I had the pleasure of eating at Elixor DDO as their guest. Elixor probably has one of the most extensive menus I’ve ever seen, with many options to choose from and inspirations from around the world. Feel like eating Italian for your entrée, but Cajun for the main and cheesecake for dessert? Then Elixor is the place for you! You’ll surely please even the pickiest palates in the family or your group of friends! Oh and did I mention the portions are absolutely HUGE?
Restaurant: Elixor (DDO)
Date: Saturday February 10th 2018
Table for: 2
To switch things up, I asked my friend Liz to join me for lunch, as we’re both from the West Island. We’d just seen each other and gone for a friend’s birthday dinner the night before, but that didn’t stop us from chatting away for hours.
We finally settled on what we wanted to eat. For starters, Liz ordered the crispy mac & cheese balls, which were delicious. I thought they were going to be very heavy but they weren’t at all; they were actually considerably light. The mac and cheese inside was nice and cheesy but still light, as was the breading on the outside. The fresh basil marinara sauce which accompanied them was also very good and went well with the dish.
I chose the bruschetta for my entrée, which was also very good. I loved the garlic butter croutons, the freshnesh and acidity of the bruschetta, the parmesan shavings, the olive oil and balsamic vinegar and the fresh basil.
For the main, I opted for something that I love to eat: seafood linguine. I loved that it was prepared in a white wine sauce, rather than tomato sauce, but found that it could have used a bit more wine. The seafood was tasty, seasoned very nicely and cooked well. I really liked all the little bits of clam in the sauce and thought that the chorizo added a nice touch of heat. However, I would have preferred it to be grilled, as I find it tastier. Oh and did I mention it was an enormous portion? Yep. There was definitely enough pasta for two!
Liz chose the cedar plank roasted salmon, which she loved. She said the salmon was roasted to perfection; not dry but not too juicy either. It went really well with the mango BBQ sauce, with fresh herbs and tomatoes. The crispy fried onions on top were also a nice touch and the roasted garlic mashed potatoes were a good compliment to the salmon. However, she would have prefered the asparagus to be a bit more cooked, oven roasted perhaps, as they were a little cold and undercooked. Overall, she found the dish delicious.
For dessert, we ordered the white chocolate raspberry cheesecake which our waiter had recommended and it did not disappoint. It was a good balance between sweet, creamy and cheesy, and it really melted in your mouth. The base of the cake was also very good. A great recommendation!
As a “last dessert”, we also tried Elixor’s famous beer and cheese soup, also recommended to us by our waiter. We were a bit skeptic about it at first, because let’s be real, its a unique combination. However, we were both pleasantly surprised by how the flavours blended well together, to create a creamy and cheesy soup, with hints of beer. This is also one of Elixor’s super popular dishes that regulars come specifically to eat and it is only served on Saturdays.
Overall, we had a great lunch at Elixor. I was told Elixor is known for their cheesecakes, which was spot on, but I have to say their appetizers were excellent as well. They are also known for their enormous portions, which proved to be very true; we brought home a bit of each course. If you’re looking for a great restaurant in the West Island with a little something for everyone, Elixor is the place for you!
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*This restaurant post does not contain my usual restaurant review criteria of restaurants, as this is a sponsored post where I was invited to the restaurant as a guest.
*All photos are mine