Over two weekends in September and October, Les Premiers Vendredis is bringing its signature festive flair complete with family activities, live music, DJs and of course, amazing food trucks.
According to a press release shared with MTL Blog, festival organizers will offer visitors "privileged access to thematic places such as a Japanese terrace, a small Vins du Portugal bar, an Archibald beer bar, a Mill's Street bar, a Beam Suntory cocktail truck, a large Vietnamese terrace and a Mexican terrace."
Admission is free and health regulations will be enforced, including wearing a mask when walking around the site.
The Return of Les Premiers Vendredis
Price: Free admission to the site
Where: Parc Olympique (4545, rue Pierre-de Coubertin)
September 3, 2021 (4 p.m. to 11 p.m.), September 4 (12 p.m. to 11 p.m.), September 5 (12 p.m. to 11 p.m.), October 1 (4 p.m. to 11 p.m.), October 2 (12 p.m to 11 p.m.), October 3 (12 p.m. to 10 p.m.)*
Montreal has a new wine bar to add to its already stacked list of drinkeries. Brouillon — third-wave café by day, bar by night — has opened in front of marketing agency TUX at Plaza Saint-Hubert with a natural wine menu, shareable dishes and food from local épicerie Chez Conserva, and a 40-seat terrasse right on the plaza, according to a press release shared with MTL Blog.
Described as "warm and eclectic" with "a touch of Berlin," the bar features wood, chrome, brass and leather details, a linoleum floor "reminiscent of old schools," and a raw wood ceiling with a giant glowing Japanese lamp hanging from its centre.
In addition to a menu of over 50 wines, Brouillon serves beer, cider and kombucha on tap, as well as a selection of cocktails.
Tucked away on Saint-Denis, this spot serves up big flavours — from plates to pitchers — with "Asian flavour bombs + Killer cocktails & Sangria," as it says on the restaurant's Instagram page.
Mayhem has made quite a name for itself for its unique flavours of sangria, like Sweet Karma, which has strawberries and Thai basil, Jackie Chan's Punch Mango, made with passionfruit and bird's eye chilli and Bruce Lee-chi with lychee and raspberry.
Plus there are lots of signature cocktails, like the Oasis, consisting of spiced rum, mango, coconut milk, lime and spices.
As for the food menu, it's packed with influences from a range of Asian cultures and cuisines.
"Mayhem, which accurately means ''chaos '', is the name that the chef-owner May chose to give her first restaurant," the website explains. "Chaos depicts the constant waves of ideas running through her thoughts, the mix of flavours, the combination of cultures and the noisy clash of the dining room and the kitchen."
There's even a whole vegan menu!
Chef May told MTL Blog, "Mayhem does not seek to follow the rules but rather celebrate Montreal's multicultural culinary scene."
If you've never experienced Mayhem before, it's definitely something to put on your radar. If you have been, you don't need us to tell you why it deserves another visit. Mayhem has great drinks, great food and an abundance of great vibes.
Mayhem Saveurs Asiatiques
Cuisine: Asian Fusion
Address: 4433, rue Saint-Denis, Montreal, QC
Why You Need To Go: The only thing more impressive than the drinks is the mouthwatering food menu.
But, in addition to being a glamorous hot spot, Fish Bone also has a creative menu full of delicious seafood items served in unique and unexpected ways. The quartet of four tartare cones — one lobster, one hamachi, one salmon and one tuna — is just one of them.
Another example is the salmon tartare with truffle oil and avocado, which is served atop a coconut shell.
The Maldives Salad is a heaping pile of colour and texture including cabbage, crispy wontons, edamame, tofu, shishito peppers and "sweet angel moon" dressing.
Order the ahi tuna burger and you'll get your tuna with crispy seaweed, avocado, cucumber, jalapeno, and tosazu dressing on a fried Chinese bun that looks an awful lot like a hamburger bun. You'll also get a side of french fries.
If you're a true seafood lover then you are undoubtedly drooling right now — especially if you have a thing for raw bars — so here's the information you've been waiting for: Fish Bone is open Tuesday to Sunday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Located in the heart of Old Montreal, Babacool brings all the traditions of Middle Eastern cuisine but combines them with a futuristic twist. The restaurant — specializing in sharing plates and natural wines — looks like it could be an impeccably decorated spaceship. It's also affordable, with plates ranging from $3 to $22.
Naturally, we started off with drinks. I got the Hi Gin cocktail, made with Tanqueray, yuzu and simple syrup to refresh me on a scorching hot day and, let me tell you, it did the trick.
My friend got the Spicy Marg with Sauza Tequila, dry curuçao, chilli salt and dehydrated chilli. Honestly, the drinks were so good that we would have tried them all if we could.
Next, we moved onto appetizers. Anyone familiar with Middle Eastern cuisine knows that appetizers mean lots and lots of dipping! We tried the hummus, labneh and mouhamara — all with freshly made za'atar pita.
Now, I don't want to brag, but I've made my way through a hummus or two and I take hummus VERY seriously. So, as a self-proclaimed expert, I can easily say this was some of the best I've had in the city to date. We also got some vine leaves (my fave!).
Moving onto mains, we shared shakshouka, a halloumi salad and shrimp served with star anise, ouzo, feta, and radish. All three dishes were fresh and beyond compare. As I always say, you know a dish is incredible when you delay your last bite just so the meal lasts a little longer.
While the food was exceptional and the drinks were beautiful, my favourite part of the whole night was the staff. Hubert, our server, is the type of server who loves people and loves what he does. He made a great night even better.
We also met Sophie Chenier, who owns Babacool along with her husband Charles Manceau and restauranteur Marco Benatar. Benatar is co-owner of other popular Montreal eateries, like Jatoba and Flyjin.