If you're in need of a way to brighten up these dreary winter days of the pandemic, look no further than Les Garnements, Hochelaga's newest pizzeria, with its colourful crusts and wild toppings (think: poutine, cheese sticks, kimchi, and fried chicken).
The name, Les Garnements, translates to 'the boys' and it represents the restaurant's fun, youthful concept, according to co-owner Guillaume Maillé (MTL Bar) who partnered with Chef Dave Tremblay (Madame Smith) on this project.
"It represents our hearts as eternal children," Maillé said in a statement.
"We wanted to take 'the boys' theme all the way."
How to do this? By crafting a menu straight out of the fantasies and daydreams of unruly children everywhere.
Take, for example, 'La Punk' pizza — blue dough topped with poutine.
Or perhaps you'd be more into the 'Poulet Fromage Kentucky,' pizza with homemade tomato sauce topped with mozzarella cheese, fior di latte cheese, and pieces of fried chicken.
Yes, you read that right. PIECES OF FRIED CHICKEN.
If you're the kind of person who thinks cheese pizza needs more cheese, try 'La Sling Shot,' which has homemade tomato sauce, four kinds of cheese — mozzarella, monterey jack, fior di latte and parmesan — and is then topped with cheese sticks.
'Pizza Kimchi' is made with — you guessed it — kimchi as well as mozzarella, green onions, egg and sriracha, served on red pizza dough.
The less adventurous pies still have an interesting touch — a black crust for the prosciutto pizza and a green crust for the vegetarian 'herbivore.'
But there are also options for folks who want classic pizza as well.
Its Moscow mule menu, four different takes on the classic drink — made with different spirits, ginger beer, fruit syrups and citrus — even offers mules by the pitcher for $29. There's also an extensive cocktail menu with 10 other Russian-themed options, and a few other pitcher options available for the same price.
Though the menu also offers Russian-inspired desserts, you can also satisfy your sweet tooth with a boozy milkshake menu made with Russian ice cream, milk, Russian waffles, and vodka, Kahlua, whisky and Amaretto.
With so much alcohol on the menu, it's hard to choose your preferred drink — Nevski also offers a wide-range vodka menu, which you can enjoy with a side of bread and pickles in true Russian form, along with a wine and beer list.
Why You Need To Go: Pizza Adamo is well known for serving some of the best pizza in Saint-Henri. You may have to give the smoked meat, pickle and mustard pizza a chance — it's as surprising as it is delicious.
Why You Need To Go: Just when you thought pizza couldn't get any more exciting, Les Garnements proves you wrong. Not only do they have bright and colourful dough, but the toppings are too good to be true: cheese sticks, fried chicken, kimchi, giant pieces of bacon... yes, please.
Why You Need To Go: Michigan is a new pizza counter inspired by the Detroit Style Pizza (DSP). It features a square or rectangular shape, soft and light dough, and a crispy edge of caramelized cheese. In short, it melts in your mouth.
Why You Need To Go: During La Pizza Week 2021, Alto's Meat Lover won first prize in Montreal, according to public votes, and also placed third in Canada. With pepperoni, capicollo, smoked meat, bacon, minced meat, ham and Sicilian Italian sausage, it's not hard to imagine why it won.
Why You Need To Go: Pizza is not only a meal, it can also be a decadent dessert with Montreal Pizz'Cookies, which makes sweet pizzas. Cookies 'n' cream, Kinder Bueno, Kit Kat, S'mores... There's something for everyone.
Playing on how Premier François Legault loves to describe small gatherings as "p'tit parties," MC Gilles tweeted at Legault asking if the massive crowd outside the Bell Centre was considered a small-, medium- or large-sized party.
Question pour un ami,
Petit, moyen ou gros party?
Phillip Danault's pizza at press conferences has been the talk of the town for the past few weeks. In addition to getting us all craving pizza, it has many Quebecers wondering when Danault will get a pizza sponsorship.
ITS NOT DELIVERY, ITS DANAULT https://t.co/R5PqWL0pGV
Danault sharing pizza with young Cole Caufield on Thursday night touched many. Guillaume Pelletier came up with the perfect title for Caufield's reaction: "When mom isn't here and dad is in charge of dinner."
Quand maman est pas là et que c’est papa qui s’occupe du souper. #canadiens #StanleyCup https://t.co/Nu6XR4UOF9
Where: Goplana; 1187, rue Charlevoix, Montreal, QC
When: Sunday, May 30
Why You Need To Check It Out: As MTL Blog's Ilana Belfer put it, the festival is "complete with a live DJ, raffle, outdoor games and — of course — warm, pillowy, potatoey, cheesy, doughy, delicious pierogis."