Le Canard Mort
New resto owned (i believe) by the same people involved with le rossignol. i think its more basic bistro. Queen and Logan in the old barrio space> saw they were open today. Anyone been, have any intel?
Had an unplanned date night with the BF last night and we ended up at Le Canard Mort. After our first visit I can say that I think this is a great casual addition to the hood!
We had two beers (both Quebec beers) two cocktails, the olives, the sweetbreads, the calamari, the halloumi.
The cocktails were tasty and unique. Mine was lavender and orange as the main tasting notes and it was lovely.
The warmed olives were a generous serving and a lovely variety.
The sweetbreads were done buffalo wing style and while that’s not my fav preparation they were hot, crispy, tender and cleaned well. The blue cheese “dip” provided was the prefect version and I wish I could have it with wings! :
The calamari was served with greens, roasted cheery tomatoes, sun dried olives and I believe spring onion with a slightly sweet house made dressing. The salad was a little over dressed for my liking but the calamari was done perfectly, the pairings were lovely and the portion generous.
The halloumi salad had the same greens as the calamari but was dressed with a more savoury dressing and featured orange and grapefruit segments and pickled fennel. Overall a very good dish but I would have like the grilled halloumi to be a bit hotter.
All in all this is a great casual addition the hood blowing away the food at Joy and the Roy located right next door.
I’m sure I will sample the menu from beginning to end before too long!
The BF and I went back on Monday and I had the most amazing cocktail. It is called the Earl Grey and it was AMAZING! Really worth the visit alone.
For dinner this time we had the snails, the smoked white fish nicoise style salad and the chicken cordon bleu. Both the salad and the chicken were great. While not traditional, the salad had sliced potato, oven roasted tomato, green beans and house smoked white fish topped with a prefectly poached egg. The frisee could have used a little more sald but over all it was very good.
The chicken cordon bleu was stuff with raclette instead of the traditional swiss and it was great!! I would order it again in a second.
The only miss of the night were the snail. Instead of the traditional garlic butter/mushroom it was like a chicken pot pie but with snails. Very very strange and not really appealing.
I'm really happy that this place has moved into the hood. I'm sure this is going to be a regular night out for us.
Anyone tried the Lobster Pot Pie? Is it similar to the one Micheal Minna does at his various restaurants? I am planning a visit next week and would luv to get input on what to try.
Here is what I wrote: (3 out of 5)
The initial reviews were great for this place so I was really looking forward to my visit here. Made the reservation online and showed up a little bit early. I normally don;t go to this area of town so it was a pleasant surprise to see an eclectic mix of dining options here. There were supposed to be 4 of us but one from the group couldn't make it so it ended up being 3 of us. I ordered the Delirium Tremens one of my go to beer when on draft, partners in crime ordered La Fin Du Monde and and interesting take on a sprtizer (I forgot what it is called it was mixture of prosecco, soda and lemonade with some black berries)
We decided to to order one appetizer of sweet breads, I ordered the Lobster pot pie, others had Steak Frites and Lobster Cob Salad. Now the wait began the service in dining area was good and our water was topped up regularly but we waited a good half and hour or so for the appetizer. The sweet breads were fried and drenched in buffalo sauce. The Batter was thick and then sauce completely over powered this delicacy. One could not even taste the sweet breads, a very surprising dish for a french place and not in a good way. Well now the wait for mains began and it went on for a while the place was packed for a Monday but this kind of wait is bordering on unacceptable.
Finally the mains arrived the lobster pot pie was like a soup the pastry crust though moist wasn't rich enough. The lobster pieces were small and bechamel sauce was too light and unlike the other lobster pot pies I have had and no taste (most of them get it with sherry I guess) The steak was too rare and lobster salad was salty. Now for a bistro style place it was underwhelming. The kitchen is quite small and maybe that explains the long wait. The service and booze options added half a star otherwise we are looking at 2.5 Star max as we paid reasonable amount of money here. The drink menu is awe inspiring with pages and pages of cocktails and a very good beer list. 3 Star with the help of service and booze selection. Its hard to recommend a bistro type place where the alcohol over shadows the food.
I went to a private party there a week or so ago and it was lovely. There were approx 40 women, we had a number of little apps with wine, then sat down for dinner. We had a selection of 2 apps (I had the soup - very tasty) and 3 mains. Many of us ordered the salmon, but there was also a mac & cheese for vegetarians and steak & frites. I think we were all happy with our choices. Dessert was a selection, quite nice.
I live just down the street from the restaurant and I'd go back.
Had a fantastic meal there last night. Grilled Shrimp Cobb Salad, and the Grilled Seafood Platter, including Shrimp, Salmon, Mussels, Clams, and Grilled Calamari served on a warm potato salad. My friend had the Bouillabaisse and practically licked the bowl. Wonderful, would definitely go back! The Chef even came to our table to check on us. Attentive service, maybe a wee bit TOO attentive!
I had the grilled seafood platter last night too, and it was brilliant! Al the components perfectly cooked, especially the salmon with a nice char on the outside. And the mushroom soup first course was absolutely wonderful, I could have eaten the whole pot. Creme caramel for dessert was good too. $40 for those three courses was a bargain, I'm surprised it wasn't more busy on a Saturday night.
The Chef came out last night too, he seemed very uncomfortable with the whole situation and scurried back to the kitchen as soon as possible!