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Don’t whine, have wine! 10 places to drink up in Montréal

Wine is in Montréal’s blood, partly because it’s a bacchanalian sort of party town, partly because of its French heritage. But restaurants and wine bars go way beyond the limits of the Old Country today, with private-import wine lists from around the globe that inspire both oenophiles and weekend tipplers to open their minds and palettes. Here are some awesome spots to clink glasses. Philémon Bar The wine list at this stylish hangout may be short, but it hits all the marks and offers 16 choices by glass, plus it pairs perfectly with the tasty dishes so beloved by the hungry crowd of Old Montréal partyers. Try the beef tartare with smoked jalapeno sauce with a 2013 Pot d’vache Gamay from the Loire Valley. Cul-Sec Named after the French expression for “down the hatch,” this small wine hub in Little Italy invites people to take their organic, natural and artisanal wines to go (with a meal), or to sit down for a glass and a deceptively simple plateful of deliciousness, ranging from satisfying salads to decadent sandwiches (the boneless BBQ rib bun is not to be missed). Le Comptoir Nestled in a narrow storefront on the Plateau, this “comptoir à… / 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 →

5 Montreal wine bars with great menus

For the past few years, Montreal has seen the proliferation of the wine bar concept, where one can discover some great bottles or revisit favourite ones. Most of these wine bars offer a list comprising of predominantly private imports and quite a few of them have chosen to work with natural, organic and/or biodynamic products…