I love food festivals! Thanks to how much fun the MTL a Table was and our last hiking at Mont-Orford having us check out the Tourism Sherbrooke book that exposed us to this event called Sherbrooke Met la Table. This food event is pretty much what MTL a Table is except on a much smaller scale. It has 20 restaurants. Its currently running in Sherbrooke. If you are in that area, its definitely worth a visit. We had a few restaurants that we wanted to try but in the end, we had a day trip which included booking a lunch and a dinner menu that appealed to us the most. This runs till the end of this weekend. While its smaller, you will see that the style and menus are much more diverse and has some really great concepts. I have some in mind that I hope will be there if this event runs again next year. I’m not even sure how long this event has been going for.
Our first choice was for lunch at OMG Resto! Please note that they don’t always have the same wide variety offered on their menu so my husband took something from the normal menu. Before we get into the food. You have to see the nice building that its located it. Its in a church. Get it? OMG?
The inside decor is some of the best I’ve seen. Plus, its Christmas decorations are up so its so pretty!
OMG Resto Decor
Giant Christmas Tree
Its really nice. The tree is perfect for its high church ceilings. They had stairs going up and the backdrop was full of those LED pots. Its a very nice ambiance and comfortable setting. The wood walls makes it exceptionally home-y. Plus, I don’t usually talk about bathrooms but its a unisex bathroom. There are four individual stalls and then in the middle was a urinal and you have this door that closes. Its super cool! This restaurant overview is getting really in depth.
Let’s move to the food now before I get too carried away!
Mad & Noisy (Beer) & Cocktail: King Kunta
Mad & Noisy is an Indian pale lager. My husband had it. We both agreed that it was incredibly bitter. Not really our taste but it is smooth. Not like a typical beer that I’d taste.
I had the cocktail mixo menu. I can’t remember everything that is in the drink but it had gin, pineapple juice, mint (or basil) and some other stuff. Doesn’t really matter because it taste REALLY good. Plus, it had a smaller quantity that other places I’ve been to but its to be tasted and enjoyed slowly, so that was alright 🙂
Met la Table menu: Mini fish cake, lime aioli, arugula with parsley
Les Cochonettes : Pulled Pork mini burgers
Met la table lunch menu’s appetizers was mini fish cakes. I usually have crab cakes so fish cakes was interesting. I have no idea what lime aioli was. I’m guessing its the sauce at the bottom. It has something of a mayo sort of base. I wasn’t sure what it was so I didn’t eat a lot of it but it was a good mix with the fish cake.
My husband had these little pulled pork burgers called Les Cochonettes. There was four but he ate one before I could take the picture. Regardless, these are awesome! And I only took a bite! He liked it a lot too.
Burger de Gars
Met la Table menu: OMG Duck Burger with mango chutney and home fries
Look at that condiment rack! Three types of ketchups! I’m impressed. When it first set on the table, I was like, now that’s hardcore. Haha!
Lets get back to business. The husband took the Burger de Gars (Translation: A Guy Burger). It had smoked meat, beef patty and bacon among tomatoes, pickes and mushrooms plus strong cheddar cheese. He liked it. OMG resto age the beef in their restaurant so it enhances the taste of the beef. The mix was good. His only critique would be that the “strong” cheese wasn’t very strong. Other than that, it was great. Just a note for cheese lovers/connoisseurs.
Okay, so my burger. Let’s get something straight. I like duck. I don’t eat it a lot nor do I claim to be a connoisseur or any sort but I didn’t get to taste the duck burger at La Maison du Magret during MTL a Table and this one has mango chutney. If you missed it from a previous resto review, I LOVE mango. This combination of duck, foie gras and mango chutney in a burger sounded really good. Except, it didn’t. The foie gras taste overpowered everything else. Mixing it with the mango chutney had this weird mix. Regrettably, it was suffice for half of the burger and then it took a little more effort to finish up. What would have been great is if the mango chutney was on the side and maybe found some sauce that would balance it but then when we have foie gras, the point is to taste it. Its an acquired taste. To be honest, its really my issue because the patty itself was tender and juicy. It was done very well. Its just the strong foie gras that I couldn’t get over.
Met la Table menu: Homemade donuts with vanilla infused whipped cream cheese
As many of you know, I can’t eat these. You know, lactose intolerant and all. BUT, the resto didn’t know that and my husband didn’t order a serving of dessert but they still gave him a plate as well. Which meant he had double the indulgence 😉 It was very nice of the resto and we absolutely appreciated it with all our hearts. My husband was great because it was totally taste the homemade home taste and the addition of the sauce balanced with the dark chocolate filling was a great combination.
Additional Goodies with our bill!
We have our critics of this meal but it was an enjoyable experience. The food presentation is appealing. The drinks and cocktails are nice and attractive. I would have loved to try more. The food was great (except my duck burger but thats because I’m not a foie gras lover). I’m sure that if I had something else, I would love it a whole lot more. The decor and the setup and just the idea of changing a church (previously St-Therese Church) into a restaurant-bar is so weird and wrong but also done so right. On top of that, the service was fantastic. Our server was called Guillaume and he was an absolute gem. Its worth every bit of the experience and if we were to go back to Sherbrooke, I’m pretty sure we’d stop by this place for a meal. Maybe even on one of the nights, they have some awesome performer there (because they seem to have some known musicians going there).
Do you love foie gras or other duck meals? What do you think of this restaurant setting and concept?