If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know by now that Montreal is full of great restaurants. But with the recession impacting our spending, these great restaurants are not always an option, budget-wise. Here’s an idea: why not try them for lunch, when prices are more affordable?
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Love at first sight — it doesn’t happen very often, but this week, as soon as I walked into À table tout le monde, I fell head over heels with this magnificent design boutique that showcases china, dinnerware and the art of setting a beautiful table…
In a previous post, I visited a farm with talented chef, Normand Laprise, from Toqué! — one of Montreal’s top restaurants. After our field trip, Normand kindly invited to visit his kitchen! So, as a good Insider, I wanted to give you a behind-the-scenes glimpse into one of Montreal’s most famous gastronomic institutions. Now you can see his culinary innovation first-hand as he continues to promote farm-fresh products in his restaurants.
“We’re an epicurean community centre,” explains Robin des bois (Robin Hood) founder, Judy Servay, with a grin. Like the famous philanthropist the restaurant was named after, not only are they staffed by volunteers, but they give their profits to people in need, and proceeds go to local women’s shelters and youth groups. If you’re strolling around the Plateau area in Montreal and want to grab a bite, drop by Robin des Bois and make a difference in someone’s life at the same time.
The Chateau Ramezay Museum is a history museum, appropriately located in the heart of Old Montreal, in front of the City Hall. You may ask, why is a foodie writing about history? Well, as soon as I heard they were having an exhibition called, Let’s eat! a retrospective on food and the eating habits of early Quebec settlers, I rushed to check it out.
Some things never change. They’re always there like landmarks in our lives, and it could be said that Moishes is certainly one of those gastronomic mainstays in Montreal. The same family has been running this steakhouse on St. Laurent Street for more than 70 years.
Uh oh. This could be dangerous. Fans of this sinfully sweet, creamy cocoa delight — you’ve been warned. In fact, to avoid tempting you further, perhaps I should just stop right here.
As a food blogger, I really can’t claim to be objective about the Julie & Julia movie. Obviously I liked it – between the depiction of Julie’s life to the food scenes, what’s not to love?
In Montreal restaurants these days, there is an emphasis on serving food made with local products (vegetables, high-quality meats and cheeses from small local producers). Much of this tendency towards using regional farm products in local restaurants is due in part to Normand Laprise, the chef from Toqué! His restaurant, Toqué! is a Montreal culinary institution, and thanks to Normand Laprise’s relentless determination over the years to cook with locally grown produce, and to use regional suppliers of meat and cheese, he has influenced other restaurants to follow suit.
Of all the elegant restaurants in Montreal, the XO Restaurant is probably the most opulent and the most romantic. Newly renovated, it retains the all the majestic charm of turn-of-the century British architecture. Even though the restaurant is literally steeped in history, the cuisine is quite contemporary.