New on the restaurant scene, Tkrestobar, located on Victoria and Van Horne in Cote-des-Neiges, is definitley making waves, at least to this food writer. With definite asian influences, Tkrestobar has a diverse menu that includes traditional dishes and those inspired by the latest food trends. Sticking to the mandate of making good food without a specific nationality in mind, Tkrestobar has a lot to offer food lovers, including an epic ramen burger.
To start your meal off right, TK has a wide array of appetizers. Pork belly steamed buns are a favourite, and I can see why. More of a fluffy sandwich than a fully encased pastry, the steamed buns were perfectly spicy and sweet, and accompanied by pickled cucumbers and roasted peanuts for some crunchy texture.
Tk has many more appetizers to offer, some of them legit enough to be meals in themselves. The Chino-wings, lathered in a sweet and tangy chili-fish sauce, are zesty, crispy, and tender. Great wings, 'nuff said.
A blend of flavours, the chicken satays are spiced with an in-house jerk sauce and complimented with a tangy fish sauce as well.
Tk's tartars are both great choices, as the salmon tartar with avacado is smooth and buttery, while the beef tartar with dijon and fried parmesan is meaty in the best way with a light tang.
But the real fun begins with the main dishes. Noodle bowls are a big seller, and I was impressed with the authenticity that goes into Tk's Crispy Chicken Egg Noodle bowl. The chicken is braised, dried, and then fried for a very cripsy skin and juicy interior. Served with a soft boiled egg, its a lot of fun to self-mix all of the ingredients in the bowl and then indulge. In truth, the noodle bowl was lacking in the zest department, at least compared to everything else i ate, but some hot sauce would fix that right up I'm sure.
As a second main dish I got to have Tk's version of the ramen burger. All I can say is: OH MY FREAKING GOD YOU NEED TO EAT THIS. Like actually. Despite all of the internet craze around the ramen burger, Tk's truly lived up to the hype. The ramen bun was simultaneously crispy and noodley while it absorbed all of the meaty juiced. Served with a side of fries and chipotle mayo (also awesome), I have to stop describing it now only because I become ravenous just at the thought of it. Even right after Burger Week, Tk's ramen burger blew my taste bud's mind. Just go eat it. You'll be a better person for it.
Very fairly priced and with a wide range of different menu items, which consisistently change, TKrestobar is great for anyone, both young and old, in the Cote-des-Neiges area. And even if you don't live around the area, make the trip for the ramen burger alone.
Specifically, Coderre and his party, Ensemble Montréal, say their administration would study the possibility of turning the surface above a stretch of sunken highway between chemins Queen Mary and Côte-Sainte-Catherine into a "new green urban park" with "outdoor sports facilities, family facilities and a relaxation area with a fountain."
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"It's been 50 years since we've been talking about covering the Décarie Expressway and no one has yet taken the time to commission a detailed and ingenious feasibility study with a budget and a timetable for the project to become a reality," Ensemble Montréal candidate for CDN-NDG borough mayor, Lionel Perez, said in a statement.
The party says it would reduce the roads on either side of the highway to two lanes each.
Coderre also has a plan to cover part of the Ville-Marie Expressway downtown through the expansion of the Palais des congrès and the creation of a public square between rue Sanguinet and boulevard Saint-Laurent.
Ensemble Montréal says covering the Décarie would cost $700 million and covering the Ville-Marie Expressway would cost $400 million.
New data on the average rent price in Montreal suggests you'll have to look outside of the city's most popular neighbourhoods if you're looking for an apartment for under $1,000 per month... at least for now.
The data, compiled by liv.rent for its March Rent Report and shared with MTL Blog, shows average prices in nine areas on Montreal Island: the Plateau-Mont-Royal, downtown, Saint-Henri and Westmount, Verdun, Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, Côte-des-Neiges, Saint-Laurent, Ahuntsic–Cartierville, and Villeray–Parc-Extension.
What's the average rent for a one-bedroom apartment?
The breakdown for an unfurnished one-bedroom in each of the nine areas is as follows:
Saint-Henri and Westmount: $1,325/month
How about a two-bedroom?
This is what average rents for unfurnished two-bedrooms look like:
Saint-Henri and Westmount: $1,850/month
Where has rent gone up?
Despite these seemingly steep prices, liv.rent has also seen rent decrease in some of these areas since its February Rent Report.
In the Plateau and Saint-Laurent, for example, average prices for an unfurnished one-bedroom fell by 4.33% and 4.48%, respectively.
Verdun and Villeray–Parc-Extension, meanwhile, saw average one-bedroom rent increases of 6.69% and 7.19%, respectively.
According to a company spokesperson, liv.rent compiled this information by evaluating a broad range of postings (from apartments to townhouses and detached houses) on Craigslist, Zumper, Padmapper, Kijiji, Realtor.ca, and Centris.ca.
The evaluation excluded properties with rents of over $5,000 per month, room rentals and shared accommodations.
Just a block from the trendy rue Wellington and a riverside park, and three blocks from the De l'Église green metro line station, it offers a high quality of life and lots of space for a more reasonable price than you'll find in other boroughs.