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Meet a Montrealer: Antonio Park

Chef Antonio Park’s road to culinary notoriety has taken him through three continents, five cities, and countless kitchens. This due diligence to his craft has ultimately helped shape his culinary ethos that blends the tastes and flavours of his youth (having grown up in South-America) and the techniques procured while working in kitchens in Tokyo, Osaka, New York, and Toronto. This direction has facilitated the development of a style of cuisine that is uniquely his own – “a blend of the countries I’ve lived in and the cultures that formed me. The international recognition of his Restaurant Park has solidified his role of one of Montréal’s culinary ambassadors bring “his” city to the world’s stage. Having been listed in The Diner’s Club World’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy, as well as securing a spot on “must visit” lists of local and international food critics, Restaurant Park is undoubtedly a destination restaurant no matter where you’re from. I had the opportunity to chat with Chef Park in the middle of his busy workday. A typical day that consists of personally talking to local farmers and producers, overseeing his row of Westmount restaurant kitchens – Park, Marché Park and Lavanderia – receiving orders… / Read More →

6 Montréal doughnuts you must try

The humble doughnut is no longer considered a lowly breakfast confectionary and a food sponge to dip into your coffee. As more and more coffee shops and bakeries add this to their menus, this delicious gluten ring has reached a popularity of gastronomic proportions. Iconic Montréal foods include smoked meat sandwiches, poutines, steamies (steamed hot dogs) bagels and now we can add doughnuts to that list. Léché Desserts (640 De Courcelle Street) Josie Weitzenbauer, founder and head baker at Léché Desserts, is one of Montréal’s premiere doughnut pushers. The shop is located in Saint-Henri, but it’s not uncommon to see people toting her doughnuts in Léché’s signature bright pink boxes around town. With choices like pistachio cream, sweet miso and sesame, double chocolate brownie and my personal favourite, peanut butter and jelly; her doughnut roster reads like a sugar fiend’s blacklist. One cannot visit Montréal without having a Léché Doughnut. CRémy Pâtisserie (2202 Du Mont-Royal Avenue East) You may recognize the CRémy Mobile at various food truck gatherings or city festivals around the island of Montréal. Luring doughnut fanatics of all ages with their gargantuan doughnut creations, the team at CRémy Pâtisserie recently renovated their retail location to include seating… / Read More →

Montréal frozen treats to beat the heat

If you’re like me and love ice cream, then you don’t need a reason to enjoy an awesome cone of ice cream, gelato or cup or sorbet… or even a box of creamsicles any time of year. One of the days I anticipate the most is when I see my local “crèmerie” (ice cream parlor) come out of hibernation and set up shop for the summer. After the spring thaw, there’s nothing more satisfying than downing a frozen treat in Montréal in the summer months, here are some of my favourite places to go. Monsieur Crémeux : 43 Rue Beaubien East A popular draw at most food truck gatherings in Montréal, the Monsieur Crémeux ice cream truck (by restaurant scene veteran Martin Juneau and Louis-Philippe Breton,) recently opened their first brick-and-mortar location on the edge of Little Italy just in time for summer.  Make sure to load up your cup or top your cone with some of Mr. Crémeux’s homemade toppings like their peanut and pretzel crumble or even their luscious strawberry sundae sauce. Look out for their ice cream carts patrolling the city’s festivals this summer! Les Givrés: Multiple locations This ice cream shop recently opened up their second location… / Read More →

Late Night Dining in Montréal

Summer in Montréal is an exciting time of year. From festival after festival, sidewalk sales, movies in the park and a plethora of other activities and events to keep you busy, there’s no rest of the weary. Keeping yourself fueled for late night walks along the cobbled stone streets of Old Montréal or taking in the sights and sounds of Place des Festivals is essential. In a city that barely sleeps during the summer, here are some of my favourite places for late night dining. L’Express: 3927 Saint-Denis Street The quintessential Parisian-style French bistro will transport you back to the days when you were a struggling poet pouring your heart and soul into your unappreciated work over a coq au vin in some bistro along Boulevard Saint-Germain. That wasn’t you? Well, you’ll feel like it was. Open until 3 am daily and 2 am on Sundays, L’Express is a popular dining destination for locals at any hour. With dishes like their famous bone marrow starter to calf liver with tarragon, their take on classic French dishes will leave you wanting more. Leméac: 1045 Laurier Avenue West Leméac is another great bistro that will satiate your stomach with French classics and… / Read More →

Where to Eat Authentic Japanese Food in Montréal

In a multicultural city like Montréal, you can find almost every kind of cuisine in every part of the city. A short Métro ride in any direction will open up a fantastic new borough with tastes and flavours for you to discover. Japanese cuisine is one of my favourites. Far more than just sushi, food from the Land of the Rising Sun is so versatile that it spans the entire culinary spectrum, from pub grub all the way to fine dining. Here are some of my much-loved, authentic Japanese restaurants in Montréal. Imadake Izakaya (4006 Sainte-Catherine W.) If you’re ever around Shaughnessy Village don’t be frightened if you hear loud thundering claps followed by boisterous cheers. It’s just the patrons at Imadake doing sake bombs! Imadake is Montréal’s go-to place for genuine Japanese pub fare and beverages. All menu items are commonly found on side street izakayas (Japanese pubs) in the heart of Tokyo. Pig out on yakitori, takoyaki, pork belly okonomiyaki, and the establishment’s famous miso gindara—marinated black cod grilled to caramelized perfection. Imadake also has an extensive cocktail menu, as well as Sapporo beer and Gekkeikan sake on tap. Kyozon (1458 Crescent) This multi-storey Japanese restaurant and bar… / Read More →

A roundup of new terrasses in Montréal

Contrary to popular belief, Montréal only has two seasons: hockey season and terrasse season. When we’re not busy counting Stanley cup rings and reminiscing about the ones that got away, our other favourite pastime is dining al fresco. We love to eat out under the sun or star-lit sky and take advantage of the warm summer months. Regardless of what you’re in the mood for, from after-work drinks to fine dining, there’s a terrasse that suits your needs. Here are some of the city’s newest terrasses not to be missed this summer. Pizzeria GEMA (6827 St-Dominique) The popular Little Italy Pizzeria of chefs Michele Forgione and Stefano Faita recently added a terrasse to their restaurant. Devouring one of their incredible pizzas under the sun just adds a whole new meaning to al fresco dining. The menu at GEMA features signature pizzas, like the Vetri (homemade mortadella, pecorino, pistachio pesto, and Quebec mozzarella di bufala), as well as monthly specials that are inspired by local chefs and other culinary friends. Whether it’s with a pizza or a cup of GEMA’s frozen custard treats, take in the sights and sounds of Montréal’s Little Italy from this vantage point. Ma’tine (1310, Maisonneuve Est)… / Read More →

5 cool Montréal ice cream shops to pop into this summer

It’s spring! We’re counting down the days until the warm weather sweeps into town, kicking off the summer season and, of course, some of the city’s hottest festivals.  When the mercury rises, the best way to beat the heat is to bring on the cold, right? So here’s the scoop on some of Montréal’s coolest ice cream parlors to check out this summer. Le Glacier Bilboquet – multiple locations Bilboquet is one of the city’s premiere gourmet ice cream shops that has been around for 30 years! With seven locations in and around the island of Montréal, this summer mainstay offers high quality handmade artisanal ice creams and sorbets using farm fresh and local ingredients. They proudly source their dairy products from the Saguenay region, chocolate from the Montérégie and seasonal fruits from the Eastern Townships and parts of Ontario, all in the effort of promoting local businesses and industry. Staff t-shirts are even made with organic cotton grown in Québec! La Diperie – 68 Avenue des Pins East As the same suggests, this ice cream shop is all about the dips – 15 to be exact! Their luscious soft serve cones are dipped in Belgian chocolate-based dips with flavours… / Read More →

A Round-up of Irish Pubs to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

Even if you’re not Irish, there comes a day once a year when everyone sports their finest green and shamrocks in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. Montréal is home to the longest running St. Patrick’s Day parade in Canada – 190 years and counting – that attracts locals and visitors alike to pack the parade route and enjoy the sights and sounds of Celtic pride. Whether it’s on the special day (March 17) itself or any other night of the week, Montréal is home to some awesome pubs that are sure to fill you with Irish spirit. McKibbin’s Irish Pub – 1426 Bishop Street With three locations, McKibbin’s Irish Pub is for many the go-to place for the quintessential Irish experience. Their Bishop Street location is often the epicenter of St. Patrick’s Day festivities in the heart of downtown Montréal with two floors to host green-clad patrons. Be sure to try their traditional Irish stew – tender lamb braised in a Guinness broth with potatoes and carrots – a recipe that has been a part of the McKibbin’s family since 1912. Hurley’s Irish Pub – 225 Crescent‎ Street If a more laid-back atmosphere is what you’re looking for, Hurley’s Irish… / Read More →

Authentic Italian restaurants in Montréal

Montréal’s Italian community has deep roots in the city and is reflected from one end of town to the other. If you’re in the mood for some authentic Italian eats, you’ll find lots of solid dining choices no matter where you are in Montréal. A good place to start is Montréal’s Little Italy, home to tons of restaurants, cafes, and social clubs that have become local institutions. These establishments have recently welcomed a new kid on the block, Impasto, which embodies a new breed of eateries that are shaping the next chapter of Italian culinary creations. Impasto (48 Dante Street) Impasto is the property of local Montréal television celebrity chef Stefano Faita and seasoned veteran of the Montréal restaurant scene, Chef Michele Forgione. Located in the heart of Little Italy, Impasto’s menu is inspired by the fresh produce and products at the famous Jean-Talon Market around the corner. From seasonal variations of rustic dishes to classic menu mainstays like Chef Michele’s famous Porchetta Del Nonno, a traditional rolled boneless pork roast rich in rosemary and herbs, to any of Impasto’s homemade pastas, all options are great.   Industria Brasserie (100 Peel Street, #112) Over in Montréal’s rapidly up and coming Griffintown neighbourhood, Industria Brasserie, offers a modern… / Read More →

All you can eat buffets in Montréal

Amidst the thousands of restaurants in the city that offer the very best of Québecois terroir cuisine lead by kitchen teams and international award winning chefs, whether we all admit to it or not, everyone holds a soft spot in their heart for a banging all you can eat buffet. Pavillon 67 (1 Du Casino Avenue) If a more western style all you can eat buffet is more your style, be sure to visit Pavillon 67 located in the iconic Casino de Montréal, and headed by Jean-Pierre Curtat. Enjoy the buffet formula of “abundance” and “gourmet” with breathtaking views of the St. Lawrence seaway and skyline of the city. The concept of Pavillon 67 is that most of the buffet food is prepared in front of the guest – a rotisserie station sees whole roasted turkeys and chicken carved to order, as well as succulent whole-roasts sliced to perfection. Pavillion 67 also offers a brunch buffet on weekends. Jardin De Jade Poon Kai Restauran (67 De la Gauchetière Street West) What’s a Chinatown without the quintessential Chinese buffet? Rows upon rows of steam tables with trays of classic and non-traditional Chinese dishes; Jardin De Jade Poon Kai Restaurant offers all your favourite Cantonese, Szechuan… / Read More →