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Looking for a place to celebrate Mother’s Day this year? Here is a list of restaurants in Montreal that are offering special Mother’s Day menus or features for 2019.
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Restaurants offering special Mother’s Day menus or features
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|Rosélys||Brunch Buffet||$89||Details||May 12||Montreal|
|Maggie Oakes||Prix-Fixe Brunch||$32||3-Course Brunch. Details||May 12||Montreal|
|Vieux-Port Steakhouse||Brunch Buffet||$35 (Adult)|
|Mechant Boeuf Bar & Brasserie||Prix-Fixe Brunch||$19||Details||May 12||Montreal|
|Verses Restaurant||Prix-Fixe Brunch||$32||3-Course Brunch. Details||May 12||Montreal|
|Taverne Gaspar||Special Brunch Menu||Details||May 12||Montreal|
|Restaurant Samuel De Champlain||Prix-Fixe Brunch||$45||3-Course Brunch with welcome mimosa. Details||May 12: 11:30 am - 2:30 pm||Montreal|
|Le Comptoir - Fairmont Tremblant||Brunch Buffet||$55 (Adult)|
$28 (Child 6 - 12)
|Details||May 12: 11 am or 1:30 pm||Mont-Tremblant|
|Graziella Restaurant||Prix-Fixe Brunch||$59||3-Course Brunch. Details||May 12||Montreal|
|Choux Gras Brasserie||Brunch Buffet, Family-Style Prix-Fixe Dinner||$79 (Adult - Brunch)|
$40 (Child 6 - 12 - Brunch)
|Brunch Details | Dinner Details||May 12||Mont-Tremblant|
Looking for a hot spot for great dining and a fun night? OpenTable, the world’s leading provider of online restaurant reservations, has announced the 100 Best Restaurants in Canada for a Big Night Out to help diners navigate the latest hot spots for great dining and a fun night.
What is a Big Night Out?
Big Night Out is defined as:
- the culmination of planning for a gathering of friends, often involving food and drink
- a noteworthy happening
- a social occasion or activity
OpenTable’s list of the 100 Best Restaurants for a Big Night Out in Canada for 2019 is generated solely from 550,000 restaurant reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners for more than 2,500 restaurants in Canada. These were collected between March 1, 2018 and February 28, 2019.
All restaurants with a minimum “overall” score and number of qualifying reviews were included for consideration. The overall score is made up of unique data points, such as overall diner rating, user klout, total number of reviews and regional overall rating.
Qualifying restaurants were then scored and sorted according to the sum of tags for which “hot spot” was selected as a special feature.
Best Montreal Restaurants for a Big Night Out 2019
Based on this methodology, the Best Restaurants in Montreal for a Big Night Out according to OpenTable diners are as follows (in alphabetical order):
|Brasserie T! Quartier des Spectacles|
|Kyo Bar Japonais|
One of my most memorable eats in Montreal a few years back was a shop in Chinatown dedicated to making and selling Dragon’s Beard Candy. The store is called Bonbons à la Barbe de Dragon or Dragon’s Beard Candy.
Making Dragon’s Beard Candy – a sort of Chinese version of cotton candy but with
It’s very unique to sell a storefront selling Dragon’s Beard Candy in Canada. Here in Vancouver, I only see it being sold at vendors who set up during special events like the Lunar New Year Festival and nRichmond Night Market.
Dragon’s Beard Candy dates back to the Han Dynasty in China. Legend has it that an Imperial Court chef entertained the Emperor by showcasing the process of making the candy. This involved stretching a dough made of rice flour and sugar into small, thin strands. These strands resembled a dragon’s beard and were sticky enough to literally stick to your face easily. Hence, the candy was named Dragon’s Beard Candy.
Dragon’s Beard Candy Menu
Aside from Dragon’s Beard Candy, this store also sells fresh egg rolls, bubble waffles, sweet dumplings and bubble tea.
What I Tried
I really enjoyed the Dragon’s Beard Candy which had a delicious filling of peanuts, white sesame seed, coconut
PRO TIPS: Dragon’s Beard Candy is highly sensitive to moisture so depending on the humidity of where you are it is would be highly recommended to consume it as soon as possible.
Due to the sticky nature of the candy, it would be best to eat it in more than one bite. Otherwise, you’ll find the candy to be quite sticky inside your mouth!
The bubble waffle was pretty good to being crispy on the outside and properly cooked on the inside.
On my next visit to Montreal, I’d be interested in picking up another box of Dragon’s Beard Candy. Rating: 4/5
Dragon’s Beard Candy
52B Rue De La Gauchetiere Ouest, Montreal QC
Chocolate for brunch? Yes, please. That was the case when my family and I visited the popular chocolate-focused cafe, Cacao 70, in Montreal. Cacao 70 has been delighting Quebecers with decadent, chocolate-based desserts with three locations in Montreal alone. There are also two other cafes in Quebec and five more in Ontario. This review is a bit overdue because they have since opened a new location right here in Downtown Vancouver (review coming soon). And so my inaugural Cacao 70 experience began at their Downtown Montreal location where we visited them for brunch at 10 am.
Cacao 70 Menu
To say that Cacao 70 is a chocolate lover’s heaven is a bit of an understatement. Their sweets menu is extensive, not for the faint-of-heart and utterly mouthwatering. It can be a nightmare for the indecisive or a dream come true for the chocolate fanatic. For me, their menu is the stuff dreams are made of: triple chocolate cake, choco-nut waffles, classic chocolate crepes, quadruple chocolate parfaits, and the infamous chocolate pizzas in numerous varieties.
While chocolate is the main focus of their menu, they also have a very good selection of savoury items for brunch including sandwiches, paninis, crepes, salads, omelets, and more. So if you are dining with individuals who want to go a savoury route, there are options.
What We Tried
For brunch, we had the infamous chocolate marshmallow pizza (one quarter for $13.75). It’s the perfect combination of two of my favourite foods: chocolate and pizza. The pizza is warm topped with roasted marshmallows, melted milk chocolate and served with sides of bananas, chocolate dip and strawberries. At least you get a decent fruit serving with this decadent dish!
The pizza crust is light, airy and chewy. The first bite of the chocolate pizza was rather thrilling.
We also got a simple classic waffle ($5.00) which had a nice presentation for the price. There was some chocolate drizzle, icing sugar, and hazelnut dip on the side.
Overall Impression of Cacao 70
I thought that the desserts at Cacao 70 were delicious overall with a good balance of chocolate flavour versus everything else. They have so many items on their menu that it’s easy to become a repeat customer. Look out for my review of Cacao 70 sometime next week! Rating: 4.5/5
There’s nothing like having a scrumptious donut with a cup of coffee. But Russian donuts? This I had to try. In Montreal, Chez Boris is the place to go to for these delicious delights. Located in the trendy Miles End neighbourhood, Chez Boris is one of my most memorable foodie experiences from Montreal.
So what makes a Russiant donut different? According to one source, they’re yeast-based and double-raised, unlike cake donuts. Furthermore, they’re smaller and less sweet. At Chez Boris, donuts are made-in-house and made-to-order – nothing has ever been frozen. Furthermore, I found out that they are made with organic ingredients.
Chez Boris Menu
At the time of my visit, donuts at Chez Boris were priced $0.90 each, 6 for $4.50 and 12 for $8.00 – all including tax. There three flavours available were chocolate, sugar, and cinnamon & sugar. They also serve espresso-based drinks and offers a small tea selection. Also available is the Soviétique or drop coffee with sweetened condensed milk.
Chez Boris Interior
The interior of Chez Boris is rather minimal but still has a bit of Russian charm. There are quite a few tables and two little “nooks” by the windows.
What I Tried
I went with a latte ($3.75) and 6 donuts ($4.50), but retrospectively I should have ordered 12. The donuts were just so good!
To start, they were freshly deep-fried so they were piping hot when I received them. The size was very nice and good to handle. The flavours were outstanding – more natural tasting and not too sweet.
The chocolate is made with just a smear of pure, organic cocoa and had just the right amount of chocolate flavour. Super tasty and a nice contrast from over-the-top chocolaty donuts. Chez Boris didn’t go too crazy with the sugar donut either – it had just a subtle sweetness. The cinnamon had a sharp cinnamon taste which I gladly enjoyed.
Overall Impression of Chez Boris
Having these cute, fresh, and hot Russian donuts was one of the highlights of my trip to Montreal. I would recommend them for anyone visiting Montreal. Rating: 5/5
When I visited Montreal last year, I was quite interested in visiting some independent coffee shops. One that I came across was Caffé in Gamba, an Italian-style coffee house in the trendy Miles End area. I thought it was interesting how “cafe” in their name was spelled with two “f”s. When I researched into it, I learned that the extra “f” caused quite a stir a few years ago. In fact, Caffé in Gamba had faced prosecution under Quebec’s language laws over that “f.” In Italian, “cafe” does have two “f”s and the owner named it that way because he wanted it customers to have that Italian experience. I couldn’t quite find much information on the outcome of the case but it looks like “caffé” is here to stay.
Various Coffee Roasters
I would describe the vibe from Caffé in Gamba more grunge than hipster chic. The interior was rather dark but they have a very spacious, outdoor patio. Mile End’s Gamba sources beans from numerous roasters including Café Saint-Henri, 49th Parallel, Detour and Counter Culture.
What I Tried
As it was late in the day, a lot of the baked goods were already gone. So, with my latte, I ordered a savoury cheddar croissant.
The cheese croissant was very good – butter, flakey and had a good amount of cheese flavour. The latte was delicious.
I came across a video worth sharing that was created by a Montreal-based coffee blogger, Montreal Bean Stalk, on Caffé in Gamba.
Overall Impression of Caffé in Gamba
I found Caffé in Gamba to be an Italian-style coffee house that offers a good cup of coffee in a very chill (but not hipster) environment. Rating: 3.5/5
Cold evenings call for warm, comforting drinks. But when the bubble tea craving kicks in, it doesn’t really matter what the temperature is outside. Such was the case for our visits to Chatime Montreal on Rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest last year. Dressed up in our warm winter gear, my family and I marched from our hotel to the closest Chatime in Montreal for a bubble tea fix. Having tried only Chatime around Vancouver, I was interested to see the menu en français.
Long & Narrow Space
This particular Chatime Montreal location was multi-leveled, long and narrow. You had to walk up two short levels before you get to the top where the ordering counter is. Definitely not an accessible-friendly location. There was a small counter by the window in the front and various dining tables around.
Quality Bubble Tea
To ensure the perfect drink, Chatime tea is brewed fresh in store. Their emphasis is on *natural*, using real tea leaves and natural ingredients. They rely on natural flavours, rather than using preservatives, pre-made tea and tea powder. Real fruit juice is used rather than powder and pearls are discarded after a few hours in order to ensure freshness. Chatime tea leaves are sourced from Taiwan including from their own tea farm.
Chatime Montreal Menu
Chatime has a wide selection of drinks organized by category including Oriental Pop tea, Chatime Jelly, Milk Tea, Fruit Tea, Mousse and more. Drinks typically range between $4-$5. You can decide on the ice level (regular, less, no ice) and sugar level (extra, regular, less, half, slight or not sugar). They also have 8 toppings available: pearl, grass jelly, coconut jelly, red bean, coffee jelly, aloe vera, and rainbow jelly, pudding.
What We Tried
- Regular-size hazelnut milk tea with coffee jelly ($5.00)
- Large taro milk tea with pearl ($5.70)
- Grass jelly roasted milk tea ($4.35)
In general, the drinks had a nice and strong tea flavour. It was our first time having coffee jelly and I quite liked how tasty they were. The pearls were on point – soft and smooth on the outside but gradually more chewy towards the centre.
I would have to say that the hazelnut and coffee jelly combo was my favourite of the three. Nice nutty and earthy flavour combination.
The grass jelly was soft yet firm and slightly sweetened.
Overall Impression of Chatime
Our experience at Chatime Montreal was similar to locations elsewhere. I continue to be a fan of Chatime bubble tea and would recommend them to others that haven’t tried. Rating: 4.5/5
When my family and I were in Montreal last fall, we decided to visit the Montreal Biodome. Located at the Olympic Park, the Montreal Biodome has a replicas of the four ecosystems found in the Americas. It was a rather cold day so I wanted to get something quick to eat to warm up. Inside the Montreal Biodome is Sol Bistro, a cafeteria-style cafe which offers sandwiches, salads, paninis, coffee and pastries.
I ordered the soup of the day, potage de panet, – a kind of vegetable soup.
It tasted like it had carrots and celery in it. Unfortunately, the soup was just luke warm which really did not satisfy my desperate need for hot (at least warm) comforting soup. Furthermore, the dining area was heavily neglected because many of the tables had used dishes. It was just overall uncomfortable to sit there to eat with all the uncleared dishes in sight.
Overall Impression of Sol Bistro
Probably best to avoid Sol Bistro all together. Unsanitary dining area and barely warm soup. Rating: 1/5
While visiting Montreal last year, I stumbled upon Le Couteau, an artisanal cafe in the Plateau Mont-Royal area. The cafe caught my attention with a very cool graffiti of a knife on a brick wall outside. The black and white striped canopy over the patio was rather charming. The very cute exterior enticed me to go inside for a coffee break.
Coffee served at Le Couteau is by 49th Parallel. It was interesting to learn that this Vancouver-based coffee roaster was so popular in Eastern Canada.
The interior was rather hipster chic with high ceilings, wooden tables and benches. It seemed rather busy at the time of my visit.
The perfect pairing for coffee is of course a scrumptious pastry. Le Couteau offered a small selection of bagels, croissants, danishes, brownies and more.
And a few handmade cookies caught my eye including double chocolate; almond and white chocolate; and apricot, pistachio and dark chocolate.
I ordered, quite simply, a latte with an almond and white chocolate cookie. The baristas at Le Couteau were very friendly and seemed to have passion for their work. The latte was very cozy, comforting and at the right temperature. The cookie had a nice almond and white chocolate flavour.
Unfortunately, as of summer 2016, Le Couteau has closed. I would have like to revisit Le Couteau in the future but it was nice reliving my brief but nice experience there by writing this post. Rating: 3.5/5