The close of October marks the end of harvest season and the beginning of the festive season, when thoughts turn to gathering with groups of friends and family. Starting on Oct. 30, the third edition of MTL à TABLE – a 11-day celebration of the gastronomic arts taking place at 140 Montreal eateries with affordable set menus of $19, $29 and $39 – provides a citywide selection of top-shelf restos for your impending gang hangouts…
A staple of both Montrealers and visitors alike, the Méchant Bœuf, situated in the boutique Hôtel Nelligan in the heart of historic Old Montreal, is a natural for MTL à TABLE. Its warm, spacious environs and inviting bar provide the elbow room necessary to spread out and truly enjoy the oyster bar or their spectacular Méchant Burger, which lends significant weight to their claim to having the “best burger in town. ” And, notably, both the oyster bar and the burger are available on their late-night menu starting at 11 pm.
Tapas is ideal for friends who want to share and try a little bit of everything, and Helena, also nestled in old Montreal, is without doubt the kind of place where you’ll want to try everything. Run by chef Helena Loureiro – also the proprietor of the popular Portus Calle on St-Laurent Blvd. – the tastefully appointed resto features an expansive wine list (more than 100 wines from Portugal) as well as a colourful menu ranging from traditional tapas favourites to signature Loureiro creations.
Especially popular with the post-work crowd, L’Assommoir is one of those rare places where having great food and a great time isn’t a mutually exclusive proposition. The relaxed and convivial ambience complements the roster of 250 cocktails (servers can list the ingredients for each by heart) and an equally impressive international cuisine menu that world travels through tartars, ceviches, tapas, grilled selections and more.
The long wooden tables and scattering of couches at Les Éclusiers par Apollo, located in a repurposed lock-house on the edge of the Lachine Canal which offers exceptional views of the Old Port, practically screams group outing. Les Éclusiers offers an impressive wine list, signature cocktails and a seasonally inspired menu featuring innovative creations by award-winning chef Giovanni Apollo.
Classic, perenially popular Montreal hotspots Buonanotte and Restaurant Globe, are situated across the street from each other on St. Laurent Blvd., and typically, comfortably host large groups of hungry celebrants. Globe stakes it reputation on innovative, market-fresh international cuisine while Buonanotte boasts imaginative, upscale Italian fare. Both are also notable for the many celebrities – and their friends – often sighted there.
MTL à TABLE, October 30 – November 9, 2o14
MTL à TABLE is powered by the SAQ, Mastercard by National Bank & ESKA.
Photos credit: Héléna, L’Assomoir, Susan Moss, Susan Moss
National Bank is rewarding food-loving personalities with its Let’s Eat contest. Sign up for a World MasterCard credit card and you could win one of five $200 gift cards redeemable at selected participating MTL à TABLE restaurants. Even better, if you sign up during MTL à TABLE, you’ll get 22,000 welcome points! If you already have a National Bank MasterCard credit card, you’ll be happy to know that you can double and even quadruple your reward points during MTL à TABLE and the entire month of November!