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Brazilian food and drinks in Montréal

On August 5, the Olympic flame arrives in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to kick off the 2016 Summer Olympics, a.k.a. the Games of the XXXI Olympiad. Having hosted the Olympics, Montrealers have a special place in their hearts for the Games. In fact, we are celebrating the 40th anniversary of the 1976 Summer Olympic Games in Montréal this year. To get you into the spirit of the Olympics, here are some great places around town to get a taste of Brazil. #Montreal #oldTown #Quebec Une photo publiée par caiodorio (@caiodorio) le 24 Mai 2015 à 4h33 PDT Rodízio Brasil (160 Notre-Dame Street East) Located in the heart of Old Montréal, Rodizio Brasil specializes in churrasco (grilled meats or “Brazilian barbecue”).  The house specialty is “rodizio”, which is an all-you-can-eat meal service. This menu features 10 different types of meats cooked over fire, served table side and sliced right onto your plate. Don’t forget about the accompanying all-you-can-eat salad bar or the delectable à la carte menu, which includes fish, seafood and chicken. Hang out by the “Boteco” bar for Brazilian-inspired cocktails and live entertainment. The authentic taste of jerked meat Brazilian style and manioc in our special dish: “Escondidinho”! Simply… / Read More →

Mission style to Tex-Mex – Montréal’s favourite burritos

What’s better than a burrito? Two burritos. A burrito is the perfect food. It encompasses all the major food groups, grains, meat, vegetables, dairy and guacamole. Wrapped up into a warm and tender tortilla, this hand-held meal is ideal for any situation, if you’re on the go or dining in. From Mission style to Tex-Mex, Montréal has a great selection of burrito shops to curb your cravings. Burrito Shop (3686-B Saint-Laurent Boulevard) Located on the Main, Burrito Shop offers five different kinds of meat for your burrito. Order burritos served wrapped in a tortilla, in a bowl or piled high on a salad with all the fixins’. Notre burrito > ton sandwich ce midi #hochelaga #sainthenri #montreal #mtl Une photo publiée par Burrito Revolucion (@burritorevolucion) le 4 Juin 2016 à 7h01 PDT Burrito Revolucion (multiple locations) This Hochelaga burrito haven recently opened up its second location in the trendy Griffintown. They offer classic options to satiate your hunger for burritos. Tejano BBQ Burrito (511 De Courcelle Street) This local Tex-Mex burrito shop is owned and operated by pitmaster Dylan Kier of Blackstrap BBQ. Get your next burrito all dressed with the ancho cumin BBQ beef, robust in flavour from a… / Read More →

Island flavours in Montréal: Caribbean restaurants to try

Montréal’s Caribbean food scene has been modest for years. With several go-to spots around town, getting a taste of island cuisine used to be limited to only a handful of restaurants. Luckily for us, the options for Caribbean dining have blossomed over the years. From Jamaican to Cuban to Haitian, Montréal has established a solid roster of restaurants to get a taste of tropical island fare. Jerk Chicken Une photo publiée par [骏] (@dxbjin) le 30 Mai 2016 à 17h55 PDT Caribbean Curry House – 6892 Victoria Avenue This renowned Caribbean classic has been slinging their famous roti and stew plates for over 35 years! Goat, mutton or chicken, find an excuse to order them all. #lovelentils with this delicious #slowcooker #coconut #lentil #curry and brown basmati rice! Super easy dinner and freezes well for #yummy quick meals. #mealprep #iifym #vegan #glutenfree #fiber #eatclean #80twentyrule #foodie #nutrition #dietitian #iyp2016 Une photo publiée par Christy Brissette MSc RD (@80twentyrule) le 26 Mai 2016 à 10h56 PDT Boulangerie Spicee – 6889 Victoria Avenue This Caribbean street food gem has been a favourite of locals for 40 years! Your go-to spot for spicy Jamaican beef patties, or fluffy and messy Trinidadian “chana doubles”… / Read More →

Portuguese chicken in Montréal

Unlike the little villages that pepper Montréal where one can find an abundance of local ethnic specialties – dragon’s beard candy and dim sum in Chinatown and fresh cannoli and pizza in little Italy, you can smell the grilling of Portuguese chicken from almost any corner of town. Half Chicken Combo @ Rotisserie Romados // Half Grilled Chicken with Salad, French Fries and a Portuguese Roll with a side of Piri Piri Sauce. Sometimes the reality lives up to the hype. The chicken was excellent. Moist, smokey and spicy from the Piri Piri sauce. The fries were also very good, not greasy, crisp and seasoned with salt and pepper. The salad seemed like a throw away, but the acidity helped balance the chicken and fries. Wish we had fast food of this caliber back in New York. #rotisserieromados #portuguese #rotisserie #chicken #frenchfries #salad #roll #plateau #montroyal #montreal Une photo publiée par Stephen Rose (@the_degustasian) le 28 Mai 2015 à 20h24 PDT There are certain things that we Montrealers like to call our own; bagels, smoked meat, potholes, our European sophistication and now added to the list, Portuguese chicken. The greatest thing about Montréal’s Portuguese chicken is that you can find… / Read More →

Montréal’s best hotel restaurants

With thousands of options, getting a taste of Montreal’s restaurant scene can take some precise logistical planning. Luckily if you’re visiting Montreal, your gastronomic journey’s starting point can start closer than you realize. Some of Montreal’s great chefs helm the kitchens of the city’s finest luxury and boutique hotels. These restaurants highlight some of city’s creative culinary teams and are  frequented and appreciated by visitors and locals alike. E.A.T (Être Avec Toi) Located in the trendy W Hotel (also home to Plateau Lounge and Wunderbar) E.A.T is amalgamation of restaurant and art gallery. Edgy murals and commissioned canvas pieces by local artists adorn the walls of the space. Headed by Executive Chef Sébastien Giannini, the menu is heavy on seafood that features, multi-tiered seafood towers, shellfish on ice, catch of the day specialties as well as local and seasonal dishes. W Hotel – 901 Square-Victoria (514 395-3180) Laurie Raphaël Discover the wonders of Quebec terroir cuisine at Laurie Raphaël brought to you by Chef Daniel Vézina. Chef Vézina (radio and television host, author, and philanthropist) and team executes his contemporary style of cuisine characterized by an emphasis on local products and regional flavours. Hotel Le Germain – 2050 Mansfield Street… / Read More →

Montréal’s favourite summertime terrasses

Whether it’s for refreshing cocktails in the sun, or dining al fresco under a starlit sky, Montréal’s terrasse (patio) scene is one of the most happening attractions throughout the summer. From popular spots perched atop downtown high-rises, or nestled between historic buildings in Old Montréal, here are some must-visit terrasses that are sure to impress. Hyatt Regency – SIX Resto Lounge – 1255 Jeanne-Mance                                           Overlooking Place des Festivals, Hyatt Regency’s SIX Resto Lounge has a prime view of all the outdoor summer festivities. This downtown location is a favourite spot for locals for cocktails and bites during their weekly Thursday happy hour event (Les Jeudis en Vue). From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., everyone is invited to the terrasse at SIX Resto Lounge to enjoy a trendy atmosphere featuring a live DJ, outdoor bar and grill. Tokyo Bar – 3709 St-Laurent Boulevard Open for 20 years now, Tokyo Bar is a popular nightlife destination for the party crowd. Hosting some of the city’s finest DJs, Tokyo Bar is also home to one of Montréal’s favourite rooftop terrasses—as voted on by the public. Weekly event nights will keep the summer bumping with the sweet sounds of the hottest hip hop and… / Read More →

Grilled cheese sandwiches to try in Montréal

Ooey gooey melted cheese nestled between two slices of fluffy buttered bread then grilled to golden perfection. Some call it a melt, while others call it a regular sandwich, but we can all agree to call a grilled cheese delicious. As comforting as a warm embrace, this humble dish is popular among people of all ages. Whether you’re a purist or adventurous, here are some places in Montréal serving up the tastiest grilled cheese sandwiches in the city. L’Gros Luxe – multiple locations This local chain is wildly popular for their funky cocktails and bites. What’s better than a homegrown restaurant with a classic Quebecois poutine on the menu? How about a grilled cheese poutine? This sandwich incorporates two favourite comfort foods into one glorious cheesy dish—buttered artisanal bread stuffed with a mix of cheeses including fresh squeaky cheese curds, fries and vegetarian brown gravy. For an extra charge, “pimp” your grilled cheese with a choice of toppings like pulled pork, bacon, guacamole or a fried egg, among others. MLT DWN – 837 Du Mont-Royal Avenue East MLT DWN (pronounced melt down) claims that they’re “more than just cheese and bread”. Using fresh ingredients and homemade recipes, this spot specializes… / Read More →

Your 2016 guide to Food Trucks and Street Food in Montréal

Montréal’s food truck scene has been a work in progress. What started off as a modest pilot project by The Quebec Food Truck Association three years ago has now blossomed into one of the most anticipated culinary attractions of the year. In a relatively short period of time, the street food initiative has expanded right across the city. From a handful of food trucks parked in nine different locations in the city centre in 2013, the fleet now boasts over 50 trucks covering 30 designated parking/vending locations spanning 15 boroughs on the island. If you’re out and about taking in the sights and sounds of Montréal in the summer, here’s everything you need to know about street eats and food trucks. Starting April 1 and running until late fall, a variety of food trucks will rotate among 30 predetermined locations in Montréal East, Longue-Pointe, Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie, Little Italy, Mile End, the Village, the Quartier des Spectacles, the Old Port, Côte-des-Neiges, Downtown, Griffintown, Saint-Henri, Verdun, Montréal West and Lasalle. Here is a line-up of the awesome trucks and mobile vendors you can expect this summer: –Air de bœuf –Les Aliments Pyza (Formerly Europolonia) –Alexis Le Gourmand -Atma –Assommoir mobile –Le Bacon… / Read More →

Gourmet institutions: 10 of Montréal’s oldest restaurants

Montréal’s restaurant scene is one of the best in the world. From fine dining restaurants to casual eateries, the sheer variety satiates all palates. Finding enduring success as a restaurant is a combination of many important variables. Here are some of Montréal’s oldest restaurants that have found the keys to longevity and are standing the test of time. L’Auberge Saint-Gabriel – 262 years (1754) – 426 Saint-Gabriel Street Founded in 1754, the Auberge Saint-Gabriel in the heart of Old Montréal is the oldest inn in North America. If the walls could talk, L’Auberge Saint-Gabriel would recount remarkable tales of Québec’s history. Its menu reflects fine French and Québec cuisine that highlights market fresh and regional ingredients for its lunch and dinner service. Montréal Pool Room – 104 years (1912) – 217 Saint-Laurent Boulevard Montréal Pool Room is a local favourite for classic hot dogs and fries. Located in the former seedy red light district of Montréal (now the Quartier des spectacles), this greasy spoon has survived a severe fire and relocation. Nothing will keep us from our beloved “steamies” served at this iconic diner. Schwartz’s Delicatessen – 88 years (1928) 3895 – Saint-Laurent Boulevard Schwartz’s smoked meat is world-renowned and is… / Read More →

Vegetarian poutines to try in Montreal

The poutine is no longer simply French fries, topped with cheese curds and covered in gravy.  Variations of this indulgent dish include toppings that offend traditionalists but delight and tantalize foodies. If you’re going to succumb to temptation and completely derail from your post-holiday diet, then do so on an iconic Montreal food; poutine.  But not with just a regular poutine, put your conscience at ease and squeeze in a serving of good-for-you vegetables with these delectable vegetarian poutines. La Banquise – 993 Rachel street east A foodie landmark for 48 years, this institution is one of the go-to places for our unofficial-official national dish, poutine. Open 24 hours, this place is the ideal stop for the late night crowd to chow down and warm up after a long night enjoying our city after dark. “La Rachel” features a pile of golden hand-cut French fries with a mound of sautéed green peppers, mushrooms and onions. Poutineville – multiple locations Poutineville lets you take charge in deciding what goes into your poutine.  They offer a checklist of ingredients and toppings to create your own personalized poutine. Choose from 20 different kinds of vegetables, like roasted red peppers, marinated eggplant, green peas,… / Read More →