Montreal is a food lover’s haven. Every neighborhood has its own share of restaurants with at least one that stands out from the crowd. I was told that I should try Mezcla in the funky “Village” neighborhood described as Peruvian cuisine with French cooking techniques. I was intrigued.
Only about 3 miles outside of the city center where I was staying, my mom, her boyfriend, my husband, Patrick and I took a short cab ride over there. Set on a corner off a little side street, I felt I was back in NYC’s village. The restaurant is quaint with seating for about 50 and cozy and warm decor. We were seated right away and handed the short but impressive menu along with the wine list. As always, I looked over the wine list first to check not only what special wines they might have but the prices too. Generally, Montreal is pretty pricey and this place was no exception. My mother only really enjoys white wine so I found a nice South African bottle on the list, the Lammershoek Roulette Blanc 2010 a blend of Chenin Blanc and Chardonnay. Fruity aromas and a rich full taste with the nice Chenin Blanc honey notes.
For the food all the others chose the fish of the day, that was a halibut with lime, cilantro, chili, eggplant salad and a lima belly with parsnip puree, mushrooms, market vegetables , roasted garlic and demi-glace. I ordered a glass of Tawse Rosé, a wine from the Niagara region of Canada. The pork melted in my mouth and the flavors of the mushorooms, garlic and parsnips were explosive.
Not one to usually have dessert, I had a few bites of my mom’s mango, coco sorbet that was nicely refreshing and a strong coffee to finish.
It was a bit of a shock when the bill came but as each day passed we started getting used to the high prices of Montreal. And, if I had to do it again, I would eat at Mezcla many more times. It’s a fantastic restaurant.
All the best,