And yes, I did eat it, my exaggerated pose notwithstanding. This was last Friday night when we had dinner with a large group of relatives and friends in a Montreal restaurant. The snail was kindly offered to me by Etyen Mahçupyan, visible behind me in the picture, from the plate of Snails Provençale with Pesto he had ordered as an appetizer.
What did the snail taste like? Why, like pesto, of course. I don't know if snails have an intrinsic flavor. I think the flavor normally attributed to them is simply the combined flavors of the spices and other ingredients they are cooked with. Correct me if I am wrong.