Tokinese soup, or better known as “Pho”, is a beef bone soup that’s been tended to for hours, mixed with a blend of ingredients like ginger, onions, clove, and cinnamon. Most common, it’s served with noodles, tender slices of beef, garnished with fresh bean sprouts, Thai basil and a blast of limejuice; it’s a warm hug in a bowl from your Vietnamese mother.
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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.
Probably the last thing chef Derek Damman would like to hear about his new restaurant Maison Publique, in the Plateau neighbourhood, is that it’s co-owned by British celeb-chef Jamie Oliver. Rightly so: the welcoming pub-like décor and the highly delicious and hearty dishes are all Damman’s doing. Oliver, his ex-boss and good friend, is a mere financial backer, who only visitted the place – and Montreal itself! – for the first time last Saturday.
For the first year, Taste MTL was a great success. Hope you had enjoyed it. Meanwhile next year edition, you can take a look at our recap video.
This past Saturday, FoodLab celebrated its first anniversary with a bang. There was a special festive menu, family, fans and colleagues, pretty lights, a ping-pong table and birthday cake.
Imagine how awesome it would be if someone told you that you’re most favorite thing in the world has an entire week dedicated to it. Although Shark Week already exists, you can imagine my excitement when I heard about Montreal’s first ever Restaurant Week.
When traveling to a new city – especially Montreal, extensive research is usually done to find great attractions, local museums, shows and or shopping. In such a metropolitan city the things to do are endless, but what lures most travelers to Montreal is the food.
It’s true that Montreal’s newest secret favourite restaurant is anything but a secret anymore. But while it’s tempting to relish the speakeasy vibe of Chuck Hughes’ beautiful basement Le Bremner, we really oughta share. Because a night out here spotlights something that makes this city great: Chuck Hughes—but not just his celeb factor, which is a little weird considering the chef-turned-TV-star still works the line in both his restaurants when he’s not off shooting his new TV show. Rather, go for the food and the vibe: Homey and inventive soul food, Montreal-style…
It’s almost like the farms and markets have been waiting all year to give us the meal we’ve been waiting for. There’s so much bounty in the harvest here, that a great meal can be made from fall in Montreal every day…
Poutine is a mix of french fries, gravy and cheese that has become, along with Smoked Meat and Bagels, one of the dishes most closely associated with Montreal. As such, the notion of who invented it and where you’ll find the city’s best version is still up for debate…