For our 6 year anniversary, the fiancé and I felt like it had been a while since we dined on the Plateau… Montreal’s famous district for the “nouveaux arrivants français” and the granola hipsters (and I say this in the nicest way).
In front of one of the city’s most appreciated natural landmark, the Mount Royal, sits a restaurant like few exist in our charming and vibrant city: Le Filet. Le Filet opened its doors a little under a three years ago, and ever since it’s been packed! With reason: the food, the service and the wine and drinks are all exceptional.
Despite what certain say, I’ve rarely been so impressed with a restaurant’s menu in Montreal. Trends wanting everything to be “home-y”, bistro-like, sometimes overwhelming and even sloppy… Le Filet sits at the complete opposite end of the spectrum offering modernized fine dining that has blown my mind every single time.
An ultra sleek decor and the noise level can be at times distracting, it all depends what you look for in a restaurant… but as soon as your first course hits the table, you’re eyeing the bait and completely lured in.
Our meal kicked off with three sets of oysters: raw or cooked, they were simply divine. Those who have read my post on Tomales Bay can only start to understand the love I have for the mollusc.
Then came the Red Tuna Tartare and the Hamachi. I know, I know, sinful to eat a specie that is bordering extinction, but how can you not when it tastes this good, and is prepared with such respect! Not to mention that the Chef de cuisine’s Japanese upbringing completely shines through this dish: Sesame Oil and Seeds, Salmon Roe, fried Seaweed, emulsified Egg Yolk (which I skipped on), and a little tang and spice on the finale…Just thinking about it makes my mouth water! As for the Hamachi: the sumac is subtle and the taste, bang on!
We continued on with one of the Mount-Royal Salads, a mix of scallop carpaccio, orange supreme, pureed avocado, asparagus, and beets. Fresh, well-balanced, and textured. The yuzu made all the difference!
After the flounder with japanese plum, the grilled octopus, and the cavatelli, you’d think one would be full, but these plates are made for sampling and sharing, which leaves you wanting more! And we dove into our Wagu Tataki. Served with miso glazed grilled King Oyster mushrooms and grilled eggplant, with just enough tanginess and heat. I wanted more!
All in all, if you’re to eat here (which you absolutely should), trust the staff to guide you through your dish choices and the sommelier to recommend what will go best with your meal. These guys are experts!
Price: Pricey, but seriously worth the money. 6 shared dishes with wine for 2, you’ll be paying close to $200.
Where: 219 Avenue du Mont-Royal Ouest, Montreal, QC.