Bocata - Dining Room

My Last Meal | Bocata

End of January, early February, is a rough time in Montreal! The cold weather is piercing and the snow piles up, forcing us to cloak ourselves in ridiculous outfits while we trudge to and from our daily destinations. Going out becomes a great effort and is only really considered if the plan offers great appeal and reward. For me, one such evening was a dinner at  Bocata restaurant in Old Montreal. Knowing their menu is a combination of Mediterranean and comfort food, I was happy, no ecstatic, to make the journey in spite of the grueling weather.

My meal at Bocata was just what I needed; a comforting and delicious meal paired with a warm ambiance and service. Here is a rundown of what they had me try:

To Eat:

Bocata - piquillo pepper and crab cake
A snow crab cake and a piquillo pepper filled with goat cheese and caponata. A tasty little amuse-bouche!
Bocata - Bruschetta 'Pan Con Tomate'
Pan Con Tomate served with Pata Negra de Bellota (an acorn fed cured ham from Northern Spain – it has a sweet and nutty flavour). Honestly, just get it – you won’t regret it.
Bocata - Warm Octopus Salad
Warm octopus salad served with arugula, parsley, oregano, confit lemon, kalamata olives, capers, cherry tomatoes, fresh goat cheese and a roasted pepper vinaigrette. The octopus is braised in red wine vinaigrette, making it oh-so-very tender.
Bocata - Lobster carbonara tagliatelle
Lobster carbonara tagliatelle with baby spinach and egg yolk. Amazing and hearty!
Bocata - Duck magret
Roasted Duck Magret (from Quebec) served with wild mushrooms, broccolini on a truffle puree, and on the side a celery root remoulade with a soft boiled egg.  Holy moly this was heavenly.  A MUST TRY!
Bocata - Dessert
Basically Everything! Nougatine and frozen limoncello parfait. A red wine poached fig served with mirliton and chestnut ice cream. Lastly, a chocolate fondant served with vanilla and strawberry ice cream.

To Drink:

Bocata - Wine
Clockwise from top left: 2011 Tofanelli Family Zinfandel – Napa Valley; 2012 Tunia Chiarofiore – Toscana; 2014 Laurence et Remi Dufaitre Brouilly – Beaujolais; Bocata’s signature cocktail menu!

Thank you again to the gracious Bocata team for providing not only refuge from the yucky winter weather, but also for a kick-ass meal and wonderful service. You guys rock! Bocata restaurant is located at 310 Saint Paul West in the heart of Old Montreal and is open daily starting at 5 pm. Have a look on DINR for any same-day availabilities.

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