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The Gallivanting Gourmand
Greg Duncan
Greg Duncan
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is a freelance writer based in the Montreal region. He is particularly keen about good food. In his day job, Greg is the executive director of the Quebec Community Newspapers Association.

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Posted 12.29.01
Montreal

GREG DUNCAN

Peche Peche

The best way to enjoy the flavors of the sea is sometimes the simplest and one should savor the delicate and natural offerings of the ocean in their freshest form.

Thankfully there is a place to satisfy your seafood cravings without sacrificing this culinary notion.

Peche Peche offers a menu that showcases a full range of ocean delights. From shellfish to filets, all items are fresh as is witnessed upon entering the restaurant. Huge glass windows tempt diners with a peek into what is possibly the largest fresh fish market west of Montreal.

I like this concept as it allows patrons a visual appetizer.

The staff is informed and courteous and their suggestions proved valuable for making selections for our appetizers and main dish.

My partner and I chose a couple of items that would set the scene for the rest of the evening. We enjoyed grilled octopus that benefited from cooking on charcoal and calamari that was cooked just right. The octopus was adorned with good oil and shallots and a touch of vinegar. A squeeze of lemon made the day.

We happily dipped our warm crusty rolls into a saucer of olive oil and balsamic vinegar as we sipped good inexpensive Beaujolais. Wine prices are good here and diners will find just the right match for their main dish.

The restaurants menu is not limited to seafood and those that prefer land offerings can choose from a good selection of steaks and lamb done on the charcoal grill. We chose to sample from what the restaurants obvious talent is.

My partner chose a filet of halibut done on the charcoal and it proved worthy. The filet was tender and large and arrived hot from the grill. A side of fluffy rice and grilled veggies filled the plate.

I chose the fresh pasta. A Florentine scallop pesto that included a dozen of the largest scallops I've had in some time. Olive oil, garlic, spinach, basil and goat cheese make this dish perfect for its pairing with pasta. My linguine was al dente and we exchanged bites of each other's dishes.

It was comforting knowing that our waiter had scurried off to hand pick our selections from the huge array of fresh items in the market. I could see him choose our fish and promptly deliver it to the chef for preparation. Both of our selections came in at under twenty dollars and our appetizers were well under ten. This is definitely a great value considering the freshness and portion size.

Dessert was almost too much to consider, as we were more than satiated. However, we could not resist the three chocolate mousse cake. It was so chocolaty that we insisted on washing it down with the house special coffee that includes a splash of Metaxa, which is a familiar Greek indulgence.

On my next trip to this eatery, I intend to sample the shellfish meal for two.

This menu item offers two half lobsters, two grilled scampi, two stuffed scampi, four grilled shrimps, four breaded scallops, four half-crab legs, two coquilles St. Jacques, two 7 ounce filet mignon and is served with salad or lobster bisque.

Hungry yet?

Peche Peche is located at the Marche de L'ouest (corner de Salaberry), Pointe Claire, QC. Reservations: 683.8601.

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