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Les Enfants Terribles - Terrible children or damn good food?

What’s in a name? Isn’t that an age old question? Well if you take names literally, then Les Enfants Terribles would translate to the terrible children and probably wouldn’t make you think of food. In my case not only do I think of food, but my mouth waters instantly at the memories a few dinners I have had at the rather popular Montreal restaurant.

On a windy and chilly night, I met my friend on Bernard St., and we grabbed a table at the trendy Brasserie. Even being a Wednesday night the restaurant was quite full, luckily they had a few tables available. We sat, ordered drinks immediately and warmed up from the cold while reading the menu. On special that evening was their truffle arancinis which I had to have. I also ordered the truffle risotto with squash, mushrooms and celery root. My dining partner opted for the fried calamari as her appetizer and the ribs and fries as her main.

The appetizers came rather quickly which was perfect as we both were quite hungry. The arancinis were bite sized and served in a short stemmed martini glass with a delicious mild flavoured garlic aioli. The arancinis were just perfect and I really liked the fact that they were bite sized rather than the large sized that most eateries serve. Each arancini was perfectly crispy on the outside and soft and creamy on the inside. The truffle flavour was very present, I really enjoyed them but my friend was not a fan. Some people find truffles to be too powerful in flavour, I for one love the deep earthy flavour. I enjoyed every last bite and was actually quite sad when I realized they were all gone. 

A very generous portion of fried calamari with a shmear of zesty spicy mayo was placed in front of my friend. She dug right in and I could tell instantly she loved it. The calamari rings were tender and really good; the crispy batter wasn’t too salty and the spicy mayo was perfect. We both enjoyed this calamari dish.

The mains continued the flow of mmmms and yummms at our table. The ribs were fall off the bone tender and deliciously juicy. The sauce the ribs were slathered in was just really good. The flavour complimented the tender meat beautifully creating a damn good rib. The crispy fried French fries were really good too. Golden and crispy, just the way we like them!

My risotto was divine! I savoured each bite and ate so slowly as with each bite I saw my plate getting smaller and smaller which terrified me. This dish was so good I wanted to eat it for days and days, but unfortunately that wasn’t possible. The tender squash paired perfectly with the earthiness of the mushrooms and truffle flavours. The risotto was creamy and so well prepared, I truly was in heaven while I ate this dish.

As we finished our drinks and mains, I knew I was going to be a bad girl and order dessert. We ordered two coffees and a crème brulee to share. The dessert was the perfect ending to a delicious meal. As we sat digesting, we were already planning our next visit.

We left the restaurant beyond full and satisfied. In fact, we loved our meal so much, the following week we were back at it again. After eating at Les Enfants Terribles I can definitely say that to me the restaurant’s name refers to the bad ass chefs creating deliciously sinful food. I’ll take this kind of terrible children any day!

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