Communion – MTL à TABLE visit

Communion is another great restaurant in Old Montreal that we have visited during MTL a Table. The ingredients are seasonal and fresh, the taste in many cases is flavorful but still light.

Communion

Communion

Entree

My favorite is the beet salad. It’s simple and refreshing. The candied pecans added crunchiness to the whole plate and the sweet taste complements the beets quite well.

Communion - Zucchini Carbonara, bacon, green onions, arugula, sweet potato

Communion – Zucchini Carbonara, bacon, green onions, arugula, sweet potato

Communion - Clam Chowder, bacon, potato

Communion – Clam Chowder, bacon, potato

Communion - Beet salad, endives, candied pecans, blue cheese

Communion – Beet salad, endives, candied pecans, blue cheese

Main Course

The winner for me is definitely the scallop! The scallops are seared to perfection. The hint of coffee in the sauce really is delicious. And the wild mushrooms are just amazing!

The second would be the braised beef macreuse. The meat melts in the mouth and the portion is quite big as well.

Communion - Braised beef macreuse, gratin dauphinois, red wine sauce

Communion – Braised beef macreuse, gratin dauphinois, red wine sauce

Communion - Pumpkin Risotto, fall harvest vegetables

Communion – Pumpkin Risotto, fall harvest vegetables

Communion - Seared Scallops, maple coffee gastric, wild mushrooms, romanesco, rabioles

Communion – Seared Scallops, maple coffee gastric, wild mushrooms, romanesco, rabioles

Dessert

Compared to the rest of the meals, the dessert didn’t stand out. The chocolate mousse had a bit too much cream on top. And the crustade aux pommes wasn’t really special.

Communion - Crustade aux pommes

Communion – Crustade aux pommes

Communion - Chocolate mousse

Communion – Chocolate mousse

Overall, I still like Communion for its fresh and flavorful French food even though the dessert selection during the event wasn’t quite satisfying. I’d go back just for the scallop. 🙂

Communion
135 Rue De La Commune Ouest
Montreal, QC H2Y4B2
(514) 937-6555
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Helena – MTL à TABLE visit

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.

Helena

Helena

Appetizers

The grilled octopus is very tender and reminded me of Greek grilled octopus. Super good! That’s my favorite appetizer.

Helena - Grilled Octopus Grilled Octopus, tomatoes & peppers

Helena – Grilled Octopus
Grilled Octopus, tomatoes & peppers

Helena - Red Tuna Pave Red tuna pave, green pea cream, mint & chourico

Helena – Red Tuna Pave
Red tuna pave, green pea cream, mint & chourico

Main dish

The olive puree on the black cod is the highlight of the dish. It complements the fish perfectly.

Helena - Seared black cod Seared black cod, virgin chick peas and olives puree

Helena – Seared black cod
Seared black cod, virgin chick peas and olives puree

Helena - Rack of lamb Rack of lamb, maple roasted grelot potatoes, bacon and vegetables

Helena – Rack of lamb
Rack of lamb, maple roasted grelot potatoes, bacon and vegetables

Helena - Calamari rice Calamari rice, giant grilled shrimps

Helena – Calamari rice
Calamari rice, giant grilled shrimps

Dessert

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. 🙂

Helena - Pasteis de nata

Helena – Pasteis de nata

Helena

438 McGill, Montréal, Québec, H2Y 2G1

514-878-1555
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MTL à Table – That’s a wrap for 2014!

How many restaurants did you visit in the past week? I went to the following and every single place was excellent! Blog posts will be coming soon. 🙂

  • Venti Osteria
  • Helena
  • Communion
  • Barbounya

On another note, I have launched a new instagram account @abiteofmtl. Follow me for some food porn! So far it’s off to a great start. One of my photos was featured in Tourisme Montreal’s blog post (along with my foodie partner in crime Chenchew‘s shot):

19 MTL À TABLE PHOTOS THAT WILL MAKE YOU JEALOUS & HUNGRY

Imadake - Tuna tataki

Imadake – Tuna tataki

The photo was taken before this year’s MTL à Table, but hey, that was a great looking tuna tataki! 😛

That’s all for now. Can’t wait for the next edition! 🙂