By Sebastien Robillard @fashionbpm firstname.lastname@example.org
I was looking yet again for a new place to try and ended up on another great discovery. Le Pegase is a BYOB restaurant located on the Plateau Mont-Royal. As I called to make a reservation I was told that they were unfortunately booked for the evening, luckily my phone rang a couple of minutes later to let me know that a table had freed up. I was kind of happy since their menu looked amazing. There is an SAQ a couple of blocks away so we went to pick up some wine before heading for our reservation. If you have a hard time picking out wines they have a couple of wine suggestions on their website which I thought was a smart and cool feature.
When we got to the restaurant I kind of did a double take as it’s on the ground floor of what seems to be a triplex. As you walk in there is no doubt you’re in the right place. You will need a reservation as the room accommodate 36 people, they also have a terrasse but obviously this only works during the warm months.
As you look at the menu you will see the owners passion for food. The owner-chef Michael Audet-Laparé who worked in several other Montreal restaurants before taking command at Le Pegase (Chez Victoire, Le Quartier General, Le Laurie Raphael, Grenadine) puts up a menu of fine seasonal ingredients cooked to perfection. The front staff led by the associate owner Damien Haennel were also great and friendly even accommodating a special request my friend had. (when ones wants Foie Gras Poelé…)
As for the food it was delicious. My friend had the Foie Gras Poelé and was kind enough to let me try it. The texture and taste were perfect. It just melted in your mouth but was not drowned in oil or butter so you could taste the foie gras. I had the snail stuffed calamari with fresh cream, that was extremely tasty and honestly a combination I would have never thought of. For our main course I had the carré d`agneau au deux moutarde and my friend the fricassé de lapin Stanstead with lardon and braised cabbage. The carré d`agneau was so tender and cooked to perfection with the sauce not overpowering the taste of the veal. I also had a chance to taste the rabbit and it was also excellent. I`m usually not a fan of rabbit because it`s a lot of work to eat but cooked this way it was a delight. The cabbage that accompanied it was also tasty and match perfectly with the rest of the dish. We finished off the meal with an apple caramel pie and strawberry mille feuilles, again these were excellent.
Has I saw other things on the menu I want to try I will most likely pay them another visit very soon. This is a great culinary experience and I`m sure you`ll enjoy.