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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 →

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 →

Montréal seafood restaurants to try

Montréal is an island situated on the St. Lawrence Seaway, which connects the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean. Thanks to this great connection, we are home to amazing restaurants that serve some of the greatest seafood the world has to offer. Here are some of my favourites. Maestro SVP – 3615 Saint-Laurent Boulevard Maestro SVP has been a seafood destination in Montréal for over 25 years. Renowned for their oysters, this restaurant proudly boasts serving the largest variety of oysters in the city. Their blackboard oyster menu often features roughly 20 (of over 100) different kinds of our favourite bi-valve mollusks at any given time. Be sure to check out their awesome all-you-can-eat mussels special on Sunday and Mondays and their happy hour oyster special. Chez Delmo – 275 Notre-Dame Street West Located in historic Old Montréal, Chez Delmo experienced a revival when current owners gave the 80-year-old space a facelift and ushered the restaurant into the 21st century with a re-envisioned modern decor and chic atmosphere. Chez Delmo takes pride in its culinary tradition, both in its classic preparation and presentation of its dishes. Try the signature Dover sole à la meunière, served with vegetables, tomato provençale and… / Read More →

Taste the best of Québec cheeses during MTL à TABLE

Did you know that the province of Québec produces more than 450 cheeses? From small artisanal cheese makers to bigger producers and from soft cheeses to blue to firm, Québec’s cheese production has blossomed over the past two decades to rival the best of European imports. For its 4th edition, MTL à TABLE is proud to partner up with Our cheeses to take you on a discovery of some outstanding local Québec cheeses. Participating MTL à TABLE restaurants were invited to create a main dish using a Québec cheese from an Our cheeses selection. The 15 most original recipes will be featured on the menu of the winning restaurants. You can enjoy these delicious recipes at the restaurants listed below during MTL à TABLE from October 28 to November 8, 2015. Au Petit Extra – Smoked trout mille-feuille with Riopelle de l’Isle cheese, celeriac and yellow beet Café Griffintown – Mac ‘n’ cheese with three Québec cheeses Quindici – Veal osso buco, Baluchon cheese mashed potatoes and asparagus salad Chez l’Épicier – Classic Cordon Bleu-inspired Guinea fowl from M. Besnier farm, Blackburn soubise sauce, homemade gnocchi with ham Decca77 Restaurant – Rack of Charlevoix lamb, potato mille-feuille with 1608 cheese,… / Read More →

Where to eat authentic French food in Montréal

Considering there are over 30,000 French expats currently residing in Montréal, it’s no wonder French bistros are often what foodies talk about.  Curious to try authentic French food in Montréal but unsure where to start? These suggestions are guaranteed home runs that simply won’t disappoint. Bon appétit! Chez Lévêque Located on upscale and attractive Laurier Street West, Chez Lévêque serves what is decidedly one of the best Parisian bistro fares in the city – at a price that won’t break the bank. The cuisine is simple and focuses on seasonal products, for the freshest dishes possible. Their summery terrace is a definitive crowd-pleaser, as are their lunch and late night 3-course set menus ($22 and $35, respectively). Chez Lévêque Restaurant 1030 Laurier Avenue West Laloux Come for the food, stay for the gorgeous décor. This white-tablecloth bistro is one of the chicest-looking spaces in the city, and as if that wasn’t enough, they also raise the bar further up by keeping their dishes delightfully exciting, and, most importantly, deliciously paired with French wines. < Restaurant Laloux 250 Des Pins Avenue East Au Cinquième Péché Let’s just say it’s a good thing the restaurant’s motto is “gluttony is not a sin”… / Read More →

Meet a Montrealer: André Ménard

Montréal International Jazz Festival co-founder and artistic director André Ménard has been one of the most influential figures on the Québécois artistic scene for over 30 years. Born in the working-class neighborhood of Tétreaultville in East-End Montréal, he began producing concerts as a student at Collège de Maisonneuve. Montréal’s jazz festival – which Ménard co-founded with Alain Simard in 1980 – has become the largest and most important festival in Canada, drawing more than two million spectators each summer to some 150 indoor ticketed shows and over 350 free outdoor concerts. On top of that, Ménard attends over 300 concerts around the world every year. What is your favourite memory in the history of the Montréal International Jazz Festival? Ella Fitzgerald singing Summertime as her closing song the last time she was here in 1987. What is the craziest moment in the history of the Montréal International Jazz Festival? A man had a heart attack right in front of the main outdoor stage at the end of the 1980s. We were very sad to see a person die at the festival. Later that night we found out he had been revived by the paramedics en route to the hospital. Why did… / Read More →

Fun activities for Easter Weekend

Easter Weekend in Montréal is a veritable fountain of fun and surprises. To usher in this sweet spring holiday, we’ve collected a basketful of great ideas to choose from. Herein, things to see and do for the young and old, traditional and trendy, and whether you want to do it relaxed and serene or bust out with a party. Have fun with the whole family (wee ones, especially) Take the kids to see the furry and feathered animals at the Ecomuseum Zoo and go on its cool egg hunt. The fun includes a traditional Easter Egg Fishing activity and the chance to meet the Easter Bunny, who will be handing out chocolates for everyone. April 4 and 5. The Dufresne-Nincheri Museum, for its part, invites little guys to take part in its annual Easter egg hunt in its garden. The package also includes a chance to win prizes, plus a guided tour of this little jewel of a museum. April 4 and 5. Sugar shack it with the best of ‘em Nothing says spring is here quite like sugar shacking. Getting your maple fix can be done in two ways: You can tap into the deliciousness at an array of… / Read More →

Some of MTL à TABLE’s most romantic restaurants

October 30th marks the beginning of the 11-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, $29 or $39. 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…

Celebrate cuisine at Montréal en lumière 2014

The 15th edition of Montréal en Lumière is taking place from February 20 to March 2, 2014. To celebrate this momentous occasion, the gastronomy program will be shining the spotlight on Montreal as a featured city…