Friday, 10 July 2009
Addr: 3004, chemin de la Chapelle,
Url: http://www.hotelquintessence.com/en/restaurant.phpAromes mention: EXCELLENTThis dining happened during our stay at their hotel at the beginning of July 2009.
Starters consisted of beef tataki for my girlfriend +
the risotto for me. The beef tataki (had some bites of it) was a great change from the usual raw beef'd appetizers we have all around -> it was nicely seared, had the perfect toothsome and was of great quality. As for the risotto, it had the desired cooking + creamy flavourful and fresh mouthfeel I am so picky about when seeking for the perfect risotto. Both appetizers were creative and plentiful.
My girlfriend took the duck. I picked the lamb and of course we shared bites from each other plates.
The rack of lamb couldn't have been as stellar as what was in that remarquably luxuriously presented plate: perfectly cooked with a delicate palate drooling savourish sauce. Heavenly!
The duck was so flavorful, nicely seasoned with the freshest ingredients I could have asked for (right from the smell of it, 1st thing that came into mind was the fresh odors of those ingredients!). It was bathed in a delicious sauce that went down in no time, lol. Unbelievably succulent!
We ended with the mignardise plate for 2 which were numerous little fine/delicate mouthful delicacies.
Although on the pricey range (which should be expected, particularly for this type of high end dining), it had stunned me by it's wide variety of choices (do not put me in front of an extensive choice of wine, cuz I'll be in heaven..lol!). It was the opportunity to test the sommelier's knowledge (very good, very!) + getting to know some new wines I had less infos about.
It was simply an awe of a dining experience + service was impeccable (not pretentious at all, which was a pleasant surprise given the somptuous surroundings).
Bottom line, this dinner both Jannice and I had sampled there was of high end luxurious ++ fine dining standard (gorgeous looking plates, superior ingredients, world class cooking techniques and flavors) up par with a 1* to 2* Michelin starred caliber dinner.
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