Delicieux Veg Fusion Cafe – A New Vegan Restaurant in Mile-End

terrace restaurant Délicieux Veg Fusion Cafe

Delicieux Veg Fusion Cafe

Montreal’s Park avenue is home of some of the coziest restaurant in the city. Here you will find antiques shops, art galleries and numerous terraces. Across from the historic Rialto Theatre, Delicieux Veg Fusion Cafe is the new vegan destination in Mile-End.

While browsing through Instagram, we stumbled upon a picture of a very intriguing pita sandwich. It featured delicious looking farro balls, a blend of peppers, onions, mushrooms, kale, romaine mix garnished with chickpeas, and cashew tzatziki sauce all rolled in a house-made pesto pita bread. We decided to try this new vegan restaurant for dinner and were amazed by the savory dishes prepared for us. Next, we took part of a photo contest launched for the restaurant opening and were the lucky winners of a 25$ gift card. Then, to our delight, Delicieux Veg Fusion Cafe invited us for a special food tasting experience.

plant-based menu

Plant-based Menu – Delicieux Veg Fusion Cafe

From our conversation with Ilyas Butt, the owner, it is clear that he and the staff are passionate about providing customers with only the highest quality organic ingredients. We learned that fresh produce is brought to the restaurant up to three times per day.

Ilyas goes out of his way to gather local ingredients by involving farmers of neighboring areas of Montreal. additionally, he volunteers his own time to help the development of humanitarian projects focused on food allocation.

salad bowl, smoothie, spicy food

The Indian Diva – Delicieux Veg Fusion Cafe

On the menu, each dish offered contains unique combinations of ingredients. Moreover, spices from more than 50 countries are used to season them. At Delicieux Veg Fusion Cafe, you find a different mix of flavors, texture, seasoning and intensity in all the dishes proposed on the menu. On top of sandwiches, burgers, signature bowls, and desserts, Delicieux Veg Fusion Cafe offers creative breakfasts throughout the day.

Ilyas take us on a journey around the world starting with India by offering The Indian Diva signature bowl made of tandoori tofu cubes and potatoes, mixed of tasty vegetables and greens, fresh mango cubes, pumpkin seeds topped with a “kamasutra” dressing. Signature bowls come with a choice of organic soba noodles, tumeric quinoa or brown rice. For each section of the menu, various countries are featured such as South Africa, Thailand, Mexico, and many more.

food recipe, samosa

Samosa Recipe – Delicieux Veg Fusion Cafe

Among the sides items offered, we were obsessed with the samosas. Ilyas showed us every step of their preparation and admitted that the samosas are the most time-consuming item to prepare in the kitchen. The superfoods and spices used include goji berries, nigella seeds, chia seeds, and coriander. The result is simply delicious.

vegan gelato, ice cream

Gelato – Delicieux Veg Fusion Cafe

If you’re looking for a lighter dessert, try their house-made gelato. Choose from the classics like blueberry, mango, or passion fruit flavors, or opt for something adventurous such as kale, sweet corn, or tomato-cherry. We loved how refreshing and diversified the selection of ice creams was.

Depending of flavor or thickness, the gelato are made with base of soy or coconut milk, no stabilizer or gelling agents are used. The restaurant strives for limiting waste as much as possible, as a result only the necessary amount of ice cream is prepared daily. The freshness of the fruits and vegetables used for this ice cream makes for one-of-a kind flavor. Moreover, possibilities of flavor are limited by seasonal availability which means new flavors will be featured frequently.

Delicieux Veg Fusion Cafe is the destination to experience international flavor. The quality of the ingredients used are second to none, and are all plant-based. Ilyas assured us new items will be featured regularly on the menu. We won’t tell you more, rather, we invite you to visit this new vegan restaurant.

Delicieux Veg Fusion Cafe

5718 Parc Avenue, Montreal

Opening hours: 8am – 9pm (daily)

Wines of Provence – 5 Things You Should Know About Rosé Wine

bottle of Rosé wine - bouteille de vin rosé

Wines of Provence – Rosé Wine

Vineyards in Provence are blessed by nature to produce a variety of unique wines from Red to White. Due to the climate, the main production of the Provence region is Rosé wine. From the French Riviera to the Hamptons, Rosé wine is the it wine of the hottest summer parties!

Having recently been invited to a Rosé wine tasting held by Wines of Provence, I had such a great time learning interesting facts about the pink drink in the presence of Marie-Hélène Boisvert (founder of L’Apprentie Sommelière). Let me share with you 5 things you should know about Rosé wine…

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Wines of Provence – Wine tasting

1. temperature matters

Warm or chilled? The optimal temperature to serve Rosé is between 8°C and 12°C. Rosé from Provence is light yet rich in aroma which is explained by the diversity of vines used in its making. The assembly of Grenache, Cinsault, and Syrah grapes gives scents of small red berries, black fruits, citrus fruits, flowers, and spices with mineral and saline notes.

If you have left Rosé in the fridge for many days, do not panic! 20 minutes before serving, put your bottle on the counter so the wine will slowly reach 8°C to 12°C.

2. the newest vintage, the freshest wine

Unlike Red or White, most Rosé wines do not improve over the years so it’s totally fine to drink a bottle from 2015 or 2016. The grapes are picked early to preserve a nice acidity, and the fermentation at low temperature is practiced in order to increase the fruity and floral aromas in the wine. To really experience these flavours, it is recommended to opt for a recent vintage.

3. Drink Rosé with food
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Wines of Provence – Black Olive Tapenade

Rosé is not reserved only for cocktail hours! Thanks to its versatility you can definitely bring your bottle to the table. With the crisp side of some dry White, and delicate tannin aftertaste of light Red, Rosé pairs well with Mediterranean dishes including fish and spicy Asian foods. Moreover, due to its acidity, Rosé will balance out the taste of tomato sauce which means you can drink Rosé with pizza.

4. Drink rosé All Year Long
picnic basket with bottle of rosé

Wines of Provence – Picnic

Even if Rosé is your favorite wine for picnics, be aware that Rosé season is year-long! According to SAQ Cellier blog, sales of Rosé slow down in August. That being said, this situation seems to be changing as exports of Provence wines to Canada increased by 38% in 2016. So why not break the gloom of winter with a sunny glass of Rosé?

5. Cook with Rosé
red fruit basket

Wines of Provence – Red fruit basket

Did you know that you can cook with Rosé? Here are 2 recipes to try this summer:

  1. Strawberry salad, kiwi, spinach and Rosé vinaigrette

List of ingredients: local fresh strawberries, fresh kiwis, baby spinach and soft goat cheese.

Rosé vinaigrette: 1/3 cup of olive oil, 1/3 cup of Provence Rosé, 1 pressed lemon, half of a pink grapefruit (pressed), finely chopped shallots, 1 tsp. sugar, salt and pepper.

Preparation: cut strawberries, kiwis, and cheese. Put all ingredients in a bowl, add the Rosé vinaigrette, and mix. Leave the salad in the fridge and serve at your convenience.

2. Rosé popsicle

List of ingredients: 1 ½ cups of ripe strawberries and/or raspberries, juice from half of a lemon, white sugar (dissolved in hot water), and 500 mL of Provence Rosé.

Preparation: mix all the ingredients in a food processor. Sieve to remove seeds. Add more sugar if needed. Fill your popsicle molds and leave at least 6 to 8 hours in the freezer. This recipe gives about 8 to 10 popsicles (depending on the size of the molds).

wines workshop, wine bottles and food

Wines of Provence – Tasting Workshop

More than 40 wines of Provence are available at SAQ but if you are not able to find THE Rosé, proceed with a private import. Journalist Ève Dumas explains the 3 easy steps to follow in an article published in La Presse.

Kozu: new Asian brasserie in Plateau Mont-Royal

Kozu Asian brasserie

Recently opened in the heart of Plateau Mont-Royal, Kozu is an Asian inspired brasserie located on Rachel East. This 2500 square foot venue has been designed by the young talented Amlyne Phillips (Kampai Garden, Jatoba, Mayfair) based of chic Scandinavian chalet. The design features noble materials such as marble bar, as well as custom lighting and wallpaper.

The restaurant offers a Chinese and Japanese inspired menu elaborated by Chef Olivier Vigneault (Jatoba) who proposes a unique foodie experience. The sharing style menu showcases modern techniques and traditional flavors from Asian cuisine. Moreover, almost 50% of the menu is vegan and gluten free: Gao Choi dumplings, grilled Maitake mushrooms, roasted cauliflower and much more.

Kozu Asian brasserie – Dumplings

Kozu Asian brasserie – Food

Montreal’s leading mixologists Lawrence Picard has created an exotic cocktail list using Asian plants such as wasabi, turmeric and Sichuan pepper. During the media opening night, we were invited to taste the Emperor Mule cocktail made of Hennessy, sake, lime, ginger, coriander and kaffir lime leaves….delicious!

Kozu Asian brasserie – Emperor Mule cocktail

“We hope to fill the void in the Plateau for a quality dining experience that is festive yet refined. We are extremely proud of the beautiful melting pot of all the different talents involved from the chef, design, management and creative direction (…)” said young entrepreneur PJ Goupil (A5 Hospitality).

For reservations, please use OpenTable and feel free to leave a comment after your visit to share your experience.

Kozu

500 Rachel E., Montreal

Le Marché des Éclusiers in Montreal Old Port

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Marché des Éclusiers

For its second edition, Marché des Éclusiers is open everyday thanks to a partnership between restaurant owners environmentally conscious who want to support Quebec products. Located in Old Port on De La Commune West (corner McGill), Marché des Éclusiers is easily accessible by Bixi and public transit.

Every Thursday from 2 PM to 7 PM and Saturday from 9 AM to 2 PM, Marché des Éclusiers welcomes 8 kiosks of local producers who sale their seasonal products such as vegetables, fruits, meat, cheese or bread. Among the local producers, you will meet Vega Delishhh, Les Jardins Carya, la Petite Boulangerie, Tout Cru! and many others.

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Marché des Éclusiers

This year, restaurants located at Marché des Éclusiers are committed to use biodegradable or recyclable dishes. Moreover, you will have the choice between 5 different menus which will be available to take away or to be tasted on the terraces.

Do not miss Velish salad bar who serves a large selection of cold-pressed juices, smoothies and vegan salad at affordable prices. Also, if you are a real coffee lover, stop at Volcanic Organic micro-roaster who buys its green coffee directly from small producers of Guatemala.

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Marché des Éclusiers

Marché des Éclusiers wants to feature the best of local products. The objective is to create a community of producers, retailers and consumers conscious of their food, their ecological footprint and the sustainable development of Quebec products.

Marché des Éclusiers
400 De La Commune W. (corner McGill)

Opening hours: Sun to Wed 8 AM – 11 PM/ Thu to Sat 8 AM – 2 AM

Photo credit: Caroline Thibault

La Champagnerie 4th Anniversary: Make It Pop

La Champagnerie – 4th Anniversary

With a unique concept of Bar à Sabrage, La Champagnerie is a place where bubbles are honored and where they mingle with creative local cuisine. For its 4th anniversary, La Champagnerie invited friends, media and influencers for an evening full of surprises.

In the charm of a historic building that preserves the identity and soul of Old Montréal, everything was set to celebrate the 4th anniversary of La Champagnerie: tartare buffet, hors d’oeuvres, open bar and much more…

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La Champagnerie – 4th Anniversary

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La Champagnerie – 4th Anniversary

Following the launch last year of Cuvée Champagnerie (Cava Reserva 2011), La Champagnerie just introduced for the first time its own Champagne: Cuvée Sabrée Blanc de Blancs Brut. Made exclusively of Chardonnay, sommelier Pénélope Delorme went to France to develop this Champagne in collaboration with Jean-Baptiste Dangin from Maison Paul Dangin & Fils located in Celles-sur-Ource.

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La Champagnerie – Champagne Cuvée Sabrée Blanc de Blancs Brut (price: 120$)

Champagne Cuvée Sabrée is characterized by an elegant nose with notes of honey, orange peel and citrus, and a fresh mouth with lemony aromas, mineral and a lingering finish. Only available at La Champagnerie, Champagne Cuvée Sabrée suits for all occasions: afterwork, dinner, desserts and more.

La Champagnerie

343 Saint-Paul E., Montreal

Make it Pop!