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Great places to eat in HoMa before visiting the Olympic Park

Whether you’re heading to Space for Life to see the Botanical Garden with friends, checking out one of the big events held at the Olympic Stadium, or taking your kids to the Biodôme to say hello to the animals, chances are you’re going to want to grab a bite before or after your visit. Space for Life is in a mostly residential area and finding grub can be tricky, so it helps if you know your way around. The good news is that Hochelaga-Maisonneuve has numerous places to eat. And most of them are located near Pie-IX Metro station—within five minutes by car or bus, or 10 minutes on foot. What better way to work up an appetite than a little exercise and fresh air? A restaurant to check out on Pierre-De Coubertin Avenue Café InVivo  – 4545 Pierre-de-Coubertin Avenue If you don’t want to stray too far from the Olympic Park and Space for Life, pop into Café InVivo for a delicious sandwich, loaded bagel, soup or salad. Top off your meal with a decadent brownie and coffee. The establishment promotes local businesses and fair trade, so you’ll also find some local products here like Bec Cola. First Fridays… / Read More →

Our cheeses highlight menus at MTLàTABLE

November 3 to 13 marks the fifth edition of Montréal’s restaurant week, better known as MTLàTABLE. For 10 days, 150 restaurants right across the city highlight signature table d’hôte menus at three tempting prices: $21, $31 and $41. This year, Our Cheeses organized a recipe contest among the participating restaurants to come up with an original recipe featuring local cheeses.  Fifteen winners were chosen and their cheese-centric creations will be highlighted on their respective menus throughout the week. Here are some cheesy creations to keep your eye out for this year at MTLàTABLE! Restaurant Chez Lévêque This Outremont Parisian-styled brasserie specializes in French classics and has been a neighbourhood favourite since 1972. Their Our Cheese contest winner is a savory rendition of a mille feuille – a layered beet mille feuille, with Bleu Bénédictin cheese, walnuts and greens. Restaurant de l’Institut Restaurant de l’Institute is the training restaurant of the students from the Institut de tourisme et d’hôtellerie du Québec (ITHQ). Under the helm of Chef Mathias Théau, their cheese-related dish comes as a braised veal shank, butternut squash, roasted cipollini onions, romanesco broccoli topped with shavings of Canotier de l’Isle cheese. Gagnant du concours #fromagedici pour #mtlatable #crispy #maki… / Read More →

Let’s brunch for #MTLaTABLE!

More than 150 restaurants will be participating in this fourth edition of MTL à TABLE from October 29 to November 8, 2015. Each year, this most anticipated food festivals brings fixed price, 3-course menus to the table as well as a slew of food related activities such as gourmet excursions through Montreal, a wine and chocolate tasting or a Relais & Châteaux experience featuring restaurants Toqué! and Europea. For this year’s fourth edition, MTL à TABLE is adding one more delicious activity to its repertoire: brunch! There’s nothing Montrealers love more than indulging in a leisurely weekend brunch with loved ones. Twenty of Montréal’s hottest brunch restaurants are offering $21 brunch menus in honour of MTL à TABLE. Whether you’re in the mood for a full Turkish breakfast from BarBounya or restaurant Su, a more elegant affair from EVOO, LiliCo or Brasserie T! or a heartier offer from Le Valois or Les Affamés, you are sure to find a perfect fit among the brunch restaurants listed below. Click on the restaurant’s name to reserve your MTL à TABLE brunch spot now. ACE Deli et Bar Au Petit Extra Barbounya Beaver Hall Brasserie Central Brasserie Le Pois Penché Brasserie T! Chez… / 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 →

TASTE MTL 2013: Late Night Menus

If you haven’t already heard the news, the second edition of TASTE MTL takes place November 1-11, showcasing over 100 restaurants around Montreal featuring signature fixed price and table d’hote menus. Late night diners can now take part in the culinary party, as the 2013 edition of this restaurant week sees the addition of a late night menu by a handful a restaurants…