Every year for the last 5 or so my wife, daughter, friends and I make the trip to this restaurant during our week long holiday in Quebec's Laurentians.
From the outside, you would not be impressed and most likely would not expect to see the quality of food and personal service provided at this 15 table restaurant. It sits @ 1400 Rue Ste. Adele which is really old Hwy#117 on the scenic route from Montreal up to Mont Tremblant and places North. Poorly signed and hidden by tree brances when approaching from the North.... this site can easily be missed. Parking is available (at night) from the adjoining closed medical building.
Once seated , however, your experience begins. Two distinct menus are offered... A three course Duck feast ( 2 foie gras otions - pan fried or cold terrine) Margaret Duck Breast reduced in Rhone Wine and , GUESS WHAT... MORE FOIE GRAS, and a dessert of 3 chocolats with caramel sauce @ $42.00 8 plus a $11.00 supplement for the pan fried vs cold foie gras; or a Table D' Hote Menu with Beef Steak, Seafood, Lamb,Pork... but you go to this restaurant for the Pan Seared Foie Gras.... It is just "drop dead" good.
Appetizers include home Smoked Salmon, Escargots, Scallops, Lobster Bisque etc....for those not into the duck delight.
Main course include Shrimp or Scallops ( Lobster in season), Pork Tenderloin, Lamb Medallios, Mushroom Risotto .... Most having some connection to a foie gras sauce!!! BUT....FOR THOSE "HEALTHY FOLKS"... MY PERSONAL FAVOURITE... Sweetbreads and Pan Fried Foie Gras in a Cassis (Red Currant) Sauce. You literally can hear/feel your arteries block as you eat this dish... BUT YOU CANNOT STOP YOURSELF.
The wine list is pretty good...Most decent French wines run $56+ . The chef, Denis Genero, originates from St. Tropez in France and has won many international awards locally as well as during his training in Europe and Montreal. He is a Foie Gras Ambassador to Canada and has worked with Cardiac Units in Montreal to study the health risques of Foie Gras in our once and awhile diet choices. He also makes home made NUGAT candy for after meal free treat...... as if we needed it ... ha/ha.
As long as foie gras remains obtainable in that region, I will continue to make my annual trip to this restaurant. In Ottawa, Peta and other animal protection groups are picketing restaurants to curtail the sale of foie gras. So far this restaurant remains the best source for foi gras in the driveable vicinity.
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Garnett, Ottawa, Canada
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