I was invited to an intimate media tasting at Beatrice for lunch on the beautiful Garden Terrace. Even though the cuisine is Italian at the core, their dishes don’t leave you feeling heavy and ready to slip into a food-coma for the rest of the afternoon. The lunch menu is inspired by seasonal, market fresh ingredients, which means that the dishes are ever-changing to showcase local produce.
New Fast and Affordable Lunch Menu
The esteemed Golden Square Mile restaurant recently launched a $25 lunch menu, that consists of three courses that are all served in an hour or less! Which makes it affordable, for young people like me, and easy to fit into a busy work day.
I brought my mother as my plus one, and I am so glad that I did! Going with someone you feel comfortable enough to pick off their plate is key, because you’ll be torn about what to order. The lunch was called for noon, and the valet parking made it a no sweat situation for my mom who often stresses about finding parking downtown. We were greeted with a choice of Aperol spritz or wine, and while we waited for the rest of the Montreal media guests to arrive, we enjoyed the sun that poorer in from the open roof.
Tasting of Tapas
Before ordering from the lunch menu, we sampled tapas from their catering menu. From tuna tartare and guacamole in wonton cones, to giant shrimp tempura and gyoza, each bite was flavourful and beautifully presented. I recently attended the Notable x Michael Kors event on the Beatrice Terrace this summer, and enjoyed their cocktail party menu of mini lobster rolls, sliders, shrimp cocktail and more. This restaurant is a perfect place for a private events all year round, because when their beautiful terrace is closed during the cold months the top floor dining room is the perfect space. From tuna tartare and guacamole in wonton cones, to giant shrimp tempura and gyoza, each bite was flavourful and beautifully presented.
My mom and I decided to order differently from each other so that we could sample the other’s dishes. My first course was a cross between smoked salmon and salmon crudo. The lightly smoked piece of fish was thick enough that it had a delightful sashimi-like texture. It was accompanied by a smoke shishito pepper, dill and a lemon vinaigrette. My mother’s first course was a summer squash stuffed with a mediterranean ratatouille, quite yummy but, I definitely preferred my order.
For the main course I had a seafood ravioli in a light and tart sauce of confit tomatoes, artichokes, leek and ricotta. My mom went for the Fish of the Day option, which was a medley of seafood in a seafood consume. We shared both delicious dishes as they paired so well together.
Just as we were filling up, the host of the lunch, the darling Alessandra Salituri, made us promise to leave room for dessert. We were so happy we did because it was definitely the highlight of the meal. My mom and I are cheesecake lovers, so we are tough cheesecake judges. But their deconstructed strawberry cheesecake dessert with strawberry gelato, and cake crumbs was perfection.