My first vegan crisis happened at Tacos Victor. I was almost a month in my veganism and my team decided to go out and grab some Mexican food. Tacos. The menu was so heavily meat-based. Who knew? But I guess they thought of the vegetarians as well – one option was available. Yes, I can eat!
Of course, the smell was killer and my colleagues’ tacos were mouth-watering. But I was not missing out. My mushrooms tacos turned out to be incredible! Sure, it did not sound epic and without any self-hypnosis, I was enjoying my vegan tacos. I made sure the cheese was removed and thought I could replace it with some guacamole, but they don’t have that. I was worried. How can this taco taste any good without some fat? Actually, the tacos had some oily fries as fillers so I was saved in that aspect. All their tacos have fries in them. LOVE!
How can a taco be complete without any hot sauce? Tacos Victor offers 3 choices, from mild to very spicy. They live up to their label. So be gentle with your spoon. The taco costed about $5 each, and I was 80% full after consuming 2.
The place does not accommodate big groups because seats are limited. It is a place where you want a quick bite and go to your next scheduled activity.
I can’t wait to come back with Mr.Butter because I just know he will love it so much. Sad thing is I will have the order the same thing for myself.
A special day requires a special dinner. Too many restaurants in Montreal fit in that category – we are so overwhelmed by choices. I want somewhere chic enough for a date night, but not plagued by the decor and only to be disappointed by the food.
I made a reservation at Bouillon Bilk.
Passe Compose has taken over Ma’tine location. It was quite nostalgic when I sat at the table, looking around, reminiscing about the same time last year, where I had my mesmerizing brunch. I cannot believe Ma’tine is no longer with us and whatever remains have been acquired by Passe Compose. Not much has changed other than more tables are placed near the entrance, putting the pastry counter into oblivion.
Let the past be the past and move on with the present! Passe Compose is one of the most sought after weekend brunch location with waiting lines starting as early as 10 in the morning and only getting longer and longer by noon. The most sought after answer for the question “Is it worth the wait?” is then… to be followed. 😉
The menu is extensive, perhaps too much, rendering deciding on a dish the toughest task of the day. I prefer it simple with limited choices. Not only does it simplify my life, but it also lets us know that the chef has focused on mastering the dishes.
To start, Mr.Butter and I both had a Macchiato and we both find it incredibly sour. Needless to say, we were both disappointed.
The waitress highly suggested that we ordered their popular French toast, so we did and I understand the appeal. It is deep fried so it is best to consume it while it is still warm. It was like a flatten donut. The fluffy texture thinner than donuts has a strong crust all around it to provide a crunchy bite. I am not crazy about it, but like I say, I understand the general appeal. I am more a pain perdu kind of girl.
Chicken and waffle
Of course when there is chicken and waffle on the menu, Mr.Butter gunshots it. He is still in deep memories of his beloved chicken and waffle dish from Le Gros Jambon (another lovely restaurant that is now closed) and wishes to find another place that can serve just as good. The presentation of the dish can make anyone jealous and urges anyone to order it. However, the disappointment kicked in soon after. The waffle was missing some oomph – that fresh and airy crunch. The chicken appeared t nicely deep fried, but the skin was sad. I believe the chicken was not fried long enough because the meat was tightly holding to the bone to the point where we could still see redness (almost blood). The redness did not bother me because I believe (how usually chicken is served in Chinese cuisine) a bit of redness in the chicken is normal in order to achieve tenderness while remaining cooked and safe to consume before the meat becomes dry. Mr.Butter does not have the same philosophy as me and was not very comfortable with the sight. The seasoning was fine, but because the texture was lacking, the dish was not exciting.
Gaspor poached eggs
I am hoping that I jotted the name of the dish correctly (oh you know me). This dish consists of 2 poached eggs sitting on top of a mixture of shredded pork shoulder and potatoes with old cheddar cheese. It tasted exactly like the listed ingredients, nothing more and nothing less; True to its ingredients, but missing the point of elevating the taste. It was on the heavier, creamier side and I think it needed an extra something to lift it, be it sweet or tangy. But the included beet shot and bowl of fruits on the side were a great addition.
Overall, the menu is fun with many options. All the dishes looked fantastic and playful, but that’s where the enthusiasm stops. I was not experiencing any endearing moments: The moment where my heart and stomach squeal in unison. Looking for originality, I highly recommend Passe Compose, but reaching for finesse, I would look somewhere else.