Helena – Fine Portuguese Cuisine

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.

Helena - Bread in a bag and olives

Helena – Bread in a bag and olives

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.

Helena - Caldo Verde Portuguese soup, potatoes, chouriço,  kale, olive oil

Helena – Caldo Verde
Portuguese soup, potatoes, chouriço,
kale, olive oil

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.

Helena - Roasted Halibut

Helena – Roasted Halibut

Cheese cake is very delicious! It has chocolate flavored marbles inside. The unknown fruits on top is sour and compliments the taste perfectly.

Helena - Cheese cake

Helena – Cheese cake

Helena - Salmon Tartare

Helena – Salmon Tartare

Helena - Grilled Pork

Helena – Grilled Pork

Helena - Fried Fish Filet

Helena – Fried Fish Filet

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…

 

 

Helena

438 McGill, Montréal, Québec, H2Y 2G1

514-878-1555

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La Bêtise

We went all Asian on the night at La Bêtise. We chose to go on $1 oyster Monday, and bought the tasting menu coupon on one of the deal sites. In the end we paid around $50 per person for drinks, dozen of oysters and a crazy amount of food. We were almost too full to move at the end of the night.

For the oysters, we got Raspberry Point for the night. It was really delicious and if we didn’t have the tasting menu coming, we might have just sat there and go through dozens of oysters.

The cocktails were not strong, but very tasty. And the nice presentation just lifted our spirits.

The food at La Bêtise is Asian fusion. My favorites out of the tasting menu are definitely the crab bites and salmon tartare.

The crab bites combined a whole bunch of ingredients in one bite and is just a burst of flavor in the mouth. For the salmon tartare, it has avocado and sauce in the bottom to enhance the experience.

I was really looking forward to the General Tao poutine. But when we got to that point, everyone was simply too full to enjoy the taste.

 

La Bêtise - $1 Oyster Mondays

La Bêtise – $1 Oyster Mondays

La Bêtise - Bloody Caesar

La Bêtise – Bloody Caesar

La Bêtise - Rose Sangria

La Bêtise – Rose Sangria

La Bêtise - Sweet potato soup

La Bêtise – Sweet potato soup

La Bêtise - Salad with sweet potato stripes

La Bêtise – Salad with sweet potato stripes

La Bêtise - Crab bites

La Bêtise – Crab bites

La Bêtise - Salmon Tartare

La Bêtise – Salmon Tartare

La Bêtise - Fried homemade "cochonnaille"

La Bêtise – Fried homemade “cochonnaille”

La Bêtise - Lobster mini-tacos

La Bêtise – Lobster mini-tacos

La Bêtise - General Tao Poutine

La Bêtise – General Tao Poutine

La Bêtise - Fried Bueno

La Bêtise – Fried Bueno

 

La Bêtise

6015 Saint Hubert St

Montreal, QC H2S2L8

(514) 274-8288

http://labetise.com/

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