After 11 years in the making, Le Central Food Court has officially opened. Last night, I got the chance to check out the latest addition to Montreal's food scene, and here's my honest opinion.
From the moment I walked in, I felt as though I was transported to what I can only describe as a food haven. At this food hall, you can eat high-quality meals in a casual yet chic setting.
The bright colours, neon lights and copious amounts of snack options were overwhelming at first. And I can't forget to mention that the amazing smells surrounding me made my senses go wild.
After taking a moment to compose myself, I decided to take a look at eatery within the establishment before committing to a dish. From sweet to savoury options and healthy choices to carb-infused selections, my brain was, once again, over-stimulated. The paradox of choice, right?
All the options around me led me to one conclusion: it was time to indulge - and boy, did I eat.
I started by trying a slice of margarita pizza from Heirloom, which tasted like it was straight from Italy. I also indulged in some mouth-watering Thai-style noodles from Thip Thip. I also couldn’t resist having a few bites of Poké from Kamé, which was both fresh and tasty.
I was barely able to move after eating so much but I knew, for our readers, that I couldn’t quit.
Desert at Le Central is an entirely different ball game and, as someone who has a major sweet tooth, I was excited to indulge in all the goodness I was seeing in front of me - forgetting about the fact that I had already eaten enough for a small army.
Montreal was in need of something as unique and cool as this food lovers paradise.
I tried a caramel tender with hazelnut biscuit topped with dark chocolate fondant at Bagadó. And, although that it's quite appetizing, I must say that their strawberry macaron is even better!
I love a good pastel de nata, which is a Portuguese tart, and I noticed they serve them at Cantina Emilia. This eatery is known for its epic chicken, but I went for a sweeter option. I had to try an oreo pastel nata, which, believe me, is as good as it sounds.
I felt beyond stuffed and decided that I needed to leave before I ate myself into a coma. As I was making my way out, I remembered that there was this doughnut that caught my eye earlier.
For the good of the article, I marched right towards Trou de Beigne and got myself a cookie dough doughnut to-go.
I initially planned to eat it later on that night, but since we're being honest, the doughnut didn’t even make it home. It was too good not to bite into as I drove, like a zombie, back to my house.
It may seem as though I tried a lot of food, which I did, but there were so many more options I would have tried if I had any room left in my stomach. From burgers to tar-tars to churros, this little food paradise is a great addition to the Montreal food scene.
Le Central Food Court is a modern take on Montreal's age-old food scene and an ode to our multiculturalism. From the décor and ambiance to the options of food and quality of the products, I must say I was genuinely impressed.
So folks, my honest opinion? I ate way too much and it was, without a doubt, worth it.
Le Central Food Court
Price: Varies by restaurant
Cuisine: A combination of different foods and flavours all under one roof.
Address: Corner of Boulevard Saint Laurent and Rue Saint Catherine
Why You Need To Go: This food hall has some incredible options, all of which are perfect for a quick snack, a much-needed lunch, or even to grab a filling dinner.