****For those outside Montreal, 5 à 7 (cinq à sept) is the city’s name for Happy Hour, so my silly title is actually a stellar pun!! (?????)****
A few weeks ago, I got my first paycheque from my new job. Weeks of data entry and research assistantship were finally reflected in my bank account! To celebrate, Aaron and I impulsively stopped in at Mochica, a Peruvian restaurant on St Denis, on the way home from work.
We had seen a sign outside that said $1 oysters, which was the initial reason for interest, but upon entering, we were told that a) Pisco sours were on deal at 2 for 1, and b) they had a ceviche tasting platter for $20. We decided to ditch the oysters for a plate of three kinds of ceviche, and this was the Best Decision Ever.
Feast your eyes!!!!
At the top-right, there’s a mixed seafood ceviche made with mussels, calamari, tiny octopus, shrimp, and scallops. Top-left is the raw fish ceviche, and on the bottom there’s a scallop-pomegranate ceviche. All three were stellar. We ended up slurping up the little pools of leche de tigre that were left behind after all the fish and seafood was gone. (Leche de tigre is the name of the limey, salty, wonderful marinade used in Peruvian ceviche. It’s so good that I’ve seen it served in a shot glass.) All this for $20! It’s the perfect sharing platter. Because it’s all seafood and fish, it was quite filling and made for a perfect accompaniment to our drinks.
The Pisco sours were expertly and lovingly made by the very friendly bartender-waiter, and they, too, were fantastic.
We looked at the restaurant’s other offerings which looked delicious, but I know that I’ll be back if only for this wonderful ceviche platter.
Mochica will soon be added to my Montreal Restaurants List.