Herbalicious and Spicy Fish Heads from the Toqué! Restaurant Cookbook

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I should subtitle this article "How to successfully use a kitchen torch and fail at decorating fish heads." In the Toqué! restaurant cookbook, the fish heads look all pretty. It's one of the restaurant's most popular (and simplest) dishes, but it turns out that when you take a … [Read more...]

Highlights of the Montreal Highlights Festival, Feb. 23-March 11, 2017

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You might not think the middle of the winter is one of the best seasons to eat out in Montreal, but the annual Highlights Festival is doing its best to convince you by inviting chefs from around the world to partner with local restaurants for two weeks of fine dining. The … [Read more...]

Seared Duck Breast with Orange and Star Anise

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Don't be intimidated by duck breast. All it needs is a good spice rub and a quick sear followed by a little rest from the exertion and you've got yourself a restaurant-quality meal for half the price. The orange and star anise sauce is just the icing on the cake. And sure, duck … [Read more...]

Toque! Take Two

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The big news from earlier this year at Toque! is that the chef de cuisine, Charles-Antoine Crete, left to open his own place. Since then, I've been wondering what's happening in the Toque! kitchen, and how the food coming out of its hallowed walls compares to what came … [Read more...]