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The Culinary Guide to Montréal’s Gay Village

Visitors coming to Montréal for the annual Pride festivities will inevitably tackle a gamut of fun-filled festival activities. But as you groove around the city, don’t forget about one of life’s most basic needs: food. Montréal has an international reputation for being a great food city, and the Gay Village — ground zero for Pride activities — is not exempt from this repute. In the past, the relatively affordable rents of the neighbourhood have enabled burgeoning restaurateurs to set up shop and experiment with a receptive queer community. While the Gay Village continues to evolve, what has remained consistent is a decent density of great food options. From refined French fare to affordable sweet treats, here’s how to swallow your pride — à la Montréal. O’Thym For haute cuisine (without haute prices) Since arriving on the scene a decade ago, sophisticated French bistro O’Thym has become the frontrunner among a competitive roster of “Bring Your Own Wine” restaurants in Montréal. Over the years Chef Noé Lainesse has found his stride with Canadian ingredients—bison medallions from Outaouais, beef bavette from Prince Edward Island and duck from Knowlton— while also eliminating gluten from most sauces. The architecture of most plates is simple… / Read More →

FIVE MONTREAL HARVEST PLATES

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.