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Critic: No Bad Choices at Brunch Powerhouse La Récolte

La Presse with the rave review.

Not just for brunch
Not just for brunch
La Récolte

Occasional La Presse food critic Ariane Krol ambles over to La Petite-Patrie to sample a cult Montreal brunch this week. "Mais quel brunch!" La Récolte gamely delivers the goods, and then some, writes Krol. The only predicament—what to order? "'Steak & egg' de bavette marinée avec rattes, topinambours et têtes de violon? Oeuf bénédictine aux crevettes de Matane accompagné de céleri-rave et de croquettes de pommes de terre? Les ravioli soyeux garnis de ricotta aérienne, servis avec un oeuf mollet et des asperges effilées, l'ont finalement emporté. Toutefois, à en juger par l'omelette de l'amie qui m'accompagnait, et par les assiettes aperçues aux autres tables, il n'y avait pas de mauvais choix."

If the restaurant has a fault, it is that aside from weekend brunch, it only opens for dinner Thursday and Friday (with Saturday service to start this fall; La Récolte hosts private groups the rest of the week). The abundance of excellent plates endures beyond brunch, thankfully, with starters like fiddlehead greens with wild mushrooms, a Gaspésie algae wrap with cucumber, coriander, and ingredient du moment, Matane shrimp, and a smart take on spanakopita.

Mains star too; a beef tataki most notably, served with gnocchi and trumpet mushrooms. "Impeccable," declares Krol. A loose but creative version of a pavlova studded with last fall's raspberries provides a smooth landing to the critic's dinner at La Récolte. The final verdict: "Un menu succinct, mais plein de tentations, mettant en vedette les produits locaux et de saison." The La Presse columnist will most definitely return.

La Récolte

764 Bélanger, Montreal, Quebec H2S 1G6 (514) 508-5450 Visit Website

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