I always find that it is somewhat difficult to travel anywhere during Christmas and New Years. In Montreal’s case, many restaurants and establishments were closed for an extended period of time. I came across Le Club Chasse et Pêche while doing my research online on where to dine, and decided to give it a try as most of the reviews seemed positive enough; but sadly, I was a tad disappointed.

On a positive note, I cannot recall having one dish that was absolutely horrible; that being said, nothing blew me away either. My conclusion for this meal ~ mediocre and unmemorable. For a restaurant whose main course averages around $40 CAD, I was expecting a bit more.

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I tried to call in advance to see if the restaurant allows for BYOB as I was told this was fairly common in Montreal. Unfortunately this was not the case here. However I was quite pleased to find a white wine that I really enjoyed. 2006 Domaine de Montbourgeau L’Etoile ($61), a Jura white wine made in an oxidative fashion made with Chardonnay grapes (and some Savagnin). This little wine making area between Burgundy and Switzerland is becoming the next big thing for sommeliers and wine aficionados. Gladly I was able to scout a few bottles of the same wine from 2011 vintage at SAQ at a humble price-tag of $24.30 🙂

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Hamachi tartare, niçoise, olives ($18) ~ A twist on the traditional French salade niçoise, replacing tuna with hamachi. This was my favorite dish of the evening as the tartare was fresh and the dressing was not over-powering.

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Braised Piglet Risotto, Foie Gras Shavings ($16) ~ The risotto was also quite well-made. The sauce was rich and flavorful, with a hint of foie gras.

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Seared Scallops, Fennel Purée, Lemon Confit ($18) ~ Our waitress advised us that a plate of scallops came in four, and since we had a party of five people, she said she was going to “see what she can do”. Instead of checking back with us, she made the decision for us to order two dishes, which I think was quite unacceptable. We did not want to make a scene so we took the extra appetizer, but in reality I was not impressed at all. Perhaps we would end up placing two orders as well, but confirming with your customers is only common sense and common courtesy.

The scallops were tasty, after going through the trouble of scraping off the sweet lemon confit. Imagine serving scallops together with lemon curd. The flavors simply didn’t blend.

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Vegetable with Panache ($8) ~ We order two to shared amongst the table as we wanted some veggie dishes.

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Arctic Char, Ravioli, Hedgehog, Swiss Chard, Walnut ($37) ~ Nice presentation, fancy name for the dish but some ingredients were missing and I don’t know what hedgehog is. The arctic char was quite fresh so I think it was overkill to deep fried to top of the filet.

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Meat courses:  On the left ~ Venison, Polenta, Aged Cheddar, Salsify, Balsamic ($39); on the right ~ Duck Magret, Root Parsley, Beets, Cipollini, Périgourdine ($36) ~ Both pieces of meat were seared to perfection with the center moist and juicy. The sauce was slightly on the salty side.

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Most recommended: Venison, duck.

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Suggestions for improvements:

1. Always check with your customer first before making any decisions on their behalf.

2. Some of the sauce did not really enhance the flavor of the food.

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