A beautiful day in Montréal calls for renting a bike and cycling along the Lachine Canal – and perhaps a little picnic by the water? One of my favourite places to pick up lunch fixings is Terrines & Pâtés in Atwater market. For me, it’s a summer must. For you, it’s a chance to try French food in the most casual of settings (your picnic blanket, that is).
Terrines & Pâtés is a carnivore’s paradise. They’ve got foie gras, roast beef, and a wide selection of terrines and pâtés made with local game meat. Try caribou with fig and port, venison and hazelnut, or pheasant and mango. They also sell French dry sausage (my mouth is watering).
Now, if you ask the staff, they’ll explain what the difference is between a terrine and a pâté, but I just know it’s all good. Really, really good.
To complete your meal, pick up a baguette, some fresh fruit and a yummy local cheese at one of the other stalls at the market. And voilà! You’ll be ready to break bread – or as we say here, casser la croûte! You can get plastic knifes and paper napkins at the bakery on the second floor of the market. Spilt the bread and spread the pâté or terrine thickly before chomping down.
Warning: Pâté and terrine is more filling than you think. Eat too much and you might just want to take a nap in the afternoon sun.
By the way, if you’re curious about bike rentals, rest assured that you can rent bikes in Old Montreal caroulemontreal.com and at Atwater Market mybicyclette.com. Montréal has also just adopted a public bike system called Bixi. To find our more about Bixi and biking along the Lachine Canal, check out Tamy’s video.
Terrines et Pâtés
138 Atwater Avenue, stall 7
Monday to Thursday 9 am to 7 pm
Friday 9 am to 8 pm
Saturday and Sunday 9 am to 5 pm