TASTE MTL 2013 v.2 : Le Newtown

Taste MTL just came to an end this Monday and here’s another post on one of the restaurants that I tried over the weekend! My friend Eva (check out her blog here) and I made a lunch reservation at Le Newtown, an American restaurant that’s located on Crescent in downtown.We had a maple pumpkin soup to start with and it was served with bacon and cheddar grissinni. The soup was quite thick but not too heavy. The bacon and cheddar grissinni was slightly crispy on the outer and puffy and soft in the inner. It made a good contrast with the mild sweetness of the soup.

For main course, I ordered slow cooked maple glazed veal blade orzotto. The veal was succulent and tender. What really stands out in the dish is the orzotto (made with pearl parley. It was very chewy and flavorful as it was seasoned with cheese and white wine. Its texture slightly resembles the texture of risotto. That being said, it was very filling and I was about to pass out in food coma after I finished it.


Eva had the free range chicken confit cassoulet (as she doesn’t eat beef) and we both agreed that it was not as good as we expected. Our expectations were definitely a bit high since we just had really well made cassoulet from La Societe! The chicken was rather blend and a bit overcooked that it wasn’t juicy enough. The white beans were also too dry and did not have much flavor to it.

I’m a huge fan of nougat and this frozen nougat did not disappoint! Bathed in a caramel milky sauce, the nougat was served with candied maple nuts (just like popcorns!). The texture was quite soft yet a bit crunchy with the addition of the nuts at the same time. I like how the chef added bits of berries into the nougat, which counterbalanced with the nougat splendidly.
Eva had the Baba au rum, a small yeast cake soaked in rum. The cake did not taste too strong of rum and overall this dessert wasn’t that special. I would definitely voted for the frozen nougat!

In the end, Eva and I really enjoyed our meal at Le Newtown. The portion was generous enough to induce a small food coma and the service was attentive and quick. Our waiter made sure everything was alright and each dish was served very promptly. The ambiance of the restaurant is very classy and it would be a great spot for date nights and birthday celebrations. I would definitely love to visit Le Newtown again with a few friends in the future!

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