We were looking forward to Le Grain De Sel experience. We continue to read great reviews about this place and it has been rated Montreal’s number 1 restaurant on Trip advisor for quite some time and so we knew we had to visit. The place is somewhat small and modest and the neighbourhood is an interesting choice. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable and take their time to explain the menu in detail.
They start you off with a variety of home made sauces such as ketchup, mayo, butter and home made bread which are all succulent and delicious. Next we had the Spicy steak tartare with home-made potato chips and balsamic vinegar and the Wild boar mini burgers with pickles and a spicy home-made mayonnaise. Our entrees were excellent and well balanced in taste and spices but that being said we feel that the steak tartare wasn’t the best we’ve had. As our main we had the Wild mushroom raviolis and Xérès wine sauce and Parmigiano Reggiano and the Smoked organic pork shoulder, cucumber, King oyster mushroom and dashi which I believe is their signature dish. The Ravioli was exquisite and the mushrooms are probably the best we’ve ever had. Unfortunately we cannot say the same about the smoked shoulder pork, we were not fans of this dish but it could just be personal taste. On a positive note, the chef does take the time to visit your table and enquire about your vist.
Overall, we find the chef at this place is an expert at fusing different ingredients and flavors together and creates beautiful dishes that are different but tasty. We expected it to be a little more than what we experienced but maybe we fell for the hype this restaurant has received.
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