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Eat in style in Montréal at these designer restaurants and cafés

Ten years ago, UNESCO deemed Montréal a City of Design. Cheers to that! The anniversary is the perfect opportunity to raise a glass to some of places that give this stylish city its tone, starting with this year’s winners of the Grand Prix du Design Montréalais in the food category. We’re talking cafés, restaurants, shops and bakeries that delight not only the taste buds, but also the eyes. What are you waiting for? Go get a taste now! Pâtisserie Petit Lapin – 342 Victoria Avenue Architecture Open Form used paper cupcake wrappers as the inspiration for their design of this sweet Westmount pâtisserie. The space is subdivided into sections with zigzagging flexible partitions made of see-through white polyethylene, which make visual homage to cupcake wrappers while giving the space a chic white-washed look. The play of light on all the surfaces (including the quartz counters) is sheer beauty, and the pastel accents come in to add the touch of fun—like sprinkles on a vanilla birthday cake. Le Richmond Marché Italien – 333 Richmond Street With its exposed wood, brick walls, wrought iron dividers and marble tabletops, this luxurious Italian food market designed by Luc Laroche showcases the food against a sophisticated… / Read More →

Montréal restaurants shine on Canada’s 100 Best for 2016

Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants list for 2016 was revealed yesterday. Congratulations to all 100 restaurants and most specifically, to the 23 Montréal restaurants that have made it onto this most prestigious lineup. No. 1: Toqué! – 900 Place Jean-Paul Riopelle Chef Normand Laprise’s avant-garde thinking fueled ingredient-driven cuisine in Montréal. He has managed to stay on top of his game – and indeed, ahead of it – for the past 20 years. No. 4: Joe Beef – 2491 Notre Dame Street West Chefs David McMillan and Fred Morin’s little restaurant has become synonymous with Montréal cuisine and has put the city on the culinary map. No. 5: Le Vin Papillon – 2519 Notre Dame Street West Joe Beef’s vegetable-centric little sister is helmed by Chef Marc-Olivier Frappier and boasts one of the most impressive wine lists in Montréal curated by sommelier and co-owner Vanya Filipovic. No. 19: Park – 378 Victoria Avenue Chef Antonio Park serves some of the freshest sushi in town, prepared in a traditional way but with the chef’s Argentinian and Korean roots peeking through from time to time. No. 20: Bouillon Bilk – 1595 Saint-Laurent Boulevard Chef François Nadon’s precise cuisine and focus on high quality… / Read More →

A selection of Montréal’s latest, hottest restaurant openings

Are you finding it hard to keep up with restaurant openings in Montréal? We have a handy list of the last months’ openings for you to check off here below. Bon appétit! The Center: Downtown, Old Montréal & Mile End Lattuca Barbecue (open since September) – 15 de la Commune Street West An authentic southern style barbecue joint, Lattuca Barbecue is helmed by pitmaster John Lattuca and serves up all your favourites from smoked chicken to what has been dubbed as the best brisket in town. Chez Jerry (open since October) – 1083 Beaver Hall hill Chez Jerry is a “casse-croûte du terroir” by Jérôme Ferrer, one of the most celebrated chefs in Montréal. It serves well made, traditional Québécois comfort food such as burgers, poutine, fish & chips, chicken nuggets and lobster rolls. Jellyfish crudo + charbon (open since November) – 626 Marguerite d’Youville Street The duality between raw and charred dishes reigns supreme at this new Old Montréal restaurant. The immense windows, high ceilings, beautiful shimmering chandeliers and central bar create a stunning décor and set the stage for the creative menu. Bar Henrietta (open since December) – 115 Laurier Avenue West The owners of Balsam Inn, Whisky… / Read More →

Get a room: private dining options in Montréal restaurants

It goes without saying that holiday meals full of merriment taste better when you’re surrounded by the ones you love and care about. The season of sparkle is quickly approaching and group dinner plans are inevitable. Whether it’s an intimate gathering of friends and family or if you’re in town with the gang and looking for a special place to eat, here are some places in town that offer private dining options for holiday times around the table . Restaurant L’Autre Version  – 295 Saint-Paul Street East L’Autre Version is your “bistronomic” getaway in the heart of the Old Port. Focused on local products treated with creativity and infused with international influences, Executive Chef Samuel Sauvé-Lamothe’s menu entices all palates and appetites—and is accentuated by an award-winning wine list. Their private dining room accommodates a seated dinner party or cocktails and canapés all with a magnificent view of the old city, Saint-Paul Street and the famous Marché Bonsecours. Branzino – 1800 Sherbrooke Street West A great dining experience is a simple of equation of food, atmosphere and service—a balance that the team at Branzino achieves proudly. A menu that features creative and not overly complicated dishes will wow you and… / Read More →

Meet a Montrealer: Julie Gilbert, Owner of Ô Deux Sœurs

Special collaboration with Florence Gagnon, president and founder of Lez Spread the Word Ô Deux Sœurs (which loosely translates as “At the two sisters”) is a restaurant, a caterer and an organic grocery store that has hung out its shingle on Rosemont Boulevard for five years now. Owner Julie Gilbert and her team have made it their mission to continually reinvent the pleasures of eating, adding a philanthropic twist by offering their customers quality food at affordable prices. With its “comfort food” style cuisine using local products, Ô Deux Sœurs also offers vegetarian, organic and gluten-free variations on its menu. On weekdays, you can select from the table d’hôte menu for lunch and dinner. On weekends, the restaurant serves up a sumptuous gourmet brunch. You’ll also find a list of delicious sandwiches, salads, desserts and beverages that are served all day long. As well, their new selection of coffee and a variety of prepared meals are always available on-site. For the past two years, the restaurant has been on a roll – literally – with the Ô Sœurs Volantes food truck, which dishes out equal parts salads in tortillas, meatball dishes and satisfied smiles. Ô Sœurs Volantes hits the road… / Read More →

A guide to Montréal’s must-see neighbourhoods: Part 1

Every enclave of Montréal has its glittering highlights and its open secrets – in Part 1 of our guide, we look at Old Montréal, Griffintown, Little Burgundy, Saint-Henri and Verdun – from restaurants to historical sites, shopping to outdoor adventure, each of the city’s neighbourhoods has something unique to offer. Old Montréal Vieux-Montréal represents the city’s historical heart, yet boasts plenty of modern flare, especially among its boutique hotels and creative eateries. Tread the cobblestone streets past centuries-old architecture to visit museums, cathedrals and art galleries, walk along the Port of Montréal on the St. Lawrence River, dine at heavenly restaurants and charming cafes, relax at a bar or a luxurious spa, go shopping for high-fashion by local and international designers, or wonderfully kitschy souvenirs, take a horse-drawn carriage ride, and see live music and more on the bustling streets. Griffintown In the past few years, some of the city’s hottest restaurants, bars and art galleries have popped up in Griffintown, just south of downtown, joining antique shops and historical sites to heighten the profile of the growing neighbourhood. On the foodie front, breweries and cafés rub shoulders with fine dining and cocktail lounges. One of the city’s larger commercial gallery spaces,… / Read More →

All you can eat buffets in Montréal

Amidst the thousands of restaurants in the city that offer the very best of Québecois terroir cuisine lead by kitchen teams and international award winning chefs, whether we all admit to it or not, everyone holds a soft spot in their heart for a banging all you can eat buffet. Pavillon 67 (1 Du Casino Avenue) If a more western style all you can eat buffet is more your style, be sure to visit Pavillon 67 located in the iconic Casino de Montréal, and headed by Jean-Pierre Curtat. Enjoy the buffet formula of “abundance” and “gourmet” with breathtaking views of the St. Lawrence seaway and skyline of the city. The concept of Pavillon 67 is that most of the buffet food is prepared in front of the guest – a rotisserie station sees whole roasted turkeys and chicken carved to order, as well as succulent whole-roasts sliced to perfection. Pavillion 67 also offers a brunch buffet on weekends. Jardin De Jade Poon Kai Restauran (67 De la Gauchetière Street West) What’s a Chinatown without the quintessential Chinese buffet? Rows upon rows of steam tables with trays of classic and non-traditional Chinese dishes; Jardin De Jade Poon Kai Restaurant offers all your favourite Cantonese, Szechuan… / Read More →

Montréal celebrates food all year round

[Updated on March 14, 2016] Montrealers love to celebrate anything and everything, especially food and drink. Here are the top 19 food events that you need to look out for! First Fridays (Annually from May to October) Join the fleet of Montréal food trucks every first Friday of the summer and autumn months at the Esplanade Sun Life at the Olympic Park, from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. for some awesome open air eats. Montréal Oysterfest (Annually in August) A weekend-long festival that brings together some of the city’s finest restaurants and bars to celebrate our all-time favourite bivalve mollusc, the oyster. Omnivore Food Festival (Annually in August) In collaboration with the SAT (Society for Arts and Technology), the Omnivore World Tour returns every year in the month of August to discuss and demonstrate trends and innovative techniques by world-renowned chefs. YUL EAT (September 3-4-5, 2016) YUL EAT is not only a “food festival” but also a celebration of all aspects of gastronomy featuring wine tastings, celebrity chef cooking demonstrations, food vendors, family activities and a fleet of food trucks. Le Burger Week (Annually in September) Initiated by the same people who bring you La Poutine Week, Le Burger Week features over 30 restaurants… / Read More →

Top Montréal restaurants for the gourmet traveller

Some people eat to live and some live to eat. This list is for the latter: those who are driven by the decadent pleasure of discovering new gourmand destinations and enjoying delectable gastronomic experiences. For fine dining par excellence: Restaurant Toqué!  Chef Normand Laprise’s cuisine – the very one that started the Montréal food revolution – will leave you speechless and wanting more. For a European feel: Europea A fine Relais & Châteaux dining experience to be enjoyed in the heart of Montréal’s downtown core. For a bit of romance: Chez L’Épicier A fine dining establishment with a touch of whimsy, the charming Chez L’Épicier is located inside a beautiful old stone building in Old Montréal. The chocolate club sandwich for dessert is a must. For those who want to see and be seen: Pastaga Star chef Martin Juneau’s food draws admiring crowds in and the casual yet dazzling food keeps them coming back for more. For the sweet tooth: Patrice Pâtissier Here, you can end a great and delicate dinner with one of Patrice Demers’ scrumptious desserts. For the foie gras enthusiasts: La Chronique This is where you go for the best foie gras in Montréal, and keep returning… / Read More →

Best traditional Quebecois Cuisine in Montreal

Montreal has always been considered the crossroads of the old and new world, a place where tradition meets avant-garde in all aspects of culture, joie de vivre and, most importantly, food. Scattered around the city are a handful of restaurants that not only focus on local terroir cuisine, but offer a nod to the province’s culinary heritage…