I feel like it is pan seared. No coating that I can tell. Just a nice slab of foie with the bananas. You have to get the bite with everything. I cannot remember what sauce the dot is. I think it is some sort of syrupy balsamic. I usually try and get a bite with banana, foie, and the tapioca smoke with a tad of sauce. The perfect bite.
I have not been to this particular restaurant in the fall. I will be very interested to hear how the menu changes.
Whew! What an absolutely well done, ne epic meal.
I enjoyed the heck out of it just looking at it.
Brava. Chapeau ! Well done. Unlike many reviews, you captured the “feel” of the restaurant which, to me, is just as important as the food on the plate.
Thanks for the review. I see the flavours matching is getting more sophisticated and more daring than my more classic but well executed meal a few years back. Definitely worth a return.
Besides food, they had a huge beautiful boutique of flowers, I wonder if they still keep this ritual.
To illustrate the evolution, this is the older Montée thread on HO:
Montee is one of our favorite restaurants in Paris. Our last dinner there in September 2021 we were the only diners and I was quite worried if it will survive the pandemic. Besides the outstanding food, service, and quiet atmosphere, I really appreciate their meticulous attention to detail and the use of high end glassware (Zalto, if I recall correctly).
I also loved this restaurant when I was there many years ago. Agree with @beam, time for a return visit!
Funnily enough, my first visit there in 2017, I was the only diner that evening. It was a Thursday evening in late April right before Round 1 of the French elections.
It’s a very strange restaurant indeed. Everybody that has been there seemed to be the only diners of the meal. My lunch there was also the only diners as well, only the 2 of us, plus the wife serving us and the husband chef.
For our first visit in November 2017 we were the only ones there for the first hour and a half. Then another two women, who appeared to be regulars, came in and occupied another table.
Curious if you have tried both Kei and Montee? I made a reservation at Montee for my trip but have just gotten a reservation for Kei and both meals (along with the rest of my itinerary) is probably a bit of overkill unfortunately
I’ll let you know. Just made a reservation for dinner Sept 24. Thanks for the detailed write up & pictures.
@SteveR. I have the impression that you an egregious. chatty, perhaps loud type. If so, I wonder if Montée (among others) would be a good fit for you. The food is fab but the very subdued ambiance will probably not suit you.
Or maybe I’m confusing the Steves on this board. If so, apologies.
Steve, I think that Parn owes you double apologies.
No (but thanks bcc… appreciated). Actually I think he has a good reason for that impression. And, in fact, we do intentionally go to a lot of places where one of our main goals is to socialize. And my voice does carry. I post a lot about these places on HO. However, since we’ve never met in person, he’d have no way of knowing that it’s situational. We also go to a lot of places where folks are not there to be part of my world nor am I there for theirs. I’d already realized what Montee would be & will be fine.
By the way, I’m assuming that Parn meant gregarious, not egregious…
Parn is French - perhaps he did indeed mean you are egregiously chatty…
what date are you at Montee?
Sat, Sept 24th. You just want to know which night to avoid?