Day 2 in Montreal started with a trip north to Marche Jean Talon. Now in winter Jean Talon is a much reduced version, as the insulated panels go up for the winter, making it a completely indoor market (similarly at Marche Atwater). There is less to see, but it still a great place to shop. Next I decided to head over to the Montreal neighbourhood of Little Italy, to visit one of the best known […]
Took the train to Montreal for a few days, partially to do some photography for my book on digital image photography. First day I had some time to kill before dinner, so I dropped by Rowntree Antiques near Atwater Market. A huge selection (like huge) of pine antiques, mostly from Eastern Europe. Fantastically restored, many with intricate dovetail joints. Also lots of vintage linen, often used to make flour bags in days past. Wish I […]
Tried a new Belgian wafel place in Kensington Market recently….Wafels & More. These are Liege waffles – a dense, sweet chewy type of waffle, but totally delicious. Awesome coffee too. The cool looking waffle machines.
When in Montreal, back to Le Comptoir for an early dinner. Some plates we had last year and ordered again: Others were a new. The salmon, green cabbage, horseradish, pepperoni, fermented rhubarb and mizen. And, the Nantes carrots, bresaola, dried meringue with coriander seeds & coffee
One night in Montreal we ate at La Salle à Manger on Mont Royal Ave. An exceptional local restaurant. If you want to try some good restaurants, you have to leave the tourist areas, and explore the more suburban areas of Montreal, such as the plateau. A fantastic dinner! On the menu? Seared veal liver, sarladaise potatoes lardons, and red cabbage. Veal tart, morel mayo, shaved foie gras, hazelnuts, and toast. Corn & ricotta angelotti, […]
On our recent trip to Montreal, we ate at at a couple of new restaurants, and a couple of the usual places. The first night we had dinner at a great pizza place in downtown Montreal. Il Focolaio has a wood fired oven, and approximately 75 different pizza options to choose from. To eat? The classic Napoletana (No.1 -): sauce, mozzarella, anchovies, kalamata olives, capers.
On our last trip to Montreal this summer we ate at a fantastic restaurant called Le Comptoir charcuteries et vins. The menu is a series of share plates, with two plates per person recommended. Here are some of the plates we tried: Salad of roasted beets, celery Greek, apples, goat, watercress and argan oil Porchetta di Testa, dill mayo, pickled cucumbers, and fried goat cheese. Sautéed duck hearts, duck prosciutto, celery and egg yolk. Lobster tart, slow cooked onion, […]
Montreal is home to many exceptional restaurants. One of my favourite – Au Pied de Cochon, owned by Martin Picard. Like maple syrup? Pork? Foie gras? Duck in a can? Then this is the place for you. In the winter he also runs Cabane à sucre, or the Sugar Shack, about 45min from Montreal (Montreal Gazette review here). It’s a set menu and reservations only. Can’t get to a restaurant? Try reading one of his books. Picard also has a […]
In Montreal, what once was Le Gros Jambon Diner, is now L’Orignal Cantine / Canteen, the brunch counterpart to L’Orignal Restaurant around the corner. The counter in the front window has been replaced with a booth, the restaurant extended slightly to the back, and the menu revamped… yet it still produces exceptional food. I had the eggs florentine with bearnaise sauce. Extremely delicious.
Sometimes the best places to eat are the one that are found by accident. Tucked away in a side street on the plateau is an excellent little Mexican restaurant called Maria Bonita. This small restaurant does traditional casserole type dishes from all the regions of Mexico. This is not boring tacos type fare. Two casseroles per person seem to be more than enough. All are served with flour tortillas. Here are two of the exceptional appetizers: […]