This was not a meal, but a fine dining experience! From the first contact to the time, 3 hours later, that we walked out the door, full but not stuffed, we reveled in a very fine meal.
My companion ordered the smaller tasting menu and I ordered just an appetizer and entree. However, I was treated the same as he, and got all the courses. They graciously accommodated my gluten-free needs in all courses, adjusting as necessary and assuring me with every course. After an initial delicious pre-appetizer, they brought a "lobster cappuccino", a creamy, rich lobster flavored drink in a cappuccino cup. First thing to die for!
I have let a couple of weeks go by and I'm afraid I didn't write it all down, but the courses kept coming. My foie gras appetizer was buttery and delicious. Another little gem was a piece of very rare (raw?) salmon served in a fake book box which when opened, offered a billow of sweetly smelling wood smoke! Such creative presentation! And the salmon melted in our mouths with its wood smoke patina.
Somewhere in there they served a mouth cleanser, cucumber and lime sorbet, delicious as everything else.
Our entrees were scallops for him and Surf and Turf (filet mignon & crab legs) with a wonderful sauce, Bordelaise if I am not mistaken. My bite of his scallop was devine and the filet was wonderful with the sauce.
We did not get the wine pairings, as we can only drink one glass, but each tried a good wine with dinner.
The first dessert brought was best: a passionfruit cream, very light and creamy, just enough to sweeten your tongue. Second they brought a candy tree adorned with with four big fluffs of the pinkest cotton candy, and tied with presumably handmade candies, and dried fruit lollipops. Again, so creatively presented, though our least favorite part of the meal. We would have been fine with just the passionfruit cream.
As if that all wasn't enough, they presented us with take-home packages of small vanilla cakes for him and a large meringue for me (gluten free, of course!)
During the meal we were served by two waiters, and the maître d came around to make sure we were being well cared for. The waiters were there when we needed them but they were not obsequious. Please forgive me M. Tauhiro, If I have some details wrong but I am positive I have the overall rating accurate!
We just wish we got to Montreal more often for a special meal at Restaurant Europea! We both know this is THE BEST dining experience we have had, ever!
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