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Carambola is a tapas bistro located in Hudson, Quebec, where guests are invited to bring their own favorite bottle of wine to enjoy with an innovative menu of unique small plates. Created with ingredients that are local, sustainably-produced and SQF certified, the dishes at Carambola feature global flavors with Canadian twists.
Try the pierogis or the lobster in bisque for an Italian-inspired meal. The shrimp curry and the Texas sushi are great ways to try a meal with Asian flare. The menu features crab cakes, foie gras, calamari and more, perfect for sampling a little of everything every time you come to Carambola.
Hudson, QC J0P 1H0
Contemporary American, Fusion / Eclectic
rue St Jean
CAN$31 to CAN$50
The service was exceptional. The food was different and well prepared with unbelievable presentation. The only negative was the poor choice of music which was loud making it difficult to have a decent conversation with dinner companion. Soft dinner music would be more appropriate.
This was our first time at Carambola and we will definitely be coming back!
We were a party of three and wanted to share our dishes. We ordered the carrot ginger soup, calamari, General Tao Chicken salad, Fish Tacos and Quinoa salad. Without asking or charging extra, they accommodated us by making enough for three portions of everything, down to the soup! The fish tacos were so so good!
Amazing food and great service. Can't wait to eat there again!
Carambola never fails to please. Great ambiance, bring your own wine and food that is, simply-put, out of this world. But, don't take my word for it. You owe it yourself to check it out for yourself. One suggestion: book early. Carambola is a small space and it is VERY popular.
We wanted to celebrate the last night of our long weekend in Montreal with a worthwhile dinner stop on the way home to Wakefield. The menu on the web sounded great, but we had no idea just how great it would be. This is tapas taken to a whole new level: outstanding combinations, flavours, freshness, textures and colours...and generous portions for tapas. The five of us shared ten different plates and each one was unique and incredibly delicious. Well done! My only regret is that you are not closer to home...
We went there (group of 5) for Easter lunch. My mother is especially picky and she loved it! So did we. The soup was delicious as were the fried calamari. The waitress got my son's order mixed up but they promptly returned it. Even the baguette bread was delicious - drizzled with olive oil. Would definitely go back even though it's a 45 minute drive from my home! For dessert we shared a banana-chocolate cake - also delicious! Looking forward to returning with girlfriends.
I have been going to Carambola for years now, and it never fails to deliver amazing flavor and quality. Over the years I have seen the menu change, the décor change, but Scotts’ incredible way at always producing combinations of flavours with the freshest local produce astounds me and keeps me coming back. While his Dark chocolate torte is amazing with the addition of the pop rock candy (so cool how it pops in your mouth while the chocolate slowly melts), I do miss the crème brulé, and keep hoping I am there if they ever makes a surprise reappearance. This place is so worth the trip to Hudson.
N.B. Remember to bring your own wine. They will take care of you with Ice buckets and service, but they do not sell it.
The famous Michelin guide might say "Worth a Detour" if Hudson were on their radar, because this small
restaurant, chef owned and managed, is indeed worth a little drive. Our recent visit was for lunch, limited menu, but innovative, like Bison and Pheasant Sausage Stew over Creamy Mashed Potatoes, etc..., incl. a cup of soup and small salad, a $20 excellent value and delicious. We sat at the floor- to- ceiling window table watching the local St. Patrick's Day Parade.
Observing the sous-chef preparing 2 beautiful 2 foot long and fat sea bass for dinner, we will take not
too long to again make the short drive to Hudson for dinner at Carambola. The restaurant is BYOB.
The grocery next door sells 3packs of Notting Hill, red and white (chilled), if you don't bring your own.
We're lucky to have Carmobola in our off-island midst - the food is always fresh and imaginative and the services shines. The only downside is its popularity! You really have to plan your visit one to two weeks in advance - last minute rezzos are impossible. we also love the BYOB - it makes for a very affordable evening.
The food and service were excellent. The restaurant is very loud. I would suggest perhaps lowering the music that is played so that the diners do not feel they have to shout over it to hear one another. We love the food it is delicious and the combinations of flavors is amazing. One of our all time favorite restaurants.
Even though it was a bit far, it was worth the try ! We asked to sit at the bar, where we can see the kitchen and talk to the cook. Our whole dinner was made of tapas so we could split everything and have a taste of different things. BEST. IDEA. EVER. We ordered about 7 tapas including the soup for the two of us and I was full before the 7th. Bring your own wine.. Even better !
Food lived up to hype. Good price for Lunch. Disappointed with ambiance and somewhat 'tacky' deco. White uncovered electrical extension running on base of wall stuck to wall with white duct tape. (Could have been for Christmas decorations but that was a month and a half ago).
Very interesting tapas menu with plenty of ingenious choices. Creative innovations. Reasonably sized portions for those who prefer flavour to quantity, while being satisfied. Great for experimentation. Atmosphere was better early on, with less noise ( romantic conversations are difficult to enjoy after 7pm - acoustics are not great with merry revelers, so if you're a merry reveler, it's the place for you late evening).
We are local and go to Carambola in gorgeous Hudson quite often. It's a really cute place with a dozen tables in an old charming house. *reservations needed It's bring your own wine so even better :)
You have to try: Lobster Poutine Tapas with creamy truffle sauce and homemade fries (ask for a lot of sauce)
Very very good food! One of the best in the area!
Been to this place several times and it keeps getting better. We have our favorite tapas, but we recently went and tried an item of the day, a plate with Camel sausage that absolutely blew our minds and palates! Bravo to the chef who keeps improving his menu
Carambola once again has been a real treat to the pallet. It is a great experience every time. We always bring guest who visit from out of town and they are always so impressed. We feel extremely lucky that our town ended up with this excellent restaurant .
We had lunch at Carambola for our anniversary weekend. My wife had the pasta of the day, which she loved! I ordered the braised beef poutine. Calling it poutine was a disservice to the food! It was amazing! The beef was perfect, the fries didn't get mushy and the aged cheddar made it by far the best 'poutine' I've ever eaten. My wife started off with the soup of the day which was creamy red beet. She loved it! I had a salad, which was a work of art!
Service was great,we were not rushed out as we thought we might be but our meals were mediocre. The appetizers were okay,the tuna nachos could have used more tuna and to be honest I can't even remember the other appetizers we ordered. For our main meals,2 of us had halibut which we both found dry and the other person had the steak which was overdone. I ordered the lobster mashed potatoes which had 3 tiny pieces of lobster and honestly tasted like regular potatoes with the lobster thrown in,not quite sure what the big deal was about that side dish. It's really too bad as the last time we were there( years ago) we had had a great experience. I unfortunately would not make the drive out again nor would I recommend the restaurant.
Carambola was highly recommended to us and we were not disappointed at all! It's a small neighbourhood resto with an open kitchen where you can see the chefs at work (I love that) and was really busy considering it was a rainy Tuesday night!! We sampled 5 different tapas along with a salad and soup appetizer and sweet potato fries as a side. Every dish was outstanding...a foodie's dream!!! Honestly, I can't wait to return and sample more dishes. It's a bring your own wine or beer establishment which I like. The wait staff and service was great as well. All in all a wonderful experience and highly recommended.
We ate here with friends in June and again in October. June was fantastic, everything was excellent. October meal was so-so.
Order a few dishes and ask for them to be spread apart so you can enjoy a leisurely meal. Otherwise, there is a long wait as everything is cooked to order in their tiny kitchen and then sits in front of you to cool down
The lobster poutine was a bust - cold sauce, cold fries and no taste to the sauce.
We brought overseas guests for lunch on Thanksgiving. We had a DELICIOUS and quiet lunch as we got caught up with one another's lives. Our friends love food and Carambola did not disappoint. We all had the same thing: halibut tempura and dessert. Everything was to die for. Cannot wait to go back!
WE ARRIVED AT THE RESTAURANT ONLY TO FIND OUT IT WAS CLOSED!
NO EMAIL OR ANY INDICATION THAT THEY WERE CLOSED
GOOD THING WE KNEW OF A GOOD RESTAURANT AROUND THE CORNER!!
OTHER CAB DRIVERS TOLD US THEY HAD THE SAME PROBLEM WHEN TEY TOOK CUSTOMERS TO THE RESTAURANT TO EAT
J'ai réservé en dernière minute pour le brunch - une découverte à réitérer, en effet: le menu et les assiettes soignés, une belle place pour les options végé, le personnel sympa et discret, et la possibilité d'amener son vin avec une SAQ située à 2 pas. Je recommande!
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