It's officially time to say goodbye to Club Le CINQ — or if you're old enough to remember, Club 1234. The shuttered nightclub located at 1234, rue de la Montagne is set to become a Japanese steakhouse and supper club called Geisha.
While we don't have an exact opening date yet, Geisha's website says it's "coming soon" and an Instagram post invites patrons to "experience Geisha" this winter.
An Instagram post says JEGantic's founder John Gumbley spent a month in Japan "not only exploring the landscapes, cuisine and culture, but in fact spending time with Geisha and Maiko themselves to recreate his own version of their art based on the realest of principles."
The space, with its steampunk-chic vibes, is designed to make you feel like you've gone back in time to an 1800s living room and laboratory, or like you've stepped inside a fantasy-filled grandfather clock. And the drinks are so inventive you'll feel like you're being served magic potions.
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A/Maze is one of Montreal's favourite escape room companies with four locations: Atwater, the Plateau, Pointe-Claire and the Old Port. The Old Port location is home to two immersive escape games.
Tesla's Enigmas focuses on "the iconic inventor Nikola Tesla and features his secret study and one of his greatest inventions," while The Secret of Shipping Empire is "a mix of escape game puzzles and treasure hunt that leads players across the streets of Old Montreal," according to an A/Maze press release. Price varies depending on activity and group size.
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Before or after, you can enjoy a tapas-style menu with lots of bites that are perfect for celebrating solving the puzzle... or eating your feelings if you don't.
The eye-catching cocktail menu, full of wonder and imagination, has it all — from drinks that smoke to drinks with colours so bright, you'll be as entertained drinking as you are playing the game. A/Maze describes the drink menu as "home-created cocktails inspired by our love for science and spirit-forward drinks." But you can also opt for local craft beer or wine instead.
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.
With its Doritos burgers and its Cheetos-flavoured chicken tenders, Crusty's, an aptly-named new Montreal restaurant, is testing the limits of decency in the extra decadent, ultra-greasy fast food scene.
Located in N.D.G., this restaurant, which just opened on October 27, makes the perfect place to go and pig out with your gang. If you ever watched the iconic Québécois show Occupation Double, the owners of Crusty's, Rym Nebbak et Chris Robins, were on the South Africa season.
Crusty's menu offers an array of dishes, some even coming in cups, and there are even vegetarian options that can be turned into vegan options, like the big burger made with a fried veggie patty and the decadent nacho plate. So everyone can be happy!
You can start with the appetizer of crispy fries served with cheddar cheese sauce and topped with crispy Doritos chips.
Then, enjoy a platter of barbecue or buffalo shrimp with delicious-looking fries.
Also on the menu is a burger with a bun topped with Doritos, a char-grilled beef patty, cheddar cheese and burger sauce.
So if you're looking for a place to fill your stomach, you know where to go.