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Spotlight on new Québec cuisine: five excellent picks

The first time you set foot in Québec, the clichés about its cuisine abound. Montréal, mecca of poutine, beaver tails and pâté chinois. A paradise where rich dishes and heaping plates help protect you from the cold? Perhaps. But this description feels a little overcooked. And ever since Toqué—the restaurant that redefined Québec cuisine—opened its doors, the culinary scene continues to chart daring and creative new territory, so much so that the Omnivore food festival has been firing up Foodlab for the past three years now. Who are the chefs to watch? The restaurants not to miss during your next visit to Montréal? Our recommendations: Manitoba Manitoba is situated smack dab in the middle of the Mile Ex industrial district, in an up-and-coming neighbourhood that’s very popular among Montrealers. This delightful rustic-chic restaurant, which takes a walk on wild side, boasts a menu entirely dedicated to Québec terroir cuisine and feels entirely one-of-a-kind. The restaurant, created by the design firm La Firme, ushers the flora and fauna of Québec to its open kitchen past a slender dark wood bar and an intricate cedar ceiling. It’s pleasing to the eye, friendly and accessible. The menu changes according to product availability. Go… / 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…

10 Delicious Montreal Food Experiences

Fresh ingredients, cozy eateries, late nights and good company are all part of Montreal’s culinary culture. Try these local favorites to please your taste buds and feed your joie de vivre. Warning, the names might not roll off your tongue…

PASTAGA WELCOMES TOP CANADIAN CHEFS TO THEIR ROYAL CANADIAN MONDAY

The Canadian Mondays events are a brilliant idea by Pastaga chef Martin Juneau who decided to use his restaurant as a window to introduce some of Canada’s most talented chefs to our fair city. The first Canadian Monday event took place at Pastaga on December 3, 2012 with guest chef Marc Lépine from Ottawa restaurant Atelier…

FIVE MONTREAL HARVEST PLATES

It’s harvest time again in Montreal, the maple leaves have turned and leaf peepers crown the country roads on weekends, mixing with the trucks that bring the produce in to stock the cold rooms of the city’s top artisans. This is perhaps the season when our culinary uniqueness is the most obvious. The thing is, we have the same crops here as do many cities in our latitude – mushrooms, greens, tomatoes, squash – and yet our chefs always find new and ever more appealing ways to showcase the season’s bounty.