Can't make it to the Bas Saint-Laurent this summer? No problem. The city's latest culinary catch, Pincette, is landing in Old Montreal.
Led by Chef Khelil Ben Ammar formerly of Nelligan and Su, and "inspired by Montreal's vibrant culinary scene," the new Montreal lobster bar aims to "bring the East Coast experience to Montreal," according to a press release shared with MTL Blog.
The décor sets the scene. The dining room evokes an elevated lobster shack with a "chic Montreal-European vibe." It even has charming lobster trap light fixtures.
Among the mouthwatering menu items are lobster mac n' cheese, a lobster roll, lobster poutine and a lobster club sandwich, as well as many other seafood treats and dishes (gotta highlight the cod fritters!).
Croissant shop Hazukido has opened its first Montreal location, serving up mouth-watering flakey rolls in 15 different styles and flavours.
Among them, croissants stuffed with salted egg yolk, raspberry panna cotta, and "mochi and oolong tea flavored custard."
But the crab-studded croissant is particularly tantalizing. It's topped with parmesan and a truffle cream sauce. There's also a cod egg croissant whose flavour is described as sweet and fresh "with a hint of spiciness."
A butter garlic croissant and cheese croissant round out the savoury options.
Those who prefer their treats sweet will also find classic honeycomb, hazelnut chocolate, caramel almond, caramel pudding, custard and lemon-glazed croissants.
Hazukido is open at 1629, rue Sainte-Catherine O.
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Hazukido Japanese Croissants
Where: 1629, rue Sainte-Catherine O., Montreal, QC
Why You Need To Try It: To try a Japanese-inspired take on the classic French snack.
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.
The eight points are a mix of outside perspective, questions and advice for born-and-raised Montrealers. Among the advice: "it's a bagel, chill the f*** out." According to Parys, Montreal's Haitian cuisine and poutine take precedence over the much-discussed dough holes.
The Winnipegger also picked up on Montrealers' humility when it comes to their English proficiency. Often, as he points out, francophone Montrealers' English is much better than their anglophone counterparts' French.
All Montrealers might appreciate two of Parys's pieces of insight: that "you guys aren't crazy drivers, your rules just suck" (see it's not our fault!) and that "Quebeckers being rude is propaganda."
His other points include five archetypes of Montreal residents (shoutout to the ubiquitous "young men with chest fanny-packs") and, most importantly, the fact that "Celine Dion is a treasure."
We also thank Parys for bringing some much-needed attention to the revelation that is French fries with mayonnaise.
He concluded his post by thanking the city's residents.
"This is the first time I have lived outside of Winnipeg and I feel really welcomed," he wrote.
"This city strikes a perfect balance of enjoying life, economic opportunity, culture, great architecture, and friendly people."