Thursday, April 28, 2011

Au chaud lapin

Another coupon! We paid 15$ for 30$ worth of food. Yay for coupons!

So we get there and we take the table next to the window which was nice. It was about 7PM and it didn't seem very busy. I think the first thing we noticed was the fact that there were a LOT of textures in the place! OK so there are windows and above the windows, stained glass, and then there is one part wooden floor and one part something else. Also, on the walls, there are mirrors and then there is fur (i'm guessing imitation rabbit fur) and anyway it was a bit too much for the eyes.

We had a nice table facing Mont-Royal avenue: great for people watching! Our waitress came to give us the menus and to take our drink orders. She didn't particularly look happy to be there or to serve us. it was really hard to notice a smile on her face.

Anywho, we got over her and ordered the following:

1. We shared the entrée: mousse de foie de lapin et foie gras; gelée d'hydromel, abricots séchés, pain grillé ( 12 $. This was really, REALLY good!!! thing is, the bread they brought for this was quite burnt :( but we consoled ourselves by eating it with the 'normal' bread that was sitting on our table. A very good mousse and of course, when is foie gras ever bad. The gelée d'hydromel and the apricots completed the yummyness of it! )

2. Cuisse de lapin en civet: betteraves confites au gras de canard, haricots verts, polenta frite aux herbes (26$. Mmmmm! Well I may be biased because I'm a huge fan of rabbit but this was good and tender! The polenta was a perfect fit and the beets were wonderful with the rabbit.)

3. Raviolis au canard confit; salade de roquette et émulsion de foie gras (27$. Again, very good but we could have been a bit happier with more sauce. I mean, for a 27$ plate, you give more sauce god damn it! No, but seriously, I didn't feel like it was totally worth the big price tag. It's not that it wasn't good, because it WAS, but 27$ was a bit hefty.

After this, we felt like desert but looked at the choices and weren't inspired. But we WERE inspired by the demi tartare de saumon! (12$. Coriander and coriander seeds, lemon, orange and lime zests made it, I think, one of the best I've had!)

I had checked the menu a couple days before going and, although it was out of our price range, wanted to try the 'tour du lapin'. I believe it was about 80$. It looked sooooo good: mousse de lapin, cuisse de lapin, everything lapin! Can you tell I like rabbit? Thing is, the day after I checked the menu, they changed it and the tour du lapin was gone :(

Here are the scores:

Food: 8/10
Service: 7.5/10

A tiny bit overpriced but excellent, especially if you love rabbit like we do!

Au Chaud Lapin on Urbanspoon

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