TASTE MTL 2013 V.1: La Societe

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Life as a foodie can be tough sometimes. You live in a city full of amazing restaurants, on a tight student budget (even worse as I’m a coffee shop addict and I need a cup of coffee everyday) and then the tourism board decides to throw a huge event with the restaurateurs for 11 days. Alas, TASTE MTL (3 services, 3 prices, 11 days) is making my wallet cry this week! The second edition of Restaurant Week is presented by Les produits d’érable du Québec in association with the SAQ and 125 restaurants in the city are hosting the feasts. What’s so special about this year TASTE MTL is that restaurants are encouraged to integrate maple syrup into their set menu creatively. Not only is maple syrup always a delight in desserts, it also compliments savory food really well. TASTE MTL hopes to aspire more restaurants to integrate maple syrup in their recipes in an innovative way but also encourage consumers/foodies to cook with maple syrup at home!
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My friend Crystal and I reserved a table for two at La Societe, a new French bistro in Loews Hotel Vogue opened in June this year. It’s conveniently located in the middle of downtown so it’s within walkable distance for everyone who lives in McGill / Concordia area. The interior of La Societe is classy and retro, with rustic black decor and long mirrors on the wall, which very much reminded me of Parisians restaurants (I wrote a history essay on the emergence of restaurants in Paris during my first year and apparently mirrors are a huge thing for the French!) Crystal and I decided to share everything together and we ordered Bone Marrow and Oxtail Ragoût and Foie Gras and Maple Parfait for starters. When I took my first bite of the bone marrow, it melt in my mouth in an instance. It was rich, smooth and it counterbalanced with the crunchy toasts served on the side.
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The Foie Gras and Maple Parfait came in a mousse form, with dices of red wine poached pear on the side. The richness of the parfait was made just right and the flavor was brought to another level with the addition of the pears. We scraped every bit of the parfait with our complimentary baguettes. DSC_0592
For the main course, we shared Cassoulet and Maple glazed roasted chicken. The cassoulet is made with a layer of white beans, topped with toulouse sausage, duck confit, ham and pork belly. This is personally my favourite in the set menu as it’s full of different flavors. The sausage was juicy and did not taste too fatty/greasy. The duck confit was so well cooked that the flesh was extremely tender and the crispy skin on top complemented very well with it. The pork belly and ham did not stand out as the others but in total the dish was very hearty and satisfying!
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The maple glazed roasted chicken was very tender and juicy, while the skin was roasted to golden and crisp and glazed with maple syrup. It was accompanied with some roasted potatoes and they were surprisingly well made! It was made just right, slightly crispy on the outer and soft in the inner. DSC_0600
We finished the meal with maple glazed donuts as desserts. I’m a huge fan of donuts and having freshly fried donuts can’t make me any more happier. The donuts were made with a special flour that gave them a sticky texture similar to mochi. They were stuffed with cheese curds and sprinkled with bacon bits on top! This was such a lovely dessert and we were craving for more after we finished them. Definitely a nice touch to finish off the meal.
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On a side note, I ordered a Rosemopolitan (vodka, lemon juice, rose water etc) and it was one of the best cocktails I’ve had. This dreamy drink was topped with rose petals and it was made with a perfect balance of rose water.

In the end, Crystal and I enjoyed our meal at La Societe a lot! I had a lovely time this evening and we did a lot of catching up while we were enjoying the satiating food. It was so interesting to hear how Crystal traveled to Turkey for two months this summer and all the amazing people that she met there (aka staying in a hostel for free while helping out at breakfasts, met a famous Turkish antique collector at a cafe that he owned and showed her his private antique collection!). I can’t wait for more of our foodie ventures to come! And we’ll definitely come back to La Societe again for another meal.

TASTE MTL is running from now until Nov 11th, book a restaurant here if you haven’t done so yet! It’s a perfect opportunity to explore more of the restaurant scene in Montreal ;)

La Societe

1415 Rue de La Montagne
Montréal, QC H3G 1Z3

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