I helped a friend move house last weekend and after drinking a lot of champagne to celebrate, we head to a nearby restaurant (local also to the office which handy, should I wish to return). We went to L'Orignal, moose in French, happily it was on my list of must visit restaurants.
It seemed weirdly quiet for a Friday, something I put down to the bank hols but in actual fact it was because the Habs were playing, that's Montreal's hockey team, they're in the play offs, I feel so Canadian right now, it's actually very exciting, and the Montreal Canadiens are smashing it. Yay. Anyway, food.
I asked what I should try and was told the smoked duck ($17) is the one. So I did as I was told and was fairly happy with the meat itself, though the skin could have been a little crispier. The cold accompaniments were a bit lazy in my opinion, a salad, some beans on top of the meat, some mustard seeds and pickles, not much skill anywhere besides the meat. Lovely duck though.
I was much happier about the following 2 courses, the lamb shank with broccoli and parpadelle ($33) was virtually faultless, I would have liked more pasta, but I really ought to eat less carbs, so really they've done me a favour.
For dessert we shared the deconstructed tiramisu, I gave it my usual "urgh - I don't even want dessert" but this really impressed. Crunchy coffee soaked biscuits, coffee granita and floral topped mascarpone, it looked and tasted the part. I do hate the fonceness of a deconstructed dessert but this was genuinely a treat. I don't suppose I should be surprised.
They have a rather nice bar area too. The whole place feels kind of wood cabiny and cosy, the menu is heavily meaty and it all just works. I'll be back. One minor gripe, I told the waiter I didn't like Chardonnay, and he gave us a chardonnay blend, I'm actually allergic to Chardonnay (I get all sniffley) but he felt bad and I should have said. I lived to tell the tale and drank more Chardonnay on Saturday. Virtually a convert.
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p.s. I've not decided what to do with the blog name yet, might change it, after my London trip in June. Stay with me.