Fine Mediterranean cuisine, fresh fish and seafood are hard to come by in Montreal, both on and off the island. Thankfully, for all those who love fresh fish, seafood and authentic Mediterranean cuisine, Skara Estiatorio at Quartier Dix30 in Brossard is a new(ish) spot to consider checking out.
Skara offers a prestigious wine cellar, appetizing mezethes, delectable grilled specialties, traditional dishes and fresh fish grilled on the spot to your liking. We sampled a selection of Skara’s many appetizers, which work incredibly well as light tapas-style eats.
We sampled shrimp saganaki, flambéed in ouzo and dressed with a zesty tomato sauce and crumbled feta, jumbo crab cakes paired with lemon-chive aioli, grilled octopus paired with roasted red peppers, capers, and onions, and a mixed assortment of grilled vegetables. Our meal was complimented with a bottle of Pavlidis Thema; a premium imported Sauvignon Blanc/Assyrtiko wine from Greece.
Each dish was delicious in their own right. The shrimp saganaki was well balanced, the vibrant tomato sauce cooled down by the feta, and the shrimp were huge! Crab cakes are always a fan favourite and Skara does the dish justice, and the aioli is a fresh and tangy accompaniment. Our favourite choice is the grilled octopus, which was quite succulent and full of flavour; tender while still being lightly charred by the grill.
If you want to experience what Skara does best, you need to order a fresh fish dish. Sea Bass, Red Snapper, Alaskan king crab, just to name a few, are offered on the menu and ready to be grilled to perfection. Skara boasts a selection of fresh fish imported weekly from the Mediterranean Sea.
And then there’s dessert at Skara, which is arguably just as good as anything else on the menu. We tried the homemade Greek yogurt parfait, sweetened with honey and served with Greek cherries, and the renown Loukoumades, which are Greek honey dough balls garnished with crushed walnuts and honey.
Skara features theme nights such as Land & Sea (filet mignon and lobster tail) Mondays and Oyster Tuesdays. Once Spring arrives, look forward to Skara's exquisite terrace that is reminiscent of a breathtaking Mediterranean seaside. Come and enjoy a terrace tapas menu surrounded by palm trees and draped in traditional blue and white decor. This April, Skara will be celebrating its 1 year anniversary, “Greek style”. Until then, come and savor Skara's fresh seafood-centric menu and specialty cocktails and take in the Mediterranean scenery and carefree spirit!
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La Nuit Shanghai is a gourmet supper club in Brossard's DIX30 that specializes in fine French and Chinese cuisine, which visitors can discover while sipping extravagant cocktails and listening to musical and burlesque performances.
La Nuit Shanghai at Dix30 is a solid reason to leave Montreal for an evening 😍 #dix30 #dix30brossard #fyp #mtlblog #mtlfoodie
Set in 6,000 square feet of neon lights and elaborate décor, La Nuit Shanghai is directly inspired by the gala evenings at the Paramount Hotel in Shanghai in the 1920s. Singers, burlesque artists, circus performers and dancers presented by Black Mohawk Productions are just a few examples of what awaits you at this new restaurant where each evening will be unique.
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If you were looking for a spot that's nowhere like anywhere else in or around Montreal, this is it.
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On the menu, you can find flavour-filled options like dim sum, lohei salad, fried ricaki sunroot, bok choy and cauliflower. There are also all kinds of seafood options, such as grilled tuna, sashimi salmon and Shanghai shrimps.
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As for drinks, your taste buds are sure to adore the unique signature cocktails. My friends and I tried the Shanghai Punch, the Ginger Fizz, the Flower Berry, and the Cucumber TMC — not one of them disappointed.
Forwards Paul Byron, Mike Hoffman, Joel Teasdale, defenseman Josh Brook, and goaltender Carey Price all failed their medicals and are probably out until the start of the regular season.
Defenceman Joel Edmundson is listed with a day-to-day injury and might rejoin the team in the coming days.
Meanwhile, Habs forward Brendan Gallagher was absent for "family reasons" and will return to camp soon.
There's a palpable sense of excitement going into the new season. With a re-tooled team, a bunch of new players, and a new plan of action from head coach Dominique Ducharme, the Habs are looking fresh and capable.
Whether or not they'll make the Stanely Cup Finals again this season is highly debatable, but you best believe the boys will give it their best shot.
A startling 46% of seafood samples sold in restaurants and grocery stores in four major Canadian cities were mislabelled, according to a report published Wednesday by the non-profit group Oceana Canada.
Often, low-cost knockoffs were pawned off as fancy fishes; out of a total of 94 samples, all 24 of butterfish, yellowtail and white tuna were mislabelled and over half of the samples labelled snapper was actually tilapia, "a much cheaper" fish.
Furthermore, there were 10 occasions where products labelled butterfish or tuna turned out to be escolar, a fish that "can cause acute gastrointestinal symptoms such as diarrhea, vomiting and nausea and is banned from sale in several countries," according to a news release.
Despite promises to tackle the issue, seafood fraud has been an ongoing problem in Canada. Oceana's multi-year DNA testing study found the Canadian city with the most fake fish was Montreal, where 52% of the samples were mislabelled, though Ottawa and Toronto did nearly as poorly, with mislabelling rates of 50% each.
Sayara Thurston, a seafood fraud campaigner, highlighted the need for better traceability systems to detect foul fish before they hit our dinner plates. "Buying fish shouldn't be a guessing game. Canadians deserve to have confidence in the seafood they eat."
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