Last month, when I attended M&I Forums in Palm Beach, I had the privilege of trying the excellent cuisine of French Chef Daniel Boulud during the opening reception and dinner at The Brazilian Court's Boulud. When I discovered that Maison Boulud had recently opened at Montreal's newly renovated Ritz Carlton Hotel, I looked forward to a visit. When I was in Montreal for the Canada Day weekend, I seized the opportunity.
Maison Boulud's calming decor features plush creamy beige fabric, wooden tables that reveal the natural grain, an open concept kitchen, a large glass encased fireplace, and open wine racks. Guests at Maison Boulud can choose from well over 300 wines.
For lunch, groups can select from a menu with Entrees, Plats Principaux (Main Course) and Dessert or a Menu Table D'Hote which offers a choice of 2 courses for $28 and 3 courses for $35. Entrees included Terrine de Fois Gras and Salade de Tropezienne. Main courses included Agnolotti de Boeuf Braise and Fletan aux Epices .
Each dish was presented with a clean layout on white plates. As at the Brazilian Court, there was no salt and pepper on the table. It was not needed as all dishes were seasoned to perfection.
The Duo de Saumon presented salmon prepared in 2 ways like a work of art. I selected the Onglet de Boeuf a L'Echalote was tender, succulent and cooked to medium rare perfection. It was served with sauteed potatoes and green beans that were moist and buttery. A tasty sauce tied the whole dish together. My lunch companion selected the Pave de Saumon that was served with creamy potatoes and watercress coulis. It was moist with a delicate flavor.
Dessert include Chocolat Caramel and Duo de Fromages Francais et Quebecoise. I selected the Passion Frambroise which paired raspberries served on a passion fruit and hazelnut biscuit with ginger ice cream. The fresh raspberries delivered a burst of palette pleasing flavor. The ice cream was tangy and tasty. My dining companion selected the Goat Cheese Yogurt. The scoops of yogurt, which were served in 3 small bowls, were so cold and creamy that they tasted like ice cream.
Organic, certified Fair Trade coffee and a variety of teas and specialty coffees with liqueur including Irish and Brazilian coffee) compliment the desserts.
There are a number of group dining options including a private dining room for 6 and another for up to 40 guests. A stunning feature of Maison Boulud is the beautiful glass house overlooking Le Jardin du Ritz can accommodate up to 40 guests for private dining.
The doors can slide open for full access to the garden which can accommodate 100 for receptions. (Private events at Le Jardin du Ritz can be booked through the Ritz Carlton Hotel.)
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