on September 17, 2006
Knowing that it would be late afternoon when we arrived at Le Vieux Presbytere I decided to purchase a package for the first night that included both dinner and breakfast. We were charged an extra $10 for Christian and our hostess told me that they would arrange a meal for him. This is a beautiful and very romantic restaurant. There are windows across the back of the house that give a beautiful view of the Laurentides Mountains and the St. Lawrence River. We were not seated on what I would call the porch but rather inside near the fireplace. Christian was the only child in the restaurant so I have to admit I was a little concerned but as is the case when only one child is present he was treated as an extra special guest and every effort was made to make sure that he was enjoying himself. This is not the sort of restaurant where you can just drop in and be seated, it was obvious that reservations are absolutely required. Every seat in the restaurant was occupied.They offer a fine wine list but being me I ordered a Molson. The meals are offered prix fix so we only had to decide what we wanted for each course. We began with a basket of small slices of French bread served with butter and tapenade. Go figure. Chris discovered he loves Tapenade and very good tapenade is was too, salty from the olives and garlicky, yum. I had warm brie appetizer served in a flaky crust with strawberries on the side. Absolutely delicious and those strawberries are in a class of their own. Presentation here was exceptional and everything looked as good as it tasted. I expected our meals to be wonderful and beautifully presented but I have never seen chicken nuggets platted as Chris’ were. He had piped mashed potatoes, baby vegetables and a very attractive plume sticking up. He was very impressed.Our salads were beautiful and served with curly greens and a creamy dressing. The cucumbers were served curled on the top and garden fresh tomatoes.I choose a seafood dish for my entree, large shrimp and sea scallops in a aromatic thyme sauce was divine and served with baby vegetables and rice pilaf it was just about perfect. Al chose a fried fish which was also excellent. They also serve a variety of game dishes including ostrich and pheasant.We had the choice of five desserts, profiteroles, strawberries and English cream, cappuccino cake, sorbet or maple cake. Having already had a taste of the Island strawberries there was no way I was going to pass up the Strawberries and Creme Anglais. Chris had the profiteroles and Al had the cappuccino cake and none of us was disappointed. We finished up with coffee and waddled back up to our room.
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