July 14, 2013

Holder Restaurant (Montreal)

I went on a quick road trip to Montreal over Canada Day long weekend. It was a pretty last minute trip, so I wasn't able to get a reservation to any of the hot spots (like Le Bremner and Joe Beef). On the first night, we decided to stop by Holder Restaurant based on its glowing reviews from Yelp.
Because we didn't have a reservation, they could only seat us at the bar. It was a shame as the dining room was definitely a lot cozier and more comfortable. I started with a glass of Le Verger Sud, cidre sec, Domaine Pinnacle ($6.00 per glass), which was delicious.
After a 5-hour drive we were all pretty hungry so we had no problem finishing the whole bread basket.
The other couple shared a classic beef tartare ($11.50 for appetizer, $21 for main) as an appetizer. I had a bite and surprisingly, I enjoyed it more than the beef tartare that I had in Paris. The flavours were more subtle.
Jeremy and I also shared an appetizer- fried calamari with a parmesan and panko breading, served with marinara sauce, lemon, and cilantro mayonnaise ($10.50). The exterior had a nice, pleasant crunch, and even though the calamari wasn't extremely tender, it was still very tasty.
The two guys opted for grilled hanger steak with shallots ($21.25) served with potato purée. The steak was well-seasoned, but a little tough. I think I ate all the shallots because they were so yummy!
The girls (myself included) had duck confit with roasted potatoes, arugula, white truffle dressing ($20.50. The duck was absolutely amazing and this was definitely my favourite dish of the meal. The duck leg was all tender, buttery goodness and that crispy skin was perfect! The accompanying salad was much welcomed, providing a nice contrast against the richness of the duck. 
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For dessert, we stopped by Suite 88 Chocolatier for a Suite 88 Sundae ($13.50). The sundae included your choice of brownie with three scoops of gelato, whipped cream, melted chocolate and whipped cream. We chose the hazelnut brownie with pistachio, praline, and gianduja (chocolate and hazelnut paste) gelato. I really wanted a waffle sundae but unfortunately they were out of waffles for the day, so we were stuck with the brownie. This was one expensive sundae, and unfortunately it was an overdose of sweetness. I enjoyed the first few bites, but soon all the melted chocolate and gelato were too overwhelming when combined with the brownie, which was already quite sweet by itself. We could not finish the sundae, which was really too bad given the price.
Suite 88 Chocolatier - de Maisonneuve Ouest on Urbanspoon

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