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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 →

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 →