Getting the chance to enjoy the delights of Madagascar is, let's face it, a bit of a rarity. With a great deal of enthusiasm, Brian Rajarison and his parents, Florent Rajarison and Annie Buteau, opened the 325 F brand in October on a quiet part of Mason Street, bringing this culinary art to multiple influences.
The 23-year-old young chef, born in Quebec (his parents arrived in Canada in the 1990s), plays with the island's typical ingredients to recreate the flavors rocked by the Indian Ocean in his own way. “I have been cooking since I was nine years old, and since I was fourteen I started working in various culinary establishments, for example in nursing homes. Here, we wanted to create a family and friendly restaurant,” he emphasizes.
When you look at the 325 F list, which is 90% Malagasy, the diversity is evident. Mr. Rajarison outlines for us the characteristics of this syncretic gastronomy: “It is a mixture of influences coming from East Africa, India and China, due to waves of immigration at the end of the nineteenth century.H a century. The eastern side of Africa is found in the use of cassava leaves, barbecues and smoked meats. The Chinese influence is seen, among others, in soups and pork dumplings, while the Indian contribution is found in the use of spices – curry, garlic and ginger – and in certain dishes such as the samosa, a local version of the famous samosa. »
When we asked the chef to create a holiday menu in the Malagasy dialect, he immediately began exploring options, first mentioning turkey with Madagascar sauce. Finally, the star will be the spiced duck, surrounded by small plates taken straight from the restaurant's menu. Without forgetting dessert, under the sign of cake and rum, but always with a special touch. Grab your stove and cutlery, let's fly to the delicious island!
325 F will welcome guests on the evening of December 31 with a special three-course menu at $50 per person (services at 5:30 p.m. or 8 p.m., with the option to continue the evening until the midnight countdown for an additional $55).
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