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Preview of the 2016 Edition of MTLàTABLE – Montréal’s Restaurant Week

This year marks the fifth edition of MTLàTABLE – Montréal’s Restaurant Week – which will be taking place November 3-13, 2016. This year’s edition is presented in collaboration with Les vins du Languedoc and will see 150 participating restaurants, offering a 3-course, $21, $31 and $41 set price evening menu. As for all you night owls out there, late night $21 menus are also back at some of the participating restaurants. This is a tasty opportunity for all food-lovers to go on a delicious discovery of several Montréal restaurants or revisit favourites at an affordable price. Whether you’re feeling romantic, want to revisit your favourite spot, need to book a family restaurant or organize an outing with friends, MTLàTABLE’s participating restaurants will have something to offer everyone. Brunches are back! Montrealers’ favourite weekend activity–brunch!– is back as an integral part of the MTLàTABLE programme for the second year. Participating restaurants will offer a $15 brunch menu giving you the chance to ease into the weekend with tasty egg Benedicts or a stack of crispy waffles.  A few restaurants that don’t normally offer weekend brunches will be doing so for MTLàTABLE so you’ll also have the opportunity to taste some unique… / Read More →

NEW TOQUÉ! COOKBOOK CHRONICLES QUEBEC GASTRONOMY

It took chef Normand Laprise close to 20 years to decide to write a cookbook and 3 years to put the finishing touches on the Toqué! book, which is coming out in English on November 28th. The most famous of Quebec chefs didn’t take the easy way out by writing a straightforward cookbook. The Toqué! Creators of a new Quebec gastronomy book is first and foremost, an ode to all the artisans who have contributed on a daily basis in making Toqué! the best restaurant in Quebec for the past 20 years.

CHICAGO’S TOP CHEF CHARLIE TROTTER IN MONTREAL TO HONOUR NORMAND LAPRISE

It seems to be the thing, these days, to see celebrities flying in, making a splash, and flying out. Jean Paul Gaultier, überchef Gordon Ramsay – who’s opening a restaurant in town in February! – and also…. Charlie Trotter, who’s a veritable culinary legend in Chicago, where his restaurant Charlie Trotter’s has been among the highest-rated for as long as there have been reputable restaurant guides. And yes, we spoke to him, too.

F BAR AND BRASSERIE T!: THE TWO HOTTEST NEW RESTOS IN TOWN

Montreal may not be New York, with dozens of media-crazed chefs and restaurateurs, but it has a vibrant yet easy-to-grasp restaurant scene, with a handful of true restaurant-world stars. Locals know them on a one-name basis: Picard. McMillan. Chuck. Ferreira. Laprise. These are some of the biggies. But more on this later…

BUSINESS BLACKBOOK: WHERE TO EAT YOUR NEXT POWER LUNCH

Toqué is arguably Montreal’s most revered restaurant. It is a white tablecloth institution that has long been known for its fabulous service, contemporary décor, and extraordinary tasting menus. I’ve celebrated some special occasions here, including a very romantic Valentine’s Day dinner. (Note to any gentlemen readers: My date got bonus points for having superb taste in venues.)