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Les Éclusiers par Apollo serves sophisticated comfort in Old Montreal

It goes without saying that Montreal has quickly become a hub of culinary talent that showcases local ingredients and honors regional producers. Our Quebec gastronomic ethos is one that has been praised by international media and local critics to be one that not only exhibits finely executed terroir cuisine, but also reflects and celebrates our city’s cultural diversity… Giovanni Apollo is one of the premiere chefs that subscribe to this culinary philosophy. A decorated, award-winning chef, author and television personality, Apollo has well established his enterprise of four different properties, each with its own unique personality and concepts. From Le Bistro that sees a modestly priced daily table d’hote that brings fine dining to an approachable level, Le Restaurant that exemplifies gastronomy at its most refined level, a stripped down urban beach snack bar called La Buvette, to a comfort food spot in the heart of the Old Port of Montreal– Les Éclusiers par Apollo. Les Éclusiers par Apollo is located on the quay of the old port, perched atop the old locks, inhabiting the now repurposed lock-house serving guests featuring an impressive wine list, signature cocktails and a seasonally inspired menu. The space is a juxtaposition of industrial elements and… / Read More →

Montreal’s best pizza

Whether it’s late at night, or early in the morning, pizza is one of those wonder foods that you can eat at any time of day, hot or cold, on a plate or wrapped in a napkin…

Montreal’s Best Steaks

From the time my gums itched and my teeth came in, I was bred to be a carnivore. It goes without saying that my taste for meat is quite discriminating, so I’ve compiled a list of some of my favourite Montreal steakhouse options for us meat-lovers to cut our teeth on….

MONTREAL’S BEST ITALIAN DELIS

Italian delis are criminally underrated. Where else can you get a sandwich, stand at a counter and enjoy an espresso and overhear bickering of how well your favorite European football team is doing? Montreal’s Italian community is vast and stretches from one end of the city to the other. Here are some awesome delis to get your fix of everything Italian…

MONTREAL’S MOST INTERESTING POUTINES

The first inaugural Montreal Poutine Week, a week that saw 37 Montreal restaurants offer creative and inspired variations of our comfort dish of French fries and gravy topped with fresh cheese curds, has just wrapped up. Here are some of the more inventive and unique poutines of the week….

MONTREAL’S POUTINE WEEK: FEBRUARY 1-7

How are your New Year’s resolutions coming along? Has your gym membership been abused as much as you thought it would before the holidays? If not, get on the treadmill because Poutine Week in Montreal starts soon…

MANLY MEALS FOR MONTREAL SPORTS FANS

With the Superbowl around the corner and pucks finally dropping in NHL arenas across the country, here are some thoroughly manly Montreal restaurants that make big game food for all you sports aficionados out there…

WHERE TO EAT CHINESE FOOD IN MONTREAL ON CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR’S DAY

If you don’t have plans for Christmas dinner or need some post-NYE food therapy, here are some Chinese spots that are open if you’re too lazy to plan something, don’t celebrate, are having trouble finding something that’s open, or, quite wisely, just love you some Chinese food…

GREAT COMFORT FOOD WARMS UP WINTER IN MONTREAL

If you’re not a winter person like I am, then you’ll know that the best thing to do when the temperature dips below freezing and white stuff starts to pile up, is to find the closest hearty meal, sleep it off and hope things are different when you wake up. Unfortunately, science and common sense dictates that no matter how hard we try to make the earth spin faster, winter is coming and we have to brace for it.

MONTREAL’S BEST TONKINESE (PHO) SOUP

Tokinese soup, or better known as “Pho”, is a beef bone soup that’s been tended to for hours, mixed with a blend of ingredients like ginger, onions, clove, and cinnamon. Most common, it’s served with noodles, tender slices of beef, garnished with fresh bean sprouts, Thai basil and a blast of limejuice; it’s a warm hug in a bowl from your Vietnamese mother.