In 2016, Montreal was declared the “new food capital of North America” by City & Nation journal, and whereas a Torontonian might argue it’s a matter of sizzling debate, a cautious consideration of the daring declare requires the newest on-the-ground analysis. So hop on a practice for a simple weekend away in Quebec’s greatest metropolis, with this shortlist — an appetizer course of types — simply to start out.
For inventive plant-based dishes: Archway Bar Santé (3683 Wellington St.)
If the outline “100 per cent vegan” doesn’t often whet your urge for food, Archway Bar Santé guarantees to shock. The inside design conjures a cool Lisbon café (the precise inspiration), whereas the menu wouldn’t really feel misplaced in L.A. Cease by the Verdun restaurant for a glass of biodynamic wine and shareable snackables, like grilled marinated artichokes atop cashew labneh, drizzled with vegan honey, or crispy tofu frites, jazzed up with furikake (the umami-packed Japanese seasoning), pomegranate maple molasses and aioli.
For fashionable brunching: Buvette Pastek (209 Saint-Paul St. W.)
A more moderen addition to Outdated Montreal, the Parisian-style Buvette Pastek is a well-liked spot for each wine sipping and weekend brunching. Cease in for a leisurely latte and one of many wealthy tartines (topped with, say, salmon, egg, buttermilk and beurre blanc sauce) — gas for a day of strolling across the cobblestone neighbourhood.
For bistro fare: Place Carmin (740 William St.)
From the staff behind the town’s beloved Bouillon Bilk comes this new brasserie, which mixes an ethereal, lofty setting — excessive ceilings, assertion mirrors, sky lights and plenty of glass — with a slate of traditional dishes. Followers of surf and turf will discover a menu a fan of seafood and beef, from scallop ceviche to grilled steaks sauced as you prefer it.
For carb-y consolation meals: Rita (3681 Wellington St.)
The decor at this Italian restaurant in Verdun features a wall of nostalgic household images, which is simply becoming. The place is a tribute to 2 nonnas — each named Rita — the grandmas of co-owner Sophie Bergeron and chef Joey d’Alleva. The menu is ever altering, however anticipate Neapolitan-style pizzas, sizzling out of the wood-fired oven, and cosy pastas. Don’t depart with out attempting the dolci, just like the memorable olive oil cake.
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