A 10-day gourmet event with nearly 130 participating restaurants.
October 30th marks the beginning of the 10-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 $19.99, $29.99 or $39.99. 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…
Tapas24: What could be more romantic than sharing a few tapas with your better half? It’s the perfect way to spend a caliente evening with your romantic interest, especially knowing that Barcelona-based celebrity chef Carles Abellan is at the helm of these sharp new digs in the heart of Old Montreal.
Callao: Like a true work of art, Callao’s original and unique plating alone is worth spending an evening at this Peruvian restaurant on chic Laurier Avenue. Named after Peru’s largest fishing port, Callao’s refined “canteen” food includes the best of the country’s offering in a small dining room that is ideal for a romantic date.
Auberge Saint-Gabriel: Old stone walls and imposing wood-burning fireplaces lend warmth and an unmatched coziness to the dining room of this “oldest inn in North America”, the ideal restaurant for a romantic date. The bistro menu is based on local and seasonal produce. Have a pre-dinner drink in the lobby area and admire the whale skeleton that shoots straight up through the entire height of the place.
EVOO: Located just beside the Atwater market, EVOO is helmed by Sophie Ouellet and Peter Saunders, two young chefs who offer a fresh take on contemporary French cuisine while borrowing from Irish and Mediterranean cooking. The food is based on local and seasonal ingredients and the wine list consists of carefully selected private imports.
Patrice Pâtissier: It can’t get more romantic than dining at this new, sharp spot in Little Burgundy that also doubles as one of the best pastry shop in town. If you’re a dessert lover, you’ll dive in with abandon into chef Patrice Demers’ unforgettable desserts. The wine pairings created by sommelière and co-owner Marie-Josée Beaudouin promises to tie everything together masterfully.
Restaurant La Chronique: White tablecloths, dark wood accents and a luminous and elegant dining room are the background canvas on which the La Chronique refined plates are painted. The cuisine here is modern French market cuisine, or haute cuisine without the stuffiness that usually comes with it. Impeccable service and a great wine list round up one of the best dining experiences in town.
Restaurant Su: Let the warm spices of this most savoury of cuisines and great Turkish wines lead you on a sensory voyage to the old country via Restaurant Su and chef Fisun Ercan’s authentic recipes. Share a meze or two (small plates served hot or cold and meant to be shared) and indulge in a glass of Turkish wine or raki, an aniseed drink that pairs up wonderfully well with the cuisine.
H4C Place St-Henri: The old grey stone bank building that houses H4C was lovingly restored to its current contemporary and chic self. The care and refinement that was invested in the design is reflected in chef Dany Bolduc’s cuisine, which is based on fresh, local, seasonal and sustainable ingredients. Pick a corner table in the beautiful dining room and enjoy your surrounding, your food and your dinner date.
Laloux: Just one step inside Laloux’s beautifully decorated dining room will transport you to the heart of Paris. The food here is refined yet not pretentious and the service is old school perfection without being pompous. It’s definitely one of the most romantic restaurants in Montreal.
Van Horne: If you’re looking for a small yet grand restaurant where you can have a quiet dinner while whispering sweet nothings in each other’s ear, Van Horne is just the right place with its bright decor and great art collection. The cuisine here is modern, seasonal and based on local ingredients.
Photo credits: Susan Moss, Callao, Evoo, Mickael A. Bandassak, La chronique, Vadim Daniel, Laloux
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