Any seafood or cocktail lover in Montreal is going to absolutely adore the new Restaurant Sauvage in the city.
I tried the salmon tartare as an appetizer and the grilled octopus with pesto hummus as my main dish. I am not kidding when I say both were unbelievably delicious. The different fish in both dishes were extremely fresh as if they had just been caught from the Mediterranean Sea. Basically a little culinary trip for your taste buds.
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I also got to taste some of my friend's grilled salmon and rapini and it was a solid 10/10.
Don't even get me started on how delicious the cheese platter entrée was... A selection of different cheeses, including burrata and baked mozzarella, are brought on a plate and the mozzarella is lit on fire. A snack and a show all in one.
If ever you're looking for a new terrasse to get drinks at, this spot also makes unreal cocktails.
Sauvage's general manager, Moe Chenouni, said, "through our Mediterranean-inspired décor, menu and cocktails, we aim to provide an out-of-this-world experience for our clientele." Well, believe me when I say the restaurant does exactly what it hoped for.
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Address: 52, rue Saint-Jacques, Montreal, QC
Why You Need To Go: To get a taste of the flavours of the Mediterranean right here in Montreal — and getting to sip tasty cocktails on a colourful terrasse while doing so.
If you're reading this, you probably love brunch as much as I do — which means you know that, as great as it is to revisit Montreal's classic brunch spots weekend after weekend, sometimes you want to shake up your routine. That's where Barranco, a new Peruvian brunch spot in the Plateau–Mont-Royal, comes in.
Barranco just launched its brunch service on September 17 and, as the brunch lover I am, I was there two days later to try it. Between the $30 bottomless mimosa option, the good vibes and the Montreal-meets-Peru concept, anyone looking for something unique and delicious should add this place to their weekend brunch roster.
The real Barranco is a neighbourhood in the heart of Peru's capital Lima, which Barranco MTL owner Fidel M. Vasquez described as "romantic and urban, very artistic." But Montreal's Barranco is in the heart of the Plateau on Rue Saint-Denis, across from Clébard.
"I'm in the [restaurant] industry for about 10 years now and I come from Cusco, Peru," Vasquez told me. "It's always been my dream to open a restaurant here in Montreal [so] that I can show you guys a bit more about our culture."
We were struck by the cool atmosphere that effortlessly blends two different worlds: Montreal and Peru.
On one wall, you'll find a mural that transports you straight to the streets of Peru with palm trees and colourful houses. On the other wall, you'll find mixed media collage-style art that's common on the streets of Montreal.
The menu was created as a collaboration between Passé Composé's Arnaud Glay and Barranco's chefs Daniel Silva and Michelangelo Miceli. Like the decor, puts a Montreal twist on Peruvian favourites. My friend got a Peruvian take on a bagel lox and cream cheese: a St-Viateur bagel with trout gravlax, cilantro sauce, red onions, radishes, jalapeño yogurt, cilantro sprouts, corn and jalapeño salsa. He loved it.
I had the Ceviche de Hongos, a mix of mushrooms, sour marinade, chives, red onion, corn, crunchy corn, quinoa, and coriander seeds. It was a perfect excuse to eat ceviche for breakfast — something I haven't done since I visited Peru several years ago and it brought back yummy, fresh, citrusy, seafood memories.
I opted for a house passionfruit (maracuya) juice instead of the $30 bottomless mimosas that day. My juice was delightfully refreshing and beautiful to look at. That said, the bottomless mimosas are a fun option and it looked like the party atmosphere was starting picking up the pace when we headed out, as a DJ spun happy beats and old-school retro music.
If you're looking for a tasty new brunch spot that'll make you feel like you have one foot in Canada and the other in South America, then I definitely recommend checking out Barranco, whether for brunch or for dinner. The restaurant is open for brunch on weekends from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and for dinner Monday through Sunday from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Cuisine: Peruvian meets Montreal
Address: 4552, rue Saint-Denis, Montreal, QC
Why You Need To Go: From the $30 bottomless mimosa option to the Montreal-meets-Peru concept, Barranco is a unique and delicious new brunch spot that should be added to any Montreal brunch lover's brunch bucket list.
Why You Need To Go: With incredible views, this terrasse recently opened atop the Humaniti building as part of the Humaniti Hotel. It's definitely going to be on Montrealers' must-do lists for summers to come.
Located in the heart of one of the city's most bustling terrasse-filled areas, HPG is an absolute oasis for those who want to be part of the action in a more intimate setting, because you and your friends can actually rent it out and have a secret garden all to yourselves! The website recommends using the space for a 5 à 7, brunch, picnic, summer party, dinner or BBQ.
The garden comes with a covered kitchen and bar, ample tables, a lounge and so much more to take any occasion to the next level. You do have to bring your own food and drinks, but you also have the option to bring in your own catering team.
The garden is available to rent for the day ($1,500), a half-day ($700) or by the hour ($10 per person, but not private). It's a huge 4,000-square-foot space, and the hotel allows up to 30 people, so you can always split the cost. A half-day for 30 works out to about $23 per person.
The garden is attached to the most charming hotel with different-sized rooms perfect for groups of all sizes if anyone needs accommodations.
It's the perfect way to celebrate a birthday, a special event or just about any excuse to get together with friends!
Hôtel Particulier Griffintown's Secret Garden
Price: $1,500 for the day, $700 for a half-day, $10 per person per hour (not private)
Address: 1200, rue Ottawa, Montreal, QC
Why You Need To Go: The only thing better than drinks on a terrasse is doing it on your own private one!