I'm slowly chipping away at these Montreal posts. It feels like it's never-ending, and because I haven't been blogging about much else, I have a lot to blog about on piling up on the side. Sigh. When did I let blogging feel like a chore? Hopefully it won't feel like this anymore after I'm done with these Montreal posts.
Read about Day 1, Day 2, Day 3 of our week long trip to Montreal back in August 2014.
On day 4 of our Montreal trip we had a lot on our agenda and a lot of sightseeing planned. I was determined to learn a few things about Montreal this day.
At this point we were really hungry, so we decided to go to Le Club Chasse et Peche after reading a little about it in my travel guidebook. So here comes the very embarrassing story of our trip.
Le Club Chasse et Peche
423 Rue St-Claude, Montréal, QC H2Y 3B6
Taken from the site: Nothing is written on the site about the restaurant...
Can I just say, that I didn't realize the restaurant was a FINE DINING restaurant?? I guess I should have had a clue seeing how secluded the restaurant looked from the outside... or maybe looked closer to see $$$ written beside the restaurant name in my book.
As we approached the restaurant, there were two people dressed in suits having a smoke outside. The moment we opened the door, they walked in after us. Little did we know, it was the owners.
If not, let me tell you how it started. First we were handed a slim menu. I quickly glanced at it and realized it was all in French and that I wouldn't be able to understand a thing. We panicked and asked the server if we could get an English menu and they chuckled and told us that we were looking at the wine menu... OMG so embarrassing! The Mister had a slight clue that he was looking at one but didn't say anything to me for some reason... I have no prior experience nor no knowledge about anything about alcohol, so forgive me for not knowing that I was looking at an exhaustive list of the most ridiculously expensive alcohol.
At this point the owner came over (probably because we looked like we were completely lost) and handed us the actual food menu after we settled on just water. The menu was very particular and only had a handful of choices to pick from (that's when you know you're in a hella expensive restaurant). He started talking and talking and kept talking about the menu items, and although he was super nice and accommodating, I swear I didn't think anyone could go in such detail. He definitely knew his stuff, as should any owner.
Because I knew our bill was going to be in the 3 digits, we opted to not get any dessert.
They also gave us bread and butter... and kept giving us bread probably because they figured we'd be starving with what little we had on our plate. I'm not purposely giving this place a bad rap because their service was impeccable and their food was good... but the price was just beyond us at that point. We didn't expect it and it's not like we could just walk out after seeing the prices, right? Because that would only make it more awkward.
You know what it felt like? It felt like I was in one of those movies where the character tries to cut and eat the food in the smallest pieces they can. I was thoroughly shocked when they presented me with the dish. It looked more like an appetizer than a main dish. I could have, of course, stabbed the scallops with my fork and put the whole damn thing in my mouth. And don't get me started on my duck meat because I think that was the most expensive piece of meat I've ever eaten. The food was completely overpriced. We paid $110 for a shared appetizer (a morsel) and two mains- no drinks, no dessert. We would have walked out starving if it hadn't been for the bread and butter. Ambience was stuffy and uncomfortable, but I guess that's our fault for being in the wrong place, dressed in the wrong attire and not expecting to be fine dining.
Overall: Ambience B-, Food A, Service A+, Price F.
I felt so bad for the Mister because it was my fault for suggesting this place without knowing what it fully entailed. We were thrown off our budget for sure :( And once we got out I swear it was like breaking out of jail. We could finally breathe; we were free. We laugh about this whole incident now but at the time it was too embarrassing. He even said to me that we'll come back again one day but properly prepared hahaha! Never again will we put ourselves through this scenario. Research first!
On another note, I think our next big trip will be to New York. I talked to a coworker and she was telling me how you would need to stay about a week to fully take in all that New York has to offer. I figured that much since our Montreal trip. The Mister and I managed to see and do a lot within a week and I think we covered Montreal pretty good even though there's still so much more to explore there! I can imagine New York being even more fun and I foresee a lot of money being spent on shopping... haha!
p.s. Sorry my blog posts are mostly about lifestyle right now. I have no energy and no time to fit in beauty, decor, fashion and all the other things that I love ;( I hope I'll somehow manage to find time soon, but for now, this is all I can do.
"The poorest people have the richest souls." -Unknown