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5 must-try burgers in Montréal

Montréal usually celebrates the humble burger during Le Burger Week in September, when over 40 restaurants offer specialty burgers at awesome prices. Unfortunately for burger lovers, a lot of these creations are retired after the event, never seeing the light of day again. But fear not! Here is a list of some must-try burgers that are available in the city all year long. Uniburger – Multiple locations Uniburger is Montréal’s answer to the popular American fast food chain, In-N-Out Burger. We suggest getting the “Uniburger,” which is topped with lettuce, tomatoes and signature Uniburger sauce. Pick from a variety of free toppings to your liking. The AAA grade Canadian beef is never frozen, and the fries are cut fresh daily. Don’t forget to order a classic chocolate shake with your meal—they use local Glacier Bilboquet ice cream! Notre-Boeuf-de-Grâce – 5732 Sherbrooke Street West A play on the name of the borough where it’s located (Notre-Dame-de-Grâce), Notre-Boeuf-de-Grâce (or NBG as it’s referred to by locals) is a popular neighbourhood burger joint that grinds its own meat, offering deliciously pink burgers. Start by choosing a 3 or 6 oz. patty and then pick from a list of 19 “free will toppings” or 12 “creation toppings” like pickled… / Read More →

Get a room: private dining options in Montréal restaurants

It goes without saying that holiday meals full of merriment taste better when you’re surrounded by the ones you love and care about. The season of sparkle is quickly approaching and group dinner plans are inevitable. Whether it’s an intimate gathering of friends and family or if you’re in town with the gang and looking for a special place to eat, here are some places in town that offer private dining options for holiday times around the table . Restaurant L’Autre Version  – 295 Saint-Paul Street East L’Autre Version is your “bistronomic” getaway in the heart of the Old Port. Focused on local products treated with creativity and infused with international influences, Executive Chef Samuel Sauvé-Lamothe’s menu entices all palates and appetites—and is accentuated by an award-winning wine list. Their private dining room accommodates a seated dinner party or cocktails and canapés all with a magnificent view of the old city, Saint-Paul Street and the famous Marché Bonsecours. Branzino – 1800 Sherbrooke Street West A great dining experience is a simple of equation of food, atmosphere and service—a balance that the team at Branzino achieves proudly. A menu that features creative and not overly complicated dishes will wow you and… / Read More →

Tasting the autumn harvest in and around Montréal

Autumn is arguably one of the most gorgeous seasons in Québec. Not only are the stunning colours of the fall foliage beautiful to look at, but they also are donned by the fresh produce in our farmer’s markets around the city. If you’ve ever taken a stroll through Marché Jean Talon or Atwater Market at this time of year, you’ve seen the abundance of seasonal fruits and vegetables enticing shoppers. If you’re looking for a fun family activity that celebrates the fall harvest, there are a few places you need to check out. Apples have long been associated with autumn, whether this means apple picking, or cooking with apples, these seasonal fruits are a mainstay in everyone’s pantry at this time of year. Head over to Le Verger Labonté on Île Perrot for some choice apple picking and family fun. With over 2,000 trees, the orchard offers 16 varieties of apples: here’s a chart of when each kind is in season ( From picking your own apples to pumpkins to squash, Le Veger Labonté provides a unique farm experience, no to mention a bistro (with a menu featuring produce grown on the property) and a giant corn maze! La Ferme… / Read More →

Taste Montréal with the family during MTL à TABLE

Montréal’s restaurant week or “MTL à TABLE” is a great opportunity to check out different restaurants around the city to try delicious culinary creations for sometimes a fraction of the regular price. If you’re dining out as a family, it’s probably safe to say that half the battle is not finding a place to go, but a place where everyone will be happy with. Here are a few restaurants to check out during restaurant week that will satisfy gastronomes of all ages. Mesón – 345 Villeray Close your eyes and take a gastronomic trip to the Iberian peninsula of Spain at Mesón. Gather the gang and relax at this warm and casual neighbourhood bistro specializing in Spanish-inspired comfort food. Incorporating market-fresh produce in their dishes, with a great selection of Spanish wines and cocktails to pair, Mesón will be definitely a unique experience during the 2015 MTL à TABLE. Café Griffintown – 1378 Notre-Dame Street West Located in one of the city’s most colourful and eclectic neighbourhoods- Griffintown – Café Griffintown invites you to discover their Franco-American cuisine inspired bistro-pub menu. A live Jazz band on weekends often tops off the laid back atmosphere of charming bricked walls and casual… / Read More →

MTL à TABLE Bring your own wine restaurants

Montréal has established itself as a world-class food destination featuring local and international chefs who make up the fabric of the culinary scene. From fine dining to casual “bistros du quartier” (neighbourhood bistros), our city has it all. The 2015 edition of MTL à TABLE will showcase over 140 different spots all over town, which offer delicious fixed-price menus for the occasion. Luckily, this year’s official partner, the Société des alcools du Québec (lovingly referred to by locals as the “SAQ”), makes it easy for amateur sommeliers to get out and pair their favourite wines with the various menu offerings at the participating ”apportez votre vin” (bring your own wine, aka BYOW) establishments. Le Margaux – 5058 Du Parc Avenue Le Margaux is a BYOW gem establishment serving up a modern take on the cuisine of the Aquitaine region of southwestern France. Whether you bring a Chardonnay or Pinot noir, you’re sure to find a fabulous pairing on the restaurant’s MTL à TABLE menu. La Prunelle – 327 Duluth Avenue East La Prunelle is a quaint BYOW restaurant located in the heart of the Plateau Mont-Royal neighbourhood. The kitchen team will impress you with its seasonal French menu cooked with… / Read More →

Food with friends – Group friendly dining options for MTL à Table

Dear foodies, gluttons, and epicureans, Get focused immediately! Montréal’s restaurant week, aka MTL à TABLE, is back this year from October 29 to November 8, and it’s bigger and more delicious than ever. Over 150 restaurants citywide will be celebrating Montréal’s culinary scene with enticing fixed-price menus at $21, $31 and $41. It’s been said that food tastes more delicious when enjoyed in great company. So whether you’re heading out on a romantic date night or hitting the town as a group, we’ve listed some of the participating establishments that will be ready to accommodate your hunger. Decca 77 – 1077 Drummond Street Located in the heart of downtown, Decca 77 welcomes you to experience two different vibes and stylish atmospheres: a posh fine dining room, and a more casual, relaxed brasserie. Both feature menus highlighting contemporary French cuisine prepared with fresh local and seasonal produce. A private dining area boasts a 70-seat capacity and private bar for your group. Suite 701 – 701 Côte de la Place-d’Armes Steps from Notre-Dame Basilica in Old Montréal, Suite 701 is one of the city’s most popular meeting places. Its large private dining room is perfect for your squad to enjoy this year’s… / Read More →

Delicious salads to savour in Montréal

With farmer’s markets in Montréal such as the Jean Talon and Atwater, there’s no excuse for not filling our plates and packing our summer meals with local and seasonal good-for-you veggies that are bright and vibrant at the peak of the season. I was challenged to find some of the city’s tastiest salads and, when the mercury topped 33 degrees and I dared not fire up the BBQ, I gladly accepted. Mandy’s Mandy’s Salads first started as a modest lunch counter and has now expanded to three locations across the island.  Owned and operated by two sisters with a certain passion for salads, this spot satisfies the salad cravings and guilty consciences of everyone.  They have 15 signature salads like the “Smoked Meat Salad”, the “Man Salad” and the “Wolfe Bol” – aptly named after the sisters – of mixed greens, arugula, brown rice, kale, cherry tomatoes, toasted walnuts, avocado, shaved parmesan, carrots and sesame seeds in their own tamari dressing.  Mandy’s also offers a “create your own salad” where you can pick and choose from a list of ingredients to order a personalize creation. Mandy’s 5033 Sherbrooke West, 2067 Crescent Street, 201 Laurier Avenue West Deville Dinerbar The “Neptune… / Read More →

4 Montréal Rooftop Terrasses to discover (or rediscover!)

The days are slowly getting shorter and nights are getting cooler but it’s still August! That doesn’t mean there isn’t enough summer left to squeeze in a few more patio sessions before we break out the down-filled parkas and winter tires. The city is filled with patios – or what we call in Montréal “terrasses”. Dining al fresco or stopping by to enjoy a drink or two before a night out on the town, there’s nothing more satisfying than enjoying the weather or basking in the city lights on a rooftop terrasse. Hyatt Regency | Six Resto Lounge Enjoy the sights and sounds of the bustling Place des festivals from the terrasse at the Hyatt Regency’s Six Resto Lounge. Overlooking the iconic esplanade of Place des Arts, the restaurant’s ultra-chic lounge pours out onto their patio where plush sofas and ample seating await you. Take advantage of their Thursday Happy Hour event (Les Jeudis en Vue) from 5 pm to 7 pm: The terrasse is open to the public to enjoy a trendy atmosphere featuring a live DJ, outdoor bar and grill. Hyatt Regency | Six Resto Lounge 1255 Jeanne-Mance Street Le Newtown Nestled in the heart of downtown Montréal,… / Read More →

A sneak peek at Montréal’s 2015 Burger Week

The 2015 edition of Le Burger Week marks the fourth year Montréalers will be celebrating a gussied-up and glorified backyard barbecue staple. From September 1 to  7, visitors and locals alike will top off their blood pressure medication in preparation for this week-long event set up to tantalize the burger lover in all of us. The concept is simple, local restaurants are carefully selected to create a signature burger that reflects the cuisine and overall concept of their restaurant. This burger will be offered at a reduced “Burger Price” as an incentive for hungry burger-lovers to seek out participating Burger Week restaurants to vote on their favourite one. Here is a sneak peek at the burgers to come! Brasserie Artisanale L’amère à Boire | “Burger aux saveurs des sous-bois” Sous-bois aromas, Imperial Stout beef patty, 2-year aged, smoked cheddar, mushroom marmalade, and arugula. Bar Brutus | “The 6 Pack” Onion bread, cheese-curd stuffed beef patty wrapped in 6 slices of bacon, pickles, lettuce, fried onions, homemade BBQ sauce. Bâton Rouge | “Big Devil Burger” Pub Bishop & Bagg | “Brawn Burger” Breaded, fried slice of brawn (pork and beef terrine), melted white cheddar, cucumber, caper, Dijon sauce, fresh tomato, arugula,… / Read More →

Food and fun at Montréal’s 7th annual Oysterfest

Montréalers will celebrate almost anything and more often than not, we’ll party hardest in the name of food. One of the most highly anticipated summer food festivals is one that not only visitors to the city plan their entire family vacations to attend, but locals plan their weekends around as well.  This year marks the 7th edition of the wildly popular “Oysterfest”, a two-day event taking place at the Canadian Parks Heritage site, the Peel Basin and over the weekend of August 29 and 30. Oysterfest started as a dream and was realized in 2007 when founder Daniel Notkin put together a modest event that drew a meager 150 attendees and a handful of participants and sponsors. Experiencing exponential growth through the past seven years, it is projected that the 2015 edition of Oysterfest will attract over 8,000 guests while featuring over 80 restaurants and vendors where over 25,000 oysters are expected to be devoured. This event is renowned for bringing together restaurants, industry professionals and the general public all in the name of delicious food, a party atmosphere while encouraging a socially conscious mandate of promoting ocean sustainability and aquatic-life awareness. The Open Pier Conservatory (also founded by Notkin)… / Read More →