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Where to enjoy natural wines in Montréal

For the past few years, the term “natural wine” has carved itself a larger spot in our daily vernacular as well as on restaurants’ menus. The natural wine phenomenon is nothing new but its “rebirth” and its newfound popularity is. This latest buzzword designates wines that have been grown and processed with minimal intervention and no added chemicals. Instead of trying to control nature, natural wine producers embrace and work with it. This produces wines that are a true representation of their unique terroir. The natural wave hit Montréal a few years ago and the city has since become one of the best in the world to enjoy these funky wines. Several restaurants in town boast a great carte de vins natures that are fun to explore. Pastaga is one of the first restaurants in Montréal to popularize natural wines since it’s opening in 2011. The opening of its sister restaurant and wine shop Cul Sec located around the corner, has consolidated the natural wine love affair these two spots have going. Vin Papillon’s sommelière Vanya Filipovic’s passion for great wines and fantastic winemakers is evident in the care and research that goes in the creation of the restaurant’s outstanding… / Read More →

Romance for all in Montréal

Beautiful views, European charm, award-winning dining, entertainment that never sleeps… Montréal has got all the markers of a winning romantic weekend for any type of couple. This Valentine’s Day, whether you like things sporty, luxurious or classic (because long-stem roses never go out of style), here are five getaway ideas from us to you – with love. A classic kind of love Wining and dining is a sure way to pretty much anyone’s heart. With hotel specials like the Valentine’s Day package at the beautiful Le Germain in Old Montréal, you’re already half way there. After picking up some chocolates at Maison Christian Faure and some flowers at the stand in Square Victoria, grab a horse-drawn carriage tour of Old Montréal across the street from Notre-Dame Basilica, where Céline Dion got married (it’ll set the mood). Next, book a tête-à-tête to sample the special V Day offerings at 400 Coups (a five-course meal featuring crab ravioli and foie gras mousse), Le Quindici (short ribs braised in wine, anyone?) or the warm, European flavoured Branzino. If you can’t choose, how about one on Friday, one on Saturday and the other on Sunday? Then stroll up from Old Montréal to downtown for… / Read More →

20 great reasons to visit Montréal in 2016

Because the food is fabulous 1. Get ready to roll out the red carpet and welcome Joël Robuchon, who starting in fall 2016 will be tickling our taste buds at Atelier, in the Montréal Casino on beautiful Île Notre-Dame. The famed French chef has 28 Michelin stars to his name—want to bet Atelier garners him more? 2. There are dozens upon dozens of award winning restaurants in La Belle Ville, including Joe Beef, Au Pied de Cochon, Park, Toqué, Laloux, Pastaga, Lawrence, Le Bremner, Le Serpent, Chez Lévêque, Foodlab… the city is your oyster. Find other suggestions here. 3. Montréal’s festivals are renowned, and some of them are tasty as heck. There’s a mouth-watering calendar of food fests, from Poutine Week in February to Happy November! in, well November, not to mention our very special restaurant week, MTL à TABLE, which brings flavour to the end of October every year by joining dozens of local restaurants together to offer prix-fixe menus that give everyone a chance to enjoy their out-of-sight delights. Come taste for yourself! Because it never sleeps 4. With a promoter like Evenko, Montréal doesn’t miss a thing. Not only do they put on world-famous festivals Osheaga and Heavy… / 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 →

Spotlight on new Québec cuisine: five excellent picks

The first time you set foot in Québec, the clichés about its cuisine abound. Montréal, mecca of poutine, beaver tails and pâté chinois. A paradise where rich dishes and heaping plates help protect you from the cold? Perhaps. But this description feels a little overcooked. And ever since Toqué—the restaurant that redefined Québec cuisine—opened its doors, the culinary scene continues to chart daring and creative new territory, so much so that the Omnivore food festival has been firing up Foodlab for the past three years now. Who are the chefs to watch? The restaurants not to miss during your next visit to Montréal? Our recommendations: Manitoba Manitoba is situated smack dab in the middle of the Mile Ex industrial district, in an up-and-coming neighbourhood that’s very popular among Montrealers. This delightful rustic-chic restaurant, which takes a walk on wild side, boasts a menu entirely dedicated to Québec terroir cuisine and feels entirely one-of-a-kind. The restaurant, created by the design firm La Firme, ushers the flora and fauna of Québec to its open kitchen past a slender dark wood bar and an intricate cedar ceiling. It’s pleasing to the eye, friendly and accessible. The menu changes according to product availability. Go… / Read More →

Things to Do in Montreal: April 11-17

Montreal celebrates spring this week with outdoor art and activities, from big-screen film art to a tailgate party, and an array of fabulous food, affordable fashion and entertainment to suit all styles…

Things to Do in Montreal: January 17-23

Enjoy Montreal’s winter traditions this week, from tobogganing to warming comfort foods, and find yourself transported by all manner of entertainment: electronic dance music, Chinese dance, Russian ballet, high-tech French film, inventive art, and more…

Great moments from the 2013 Omnivore Food Festival in Montreal

Once again and for the second year in a row, the Omnivore World Tour food festival has just ended its 6-day stint in Montreal. Food demos, Damn Dinners and the Omnivorious party were all met with huge enthusiasm by Montrealers and visitors alike. I attended a few of the festivities and was happy to see a lot of happy people present at these remarkable and unique activities…


This past Saturday, FoodLab celebrated its first anniversary with a bang. There was a special festive menu, family, fans and colleagues, pretty lights, a ping-pong table and birthday cake.


It’s harvest time again in Montreal, the maple leaves have turned and leaf peepers crown the country roads on weekends, mixing with the trucks that bring the produce in to stock the cold rooms of the city’s top artisans. This is perhaps the season when our culinary uniqueness is the most obvious. The thing is, we have the same crops here as do many cities in our latitude – mushrooms, greens, tomatoes, squash – and yet our chefs always find new and ever more appealing ways to showcase the season’s bounty.