Henri Saint Henri got a new and fabulous chef, Adam Zaitouni, and with that comes a new and revamped spring menu. They invited select media to try out the new eats in an intimate menu tasting last week and we were more than happy with what was served.
Each dish was paired with a specially selected wine and was served beautifully on slate plates and bowls. The evening started the way all meals should start: with fresh but potent cocktails and briny oysters. The sun was shining and there was no better place to enjoy them than on their terrace.
They presented us with select dishes from their spring menu and they did not disappoint. One favourite was their take on the gazpacho. The slate bowl came with a dollop of mustard ice cream and olive oil powder. The gazpacho was then poured into the bowl, allowing you to mix the ingredients together. Sound weird? It was heavenly.
Henri Saint Henri cures their own charcuterie, so their speck with quinoa salad, compressed cantaloupe, plum salicorne, and sorrel was more than impressive. Light and full of flavour, this dish was pleasing to the eye and the palate.
Another incredible dish was the albacore tuna crudo, with pickled jalapeño, altufo mango, cucumber, crispy shallots, and watermelon radish. The fish was fresh and the other ingredients tied in beautifully.
Finally, the lamb rump was cooked medium-raw (the way all meat should be cooked) and served with beets, charred eggplant, black kale, cumin crumble, and lamb jus. The meat was tender and cooked perfectly, with the meat juices blending into the flavours of the vegetables.
Other dishes on the menu were the fluke with green mint and pea purée, and then for dessert, the 3 fois chocolat, black, white, and milk chocolate spheres with caramelized banana and chocolate cake. Chef Adam Zaitouni plays with textures and flavours with his ingredients and always manages to serve dishes that are original and innovative.
Next door, Henri Saint Henri has a little grocery store-like boutique (Boutique 3734) where you can buy delicious delights like their artisanal sausages (think: bacon and cheese sausage), products from Canards du Lab Brome, Henri Saint Henri‘s key lime pie, and other little plates to take to go. Henri Saint Henri lets you enjoy the fruits of their labour in the comfort of your own home!
Whether you’re visiting their store or enjoying a delicious meal at their restaurant, Henri Saint Henri looks like it will be a hot destination this spring and summer for Montreal foodies. Watch out for their official terrace opening next week!
Photos courtesy of Henri Saint Henri
3734 Rue Notre-Dame O, Montréal, QC H4C 1P7