If summer has taken a major toll on your wallet, no need to fear. MTLàTABLE is on until October 11 and thanks to this food festival, you can get some great deals on three-course meals at tons of Montreal restaurants. We found six restaurants offering table d'hôte menus for under $31 for you to indulge in this week.
This city-wide food festival helps you discover unique spots that serve table d'hôte menus made with locally-grown produce. As the fall harvest begins, restaurants will serve soups and stews that include Quebec carrots, morels, oyster mushrooms, eggplants and acorn squash. You can find the full list of participating restaurants on MTLàTABLE's website.
In a city this cold with food this amazing, there's one very obvious way to make it through a Montreal winter: comfort food.
If you're looking for places to feed your soul and warm your belly now that there's actual snow on the ground, we've got you covered. These spots have some of the city's heartiest and most delicious eats to get you through the next few months.
Why You Need To Go: This Japanese tapas bar is the perfect place to hide away from the cold with friends and good food. Stay close to the kitchen for added warmth coming off the flames as they grill up beef ribs, chicken thighs and duck heart.
Why You Need To Go: One of the most popular — and most comforting — dishes in Québécois cuisine is poutine, and one of the most popular spots for it is La Banquise, which means no Quebec winter would be complete without a visit.
Address: 5524, rue Saint-Patrick #200, Montreal, QC
Why You Need To Go: From the team behind Joe Beef, one of the most famous comfort food spots in the city, comes this super cool and trendy luncheonette. It serves up mouth-watering spins on classics like huge sandwiches, schnitzel, pasta and rotisserie chicken.
Why You Need To Go: Think BBQ is only for the summer? Think again! The website describes Blackstrap's food as "simple, soulful and lovingly prepared from scratch daily." Smoky, tender meats and rich, savoury sauces made with love... that's about as comforting as it gets.
Why You Need To Go: Located in one of the coolest neighbourhoods in Montreal, this restaurant is super cozy and intimate and makes for the perfect winter night out. What's on the menu? An often-changing selection of Spanish- and Italian-inspired Argentinian eats like roast lamb with bagna cauda, strozzapreti and empanadas.
Why You Need To Go: Combining Vietnamese with Cambodian cuisine, this restaurant in La Petite-Patrie is packed with the kind of menu items you need to keep your taste buds — and your soul — happy this winter. Expect bánh mì burgers, kimchi poutine, cheesy ramen and more.
Why You Need To Go: Bringing a taste of the Caribbean to Montreal, Kwizinn has become a super popular spot for anyone who's looking to add a little spice to their life. The banana leaf smoked fish is a whole experience, but with a menu full of good stuff like seafood djon djon rice, griot mac 'n' cheese and plantain burgers, it's going to be a very tough decision.
Okay, so you just tried your first — or four-millionth — goat curry dish, and the thought of eating anything other than Caribbean cuisine for the rest of the week simply won't fly. Thanks to Montreal's thriving Caribbean community, this city is full of top-notch Caribbean food spots to try... but where to start?
We enlisted the help of one of Montreal's favourite chefs, Chef Paul Toussaint. Toussaint, formerly the executive chef at Haitian eaterie Agrikol, is now the owner and executive chef of Kamúy, a hot Caribbean restaurant with rave reviews. If anyone knows where to get good Caribbean food and ingredients in this town, it's Chef Paul Toussaint.
You'll also find him at the Eaton Centre's Time Out Market where he "serves up his home country's savory and comforting cuisine, from crackling griot with piquant pikliz and fall-off-the-bone pineapple-and-rum ribs to sides of accra fritters and fried plantains," the website says.
Here are his picks for the best places to get Caribbean food essentials in the Montreal area.
Address: 2287, rue Guenette, Saint-Laurent, QC (but products are available throughout the province)
Why You Need To Go: "There are a few must-haves when prepping a Haitian dish: one of them being djondjon! The edible black mushroom is often found in northern Haiti and used as a delicacy in some Haitian dishes. One of my top djondjon can be found at Red & Blue Distribution Inc., one of our city's most renowned Haitian distributors," Toussaint told MTL Blog.
Address: Five locations in Montreal, including Lasalle, Laval, Saint-Laurent, Saint-Léonard and Dollard-des-Ormeaux
Why You Need To Go: "When cooking with fruits and vegetables, a pro-tip is to always cook with fresh produce for optimal flavours. My favourite place for fruits and veg is Sami Fruit, who always have fresh produce and make sure to deliver them at great prices. My go-to selects — plantains, malangas, yucca, sugar cane, passion fruit and their many varieties of sweet potato," said Toussaint.
Why You Need To Go: "I get many of my meats at Champfleury Butcher Shop, offering local artisanal production, optimal tenderness, and classic French butchery. If you're looking for great meats, every day the Champfleury team prepares fresh, simple and comforting products for you. My meat pick-ups usually include their Quebec farm-raised chicken and eggs, beef from Gaspésie, lamb from the Eastern Townships and all their homemade sausage prepared by Dominic, Alberto and the rest of their amazing team," Toussaint said.
Why You Need To Go: "Seafood is an essential part of Haitian cuisine, often incorporating fish and shellfish in meals. My favourite seafood shop is Casablanca Fish Shop, offering flavourful and fresh produce — perfect for cooking with! I especially like their Lambi, Haitian Conch and spicy Haitian lobster!" said Toussaint.
Why You Need To Go: "Haitian restaurants in Montreal are known for their authentic meals that will make you feel right at home! One of my favourite restaurants is Steve Anna Restaurant, where I can always count on a good authentic Haitian meal to recharge my batteries. I especially love their legumes or griot dishes. Also their fried beef. Everything is amazing there, it's hard to pick a favourite dish!" Toussaint told MTL Blog.
Why You Need To Go: "My go-to spot for the tastiest Guyanese cuisine. The food is fantastic. I would suggest ordering any of their dhal puris or their goat curry. Their mango hot sauce is also to die for," Toussaint said.
The team behind iconic Montreal nightclubs École Privée and Coda have opened a supper club called 212 in the heart of Old Montreal boasting an "immersive dining experience." Not knowing what the heck an "immersive dining experience" entails, I went to check it out — and if you're looking for a meal with a side of flair and pizazz, this is the place to get it.
Naturally, we started with drinks. The first cocktail to catch my eye was the 212 Spicy Margarita. I figured that a drink named after the restaurant means you're in for a treat, and I'm proud to say my theory was correct.
Moving on to apps, we ordered the tuna tartare, ceviche and a cauliflower roti. Have you ever had a plate arrive at your table and leave you in absolute awe? Not only were we so excited for the food, but the presentation was so gorgeous that we were overcome by the literal art that the kitchen had whipped up for us.
Once we were done marvelling at the dishes in front of us (and had obviously snapped some pics), we dug in. The only thing more impressive than how these dishes looked was how they tasted. We paired them with some wine from an impressive wine list, and we were in heaven.
As for the mains, we ordered some plates that really helped us tap into the creativity and luxury of 212. We tried the lobster linguine and duck confit caramelli.
I can honestly say I had to put down my fork after the first bite of each dish out of sheer wonder and excitement. They were that perfect mix of decadent and refined with just enough oomph to let you know you're eating something seriously special — just thinking about the server pouring bisque over my pasta makes my mouth water.
Brooke Walsh, 212 owner and Montreal club scene royalty, told me he wanted to create a supper club where the food was the top priority — something he felt was lacking among supper clubs.
He said he brought in his serious network of club creators and designers (we're talking about people involved in Madonna's Super Bowl Halftime Show and Billie Eilish's last tour) to help with the decor and ambiance, which includes a super trendy mirrored art piece on the ceiling.
From the moment you walk in, you feel like you're part of an exclusive club, but in the friendliest and most inviting way possible.
An immersive experience we were promised and an immersive experience we did get. This is my new favourite spot for drinks, dinner and boozy brunch! Plus, now that dancing is on the horizon for us in Quebec, you can bet I'll be dancing the night away at 212 after dinner and drinks very soon.