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Aug 19, 2006 03:29 PM

Le Club Chasse et Peche - a review (longish b/c it was unbelievable!)

I should start by saying that what makes this restaurant phenomenal is not just the unbelievable food, it is the impecable service paired with a complete lack of attitude. There were some very beautiful people eating all around us (I swear I recognized some minor celebs)and some folks who clearly had some cash to burn. No one was in suits, but the casual outfits on display were not cheap.

We came in, clearly not among these glitterati, and were treated with incredible respect. Lambert and the rest of the staff made us feel completely welcome and as if their only purpose that night was to serve our table. We gave ourselves over to Lambert, letting him choose our dinner for us. When ordering wine he asked our wine budget and suggested that we let him pair our wine with each individual course instead, and we happily agreed.

We started with champagne (it is our honeymoon!) and he brought out oysters to go with it. They were New Brunswick oysters, mildly salty. Two were plain, two were topped with creme friache and caviar and the final two were baked with cheese and chorizo.

Next came scallops, just barely cooked, seared on top and topped with a lemon creme sauce and resting on a fennel and garlic puree sauce. The effect all together was like eating scallops in merangue. These were paired with a lovely gewuertztraminer.

We shared two main courses. The first was duck, paired with a St. Emilion. (The duck up here is quite gamey - not sure how I feel about it.) It came with a little confit, a tiny bit of mashed potatoes, and a black truffle, which we cut up and mixed in with the confit/potato. Un-frickin-believable. The magic of the dishes is that each ingredient blends perfectly with the others, but is completely memorable in and of itself. I can name every vegetable that came with the duck, I think - a lovely little carrot, a white radish, a golden beet. I actually wanted to lie down on the floor with bliss at this point,(although the glass of wine with every course may have had something to do with that as well).

Next came beef, paired with a granache/cab-sav blend. The sauce was lovely, and included lima beans and pearl onions - two vegetables I care little for, normally, but were done perfectly here. They brought out another slice of their fantastic bread (crisp and flakey crust, whole grain bread...yum) to mop up the juice with. This also came with a little plate of vegetables: A little mound of corn and tomato succotash, a parsnip puree, and a fig (what a fig!) baked with gorgonzola.

A cheese course followed, with another glass of the gewuerztraminer. A spanish, a swiss and a french cheese. I have to say, the first two were a nice sort of palette cleanser more than anything, with only the french cheese standing out.

Dessert for me was a chocolate cakey thing with whipped cream and walnuts. My husband had a shortcake tart with wild blackberries and blueberries. We ordered port to go with it - our only mistake. We should have asked the staff what to have. The port was lovely, it just didn't go with the dessert in the symphonic way all the other wines before had gone with the food.

We paid $300, and will scrimp and save to do it again. It was a perfect combination of theater, fantastic food and highly trained and professional servers all done with a completely chill attitude that I have yet to see anywhere else.

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  1. Great review, commie hound! Your report had me drooling. Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us. (Note to self: Must book reservation at CC&P soon!)

    1. I second everything you wrote!
      I brought my boyfriend there for his birthday last year and we had the most wonderful evening, every bite was orgasmic. really, I never ate that good!
      the stunning interior design was done by Bruno Braün. ( who designed BILY KUN on mont-royal and HB BAR ROOM in the cute little village of Ste-Thérèse up north)

      I am so happy this place is getting all the credit it deserves...
      I have my boyfriends birthday on saturday again, and this year, I know I wont be able to top that experience *if anyone has a suggestion, let me know!

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      1. re: jennina

        Fow a completely different...but oh so good experience, maybe you could try Raza on Laurier? South American chef Mario Naverette makes a fine and revisited version of his native country's typical food. Loved it.

      2. thats hilarious (and coincidental!),
        he brought me there for my birthday in february,
        we have a type of competition going on!!
        yes, I loved Raza too, I think I will reserve at Anise,
        We have never been...and I hear its quite a magical experience...

        1. It sounds like the perfect honeymoon diner! I know exactly how you feel. My partner and I went there and had such a wonderful meal we felt like laughing with pleasure. Every bit of the meal, from the tongue in (cod) cheek decor to the owners gathered around our table to talk about an inexpensive bottle of wine to the creative, lovely food makes this a restaurant these Torontonians envy...And, happily, we went into the (spotless and organized) kitchen afterward. Wonderfully humble chef!

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          1. re: duckliver

            We've already made reservations for when we're in Montreal in September. After reading this review, I'm not sure we can wait 'til then! Thank you for posting it!

          2. Do you think that Club Chasse et Pêche would do for a single diner on an odd night or did it seem especially couply? I'm spending some time in Montreal (from Boston) and am looking for a $100-$250 meal pp. I've been disappointed with Bonaparte's, didn't like the menu at Brumoise (sp?) and like Chez l'Epicier, but want something on a higher level this time.

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            1. re: sailormouth

              I've heard some good reviews of Toqué, but I've not personally eaten there.

              1. re: sailormouth

                Even though Toqué serves excellent food (haven't tried the new location though) I think Le Club Chasse et Pêche would be better suited for a single diner. The food is as amazing as Commie Hound reported, the staff is very helpful and it isn't what I would call couply. You vould probably get a seat at the bar and enjoy a really nice evening. I've had the most extraordinary nights there. It easily fits your budget too.

                1. re: Simon Patrice

                  Thanks for your help! and, one last question and I hope you don't think I'm being horribly provincial, but can I expect most Montreal restos to be open on Sundays and Mondays?

                  1. re: sailormouth

                    No, most are either closed Sunday, Monday, or both. Le Club Chasse et Peche, for example, is closed both Sunday and Monday. The same is true for Toqué. This topic has come up many times on this forum. Do a search. You should be able to find lists of restos that are open Sunday or Monday.