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An Evening at Thursday’s

Thursday’s was a restaurant/bar/night club that I had briefly heard about a couple years ago, but the only details I remember include that it was styled for an older crowd (60+) and it had a somewhat misfitting rotating circular dance floor in their nightclub basement. Despite this apparent peculiarity, it always seemed to hustle and bustle during the regular peek hours a restaurant and bar can expect in this city: Thursday to Saturday evenings, 5pm until late.

I was recently welcomed to an event to commemorate their recent “face lift” so to speak- a refreshing renewal of their menu, a retouching of the decor but still maintaining the historical feel, and a generous dose of excitement made the event, and the restaurant, one to remember.
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We started the event with a cocktail- and one we had to guess the ingredients!- and admired the lavish design. It certainly was a time capsule to a previous time, but in a very inviting way. I really liked the uniqueness of it!

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Head chef, Jean-Francois Vachon, opened his kitchen doors to us and gave us a glimpse into his orderly- and spotless- kitchen.
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Despite the chef’s favourite dish to prepare being fish, due to the natural versatility and precise cooking, we tasted the meals that put Thursday’s on the map: classic french dishes, re-imagined.

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The highlights included a friendly take on smoked meat sandwiches (above), tartines with house-made foie gras (below), and salmon tartare and beef tartare.

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But my absolute favourite was dessert. Oh, the desserts! We had chocolate tart with earl grey ice cream, hazelnut and ginger eclairs, and – the highlight- rice pudding with caramel fleur de sel and candied pecans. Oh! I would never have ordered rice pudding at a restaurant, but this is definitely worth going for. I would go back for the rice pudding alone!

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Needless to say, it was definitely a memorable experience and I’m already planning my next visit. The only thing missing? The circular rotating dance floor 🙂

Oh, and when you go, be sure to try the cocktail called “Blair’s Mistake” (the winning cocktail!) and send your regards to the namesake over at Day Jobs and the Nightlife!