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Jason is a food eater and picture taker. As the blogger behind  Shut Up and Eat, he covers everything food, from recipes to reviews. Jason has vowed that he will not stop until he has officially eaten his way across Montréal. It’s a big claim, and it’s one he’s making.


Montréal celebrates food all year round

Montrealers love to celebrate anything and everything, especially food and drink. Here are the top 19 food events that you need to look out for! First Fridays (Annually from May to October) Join the fleet of Montréal food trucks every first Friday of the summer and autumn months at the Esplanade Sun Life at the Olympic Park, from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. for some awesome open air eats. Montréal Oysterfest (Annually in August) A weekend-long festival that brings together some of the city’s finest restaurants and bars to celebrate our all-time favourite bivalve mollusc, the oyster. Omnivore Food Festival (Annually in August) In collaboration with the SAT (Society for Arts and Technology), the Omnivore World Tour returns every year in the month of August to discuss and demonstrate trends and innovative techniques by world-renowned chefs. YUL EAT (Annually in September) YUL EAT is not only a “food festival” but also a celebration of all aspects of gastronomy featuring wine tastings, celebrity chef cooking demonstrations, food vendors, family activities and a fleet of food trucks. Le Burger Week (Annually in September) Initiated by the same people who bring you La Poutine Week, Le Burger Week features over 30 restaurants around Montréal that offer their tasty interpretation of the humble… / Read More →

La Poutine Week 2017 Preview

If your New Year’s resolutions haven’t gone completely off the rails yet, I applaud you, but feel sorry for you, because they are about to. Get those extra hours of cardio in while you can because La Poutine Week is upon us and is about bring you and your cravings for cheese curds to your knees. From February 1 to 7, Montréal gets set to celebrate our unofficial-official national dish… poutine! Techniquement les meilleures poutines. Soyez un bon citoyen et votez pour votre poutine favorite du 1er au 7 février! #SemaineDeLaPoutine Une photo publiée par La Poutine Week 2017 (@lapoutineweek) le 24 Janv. 2017 à 8h39 PST If you haven’t heard, La Poutine Week is a weeklong food festival for foodies to celebrate and indulge in Québec’s most famous dish: poutine. Fifty restaurants around Montréal (100 throughout the province of Québec) will be participating and offering their renditions of poutine—that encompass much more than just fries, cheese curds and gravy. Restaurants will be featuring signature versions of poutine inspired by their cuisine types, bidding for awards that include “The Judge’s Choice”, “The Most Original Poutine” and “The Most Popular Poutine”. Pour some GRAVY on me! The 5th edition of #LaPoutineWeek… / Read More →

Places to go for an authentic bowl of ramen in Montréal

In recent years, Montréal has been blessed with a blossoming ramen scene that has proliferated from non-existent to having places that specialize in regional Japanese specialties. If you’ve never had ramen before, it’s a humble dish of fresh wheat noodles swimming in a broth (that has most likely been simmering for hours) topped with meats and vegetables. This quintessential Japanese comfort food has been growing in popularity as more and more noodle shops and ramen houses pop up around town. Here are the some of the best places to go for an authentic bowl of ramen. BEST ramen in the city. 🍜👏😍✊👈 #montreal #ramen A photo posted by Jason AKA Dim Sum Papi (@shutupandeatmtl) on Mar 4, 2016 at 1:45pm PST Yokato Yokabai – 4185 Drolet Street Located in the Plateau Mont-Royal neighbourhood, Yokato Yokabai specializes in authentic Hakata Tonkotsu style ramen—which is a pork bone-based soup. Their menu is a checklist that you fill out at your table. They offer two types of broth, pork bone and vegetarian, a choice of grilled pork or chicken and a myriad of toppings to garnish your bowl with that include scallions, soft boiled egg and seaweed. The wooden decor and rice paper… / Read More →

Celebrate the season with these festive holidays meals

There’s an undeniable energy that embraces Montréal during the holidays. There’s nothing like a festive meal shared among friends and family spark a sense of holiday spirit. If you’re visiting Montréal or planning a group dinner, here are some places offering special holiday-themed menus to celebrate the season and ring in the New Year. Getting into the holiday spirit with our bright and colourful foie gras with a pear and cranberry compote! #FoieGras #Holidays #Modavie #MtlFoodies Une photo publiée par Modavie Restaurant (@modaviemtl) le 15 Déc. 2016 à 15h00 PST The Experience Old Montréal restaurant group is featuring their annual holiday menu offerings at their popular hot spots. Get lost in the soothing sounds of local bands as they set the mood at one of Montréal’s best jazz bars. This year Le Modavie will feature a three-course dinner menu at $50 on December 24 and 25.  Verses is serving a six-course menu at $63 as well on the 24. Maggie Oakes and Suite 701 are hosting Christmas and New Year’s Day brunches, both for $39 ($33 extra for the boozy brunch open bar formula at Suite 701). Say good-bye to 2016 with an extravagant buffet and dancing at Vieux-Port Steakhouse… / Read More →

Warm up to Montréal’s top pho spots

Tonkinese soup, better known as pho, is a beef bone soup that’s been tended to for hours and mixed with a blend of ingredients like ginger, onions, clove and cinnamon. Most often it’s served with noodles, tender slices of beef and a garnish of fresh bean sprouts, Thai basil and lime juice. It’s a warm hug in a bowl from your Vietnamese mother. With so many great spots for pho in Montréal, it’s quite possible to go on a gastronomic tour of these noodle joints across the city. But to save you the time and stomach real estate, I’m going to give you a rundown of some of the best places for pho, no matter which part of Montréal Island you’re on. Pho tastes best when it’s so hot outside that you can sweat the gluten intolerance out of your body. 🍜🌶🌿❤️👌🇻🇳💯#Montreal #pho Une photo publiée par Jason AKA Dim Sum Papi (@shutupandeatmtl) le 7 Juil. 2016 à 12h04 PDT Nam Quan — 3562 Jarry Street East My noodle soup of choice is dac biet pho, usually listed as the house specialty. It’s served with slices of brisket, rare flank steak, tendon and tripe. If you’re way uptown, the spot… / Read More →

Our cheeses highlight menus at MTLàTABLE

November 3 to 13 marks the fifth edition of Montréal’s restaurant week, better known as MTLàTABLE. For 10 days, 150 restaurants right across the city highlight signature table d’hôte menus at three tempting prices: $21, $31 and $41. This year, Our Cheeses organized a recipe contest among the participating restaurants to come up with an original recipe featuring local cheeses.  Fifteen winners were chosen and their cheese-centric creations will be highlighted on their respective menus throughout the week. Here are some cheesy creations to keep your eye out for this year at MTLàTABLE! Restaurant Chez Lévêque This Outremont Parisian-styled brasserie specializes in French classics and has been a neighbourhood favourite since 1972. Their Our Cheese contest winner is a savory rendition of a mille feuille – a layered beet mille feuille, with Bleu Bénédictin cheese, walnuts and greens. Restaurant de l’Institut Restaurant de l’Institute is the training restaurant of the students from the Institut de tourisme et d’hôtellerie du Québec (ITHQ). Under the helm of Chef Mathias Théau, their cheese-related dish comes as a braised veal shank, butternut squash, roasted cipollini onions, romanesco broccoli topped with shavings of Canotier de l’Isle cheese. Gagnant du concours #fromagedici pour #mtlatable #crispy #maki… / Read More →

Cacao Barry chocolate highlighted at MTLàTABLE

From November 3 to 13, Montréal celebrates the fifth edition of MTLàTABLE! For 10 days, 150 restaurants across the city highlight signature table d’hôte menus at irresistible prices. With cuisines that span the globe and encompass tastes and flavours that will surely tantalize the most discriminating palates, this year’s restaurant week is set to impress. This year Cacao Barry organized a dessert competition among the participating restaurants to come up with an original recipe using their chocolate. Fifteen winners were announced and their creations will be featured on their respective signature table d’hôte menus throughout the week. L’Atelier d’Argentine: Chocolate Tentacion Check out Chef Natalia Machado’s “Chocolate Tentacion” (temptation) at L’Atelier d’Argentine. It’s made with white chocolate ganache, caramel crunch and dark chocolate mousse, topped with cocoa dust. This is definitely a decadent way to end your meal at this awesome Argentinian churrascaria. Les Cavistes Restaurants Bar à Vin: Black Forest Ice Cream Sandwich Located in the heart of Ahuntsic on the Fleury strip, Les Cavistes is local favourite for their classic bistro fare with a unique Québécois twist, not to mention their award-winning wine lists. Their Cacao Barry competition winning dessert is a Black Forest ice cream sandwich: A… / Read More →

Taste the world during MTLàTABLE

What do you get when you line up 150 of Montréal’s finest restaurants, signature table d’hôte menus at three enticing price points and 10 awesome autumn days? MTLàTABLE – Montréal’s Restaurant Week! From November 3 to 13, Montréal invites foodies and gastronomes near and far to sample some of the finest establishments we have to offer. Our eclectic restaurant scene gives you the chance to taste the world one plate at a time without leaving the city. With tempting table d’hôte menus at $21, $31 and $41, here are some must visit restaurants to include in your MTLàTABLE itinerary. Gravlax de #saumon, oeuf mimosa et salade d’asperges. 🍽 #lunchtime #menumidi #aupetitextra #centresud #villemarie #yummy Une photo publiée par Au Petit Extra (@aupetitextra) le 19 Juil. 2016 à 10h29 PDT French fare You can’t say you’ve experience the Montréal’s restaurant scene without visiting some of our French restaurants. Check out Au Petit Extra located in The Village. This year, they have partnered up with their neighbor, (the cabaret Lion d’Or) to offer a 10% discount on the French musical programming during the Coup de Coeur Francophone festival. Dinner and a show? Why not? Code Ambiance in the Canal district serves up… / Read More →

Harvest with Labonté de la pomme

Autumn is a very special time of year in Québec. As the days get cooler and the nights grow longer, there’s nothing that epitomizes the season like spending time at an apple orchard or a working farm that warms you up on a crisp autumn day. Une superbe journée s’annonce☀️venez au verger, nous avons de bons produits et des cerises🍒 à cueillir! #verger #oka #quoifaire #autocueillettedecerises #Basseslaurentides #juillet #cherries #cerises #july #orchard #agrotourisme #agritourism #terroir #terroiretsaveurs #ferme #farm Une photo publiée par Labonté de la Pomme – Oka (@labontedelapomme) le 11 Juil. 2016 à 6h18 PDT Labonté de la pomme is an award-winning, family-run orchard about an hour from downtown Montréal where you can not only celebrate the autumn harvest, but also revel in the picturesque scenery of rural Québec. The Labonté and Defresne family have been farming for over a century in Oka, Saint-Placide and Saint-Benoît, Québec. It was founded by Napoléon Dufresne, who arrived in Oka as a colonist around the end of the nineteenth century. He cleared 135 acres of land and established the family estate where they cultivated crops and raised dairy cattle. They were the first to sell their fresh produce to the Trappist monks—famous… / Read More →

From kimchi to kalbi: authentic Korean restaurants in Montréal

Montréal has a happening Asian food scene and Korean cuisine is represented well. From family-style restaurants to do-it-yourself barbecue and casual student-centric eateries, the choices are vast. Korean food has a reputation for being one of the few Asian cuisines that have been adapted or “westernized” the least, so it’s safe to say that you’re getting the authentic Korean food experience no matter where you go. But where do you go? Here’s the best of the best Korean restaurants in Montréal. 🍛🍴🍲 Une photo publiée par @zoechabot le 12 Déc. 2015 à 15h40 PST Chez Hwang – 5545 Upper Lachine Road This is a no-frills, to-the-point type of restaurant. A large open space with minimal decor is in no way reflective of the kind of food you’re going to get at Chez Hwang. Home-style-cooked Korean comfort food that sticks to your ribs is what’s in store for you. Speaking of ribs, get the kalbi, deliciously grilled Korean short ribs served with rice and delectable banchan (side dishes). The jokbal (braised pork shank), which feeds an army, is popular, so try to get in on it before they sell out. As the name suggests, dining at Chez Hwang feels like you’re… / Read More →