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Hot food for cold days in Montréal

It’s the perfect time of year to be talking comfort food. And not just comfort food, but hot and spicy comfort food that will keep us warm while we go about our daily lives in this harsh and frigid weather. I read somewhere that some parts of Canada are colder than Mars these days. That’s certainly how I feel, but I refuse to stay in and hibernate. To keep me (and you) warm and cozy, here are some of my favourite hot foods. Indian vindaloo curry at Dévi Vindaloo is one of the spiciest Indian curries on Devi’s menu, but the complex and interesting flavour make it worth the tears and is guaranteed to keep you warm for hours. Spanish zarzuela de mariscos at Restaurant Mesón Filled with several kinds of seafood, zarzuela is the Spanish answer to the French bouillabaisse. Hearty and with a faint kick, it’s a great dish to consume when it’s cold out and you’re in need of a warm hug. Cheese fondue at La Fonderie Who doesn’t crave a cheese-laden extravaganza when the temperature plummets? Dive into La Fonderie’s Swiss cheese fondue or the Swiss and Québec combo raclette, with a side of tartiflette to… / Read More →

Top Montréal restaurants for the gourmet traveller

Some people eat to live and some live to eat. This list is for the latter: those who are driven by the decadent pleasure of discovering new gourmand destinations and enjoying delectable gastronomic experiences. For fine dining par excellence: Restaurant Toqué!  Chef Normand Laprise’s cuisine – the very one that started the Montréal food revolution – will leave you speechless and wanting more. For a European feel: Europea A fine Relais & Châteaux dining experience to be enjoyed in the heart of Montréal’s downtown core. For a bit of romance: Chez L’Épicier A fine dining establishment with a touch of whimsy, the charming Chez L’Épicier is located inside a beautiful old stone building in Old Montréal. The chocolate club sandwich for dessert is a must. For those who want to see and be seen: Pastaga Star chef Martin Juneau’s food draws admiring crowds in and the casual yet dazzling food keeps them coming back for more. For the sweet tooth: Patrice Pâtissier Here, you can end a great and delicate dinner with one of Patrice Demers’ scrumptious desserts. For the foie gras enthusiasts: La Chronique This is where you go for the best foie gras in Montréal, and keep returning… / Read More →

Best Tapas in Montreal

Tapas, meze, pikilia, pintxos, petiscos… whatever the country they hail from, the concept is basically the same: an array of small plates, cold or warm, meant to be shared among friends over drinks or a glass of wine. Popular all over the Mediterranean, from Portugal to Lebanon, they often act as starters to a meal or can even replace one. It is not that uncommon to do a tapas crawl, moving from one bar to the next and enjoying a drink and a few dishes at each establishment…

Guide to 2014 Edition of MTL à TABLE – Montreal’s Restaurant Week

The much-awaited third edition of MTL à TABLE – Montreal’s Restaurant Week – will be taking place from October 30th to November 9th 2014. This year’s event is presented by Wine of France and will see 140 participating restaurants which will each be offering 3-course, $19, $29 and $39 set price menus. This is a tasty opportunity for all food-lovers to go on a delicious discovery of several Montreal restaurants or revisit favourites ones at an affordable price. Whether you’re feeling romantic or organizing an outing with friends MTL à TABLE’s participating restaurants will have something to offer you. Although this event is mainly about restaurants, it also offers a slew of other gastronomic activities that will be taking place in and around that week.

Some of MTL à TABLE’s most romantic restaurants

October 30th marks the beginning of the 11-day food extravaganza that is MTL à TABLE, or Montreal’s restaurant week. 140 restaurants are participating in this third edition and will be offering food lovers 3-course set menus at $19, $29 or $39. It is a great opportunity to revisit some favourite spots or discover new ones at very reasonable prices. If you like going on culinary discoveries with your better half, this list of MTL à TABLE’s most romantic restaurants will come in handy…

The 2014 edition of the Omnivore World Tour Food Festival in Montreal

Montreal has a huge food culture and with the Omnivore World Tour Festival visiting for a third year, the city is solidifying its place on the world culinary map. From August 21st to 25th, Montreal will be abuzz with delicious events. Take in a demo, enjoy a dinner like no other or join the party, just don’t miss out on this great gastronomic celebration.

French pastry shop Maison Christian Faure

It’s been almost a year since Maison Christian Faure made its home inside a 300-year old beautifully renovated grey stone building in Old Montréal. The sophisticated and elegant French-style pastry shop has made a name for itself as one of the best sweet spots in Montréal.

10 Great Restaurant Terrasses in Montreal

There’s nothing like summer in Montreal. The city shimmers in the sun and puts on its best bling for Montrealers and visitors to enjoy. There are dozens of festivals, fairs, outdoor events, sporting activities and family outings happening every week but one of our favourites is to actually (finally!) be able to dine and drink outdoors. Here are 10 great restaurant terrasses to grab a bite in the sun or under the stars…

Complete 2014 Guide to Food Trucks and Street Food in Montreal

Last year’s food truck pilot project was a big hit on the streets of Montreal. People gathered and waited in line for their favourite street fare and the program was extended by about a month due to its popularity. The project has been improved upon and is back this summer with better schedules, more locations and even more trucks. If you want to know where to find Montreal’s food trucks and what they’re serving, this guide to food trucks and street food in Montreal is for you…

A Guide to Montreal’s Best Bakeries & Pastry Shops

In the last few years, Montreal has seen a boom in artisanal boulangeries (bread bakeries) and pâtisseries (pastry shops). From specialized cupcake stores, designer donuts and dainty French pastries to more traditional buttery baked goods, croissants and crusty baguettes, the city has it all. Here’s a breakdown of all sweet things Montreal has to offer organized by neighbourhood, so that you may always find your way to the closest flaky, gooey or crispy delectable snack…