If you ever find yourself in Montréal get your bony behind down to Europea. On a recent visit for dinner I was blown away by their food, service, ambiance - in short, everything. This modern international-style restaurant is located in the luxury boutique strip not too far from McGill University (so a bit of a hike from the old city if you are staying there).
My dining partner and I ordered their tasting menu which they paired with some delicious wines. The first amuse was a plate of marinated mushroom, fish and potato croquette as well as prunes wrapped in bacon (which on my return to Tokyo was one of the first dishes I cooked!). This was followed by a second amuse of a divine lobster bisque with truffle. This was followed by a plate of cooked and cold foie gras served with pineapple jam and a very drinkable Ontario sticky wine. The next course was a shot glass containing a foam of Caesar salad and bacon - our sole brush with molecular gastronomy for the evening...The main course was a stupendous plate of roasted scallop with prosciutto, duck confit ravioli, shittake mushrooms, artichoke and coconut sauce. Rich doesn't even begin to describe that creation!
This was followed by a dessert of savarin (like a baba au rhum), which was fantastic, and a large plate of petit fours. And as if that wasn't enough a plate of freshly baked madelaines was put in front of us as we drank our coffee, which itself came with chocolates. I finished every last bite that Europea served up and I am not ashamed. The crowd was an interesting mix of families, couples and hard-hitting business associates showing that the place has broad appeal. The staff are not in the least bit pretentious - just clearly a great bunch who love food and love to see you enjoy yourself. If I ever make it back to Montréal I will be back for sure.
Tel: 513 398 9229