Last weekend, Brasserie Chez Lévêque sent me a wide assortment of dishes from their current takeout menu as well as a few of their signature sous-vide dishes to have on hand for later.
This classic French eatery and I have something quite significant in common, we are both celebrating 50 years this year. Established in 1972, it is one of Montreal’s finest and longest running French restaurants.
With Montreal restaurants reopening next week, I thought it would be nice to share some of my favourite dishes to order this week from Chez Lévêque to show our support until we can visit their lovely location on Laurier Ouest once again.
From the Takeaway/Delivery Menu:
I tried the lobster bisque (Photo above)… divine!
The smoked salmon and trout duo with mascarpone (Photo below)…so fresh!
And the foie gras with homemade brioche and pear & ginger jam (Photo below)…a classic!
If I had to choose only one appetizer, it would be the smoked salmon and trout duo, but all three are simply delicious.
See the full Appetizer selection here.
My coup de coeur was the Veal Sweetbreads served with pasta, morels in a cream sauce. Probably the best sweetbreads I’ve ever had.
Homemade black pudding, served with caramelized Hemmingford apples and peppercorn sauce.
Pike dumplings (Quenelles) with Matane shrimp in a Nantua sauce and rice.
The Sous-Vide Options from the Chez Lévêque Boutique:
So far, I’ve tried the classic Lévêque Cassoulet (duck leg confit, a generous portion of smoked bacon and a tasty garlic sausage, with white beans). A must!
Still to try and currently in my freezer are:
These sous-vide options are great (and affordable) gourmet meals to have on hand when you don’t feel like cooking or going out or if you simply need a last-minute dinner option that is so simple to heat (just plunge the sous-vide bag in boiling water for 10-15mins). Serve them solo or with your favourite starch (rice, mashed potatoes or pasta).
When you do dine at Chez Lévêque again, you should know that all the evening meals begin with complementary warm baguette and terrine de foie gras (shown below). Now, I don’t know of any other restaurant in Montreal that offers that!