Came here for a valentine s day dinner with my fiancee. We wanted to try the tasting menu, but she is allergic to shellfish and they wouldn't make any substitutions. We decided to try 4 small plates (which, we were told, were between the size of an appetizer and a main) and split the steak. The steak looked impressive (house aged for 45-days). The waitress told us that sadly, they were out (at 7:30 p.m. on February 14th). She recommended the beef on the tasting menu but wouldn't let us just order that dish. We would have had to both take the tasting menu and simply skip out on all the dishes involving shellfish (3 out of 8).
We ended up getting four plates: the smoked salmon, the bonbons de confit de canard, the sweetbreads with declinaison de bettrave and the gnocchi with foie gras. Now, I must admit, this place has incredible plating. We were awed by how carefully and beautifully the plates were put together. Unfortunately, that's about all it has going for it. The Salmon and the Sweetbreads came first, and though beautiful, there was nearly nothing to eat. (The salmon had four bite-sized pieces with some bagel chips, while there was only one sweetbread and a few beets). Then came the bonbons de confit de canard and the foie-gras gnocchi. The bonbons were good but again too few for the price (4 little balls with an interesting barbeque dipping sauce). The Foie gras gnocchi involved about 6 pieces of gnocchi in a bland sauce with two pieces of warm (though not at all seasoned) foie gras.
After this, we were still both STARVING, but decided that we didn't want to spend another cent at this place. We got the bill and were shocked to discover that for such a paltry amount of food and a glass of wine each, the total was nearly $200 with tax and tip. We paid and felt terribly ripped-off. We then went up the street to Mais and their tacos hit the spot for a much more reasonable price.
If you're looking to spend a lot of money to be awed by plating and don't mind being ripped off, this is the place for you. If you're looking for an actual meal that involves adventurous cooking, interesting flavours and originality, don't bother. This small plate trend in Montreal is like the Emperor's New Clothes and needs to end. Tapas should be inexpensive and delicious snacks, not a buzzword for serving very little to your customers and pretending that less is really more. What bothered me most about this experience is that Projet 67 embodies dishonest food and riding trends to make as much money as possible off of customers who don't know any better. Why not take a page from Maison Boulud or La Chronique? You can still do impressive plating and have original food while feeding your customers an actual meal.
For shame, Projet 67, I expected much much better from Jean-Francois Vachon.
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