Must-Try Restaurants at MTL à TABLE

Helena. Photo Patric St Arnaud Helena. Photo Patric St Arnaud

With 150 participating restaurants in the fourth edition of MTL à TABLE, it’s not an easy task to choose which restaurant to try.

Here are three restaurants from every category that stand out more in my opinion with a sneak peek of their menus:

Evening service at $41

Accords Wine Bar and Restaurant (New cuisine)

212 Notre Dame West; Old Port

Chef Simon Mathys and sommelier Gabriel Gallant offer a gourmet menu with local products where each meal is perfectly paired with a wine.

First service

Marinated salmon, carrots and pumpkin seeds

Deer, red cabbage and pickled onion

Second service

Beef hanger steak, oat and spinach

Cod, cauliflower and brown butter

Third service

Blueberries, coffee and Guanaja chocolate

Apples, pecan and aged cheddar

 

H4C Place St-Henri (French cuisine)

538 Place St Henri; St. Henri

Chef Dany Bolduc and his team focus on local, seasonal, sustainable and fair-trade products. The restaurant is a converted post office and bank building.

First service

Ricotta gnudi, sautéed mushrooms, broth and parmesan

Marinated mackerel, cucumber, avocado, buttermilk and brioche

Second service

Octopus Tandoori, caramelized yogurt, red onions, basmati rice, cashews and coconut

Braised pork cheek, potatoes, Louis d’or and pickled onions

Third service

Marshmallow, cranberries, Graham cookie and smoked chocolate

Millefeuille, apples and caramelized white chocolate

 

Helena (Portuguese cuisine)

438 McGill St; Old Port

Chef Helena Loureiro, owner of the restaurant Portus Calle, opened Helena in 2012 in the Old Montreal area.

First service

Potato soup, chorizo, kale and olive oil

Grilled asparagus salad, serrano peppers, roasted almonds and Sao Jorge cheese

Grilled octopus and warm legumes salad

Second service

Fresh cod in olive oil and migas (sweet potato, kale, cornbread, green sauce)

Cornish hen Portuguese-style, chips and crunchy salad

Third service

Apple donuts with maple syrup, maple butter and apple caramel

Maria cookie verrine, chocolate mousse, squash and cinnamon jam

 

 

Evening service at $31

Bistro Brasserie Les Soeurs Grises (Quebec cuisine)

32 McGill ST; Old Port

Chef Éric Magnan and his team serve kitchen specialties with local produce and artisan beers or house-brewed varieties in a former Grey Nuns’ Convent.

First service

Duo of duck and bison carpaccio

Mini burger of pulled pork, BBQ and maple sauce and root vegetables

Second service

Venison braised baluchon, homemade pesto and pickled vegetables

Duo of gravlax, dill cream, fennel salad and pickled vegetables

Melted cheese beer fondue with bacon, sausages, bread and pickled vegetables

Third service

Duo of chocolate cream and lemon mousse

Pudding chômeur with maple syrup and whipped cream

 

Madre sur Fleury/Madre sur Masson (Latin American cuisine)

Madre sur Fleury is at 124 Fleury St. W; North of Montreal Island

Madre sur Masson is 2931 Masson St; East of Montreal Island

Chef Mario Navarrete Jr. restaurants are in honour of his mother’s cooking. You can bring your own wine in this urban bistro.

First service

Squid salad, mixed greens, jalapeño vinaigrette and pickled onion

Polenta, braised pork, tomato and parmesan
cheese

Second service

Braised lamb shoulder Bordelaise and Panca pepper sauce, Peruvian quinoa

Seared tuna, chorizo sauce, tortilla de patatas, marinated red onion

Third service

Custard cake with chocolate and dulce de leche

Lemon curd jar, pisco and meringues

 

Restaurant Su (Turkish cuisine)

5145 Wellington St.; Verdun

Chef Fisun Ercan blends the flavours of the Far East and the Mediterranean, creatively interpreting traditional Turkish cuisine.

First service

Red lentil and fine bulgur balls

Braised Jerusalem artichokes, carrots and orange

Arugula, endive, orange, feta, roasted hazelnuts, sumac and verjus

Second service

Grilled Cornish Hen coated with a blend of spices

Grilled lamb meatball

Homemade lahmacun (pita stuffed with meat, tomato, herbs and pistachios)

Third service

Walnut Baklava

Chocolate and tahini helva fondant

 

Evening service at $21

Birks Café par Europea (French cuisine)

1240 Phillips Square St., Downtown

A charming café in the Birks jewelry store that offers brunch, lunch and afternoon tea, by Europea’s chef Jérôme Ferrer.

First service

Signature cream of butternut squash with curry and coco milk, tofu, soya beans glazed in maple syrup

Grilled vegetables millefeuille, mozzarella di Buffala and pesto

Second service

Thin slices of cold roast beef, horseradish and wasabi remoulade, roasted tomato

Endives and pine nuts raviolis, Elizabeth blue cheese espuma

Third service

Our gourmet Chef’s verrine

 

Chez Jerry (Quebec cuisine)

1083 Beaver Hall Hill, Downtown

Classic and comfort food revisited by chef Jérôme Ferrer in this local snack bar.

First service

Jerry’s Poutine (foie gras & mushroom cream sauce, potatoes, cheese curds and house gravy)

Classic Poutine (potatoes, cheese curds and house gravy)

Second service

The Famous (lobster pieces, salad, creamy celery remoulade and garlic butter)

The Big Jerry Burger (100% angus beef, cheddar, bacon, sauce, tartar, tomato and salad)

Third service

The Lichette (mini soft vanilla ice cream)

XXL Cookie

 

Enotecca Mozza Pizzeria Moderna (Italy)

1251 McGill College, Downtown

This modern wine bar restaurant is known for their thin and crust wood-fired pizzas, as well as their authentic Italian appetizers and pastas.

First service

Caprese // vine tomatoes, fior di latte, fresh basil, evoo and sweet balsamic reduction

Melanzama // layered eggplant baked in mozzarella and tomato sauce

Insalata Cavolo // baby kale, dried cranberries, radishes, crumbled goat cheese, toasted almonds and honey-Dijon dressing

Second service

Capricciosa Pizza // prosciutto Cotto, artichoke hearts, Tuscan olives, mushrooms, oregano andmozzarella

Orecchiette Fiorella // fior di latte, tomato sauce, fresh basil

Nonno’s Lasagna// mini meatballs, Italian sausage, slow-cooked meat sauce and mozzarella

Third service

Mud fight // moist brownie cake, thick chocolate fudge, served with vanilla ice cream

Smores // graham cracker cookies, chocolate fudge brownie and marshmallow

 

Brunch service at $21 

Tapas 24 Snack Bar (Spanish cuisine)

420 Notre Dame W., Old Port

Located next to Tapas 24, the snack bar recreates a Spanish social club with a cuisine inspired by Barcelona’s trendiest canteens.

First service

Pastries basket from Holf Kelsten bakery

Fresh fruit platter

Pancakes with chocolate chip, berries and mint and honey syrup

Second service

Smoked salmon, cream cheese, capers and Hollandaise sauce

Steak and eggs

Third service

Fried churros with sugar and orange, dulce de leche

 

Les Incorruptibles (French cuisine)

1432 Fleury St. E., north of Montreal Island

First service

Mimosa

Smoothie of the day

Second service

Bodum coffee to share and homemade chocolate cookie

Third service

Bacon, fried egg and cheddar cheese tart

Marinated salmon, gougère, onion emulsion and fresh salad

Waffle with ham and Mornay sauce, salad and fried poached egg

 

Vallier Bistro et Comptoir (North American cuisine)

425 McGill Street, Downtown

First service

Fresh fruit salad

Yogurt glass cup, granola cereal

Second service

French toast, fruit and basil jam and English cream

Croque Madame, (Egg, prosciutto, cheese and béchamel)

Eggs benedicts, ham or salmon

Third service

Bread pudding

To view the menus of the other participating restaurants: http://www.tourisme-montreal.org/mtlatable/restaurants-en.php

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