My last dinner at H4C Place St-Henri was incredible from start to finish. Service, food, wine and company (Mel from La Pique Assiette) all meshed together seamlessly and before I knew it, three hours of feasting, drinking and gabbing had gone by.
Chef Dany Bolduc prepared us an incredible 7-couse tasting menu, which sommelier Pascal Gerrits accompanied with an equally gratifying wine pairing. Although I could embarrass myself trying to pick out notes and nuances about each wine (I’m a novice), I’ll keep it brief and talk about my two personal highlights.
To start us off with our snow crab dish we had a glass of the Clémant Klur Gewurztraminer Katz. This rich white Alsatian wine was a more unusual choice for a first glass, but, as we learnt, Gerrits likes to start things off with a bang – setting the tone for the rest of the meal. This philosophy is something I am now really thankful for because this floral, round and ample glass of wine still has me daydreaming. It was really, really delicious! Clémant Klur “Katz” is served by the glass – so definitely try it next time you drop-in.
The second stand-out glass of the evening was a 2014 Casebianco Vino Bianco from the Emilia-Romagna wine region in Italy. Unfiltered and with no added yeasts or sulfites, this natural white wine had a small amount of skin contact creating a funky, perfumed taste and smell I’ve been looking for in wines lately. Dry and easy-drinking (it’s only 11% ABV), but also fruity and floral; it paired really well with its accompanying octopus dish.
Now onto food. Here is what Chef had us try:
The 7-course tasting Menu at H4C is $105 and including wine pairing, it’s $165 and I will definitely do the full gambit again on an upcoming special occasion. For daily dining, there’s also always Bolduc’s ever changing à-la-carte menu. Also noteworthy is H4C Place St-Henri’s outdoor terrace and private basement dining quarters. Opened Wednesday to Sunday starting at 6:00pm and on weekends for brunch, H4C is THE spot for modern french fine dining. Have a look on DINR for any same day openings.