The Easter bunny may have come and gone, but that doesn’t mean that sweets aren’t made available to us in Montreal 365 days a year. No one can deny that as a people, each and every one of us shares the middle name “sweet tooth”. Whether it is for an afternoon affair, capping off a meal or a midnight snack, we’ve got plenty of restaurants, patisseries, and gelateries all ready to serves us up some deliciously delectable and, of course, sweet treats. So, whip out your spoons and be sure to try some of the best this city has to offer!
It might have been all the rage last summer, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t still worth a recommendations. This half croissant, half doughnut, is dessert hybrid gold. Sweet, sweet custard is delicately piped in between the layers of flaky pastry goodness. Its soft interior is heavenly contrasted by the sugary and crunchy exterior. All this naturally comes together with the frying oil. MmMm gooood.There is nothing I love more than a crispy flaky pastry. Imagine yourself unwinding with a bowl-sized latte paired with a bite-sized treat whose buttery shell is filled with warm vanilla custard. You’ll feel transported to Lisboa as you bite into one. These traditional Portuguese tarts are utterly irresistible.The name alone should get you to want to go and have one. This will be mouthful after mouthful of a sinfully sweet dessert alone, with a date or with friends. The fact that it is so visually appealing adds to its flavor. The molasses and peanut coated popcorn overflowing from the top and spilling over onto the plate underneath, the mixture of crunchy, sticky and sweet all make for the perfect combination.When two of the greatest Italian products are served together how could you go wrong? A meal and a dessert in one is a recipe for sweet satisfaction. Their wood burning oven creates one of the sweetest and succulent pies. This may be the sweet tooth’s holy grail when it is paired with the delicious hazelnut spread, one of Italy’s greatest exports, Ferrero’s Nutella. It might be just like your Gigia makes! Milos has been a fixture on Montreal's restaurant scene for over three decades, so if anyone is going to tell you about good baklava it might as well be these guys. If you’re looking to just make a quick stop by a bakery you may want to try either Afroditi or Efes. Let them fight it out like the Spartans and embrace the ways of Bacchus and appreciate them all!Tucked away in Montreal’s Little Italy is famous for their Sicilian cannoli. But while you’re in there you might as well indulge in any number of their flaky ricotta filled goods, like their lobster tails or even a sfogliatelle… or two!What dessert list wouldn’t come equipped with a recommendation of a good old fashioned Jewish bakery? Nothing fills the stomach with more love than with babka still warm from straight out of the oven.From the kitchen to your hands, grab any one of the lovingly made home style cupcakes, cakes and cookies by Ontario born Reema Singh. While you may not ask to lick the icing off her whisks, you’ll be licking your fingers clean with one her delightfully sweet cupcakes.
If the rich opulent meal filled with foie gras isn’t enough, then you’ll definitely have room for one of their equally decadent desserts. While this one is probably one of their more subdued, it is no less tasty.
Kitchenette's sticky toffee pudding sundae with Cracker Jacks
Since summer is right around the corner what better dessert only place to suggest than one that serves up ice cream? Here you’ll find a full menu of rich and flavorful ice cream to match every one of your taste buds. They even make one hell of an ice cream cupcake made with a thin layer of vanilla cake, a layer of sorbet and decorated with either one of their ice creams or sorbets.
Between enjoying yummy food, sitting outside in nature (after being stuck inside all winter) and spending time with loved ones, it's no surprise why picnics have become a summer staple in Montreal. This has been especially true during the pandemic.
The team started doing these picnics during the pandemic after years of visitors coming to the orchard and asking to explore the grounds.
They offer monthly menus based on what's in season on the farm and in the area, packed in a beautiful picnic basket that you can take anywhere on the property, whether it's on the tables and chairs scattered throughout the rows of apple trees or on your own picnic blanket.
We booked for five of us to go to celebrate lots of birthdays this month. I went for the first time last year in October, so it's no surprise the menu was different in July — lots of fresh veggies, cold dishes and light sauces, but there was one thing that was consistent: the UNBELIEVABLY fresh quality.
For July, the chicken was the only hot dish, so we decided to eat that first, and let me tell you, it was probably one of the best chicken dishes I've ever had IN MY LIFE. It was quite reminiscent of a Thanksgiving turkey in a light, yet creamy gravy and I could have easily had a whole basket of it.
We then moved onto a veggie sandwich. If you know me, you know I'm a mega-fan of sandwiches. I couldn't decide which was better: the fresh veggies or the fluffiest, doughiest bread that tasted like it was pulled out of the oven five minutes earlier. The rest of the menu was filled with lots of great dishes like salads, porchetta, cold soups, and some fish, too.
Of course, there's always a sweet treat to end off the meal. This month's menu included a fruit shortcake. I'm not much of a shortcake person, but this was honestly so light and delectable that I think I may be one now.
It was such a great day on the farm that we didn't want to go home. It's only 40 minutes outside of the city and felt like a much-needed escape from the hustle and bustle. At $80 per basket (a basket is made for two people), it was actually great value for money and I cannot wait to see what's on the menu next month!
Actually, no. It's creeping ever closer, and if you're planning on actually getting a reservation, then you've got to act quick. If you're a little lost as to where, exactly, you should be making said reservations... well, no worries. I've got you covered.
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1. Take your girlfriend to Milos for Valentine's Day
This Plateau Greek restaurant is actually what dreams are made of. The space is beautiful and the food is delicious; and they offer a late night menu that's less expensive, so no matter what, this spot is a great Valentine's Day option.
Alright, what do you get when you combine awesome service, delicious food, and an incredibly intimate atmosphere? You get La Chronique. This Plateau restaurant is known for being super high-class, so if you and your Valentine's Day date want that sort of vibe, then you know exactly where you need to go.
Situated in Montreal's Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Maison Boulud is classy, intimate, popular, and perfect for Valentine's Day. Also, protip: they serve one seriously awesome brunch, in case you want to spice things up a little bit.
This high-class Mexican restaurant located in the Old Port is 100% sure to impress your Valentine's Day date. It blends a classy atmosphere with a super fun, trendy vibe; their drinks are amazing; and their menu is full of new, awesome takes on traditional Mexican dishes.
Moleskine is a restaurant situated in Montreal's Plateau... and literally, it's a mix of everything. Pizzeria, snack bar, gourmet restaurant, and overall awesome spot, there's something here to please everyone, making it a sure bet for you and your date.
Honestly, if you want a spot that combines delicious food (lobster risotto, anyone?) with a mindblowing vibe, look no further. Le Serpent combines awesome dishes with a beautiful decor and trendy-yet-intimate feel, making it one of the perfect spots to book for Valentine's Day.
The perfect word to sum up this West Island restaurant? Impressive. The decor is gorgeous, and is a sure way to take your date's breath away; and the food? Yeah. The food is the stuff legit dreams are made of.
If you and bae love oysters almost as much as you love each other, then you're going to fall head over heels for Le Filet. Specializing in French cuisine, this restaurant makes some seriously delicious oysters, dressed with maple jalapeno and miso au gratin.
Although Bord'Elle is more of a bar/eatery than a straight-up restaurant, you still absolutely should take your date here for Valentine's Day. Not only can you fill up on delicious food like beef tataki and raw scallops, but you can also dance the night away in this super fun setting.
It might sound a little too early to start planning the PERFECT Valentine's Day Date but let's be honest, IT'S NEVER TOO EARLY! In fact, if you are planning to make restaurant reservations then you better start booking. To help you guys out, I have composed a list of all the places she REALLY wants you to take her to for Valentine's Day.
There is a place on this list for every date or girlfriend that I guarantee you will be able to find the perfect spot RIGHT AWAY! So, make sparks fly and fall more in love on Valentine's day this year with that extra special someone. Be sure to spoil them and dish out some cash!
For some delicious white wine and some fabulous food as you eat under the lights, I recommend looking into Jatoba. Jatoba is a gorgeous garden terrasse where you can enjoy inspired classic Japanese and Chinese dishes made by their chef, Olivier Vigneault. This is an A1 Valentine's day dinner!
For some really fresh and local ingredients, Les Coups 400 is definitely the place to be! They offer St-Pierre Lake catfish, rabbit from Besnier Farm, and duck magret from La Canardière Farm. You can order a five-course tasting menu for $75 (an extra $45 for wine pairings)! You and your date will be falling in love with.. THE FOOD!
For a vegetarian or vegan Valentine date, I suggest treating them to Lola Rosa! Here they can enjoy delightful dishes of salsas and Mexican-inspired treats! Your special someone will absolutely love it.
This is the perfect restaurant for some delicious steaks! Queue de Cheval is fancy and serves upscale food that is perfect to impress that special someone of yours. The food is to die for and the service is superb! So get fancy and be prepared for an amazing Valentines day.
Headed by chef Jérôme Ferrer, Europea offers a French dining experience that is truly like no other.Their signature 12-course tasting menu is $120 of pure lovely food. This is a perfect location to pretend like you are in Paris on Valentine's day with that extra special someone.
Ranked as one of the top 100 restaurants in the world, this is the place where you must take your date to make it official! You can even try their tasting menu that will let you sample the best dishes for $129. There’s even a wine-pairing option but this will cost you about $200.
Milos is a superb restaurant for traditional Greek food. It is honestly gorgeous and the food is to die for! They offer a raw fish buffet and their specialised dish is fried zucchini and eggplant, IT’S SO GOOD and perfect for Valentine's day!
Takumi Fusion Asiatique Sushi is great for all you can eat sushi! This restaurant specialises, not only in sushi, but also in tropical sushi pizza, featuring mango and crab; grilled tilapia; and lamb yakitori. This is a great way to show “the one” your fun and fishy side on Valentine's day.
For a truly fantastic date where you spend a couple of bills on the one, I recommend looking into Le Club Chasse et Pêche! They are most known for their superb braised piglet risotto with foie gras, an appetiser that will impress your special someone. They are also known for their roasted duck (served with sour cherries in a balsamic sauce) and the “The Bomb” desert, (a caramel chocolate tart with 80& chocolate sorbet).
For some delicious seafood options – such as platters, shrimp, oysters, lobsters, crabs, and scallop, I suggest checking out Maestro S.V.P. It is the perfect location where you and your special someone can dress up and enjoy some lovely seafood. It really is a great Valentine's day spot for you and your girlfriend or boyfriend!
HVOR is one of Montreal’s best-rated restaurants! Not only is the food amazing, but it is stunning and it is the perfect location for you date to enjoy some gourmet food. The ambience is very modern and classy so it’s a great location to make the final move in your relationship.
ChuChai is a great vegetarian restaurant that serves delicious foods that also promotes vegan delights. Not only is this restaurant charming AF, their dishes are great even if you aren’t a vegetarian. This is a great place for you both to try something new on Valentine's day.
Joe Beef is known to be one of Montreal’s culinary gems! This is perfect for a first date since the atmosphere is super chill while the dishes are out of this world! So, you don't have to eat fancy to dine as a king and queen! Everything is fresh and prepared by experts.
For a chic and classy time at an extraordinary wine and dine restaurant, I recommend taking your date to Tandem on Valentine's day. This lovely restaurant is perfect for a sweet and simple first date that you can both enjoy. I mean doesn’t the food look just amazing?
This Ahuntsic restaurant is classy and honestly delicious! They offer upscale dishes that pair perfectly with your reds and white wines! This is honestly a perfect location for a first date and to really impress that special someone. You can stuff your faces and break the ice over some wine!
For an upscale dinner date with divine French cuisine, I suggest going to this BYOW restaurant! Your date will be absolutely shocked and swept off her feet with the gourmet food and delightful wine. This is the place to be for true Valentine's day romance!
Auberge Saint-Gabriel is known for serving divine Québécois cuisine. Veal cheek braised in Porto ($34), squid ink ravioli ($29), suckling pig from straight from a farm in Quebec City ($49), and trout confit ($14) are some of their specialties that will have your wallet crying but your date falling in love.
Maison Boulud has dishes for almost every time of day, but for the best experience, go for the $98 6-course tasting menu for supper. For dinner, you can get a razor clam salad, German butterball potato truffle gratin, a plethora of handmade pastas, and roasted rack of lamb with artichoke puree. These dishes are all enjoyed in a classy and tasteful environment.
For a truly elegant dinner, I recommend checking out La Chronique’s! Their menu offers a variety of classic French dishes. You can expect to spend about $90 – $150 with wine pairings. You have many options to choose from but by the end of the night your date will be choosing you!
This restaurant happens to one of the more affordable options on the list. You will be spending around $30 for the main dish. Or you could get a 4-course tasting menu for 75$. They specialise in marinated leeks, mozzarella di buffalo, roast duck with beetroot puree, and rôti de porc au lait.
And if you're having a tough time figuring out exactly where to get some seriously prime pieces of baklava, then don't worry. Although there are tons of places in Montreal with amazing baklava, a select few truly stand out from the bunch.
If you've never been to this above and beyond amazing Greek pastry shop, then you need to stop what you're doing and get there ASAP. Among a wide variety of fresh and delicious pastries and other goodies, they've got stacks on stacks on stacks of crispy, sticky, sweet baklava.
Friends, I was going to go into some spiel about how one bite of the baklava at Mahrouse will make you go from just liking baklava to straight-up loving it... but I feel like that's way too much description to get to my point. Because my point with all of this is simple: the baklava here is delicious, and you absolutely need to try some, ASAFP.
What could possibly be better in life than a tea, a coffee, and a nice, crisp, deliciously sweet slice of baklava? Absolutely nothing, guys, which is why this cafe - situated in Villeray - is so amazing. A cafe serving up fresh baklava, there's legit no way you can leave this spot without a huge smile on your face.
This Turkish pastry shop is situated in Villeray/Parc-Ex, and is renowned for their delicious baklava. Tasty, crispy, melt-in-your-mouth, and infused with just the right amount of sweetness, one bite of the baklava here and you won't even have to wonder why it's known for being so awesome.
An immense Greek pastry shop in Laval, Serano will legit astound you. Not only does it have every pastry known to man, I'm pretty sure (like millefeuilles, cheesecake, cookies, and more), but it also has an astounding array of baklava, all of which is tasty, fresh, and quite frankly mindblowing.
A super trendy Turkish restaurant in the Plateau specializing in deliciously executed mezze, like liver mousse, marinated sardines, and chicken roti, BarBounya also happens to serve up some of the tastiest baklava in the city. Crisp, fresh, dense, and just perfectly sweet, BarBounya's baklava is more than worth a try or two.
Located in the Mile-End/Plateau, this pret-a-manger restaurant is the king of quick, delicious, and fresh Mediterranean food. Their baklavas, however, legit take the cake in awesomeness. Like a legit sweet and crunchy taste of pure happiness, the baklava at Trip De Bouffe is life, TBH.