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“A nice discovery”
Review of Raza - CLOSED

Raza
Price range: $24 - $94
Cuisines: Latin
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Neighborhood: Le Plateau Mont-Royal
Cross street: St-Urbain
Description: francais plus bas___ RAZA IS NOW A RESTAURANT BRING YOUR OWN WINE. THE CHEF MARIO NAVARRETE Jr. BUILDS HIS TASTING MENUS WITH THE RICHNESS OF LATIN RECIPES & PRODUCTS, QUEBEC'S FINE PRODUCTS AND INTERNATIONAL MODERN INFLUENCES. A CHEF'S TASTING MENU AWAITS YOU IN THIS SMALL COZY ROOM WITH A DIFFERENT AND DELICIOUS FOOD EXPERIENCE. WE GO TO DISCOVER THE CHEF'S SURPRISES, TO TREAT OURSELVES, TREAT THE FINEST PALATE AND ENJOY OUR OWN CHOICE OF WINE. ____RAZA est maintenant un restaurant "Apportez votre vin". Le chef Mario Navarrete Jr. batit son menu avec les produits fins du Quebec, toutes les richesses des produits et plats latins ainsi que les influences modernes culinaires internationales. Le menu degustation du chef est surprenant et delicieux, la salle de 32 convives intime. On y va pour decouvrir les surprises du chef, se faire plaisir, faire plaisir aux palais les plus fins et apporter la bouteille de son choix.
Reviewed November 14, 2012

My spouse and I dined there for my birthday and during the Taste Montreal week. Since we decided on the first service at 6PM, we only had the 3-service menu. My spouse had the black bean soup which was very tasteful while I decided on the scallop ceviche. My appetizer was surprising on the first bite but as I go on eating, the different layers of flavour kicked in to attenuate somehow the powerful taste of the lime which was overpowering on the first bite. We both had the beff cheek which was fork-tender although mine was a little overseared. The dessert was a cream of banada and a chocolate marshmallow. Though both element were good, what stood out for me was the sauce that came with it. It was tangy, not overly sweet and compliments so well the other two elements. I will definately go back to try their five-service tasting menu which changes with the chef's inspiration (so we were told). All in all, a very nice discovery.

We had the very last table and could watch the chef working which was very nice. They do work hard. Lastly, this is a BYOB so you can bring a very special bottle at the price you're ready to put on. Another plus as far as I'm concerned!

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1  Thank knml911
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Reviewed October 15, 2012

This restaurant is exceptional, even though it is in a city of exceptional restaurants. It is a fixed menu restaurant with 5 courses with foie gras a possible addition. They do take allergies into account and make special courses to replace those that are missed due to allergy. From the home-made sweet potato rolls to the surprise dessert, every course is beautifully presented, with precision, blending tastes, colors and textures. Go while you can still afford it. This may be Montreal's best restaurant at present. And, when you go, bring your best wine. The food is deserving of it. This restaurant has had rave reviews and is deserving of every accolade it has received and many more.
[Montreal has 2 types of restaurants: those that sell wine and those that serve wine (that you bring). They must purchase an alcohol permit of 1 type only. Raza began life selling wine. The chef is Peruvian-born and sold good South American wines but now serves wine, so bring your own.]

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Reviewed October 9, 2012

Excellent meal, every course perfectly balanced and inventive without being precious. The duck with seedless serrano sauce was probably the most outstanding but it was all absolutely delicious. Friendly but highly professional service too, and decor is clean and spare, very attractive to our eyes at least. We brought several half bottles of wine as each course of the tasting menu (ceviche, sea char cooked sous-vide, duck, beef cheekcs, foie gras, dessert) is quite different and it would be very hard to find one wine which works throughout. That strategy worked very well. We had several excellent meals during our stay in Montreal (including at XO and Europea) but this was definitely the most memorable, and actually very well priced (partly because of the BYO policy).

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1  Thank Rupert C
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Reviewed July 19, 2012

What a great surprise! We were a group of 6, visiting this rather small, recently turned into BYOW restaurant for the first time.
Ordering is easy, you have choice of short and long tasting menu with an option to add fois gras. This was the best tasting menu I ever tried. It is all done by Chef Mario Navarette and served by one knowledgeable and enthusiastic waiter.
So we all had 5 dishes of size between appetizers and main dish, all amazing, heavenly tasty carefully prepared and beautifully presented with the right amount of time in between servings. Ceviche, duck salad , arctic char, braised pork with fois gras, and sweetbreads if I remember correctly...they were all winners. Big finale was dessert creation by Chef himself, done right at our table with lot of passion and attention to detail and most importantly it tasted just great.
Highly recommended!

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Thank DEEJAY061
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Reviewed September 24, 2011

Chef Mario is a true genius - each course is a masterpiece, a blend of flavors and textures to make every mouthful a total delight. Beautifully paired with amazing wine and fantastic service - a night out at Raza is truly an amazing experience - in a city famous for it's food, wine and culture; Raza stands out as the jewel in the crown.

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Thank TravelingRachelby
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