The idea of going to supper clubs in Montreal was never something that got us excited, let alone to one in Laval. But when an invitation to try Moomba’s revamped tasting menu organized by Rashi & Shabbir from Pearls & Sequence came our way, our interest was piqued. How would the food be? The ambiance? So come Saturday night we gathered our friends and headed to Moomba Theatre & Restaurant, (their new name) to see how the night would pan out.
Walking into Moomba the first thing we noticed was how chill and relaxed the vibe was. It did not feel like we were entering a club nor did we feel like we were about to sit down to a formal dinner. It felt like something in between and we kind of enjoyed the lack of pretentiousness normally associated with supper clubs. So, bonus there!
As we entered and sat down, our waiter offered us mango martinis, which were fresh and delicious, perfect for a summer night. Our dinner started with 5 different entrées: oysters shooters, cheeseburger dumplings, shrimp dim sum, Italian fried calamari, and salmon tartare. All were very enjoyable. But if we had to pick a standout, it would be a tie between the calamari and the salmon, with the tartare having the slight advantage for being both light and well seasoned with the right amount of spiciness. It also helped that it was paired with crisp dumpling chips.
Up next were the main courses. We had a few to select from ranging baked salmon to commoner’s shepard’s pie. Our table settled on four: the filet mignon, the New York Angus entre-cote, slow-roasted osso bucco, and beef short ribs. Again, all amazing, but the winners were the beef short ribs and the osso bucco. Both perfectly cooked allowing for great flavour and texture to come through. Kuddos to the chef!
And last but not least came our desserts, strawberry tiramisu and white chocolate cheesecake, both rich and delectable. It was a great note to end dinner on.
With our dishes cleared, our conversation turned to how Moomba Theatre has changed over the years. Like all establishments there are highs and lows but we noticed as the tables were filling up and the music was pumping that the crowd was mixed in ages, which is nice because you never just want one type of clientele. The energy in the room was fun and light. The music playing got you up off your feet and with the addition of European Chef Serghei Zabughin and the new refined menu, Moomba Theatre is transitioning into a place that is trying to cater to a well balanced clientele and it seems like it well on its way.
On Wednesdays, ladies eat for free with a reservation. On Thursdays, they have a cheap eats $10 menu (except for steak and filet), and on Fridays they have oyster shots for $1.
Photos courtesy of Moomba Theatre and Restaurant and Francis Ward
1780 Avenue Pierre Péladeau, Laval, QC H7T 1H8