Kyo Bar Japonais
The upscale izakaya Kyo Bar Japonais in Old Montréal is offering its own unique spin on a Mogador dessert, with a Cacao Barry white chocolate dome, mango and passion fruit mousse, milk chocolate feuillantine and Baccio ice cream.
A bustling spot for the in-crowd, the Petite-Patrie’s La Bêtise’s chocolate fondant, 65% dark chocolate, coconut cream, raspberry and mascarpone mousse and chocolate and nut crumble will surely be a hit this year.
Head to Le Blumental in the Quartier des spectacles for its Lac-St-Jean Blueberry Pie, with Alunga milk chocolate ganache.
Les Cavistes Restaurant Wine Bar
Les Cavistes Restaurant Wine Bar is an award-winning neighbourhood bistro. This year, its pumpkin financier spiked with fall spices and served with white chocolate cream took one of the top prizes.
Les Coudes sur la table
Check out Les Coudes sur la table, located in the heart of Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, for their winning 70% dark chocolate brownie, with passion fruit, whipped cream and sweet clover.
Les Fillettes, a quaint neighbourhood bistro in Outremont, will be serving a decadent chocolate cake with mascarpone with cardamom, M. Bertrand apple jelly and hazelnut.
Moleskine, a popular restaurant famous for its wood-fired pizza, offers a decadent dark chocolate flan served with a fragrant basil genoise, topped with cocoa crumble and garnished with local Québec sea buckthorn.
Book early if you want to get in to Martin Juneau’s Pastaga, in Little Italy, during MTLàTABLE, and if you can, try to reserve the chef’s table to be right in the heart of the culinary action. Pastaga was selected this year for its dark chocolate mousse, sponge toffee and caramel foam.
Restaurant de l’ITHQ
Taste the future of local culinary talent with a visit to the Restaurant de l’ITHQ, run by hospitality industry students. It was selected for its chocolate éclair and Gamma-Ray Burst (we are as intrigued as you are).
Restaurant Le Square
If you’re taking a stroll along the Main, try Restaurant Le Square and its bittersweet chocolate cream in a jar with Speculoos cookie crumble and Thai basil.
Like surprises? Reserve at La Sauvagine during restaurant week and sample its “Winter Breeze”, the chef’s signature chocolate creation!
Jason Lee, blogger
Jason is a food eater and picture taker. As the blogger behind Shut Up and Eat, he covers everything food, from recipes to reviews. Jason has vowed that he will not stop until he has officially eaten his way across Montréal. It’s a big claim, and it’s one he’s making.
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