Over the last three years I’ve found myself at La Société on several occasions. Celebratory cocktails, clothing launches and Grand Prix parties are all made better with the elegant back drop that La Société provides. Last week, La Société was the toast of the evening as we celebrated the restaurant’s three years in business in Montreal.
The party got underway at 6pm last Tuesday evening but before that, a select group of media and VIP guests gathered for a delicious private tasting menu from Chef Gilles Tolen, a Paris born chef that recently took the job of overseeing the bistro’s kitchen. Tobin’s held prestigious Parisian positions at the Eiffel Tower’s summit eatery, Jules Verne, Le Cing, the triple Michelin starred Hotel George V and more. Five different courses were delivered to our table and paired with five fantastic wines while we also popped a little Veuve Clicquot for the special occasion.
We started with a gin marinated salmon gravlax that was served with lime scented carrot puree and quinoa granola. For our second course we tried a creamy vinaigrette covered roasted leek with maple glazed escargot. We followed this up with a small dish of ricotta cavatelli that was mixed up with asparagus, wild mushrooms, salicornes and hazelnuts. The last of the main dishes featured a tenderly seared veal with maple infused garlic puree, glazed vegetables and jus de veau. Because everything at La Société is French inspired, we also sampled two delicious desserts. Both the iced nougat and the tartelette au chocolat were on point and exactly what you’d expect from a French restaurant. This was my first meal at La Société and it left me hungry for more.
As the party continued we rose from our table and mingled with the guests who started arriving just after six. From the beautiful bar around to the restaurant, people circulated, mingled and chatted over canapés, bottomless glasses of wine and cocktails creating a delightful atmosphere.
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