After about a week of having a less than harty appitite I am feeling better. Thanks guys for caring 🙂 Anyhow I am finally going to wrap up Montreal. Brace yourself boys and girls its gonna be a long one so if you need to grab a snack go ahead I’ll wait…. Ok we good? Then lets get on with it!
First I want to say this will definitely not be our last trip to Montreal. It is a beautiful and friendly city and the food; oh the food! So where di we leave off? I believe I left you hangin on my birthday night dinner. On my way home from walking in the rain all day I spotted a very cozy bistro just about 4 blocks from the hotel. Considering my day I figured that would be a perfect little spot to enjoy a nice relaxed dinner. So around 9pm we headed out, it had stopped raining so we figured we would walk. We got about 1/3 of the way there and all of a sudden the sky opened up and pummeled us with ice. M quickly grabbed my hand and pulled us into a bus stop to let it blow over. After a while it hadn’t stopped so we just braved it! We arrived at l’Aromate and were quickly seated in a nice cozy table in the back. The atmosphere was very comfortable, though not overtly a “date” spot it was romantic and casual. We promptly ordered a bottle of wine to take the chill off, a nice Bordeaux; you just can’t go wrong! We also ordered an appetizer to share while we mulled over our dinner options. Roasted baby pears stuffed with goat cheese and wrapped with duck prosciutto with a roasted red pepper coulis. YUM! Sweet, salty, creamy, everything together in 1 bite. So perfect in fact that right now I have baby pears in the refrigerator just waiting for my interpretation!
Next we ordered our main courses. M ordered Chicken Breast stuffed with Portobellos wrapped in prosciutto and topped with a buttery oregano sauce. I know it does not sound extremely interesting but it was extremely tasty. The chicken was cooked perfect, still juicy with a nice touch of fat from the prosciutto. The sauce was not too heavy and went great with the grilled polenta it was served with.
Considering it was my birthday I decided to go for it and I ordered Grilled Sirloin topped with Foie Gras and a Red Wine reduction. Oh Yeahy! My only complaint with this dish was my own fault. I like my meat rare, always have. As a child I used to sneak raw meat from the cutting board. My mother used to say I must have been switched with Rosemary’s Baby at the birth. However, my love of rare meat does not include rare fat, it fact its quite the opposite; I like my fat crispy! Though the meat was cooked perfect to my order given with the cut I could have gone a medium rare. That being said it was still luscious! Just look at that big hunk of fioe gras just sitting on top!
After a wonderful dinner we both ordered dessert! M has this trick he plays, see I prefer to share a dessert but sometimes he just wants it all to himself. To insure that, given my dislike of chocolate he orders the most chocolately thing on the menu and that he did. Warm brownie topped with a tiramasu mouse. From what he says it was to die for! I did try the tiramisu mouse and yes it was yummy.
Ok Maybe I won’t be wrapping up Montreal today. But I am very close. Tomorrow I will try again. At least I have given you something to chew on on for now!