Took the train to Montreal for a few days, partially to do some photography for my book on digital image photography. First day I had some time to kill before dinner, so I dropped by Rowntree Antiques near Atwater Market. A huge selection (like huge) of pine antiques, mostly from Eastern Europe. Fantastically restored, many with intricate dovetail joints. Also lots of vintage linen, often used to make flour bags in days past. Wish I had a second home to fill with this furniture. Then onto Atwater Market for a bit of pre-Xmas grocery shopping.
I scoped out some purchases for Saturday morning, and bought some French dessert mixes at Les Douceurs du Marché.
After that, it was 5pm and dark. This time of year the sun sets shortly after 4pm, about 30 before it does in Toronto, but then it is about 2 degrees of latitude higher than Hogtown (circa 200km). I had dinner reservations at Liverpool House, so decided to kill some time at a nearby cafe – September. Part cafe, part bar (after 6pm), part public surfboard workshop, Shaper Studio. What a super cool idea! That, and I had the *best* flat white there, the micro-foam was fantastic and lasted until the last drop of coffee (usually they break in under a minute).
Dinner was at Liverpool House, which is right next to sister restaurant Joe Beef. I had a bar seat, and even at 6pm the place was busy. Free oysters being shucked, and cocktails being made. I have wanted to go to Joe Beef for years with my buddy John from Darwin, but we just never get there (maybe next summer?). So, I thought I would try Liverpool House. For a starter I had a smoked eel Bourguignonne, which was just *exceptional*. Beautiful pearl onions, carrots, and the most crunchy fried potato blocks, but the smoked eel was the star (from Quebec, it isn’t often you see it on the menu anywhere). I followed that with a main of lobster spaghetti. OMG. Talk about crazy decadent. By the end I had no room for dessert, but totally worth the visit. (apologies, pictures are dark due to dim lighting, and the even poorer ability of my iPhone in low-light).