Toast! is a great little restaurant located in Old Port. It is nestled on the side of a hotel and has an intimate feel as well as a relaxed vibe with deep red and black decor. The menu is constantly evolving with new creations and long-standing favorites. Every dish on the menu has the year it was debuted. The dishes on the menu are works of art, this is a foodies heaven. They also have a menu for “little foodies.” My daughter had an Angus steak with leek and parmesan potatoes which would have made any adult happy.
One of their specialties is foie gras which is featured in two appetizers. You can also get a side of it with your main course. The foie gras was light and rich at the same time with a great finish. For an appetizer we had the Foie Gras torchon style rolled in a dehydrated duck jus and cardamom powder. It was served with pistachio and mushroom powder, cloudberry jelly, rosemary syrup and homemade brioche. We also sampled fresh mushroom crostini with a truffle poultry emulsion, fresh mozzarella, poached quail’s egg, pine nut, red onion, and basil oil. Did I tell you this was foodie heaven?
For my main course I tasted the Thetford Mines rabbit saddle, stuffed with apple and chorizo & rabbit shoulder served with Mascarpone cheese and spinach agnoletti, cabbage 2 ways, cumin, oyster mushroom, hazelnut and xeres vinaigrette. My husband had the fish fillet and scallop, pan seared with browned butter, “Salsa Verde” ( dill, parsley, and orange) accompanied by celeriac and truffle oil, confite smoked endive cooked «sous vide», lentil, bacon, and Brussels sprouts leaves with orange vinaigrette. Both dishes were outstanding with such a complex melding of flavors.
For dessert we devoured the cheesecake chaud au parmesan with baie de sureau à l’hibiscus. With parmesan cheese as the focal ingredient the cake had an extra sharpness as well as the creaminess you expect from an excellent cheesecake.
In sum, if you want to try food you will probably not find anywhere else definitely give Toast! a try- it is not just a meal but a culinary journey!