I love bread and I don’t know many people who don’t. Whether or not you subscribe to a new fashionable restrictive diet, or legitimately suffer from gluten sensitivity, chances are you got down and dirty with a steamy hot loaf at one point in your life. I once pounded down half a round of raisin challah from Hof Keslsten on the drive home without thinking twice about it. If you’re looking for challah to start Shabbat or a sweet loaf to spread your legs, here is a list of places that make fresh egg bread that you need to check out.
Trained chef that worked at some of the world’s most prestigious kitchens, Jeffrey Finkelstein brings his love of yeast-leven goodness back to Montreal. Pumping out challah so fast that they can’t slice it for you – the loaf is bigger than the slicer! – This spot on the main has achieved cult-like status amongst locals. Rumored top secret ingredient: celiac tears.
The only thing French about the place is the name. A straight up Jewish bakery known for their desserts and indiscriminate black and white cookies that exemplifies race relations Sienfeld would be proud of. Oh, and the challah of course.
4865 rue Sherbrooke
Amongst the trendy boutiques and coffee shops, the orange mommies of Westmount cop their Shabbat challah at Cavallaro’s. Owner and resident Instagram wizard Tony tantalizes your nose holes with the scent of egg bread baked daily.
4747 Van Horne
A pillar of the local Jewish community for all things kosher, this spot is usually the reason behind the row of double parked cars on Van Horne, corner Victoria. A family run business for over 20 years, the folks here know what the people want, and they want challah.
Snowdon Bakery products are found in most grocery stores, but why get prepackaged when you can go directly to the source. Located on a on the other side of the tracks in NDG, the spot has a rad baking motif mural on the side of the building. If all else fails, follow your nose.
Homemade Kosher Bakery
6915, av Querbes
Serving the Kosher community for over 30 years, the fine people at Homemade Kosher Bakery make six different kinds of challah for all your challah-ing needs. From pan challah, “special twist” to “Big sweet challah” (which coincidentally is my middle name) they’ve got it.
Kosher Quality Bakery
When the P. Minny drops by your spot for the community outreach portion of his campaign, your challah game better be on point.
La Maison Onyx is a pop-up that will run between July and October, giving marginalized chefs a stage to showcase their culinary expertise. Up first is Saint-Henri's Tropikàl Restobar, a Caribbean and Afro-Latin restaurant, which will be there from July 7 to July 27.
Tropikàl will be followed by Maquis Yasolo, an Afro-Québécoise restaurant in Saint-Henri. Later, MasterChef Canada’s Marissa Leon-John of Elle Jay’s Private Dining and Afro-Vegan chef Evy Mendes of Cantine Toca Toca will be serving up delicious eats.
La Maison Onyx is an initiative by DESTA Food, a Black youth network and non-profit business incubator for Black businesses.
According to a DESTA Food statement, La Maison Onyx will feature street food-style menus using local Quebec products, chef-led market tours at Jean-Talon Market, and on-site food demonstrations.
More chefs and Montreal restaurants will be announced in the coming weeks and months.
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MTLàTABLE is back with set menus at your favourite eateries!
MTLàTABLE is back this year, and around 100 Montreal restaurants are participating in the city-wide food festival between June and October. You can get three-course meals at some of the city's best eateries starting at $20.
MTLàTABLE has revamped its format for 2021 complete with table d'hôte menus, fresh local produce and prizes you can win for simply dining out.
Each meal you buy at the festival's participating restaurants makes you eligible to win one of five weekly draw prizes like a $50 SAQ gift card and a $75 pre-paid VISA card to spend at the participating restaurants.
There are also eight 'Food & Fun Packages' to be won throughout the event, which include two nights in a Montreal hotel.
All you have to do is scan a restaurant's QR code every time you visit to earn a 'fork' and participate in the weekly draw.
This year's edition of the festival will also focus on fresh seasonal harvests in Quebec, with recipes tailored to in-season produce.
In June and July, restaurants will serve dishes with beets from the Montérégie region, strawberries from Île d’Orléans and raspberries from the Eastern Townships, as well as broccoli from the Capitale-Nationale region, zucchini from the Laurentians and other green vegetables from Quebec.
In August, field tomatoes, leeks, blueberries, and green beans from across the province — from Bas-Saint-Laurent to Lanaudière — will adorn restaurant plates across Montreal.
In September and October, the fall harvest begins, and restaurants will serve soups and stews that include Quebec carrots, morels, oyster mushrooms, eggplants and acorn squash.
Autumn brings the return of apples to Quebec orchards, and restaurants will make use of locally-grown apples on their dishes toward the end of the festival.
The restaurant is owned by two Quebec brothers of Haitian origin, Akim Acacia and Abdel Acacia. The owners say the idea for Piklìz restaurant started after they held "a big outdoor cookout in Angrignon park and more than 100 people fell in love with [Abdel's] food that day."
The $39 option offers two Haitian pâtés, the choice of two dishes between a wrap, poutine or eight wings, two sides of either a mac n' cheese, a large salade, a large bowl of rice or plantains and guacamole, plus a final choice between two hibiscus lemonades or two desserts.
The other option, which is $49 for two people, comes with more typical Haitian food, including poul griyé, shwimps, Haitian pâtés and griyo. You get the choice of two sides from the list above as well, plus two hibiscus lemonades and two desserts.