I went back to Helena during MTL à TABLE and this time was even better than the lunch special! The presentation of the food is just so beautiful. The taste is delicious and the food is just the right portion for us.
The grilled octopus is very tender and reminded me of Greek grilled octopus. Super good! That’s my favorite appetizer.
The olive puree on the black cod is the highlight of the dish. It complements the fish perfectly.
Speaking of Portuguese dessert, most people will think of natas. Helena’s version is cute and sweet. And the chocolate crumbs are surprisingly delicious too! Not just a useless decoration. 🙂
Venti Osteria is a fine Italian restaurant located in Old Montreal. It serves up delicious and slightly pricy food. But the overall atmosphere is warm and welcome. And the food is amazing! I’ve always been skeptical about expensive Italian food because I don’t think they are that much different from each other. But Venti Osteria truly blew my mind!
We went during Montreal a Table event and tried their $39 table d’hôte menu.
The tuna is super delicious! All the ingredients added to the flavor of the tuna and the acidity of the olives is perfect with the fish. This is probably my favorite dish of the night.
Veal tail is a bit exotic for me. I feel it’s lacking a little bit of flavor. But the tail is cooked very well and melt in the mouth.
This is surprisingly spicy. But very good.
All of the main dishes are well prepared and very flavorful (and filling!) My favorite would be the shrimp on the trout!
At this stage we were already so full that we thought we couldn’t eat another bite. But the tiramisu was light, moist and fluffy, we finished it all… Such piglets we are…
Overall, this is a great spot to try some delicious Italian food! Not another tourist trap in old Montreal. 🙂
Helena is a fine Portuguese restaurant located on McGill street in old Montreal. To be honest, I’ve never tried fine Portuguese food. My impression of Portuguese food is mostly Piri Piri chicken (which is delicious, btw!).
I went for lunch special. Table d’hôte at $22 is a pretty good deal! Especially considering a regular main dish is around $30-40 in the restaurant. However, it would be a good idea to prepare for an extra long lunch break because it does take a while to get the food.
To start up, the restaurant is beautifully decorated with lots of light. The bread is served in little white bags with the restaurant’s logo on them. A little detail but very cute and thoughtful.
I chose Caldo Verde as the appetizer. The taste is quite light and we had to ask for some salt and pepper. It seems to be the case for the rest of the meal. The flavor of the dish is not very salty or strong, to emphasize on the freshness of the ingredients.
The roasted halibut is cooked just right. It’s also a bit light in taste. So we were happy to add a bit fleur de sel that was provided by the waiter.
Cheese cake is very delicious! It has chocolate flavored marbles inside. The unknown fruits on top is sour and compliments the taste perfectly.
Overall, the food is quite good. I’d definitely go back for their lunch specials. But not sure if I’d shell out $60-80 for a dinner there…