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“Fun food presentation”
Review of Europea

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Ranked #12 of 6,066 Restaurants in Montreal
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $73 - $100
Cuisines: French
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Neighborhood: Centre-Ville (Downtown)
Cross street: Sainte Catherine
Transit: Metro Peel on the green line
Description: Restaurant Europea has become an essential spot on Montreal scene, a gastronomic "rendez-vous" rich in colour and flavour. Flattered by all the gourmet critics, you will share an outstanding experience offered by the creative and modern cuisine of Chef Jerome ferrer and his 22 chefs team. (named chef of the year, restaurant of the year, "maitre cuisinier de France" An unforgetable moment in a charming Victorian mansion in the heart of downtown Montreal ...When the cuisine becomes an art!
Reviewed October 23, 2013

This restaurant is a traditional fine dining restaurant. As a foodie, the food was nice, but not incredible. However, presentation of the food made the meal memorable and fun. They start by giving whoever made the reservation a little hand written welcome note. Amuse bouche was cute, little pieces of bacon hung on with a tiny clothespin on a line, cheese lollipops, truffle oil infused popcorn, cheese cigar, olive cake. How often do you get maple smoked salmon coming to your table in a box that literally has smoke coming out of it, upon opening? The entrees for the discovery menu (the $69.50 one) were good. Presentation for the cornish hen cooked in hay was beautiful. They brought the hen over to the table while in its dutch oven lined with hay. The aroma was amazing. However, when they actually brought you the dish, it was two pieces of cornish hen breasts that were not that great and did not carry any of the amazing aroma as previously presented. The rest of the entrees were good. Dessert was made to look like a fried egg and french toast stick - it was marshmallow with half an apricot in a perhaps tapioca pudding. Beautiful presentation. Food was good, but I would recommend the restaurant based on the "show."

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Reviewed October 23, 2013

This is a dining must if just for the wonderful inventive presentations and excellent service. But that is not all Europea has to offer. The many rooms are very pleasant and have a nice friendly feeling. The seating is well spaced and feels intimate. My Husband and I had the chefs dégustation signature menu with the fine wine pairing. Many of the courses in the chef's menu are exceptional, I loved the Lobster cream Cappuccino with truffle puree as well as all the vegetables. Unfortunately one was a clear miss, the Cornish Game hen looked spectacular in it's bed of hay, but when the breast was served it was dry and lacked flavor. Other than that everything was excellent and very well prepared. I would like to give 4.5 stars but the program will not let me. I would go back again as I fully enjoyed my 3 hours there.

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Reviewed October 21, 2013

We travel quite a bit and food is one of our favorite things to explore while traveling. We each chose the large tastings menu. Every single dish brought to us had some sort of stunt attached to it: meat hanging from a clothes line, dry ice accompanying the delivery of a sorbet (not incorporated in the actual dish), wrapped up marshmallows/cookies hanging from a metal dessert tree, pasta delivered in a hot lava rock, a tiny cracker with mousse and salmon delivered in a large box filled with smoke, dessert Popsicle covered in poprocks etc.
All these stunts and tricks were fun and entertaining, but the actual food being featured in each of the dishes was extremely disappointing to say the least. It seemed as though many of the items had just been sitting in the back for hours. The flavours on the whole were not be all that inventive or creative or cohesive.
A lot of the stunts were fairly laughable although entertaining , and would have been additive had the quality of the food or talent of the chef been even slightly impressive.
The fois gras with the ice wine caramel was the best thing we ate. It was pretty delish.
If you want to go to a fine restaurant where the talent of the chef will blow you away, go to Toque! It is the real deal. Unfortunately, europea seems to be mostly smoke and mirrors but lacks true quality and talent .

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2  Thank Kristen W
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Reviewed October 20, 2013

Set in some redone row houses Europea combines superb food with entertainment. Who says Classic French style needs to be staid and boring? Multiple different tasting menus are available. Be aware the printed menu does not reflect all the courses you may receive. We ordered the short tasting menu; but, there were at lest 5 other gifts from the chef, etc. For entrees we had cartelized scallops and veal. Superb! The funky stuff included smoked salmon served in a box that looked like a book full of wood smoke. And, a warm cheese appetizer that looked like a cigar served in a cigar box. Very reasonably priced for what you get!

Thank James K
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Reviewed October 16, 2013

Europea gets some very disparate reviews, and I guess I can understand that because a lot of people as I did likely order Head Chef Jerome Ferrer's tasting menu. ( I observed that it was a favorite of many who dine there), and from some of the reviews, my feeling is that not everyone is suited for the chef's tasting menu because you are not going to get a large portion of any one item as if you ordered a steak or lobster tail. However, this does not mean that you will be shorted in any way, you are simply trading off one thing for another. As someone who has for example, had the tasting menu at a place like Emerils Fish House in Las Vegas, I can make these comparisons.

In short, Europea is awesome. The food is a taste explosion, the service is attentive but not overly, the wines are really well selected. You have to go there and experience the chef's tasting menu and take three hours out of your life to enjoy some modest portions of very tasty food, many of which are likely to be memorable. I can tell you that I had the tasting menu (see below), Items marked with an asterisk,** were Memorable.

Menu dégustation signature $ 99,50

Lobster cream Cappuccino with truffle puree .**

Yuzu Peking bass filet, poached rice lettuce leaves. Chopped pineapple. Suspended prawn spring roll .

Tagliatelle of calamari cooked at low heat (in a hot stone). **

Maple bark stewed pan-seared foie gras, caramelized on a river stone with ice wine. Cloudberry cannelé. **

Sockeye salmon cooked in breakable clay. Cook-ooning cauliflower and special tabouleh. Green Asian lettuce leaves and stalk. Bright red « beurre blanc »

Yuzu freezing mist

Swiss chard fresh ravioli with ricotta and shiitake. Salted almonds and porcinis. Buna shimeji caramelized with shallots. Truffle cream foam

Cornish hen cooked in hay-lined pot. Root vegetable fondant, hen broth infused with galangal. Zucchini with thai basil, rosemary-Parmesan cheese biscuit. Béarnaise sauce with herbs **

Goat cheese crème brulée.Nasturtium petals and Mr Daignault’s devilished baby shoots.

My passport to sweetness

Mignardises **

Candy tree from Guilty land

I took the more modest of the two wine packages and enjoyed great wines with each course.
Overall, you need to experience the attentive and wonderful service, the creative foods and the memorable tastes of Europea! If you love food, you will love Europea and no they are not snobbish in any way shape or form. You start with a hand written note from Jerome Ferrer and then you are off on a journey which ends in "Guilty Land"...Take me back now!!!! :)

WW

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2  Thank Wayne W
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