We enjoy the finer things and we want others to enjoy them with us.
That is why it is important to familiarize yourselves with The 10 Food Commandments of Montreal.
After all, you don't want to accidentally commit a food-sin and be sent to food-hell. I heard everything there is sold in vending machines.
Lead us not into gluttony but deliver us from hunger, Amen.
1. Thou Shalt Not Put Mayonnaise Or Ketchup On Thine Poutine
Just because it contains fries, doesn't mean it needs fry condiments like ketchup. Its brown gravy is already the most glorious condiment of all. Since were so European, we've taken to dipping our fries in mayonnaise as well which is an even greater sin than using ketchup.
Toasted hotdogs may be superior when cooked at home on the BBQ. But on the go, steamies are the only acceptable option. They taste better, they don't leave any crumbs in your friend's car and they're cheaper. Win-Win-Win.
3. Thou Shall Only Eat $2 Chow Mein Between The Hours Of 2am And 3am
Some things only taste right within the proper time frame. You can't have a candy cane flavored hot chocolate when it isn't christmas and you can't have pumpkin spiced anything in the summer. $2 chow mein probably has the smallest of all these windows. It only tastes good for 1 hour a week.
4. Thine Smoketh Meat Sandwich Shall Always Be Overstuffed
A smoked meat sandwich always has to be WAY TOO overstuffed. The meat to bread ratio has to be at precisely 15:1. If pieces don't fall out, it isn't a real smoked meat sandwich.
5. Thou Shall Always Chose Creamy Coleslaw Over Traditional
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6. Thou Shalt Not Fill Up On Bread
I know it's tempting sometimes since your food is going to take forever and that bread looks so damn fresh and warm. But you must resist the temptation. Do it for all the poor suckers living in non-foodie cities where they have no choice but to eat bread to satisfy what their meal couldn't.
7. Thou Shalt Not Order A Bagel And Creme Cheese From Tim Hortons
Asking them to make your sandwich on a bagel is acceptable but unless it's some kind of emergency, then there's no reason to order an american style bagel in the bagel capital of the world. And while we're at it: Thou shall always choose sesame seed over poppy.
8. Thou Shall Be Extremely Careful About "All You Can Eat" Sushi
If you thought "all you can eat" sushi was a good idea, think again. Just read this cautionary tale and you'll know exactly how NOT to eat sushi in Montreal.
9. Thou Shall Only Use Cheese Of The Skouik Skouik Variety
Say "nay" to that grated cheese and to those evil cheddar cubes. Only the almighty squeeky cheese curd posseses the proper molecular composition to withstand the cheese-melting heat of the poutine while maintaining its structural integrity.
10. Thou Shall Leave Room For Dessert
With so many amazing dessert choices in Montreal, you might be tempted to skip the meal and order dessert right from the get-go. And why not? The list is endless!
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.