Last Monday, I was invited to the official opening of Mediterranean Restaurant Doca, located in Griffintown (one block away from West Elm, tee hee). So you know me, I’m down for any invitation that includes food, especially when seafood is involved. The restaurant’s name originally comes from the Portuguese word for « docks » and is relevant to the history of this Montreal neighbourhood.
Chef François Laurin (who worked at Pizzeria Sofia, Primadonna and Hotel W) runs the kitchen. We had the chance to eat fresh oysters from Prince Edward Island – Raspberry Point and Shiny Sea – with a truffle oil mignonette. So amazing! They won my heart. Everything was delicious and mouthwatering, from the calamari salad with chickpeas, ceviche, grilled octopus, and mushroom risotto with truffle oil (oh yes!). Did I mention the shrimps and their pineapple salsa? There was a perfect balance between sweet and sour, which I liked. Needless to say that my pallet was delighted.
I love that the kitchen is open to view. One can see the cooks prepping the food, which is always fun to watch. As for the décor, it’s rather chic and modern with lots of touches of purple hues. I’d say you have to dress up a bit to go there. Might be a good spot for a date night, too! Just saying. 😉
The light coming out of the large windows was beautiful that night, so I couldn’t stop myself and took too many photos of this successful opening. Thank you Doca for having me.