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Let’s brunch for #MTLaTABLE!

More than 150 restaurants will be participating in this fourth edition of MTL à TABLE from October 29 to November 8, 2015. Each year, this most anticipated food festivals brings fixed price, 3-course menus to the table as well as a slew of food related activities such as gourmet excursions through Montreal, a wine and chocolate tasting or a Relais & Châteaux experience featuring restaurants Toqué! and Europea. For this year’s fourth edition, MTL à TABLE is adding one more delicious activity to its repertoire: brunch! There’s nothing Montrealers love more than indulging in a leisurely weekend brunch with loved ones. Twenty of Montréal’s hottest brunch restaurants are offering $21 brunch menus in honour of MTL à TABLE. Whether you’re in the mood for a full Turkish breakfast from BarBounya or restaurant Su, a more elegant affair from EVOO, LiliCo or Brasserie T! or a heartier offer from Le Valois or Les Affamés, you are sure to find a perfect fit among the brunch restaurants listed below. Click on the restaurant’s name to reserve your MTL à TABLE brunch spot now. ACE Deli et Bar Au Petit Extra Barbounya Beaver Hall Brasserie Central Brasserie Le Pois Penché Brasserie T! Chez… / Read More →

Taste the best of Québec cheeses during MTL à TABLE

Did you know that the province of Québec produces more than 450 cheeses? From small artisanal cheese makers to bigger producers and from soft cheeses to blue to firm, Québec’s cheese production has blossomed over the past two decades to rival the best of European imports. For its 4th edition, MTL à TABLE is proud to partner up with Our cheeses to take you on a discovery of some outstanding local Québec cheeses. Participating MTL à TABLE restaurants were invited to create a main dish using a Québec cheese from an Our cheeses selection. The 15 most original recipes will be featured on the menu of the winning restaurants. You can enjoy these delicious recipes at the restaurants listed below during MTL à TABLE from October 28 to November 8, 2015. Au Petit Extra – Smoked trout mille-feuille with Riopelle de l’Isle cheese, celeriac and yellow beet Café Griffintown – Mac ‘n’ cheese with three Québec cheeses Quindici – Veal osso buco, Baluchon cheese mashed potatoes and asparagus salad Chez l’Épicier – Classic Cordon Bleu-inspired Guinea fowl from M. Besnier farm, Blackburn soubise sauce, homemade gnocchi with ham Decca77 Restaurant – Rack of Charlevoix lamb, potato mille-feuille with 1608 cheese,… / Read More →

Guide to the 2015 Edition of MTL à TABLE – Montréal’s Restaurant Week

If you love food and fall, then you’ll especially love this fall in Montréal because the city is rolling out the fourth edition of the feast known as MTL à TABLE—Montréal’s Restaurant Week—from October 29 to November 8, 2015. The 2015 edition is presented in partnership with YP Dine (an exclusive new mobile app from Yellow Pages dedicated to the restaurant and dining sector) and will see more than 150 participating restaurants, including 45 new eateries to enjoy this year. Following the same winning format as in previous editions, each restaurant will be offering a 3-course, $21, $31 and $41 set-price menu. For foodies both seasoned and new, MTL à TABLE offers a dream-come-true chance to explore the city’s fabled culinary scene. Whether you set out on a delicious discovery of several Montréal restaurants or revisit favourites, you can do it all at prices that won’t leave your wallet weeping. And with the wide range of participating restaurants to choose from, you can find something to suit every occasion, whether you’re feeling romantic, looking to book a family restaurant, organizing an outing with friends or bringing your extra special own bottle (there are 11 BYOWs to choose from!). With all… / Read More →

Great Middle-Eastern restaurants in Montréal

I am of Lebanese origin and when I crave a taste of home, I turn to any of these Middle Eastern restaurants for a trip down my culinary memory lane. Kazamaza I really can’t pick a favourite dish at this Mile End address. Set in a funky yet simple decor complete with brick wall, Kazamaza is a vibrant restaurant serving traditional mezes as well as mains and grilled meats. Try their cherry kebabs and the delicious omelette with kawarma (lamb confit) served at brunch. Damas Damas on Park Avenue was ravaged by a devastating fire a few months but it’s rising from its ashes in a brand new location on Van Horne Avenue. This has to be one of my favourite spot for Middle Eastern food, specifically Syrian in this case. All the mezza are fresh and delicious but try some of the house specialties like the eggplant fatteh or the moloukhiya. BarBounya and Restaurant Su Both these restaurants are helmed by Turkish chef Fisun Ercan. Su serves traditional Turkish food including mezes and main dishes. BarBounya is a mezes bar with emphasis on small Mediterranean-inspired dishes that are meant to be shared. They also both serve one of the… / Read More →

Get ready for Montréal’s delicious Festival YUL EAT this September!

The second edition of Festival YUL EAT is coming to Old Montréal on Labour Day weekend (September 5, 6 and 7) and promises to be bigger and better than the first time around, not to mention absolutely delicious! Access to the main site at the Old Port’s Clock Tower Quay is free and allows for three glorious days rubbing elbows with Québec’s best chefs, producers and food providers. You’ll be able to discover and taste some of the products that make the province’s gastronomy offering so unique, and chat away with the purveyors who work tirelessly to keep us all well fed. Exclusive and original meals, a farmer’s market, street food, culinary workshops, and food-centric conferences are all on the menu of what promises to be one of the best food festivals Montréal has ever seen. Eat, discover and party at Festival YUL EAT presented by Evenko and Productions Premiers Vendredis! EAT YUL BRUNCH Start each festival day with your choice of any (or all!) of three collaborative brunches bringing together chefs and their assigned food trucksfor the event. Saturday, September 5 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Guest Chefs: Jason Morris, Restaurant Le Fantôme / Benoit Lenglet, Au Cinquième Péché… / Read More →

All you need to know about the 2015 Montréal edition of the Omnivore World Tour Festival

“More than anywhere else in the world, Omnivore and Montréal are in love.” This quote from the Omnivore World Tour Festival website rings as true for us Montréal food lovers as it does for the Omnivore team. The 2015 edition of the Montréal Omnivore food extravaganza takes place August 20-24 in partnership with the Society for Arts and Technology [SAT]. It will be the 4th time the festival has touched down in our fair city, and the lineup for this year’s gastronomic celebration is impressive! Take a masterclass with great local and international chefs, enjoy a unique dinner, or head to the hopping Omnivorious Party. Masterclasses This, to me, is the best part of the Omnivore World Tour. The masterclasses include demos, conferences and talks by some of the best chefs and food purveyors in the world. Sit in on sessions from local chefs such as Ségué Lepage from Le Comptoir charcuteries et vins, Marc Cohen from Lawrence, Julien Joré and Stéphanie Labelle from Cirkus, and the wonderful FoodLab Michelle Marek. This year’s event also hosts some great Canadian chefs, like Todd Perrin from Mallard Cottage in St. John’s, and international stars, including Anton Kovalkov from Moscow’s Fahrenheit and Pascal… / Read More →

12 great iced coffee treats to keep you cool this summer in Montréal

Nothing says summer like an ice-cold coffee drink. Whether you prefer a cold brew made by steeping coffee grounds in cold water overnight or a classic latte made by topping a freshly brewed espresso with cold milk and ice cubes, iced coffee drinks take over the city cafés come summertime. Below are a few of our favourite chilled coffee treats to try this summer. Vietnamese cold coffee at Cafeden If you’ve never tried Vietnamese coffee, you’re missing out! Cafeden is an excellent Vietnamese restaurant, and while not a café per say, their coffee is worth the detour, and they do offer it to go. Hot espresso is poured over condensed milk, ice is added, and the result is a sweet and refreshing drink you will come to crave. Coffee milkshake at Monsieur Crémeux The Monsieur Crémeux ice cream truck no longer needs any introduction to Montréal icy treat lovers. Their new brick-and-mortar spot on Beaubien Street serves a coffee milkshake made by mixing their superior vanilla ice cream with milk and homemade coffee syrup for a thick and caffeine-laden treat. Perfect storm at Caffè San Simeon The signature iced coffee at Caffè San Simeon is crafted first by filling an… / Read More →

10 things under 10 minutes from Jean-Talon metro station

Jean-Talon station, which connects the blue line to the orange line of Montréal’s metro (subway system), is at the heart of Little Italy. In this post, we feature 10 activities under 10 minutes from this station. The must: Jean-Talon Market Walking time: 4 minutes Ask any Montrealer what’s of interest around the Jean-Talon Métro station, and the first thing that comes to mind is the Jean-Talon Market. The largest open-air market in North America has been around since 1933. At this heaven on earth for any foodie, you’ll find spice and olive shops, butchers, artisanal sausage makers, fish and cheese mongers, bakers, restaurants and cafés, and, of course, fresh produce from local providers. Eat your way through the market, or shop for some edible souvenirs. Relax: Parc Jarry Walking time: 10 minutes Once you’re at the Market, buy yourself some cheese, Italian salumi, a nice baguette, and some fresh fruits and veggies, and head over to Parc Jarry where you can sit on the grass or at a picnic table and enjoy the view of the fountain with its ducks. During the month of August, you can watch a tennis match or two at the Canadian Open/Rogers Cup championship at… / Read More →

Your 2015 guide to Food Trucks and Street Food in Montréal

Montréal’s food truck pilot project has been growing exponentially since it was established in 2013. It has become one of Montréal’s favourite ways of grabbing some good on-the-go food. Year after year, the project is being improved upon and extended to include better schedules, not to mention more trucks, tantalizing food offerings, and locations. This guide will steer you in the right direction to discover all the culinary treats coming your way starting this week! This year’s street food season runs from May 1 to October 31. The city has granted permits to 35 food trucks for 38 pre-determined locations (50 available spots) in and around six different city boroughs, which is a welcome expansion. In the past, the project had only taken place in and around the Ville-Marie district. But this year, it’s grown to include the following boroughs: Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, South-West, Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie, and Verdun. Other boroughs might be added throughout the season. Below is a list of the 35 participating food trucks (27 of which are returning favourites from last year) with links to their websites or Facebook pages: Alexis Le Gourmand Assommoir mobile Boîte à Fromages Café mobile Dispatch Camion Au Pied de Cochon La cantine… / Read More →

Weekend brunch options around downtown Montréal

Brunch is a very Montréal affair. Montrealers partake in this culinary tradition quite regularly with complete abandon – and at a leisurely pace – to start the weekend on the right note. While there are tons of delicious brunch options all over the city, here are some of our favourites in and around downtown to Old Montréal. Old Montréal: Le Cartet Saturday and Sunday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Part restaurant, part fine food store, Le Cartet has a very New York feel to it. It’s open almost all day, every day but is especially nice for weekend brunch. Le Cartet also doubles as a fine food store with an impressive collection of chocolates. Suite 701 Saturday and Sunday: 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday brunches at Suite 701 are laidback while Sundays are set to the beat of an in-house DJ. The brunch menu includes items such as fried chicken, mac and cheese as well as your usual omelettes and egg dishes and their signature house cocktails. Restaurant Holder Saturday and Sunday: 10 3 p.m. A typical French brasserie, Holder’s cuisine is classic français. The brunch menu includes great omelettes and Benedicts as well as a kids’ menu… / Read More →