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Mayssam Samaha is a food and travel writer and blogger. She travels the world in search of the next culinary discovery. From Iceland to South Africa, she’s already visited over 30 countries and there’s nothing she enjoys more than wandering around a farmers’ market in a foreign city.

 

Your 2017 guide to Montréal’s food trucks and street food

Montréal’s food truck season is officially open! With the blossoming of flowers and the singing of birds, both spring and street food have now woken up from their winter slumber. The great food truck project of Montréal is now in its 4th year and going strong.  What started as a pilot project and a handful of food trucks parked in nine different locations in the city centre in 2013 has blossomed into one of the city’s most anticipated summer activities. If you’re out and about taking in the sights and sounds of Montréal in the summer, here’s everything you need to know about street eats and food trucks. Starting April 1 and running until October 31, a variety of food trucks (including 3 news ones!) will rotate among 20 predetermined locations in Sud-Ouest, Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie, Verdun, Ville-Marie and Outremont. Here is a line-up of the awesome trucks and mobile vendors you can expect this summer rotating around the city-designated spots: Boîte à Fromages Burger Truck Café Dispatch Cheese Chez Tomio *NEW* Cholo 58 Cuisine authentique polonaise  (formerly Europolonia) Damon (formerly Atma) Dim Sum Montréal Duck truck MTL Europea Mobile Gaspésie Gaufrabec Grumman ’78 King Bao L’Assommoir mobile La cage… / Read More →

Montréal’s best food tours

One of the best ways to discover a city is through its culinary culture. Several companies offer food tours of Montréal, including the city’s markets or historical neighbourhoods. Whether you’re a tourist or a local, these tours are a perfect way to spend a few hours walking or biking around, tasting some delicious bites and learning about Montréal’s history.   VDM Global Tours VDM Global has been providing tourists and locals alike with comprehensive tours of Montréal, Québec province and beyond for the past 40 years. Guided by experts, learn about the culinary history of some of Montréal’s most popular neighbourhoods such as Old Montréal and Little Italy and meet some local chefs and purveyors. This summer and as a tribute to Montréal’s 375th anniversary, VDM Global is offering a tour that will take you on an exploration of the city’s Chinese, Portuguese and Jewish neighborhoods with their new tour: The Main on a Plate! 375 years of History, Food and Culture. Fitz & Follwell Co. Fitz and Follwell does bike and walking tours of Montréal that provide their guests with authentic experiences emulating locals’ life.  Their “Flavours of the Main” walking food tour follows St-Laurent Boulevard through 3 different… / Read More →

Weekday brunches in Montréal

There’s nothing Montrealers like more than going out for brunch on the weekend. But where does this love for brunch go once the weekend ends? Where does one go for brunch during the week? Although the weekday brunch offer is not as extensive as the weekend’s, below are a few options you may want to check out. Une publication partagée par Régine Café (@reginecafe) le 28 Mai 2016 à 6h43 PDT Régine Régine has built a reputation as a Montréal weekday brunch authority of sorts and or good reason! Their weekday brunch is served from 8am to 3pm and includes dishes such as corn waffles with trout gravlax and poached eggs with mushrooms. Their vertical plate with homemade pastries and jams is a must as well. Vieux Vélo A Petite Patrie classic, Le Vieux Vélo excels at the all-day breakfast game and serves classics such as eggs, benedicts and more in an unpretentious and friendly ambiance. Une publication partagée par Diana Friedman (@theartemuse) le 26 Févr. 2017 à 15h41 PST Larrys Larrys is a hybrid space in the heart of the Mile End that’s open all day, every day, or short of. Coffee, pastries, small plates to share (or not),… / Read More →

Sugaring off in and around Montréal

Urban sugar shacks have become more popular in Montreal in the past few years. That’s geat news for all maple loves who are looking for a taste of the traditional spring treat without having to drive out to the country. Below is a list of some of our favourite cabanes in Montréal. Un chef à l’érable with Laurent Godbout (March 10 to April 16) Chef Laurent Godbout returns for the fourth installment of “Un chef à l’érable” at the Scena in the heart of the Old Port. Get ready for a sugar shack experience set in a modern space with a flamboyant rustic chic décor that changes every year. For $65 plus taxes ($25 + taxes for children), you will be treated to a five-course dinner service (or Sunday brunch) with inventive dishes inspired by le temps des sucres such as sweetbread vol-au-vent, beef and maple jerky or turkey and ricotta meatballs. Spring brunch at La Bête à pain (Weekends of March and April) La Bête à pain restaurant and adjacent bakery on Fleury serve one of the best brunches in Montréal and their maple-inspired spring brunch is no exception. For $22, enjoy a 5-course spread of maple-doused crêpes, smoked salmon with… / Read More →

New Montréal restaurants to visit

It may seem like it’s hard to keep up with Montréal’s ever growing restaurant scene but this roundup of new spots to visit will help you decide which ones to visit first. Downtown: Tiradito – 1076 Rue De Bleury Chef Marcel Larrea is at the helm of this new restaurant specializing in Nikkei, the Peruvian Japanese fusion cuisine that’s popular in Peru. No need to ask for a seat at the bar since the entire restaurant is basically a bar behind which chefs and bartenders work their magic. Start with a Pisco Sour, Peru’s most famous cocktail, and don’t skip on the ceviche, the chaufa or the butifarra. Venez prendre une pause chez Libertine! Nous sommes ouvert les lundis! 🙂 // Stop by and take a break at Libertine! We’re open on Mondays! 🙂 Une publication partagée par Libertine Bakehouse (@libertinebakehouse) le 19 Déc. 2016 à 9h39 PST Southwest: Libertine Bakehouse – 806 Atwater Avenue Patrice Pâtissier alumn Nick Kemball has branched out on his own with Libertine Bakehouse, a new pastry shop with an edge. Libertine’s logo is a stylized mash-up of a skull head and a cupcake and an aqua green skeleton is the mascot of the cute… / Read More →

Montréal’s best chocolate shops

Chocolate is everybody’s favourite treat. Whether you’re a fan of dark, milk or white chocolate, the sweet treat always manages to put a smile on everyone’s face. Les mains pleines de cacao ❤️ par @jeannecasto #chocolat #cgg #mtl #healtyliving #shoplocal #vscocam #vscofood Une photo publiée par Chocolats Geneviève Grandbois (@chocolatsgg) le 30 Janv. 2015 à 12h01 PST Montréal is a city filled with skillful food artisans and chocolate makers are no exception. We have our fair share of exceptional chocolate shops spread through the city. We’ve listed some of our favourites below by neighbourhood, so you can head to the one closest to you when a chocolate craving hits or when you need an exquisite chocolate gift. Each one of these is run by a passionate artisan who excels at his art. We have no doubt that you’ll find a favourite among their many creations from molded crispy bars, to rich, decadent truffles or luscious, stuffed bonbons. Thank The Lord for raspberry and chocolate combos #chocolate #divinechocolaterie #montreal #100happybees Une photo publiée par Bronwyn ‘Dharana’ Lefebvre (@bronwynle5) le 31 Août 2014 à 17h00 PDT Downtown: Divine Chocolatier: For over 22 years, chocolatier Richard Zwierzynski has specialized in the time-honoured traditions… / Read More →

Your 2016 MTLàTABLE survival guide

We all know that eleven days of outstanding restaurant dining and great gastronomic events during MTLàTABLE necessitates some preparation. This year’s edition is presented in collaboration with Les vins du Languedoc and is filled to the brim with exciting and delicious experiences. We’ve put together this survival guide that will help you secure seats at your favourite restaurants and spots at your preferred events. Time to shop for some stretchy pants and get ready for the best food-centric week of the year! Event The 5th edition of MTLàTABLE, November 3-13, 2016, with 150 participating restaurants offering a 3-course, $21, $31 and $41 set price evening menu. Some restaurants will also offer a 21 late night menu while some others will be serving a $15 brunch. What you’re getting into Eleven days of delicious menus to be enjoyed at restaurants all across the city as well as a great collection of food and beverage related events such as guided gastronomic tours, wine events, and tastings of chocolate desserts and cheese-focused dishes. Making reservations When making a restaurant reservation for MTLàTABLE, you have access to several filters that will make your booking process easier and faster. Starting from the top, the first… / Read More →

MTLàTABLE special events

Several gastronomic events take place every year during Montréal’s restautant week, MTLàTABLE. This year is no different and includes guided gourmet tours, wine and spirits gatherings, a Relais & Châteaux experience, cultural activities and some delicious cheese and chocolate competitions. Here is a quick look at what’s on the menu from November 3 to 13. Guided tours Discover some of Montréal’s best gourmet neighbourhoods during MTLàTABLE by taking one of the several guided culinary tours offered. The Old Montréal food tour, presented by Local Montréal Tours This three-hour guided walking tour by Local Montréal Food Tours brings you on a culinary voyage through Montréal’s most historical district. You can expect a history lesson of significant landmarks as well as several food tastings, including local craft beer and Québec cheeses. Happy hour in Little Burgundy / Saint-Henri presented by VDM Global Little Burgundy and Saint-Henri are two adjacent neighbourhoods in Montréal’s Southwest borough that are buzzing with exciting culinary innovations and the latest restaurant openings. Your tour includes a glass of Languedoc wine with an appetizer and a surprise tasting from a neighbourhood eatery. Happy hour in the Quartier des spectacles presented by VDM Global Tour Montréal’s Quartiers des spectacles, home… / Read More →

9 great Indian restaurants in Montréal

Indian cuisine is one of the most complex in the world. Filled with heady spices and wonderful aromas, it varies from region to region and is equally delicious everywhere. Indian food never leaves anyone indifferent; people either love it or hate it. If you’re in the “love it” camp, below are some of our favourite Indian restaurants in Montréal. Indian food ☑️ Une photo publiée par v. (@valeriyak18) le 21 Janv. 2015 à 10h28 PST Star of India Located in the heart of downtown Montréal, Star of India serves what is possibly the best butter chicken and naan bread in town in a friendly atmosphere with great service. On doit vous parler du restaurant indien Bombay Mahal sur Jean-Talon. C’est tellement bon. On vous promet que vous allez sortir de là satisfaits (et la gorge un peu en feu) 🌬🔥 Le midi, vous pouvez avoir des plats spéciaux à des prix géniaux! Nos plats du menu midi: Thali poulet au beurre et assiette de poulet Tikka 🇮🇳 Bon appétit! #sooogood #foodiesparc Une photo publiée par Foodies Parc (@foodiesparc) le 4 Mars 2016 à 8h13 PST Bombay Mahal A favourite among locals, Bombay Mahal offers a great span of Indian cuisine… / Read More →

Preview of the 2016 Edition of MTLàTABLE – Montréal’s Restaurant Week

This year marks the fifth edition of MTLàTABLE – Montréal’s Restaurant Week – which will be taking place November 3-13, 2016. This year’s edition is presented in collaboration with Les vins du Languedoc and will see 150 participating restaurants, offering a 3-course, $21, $31 and $41 set price evening menu. As for all you night owls out there, late night $21 menus are also back at some of the participating restaurants. This is a tasty opportunity for all food-lovers to go on a delicious discovery of several Montréal restaurants or revisit favourites at an affordable price. Whether you’re feeling romantic, want to revisit your favourite spot, need to book a family restaurant or organize an outing with friends, MTLàTABLE’s participating restaurants will have something to offer everyone. Brunches are back! Montrealers’ favourite weekend activity–brunch!– is back as an integral part of the MTLàTABLE programme for the second year. Participating restaurants will offer a $15 brunch menu giving you the chance to ease into the weekend with tasty egg Benedicts or a stack of crispy waffles.  A few restaurants that don’t normally offer weekend brunches will be doing so for MTLàTABLE so you’ll also have the opportunity to taste some unique… / Read More →