Le Blumenthal: new Montreal brasserie in Quartier des spectacles

Le Blumenthal

On May 15th, Le Blumenthal opened its doors at the Maison du Festival in the heart of Quartier des spectacles just right on time for summer season. This new Montreal brasserie hot spot is well located for a pre-show drink and meal.

We were invited last week for the opening cocktail to taste a glimpse of the menu headed by chef Rémi Brunelle (Leméac, Albert Bistro) and a selection of wine chosen by sommelier Jean Benoit Hinse. Le Blumenthal is the oasis of Quartier des spectacles and here are three reasons to try it!

1. THE DESIGN

You can’t miss the tree in the center of the dining room and the leaves all around the lounge, it’s so refreshing! This decorative touch where the city meets the countryside has been conceived by the Gauley Brothers, the ones behind places such as Foiegwa and Atwater Cocktail Bar.

Le Blumenthal – Dining Room

Le Blumenthal – Lounge

2. THE VIEW

Just steps from the Place des Festivals, the Blumenthal offers a stunning view day and night in the heart of the action. Moreover, during summer, the terrace has a capacity of 150-seat to welcome you!

Le Blumenthal – Place des Festivals

3. THE MENU

You can enjoy “a cuisine that reflects our values” said chef Rémi Brunelle! In fusion with the green design, the menu includes choices of vegetarian dishes from starter to main course.

Le Blumenthal – Starter: beets, ricotta and cress

Le Blumenthal – Main course: Vegetarian Hambourgeois

Countdown to summer time has officially begun, see you on the terrace 🙂

Le Blumenthal

305 Ste Catherine Street West, Montreal

Open everyday from 11 a.m to 11 p.m

Photo credit: Patricia Brochu

Cannes Film Festival: Opening Cocktail at Mouton Cadet Wine Bar in Montreal

Mouton Cadet Wine Bar 2017 – Cannes Film Festival

For this 2017 edition of Cannes Film Festival, Baron Philippe de Rothschild SA opened the doors of Mouton Cadet Wine Bar. Until May 28th, the terrace of the Palais des Festivals will be once again the meeting place for the cinema and also the place to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the festival, in a decor entirely conceived and decorated by the French decorative artist Mathias Kiss.

At this occasion, restaurant Le Richmond located in Montreal Griffintown neighborhood transformed its terrace by using the decor of Mouton Cadet Wine Bar to celebrate the opening of the Cannes Film Festival.

Mouton Cadet Wine Bar – Le Richmond

Mouton Cadet Wine Bar – Le Richmond

Mouton Cadet Wine Bar – Le Richmond

Mouton Cadet Wine Bar 2017 – Le Richmond

We were invited to plunge into the Cannes Film Festival universe while tasting hors d’oeuvres and limited edition of Mouton Cadet wines. Note that Mouton Cadet Red wine 2014 (15,65$) and Mouton Cadet White wine 2016 (14,65$) are both available at SAQ.

Le Richmond

377 Richmond, Montreal

Photo Credit: Myriam Frenette

Tartarefest: Vote For The Best Tartare of Montreal

Tartarefest 2017

Restomania launched the 4th edition of Tartarefest at Rosewood restaurant on May 19th. More than 20 restaurants have created tasty tartares for the occasion, and you are invited to vote for the best tartare of Montreal by May 28th.

Tartarefest offers the chance to enjoy a gourmet fine dining experience at participating restaurants without the hefty bill: a tartare plus drink from 10$. Among the restaurants competing in the Tartarefest, Êat and Caribou Gourmand are innovating this year by offering vegetarian tartares.

Vegetarian Tartar – Caribou Gourmand

Vegetarian Tartar – Caribou Gourmand

At the restaurant Caribou Gourmand, the vegetarian tartare, made of fennel, apples, goat’s cheese, walnut, honey and lemon, comes with a generous portion of homemade French fries. I recommend a glass of Pinot Gris Leon Beyer (2014, France) to accompany the vegetarian tartare. As a foodie, I always have space for starter and dessert: here are my choices…

Quebec Cheese Plate – Caribou Gourmand

Blueberry Crumble – Caribou Gourmand

As you can guess, my vote goes to Caribou Gourmand for this 4th edition of Tartarefest. During the final day on May 27th, the Best Tartare of Montreal 2017 will be announced at the Fish Market La Mer. All the profits of this day will be donated to the Douglas Foundation (Mental Health University Institute). Visit Tartarefest to vote and Restomania to reserve your tickets. Enjoy 🙂

Vegan Food: 3 restaurants to try in New York City

Gallow Green Rooftop Bar (Chelsea, NY)

New York City is one of our favorite destination for a weekend getaway near Montreal (1 hour flight away). We recently spent an amazing journey in the Big Apple and would like to share with you 3 must-eat vegan restaurants.

1. Seasoned Vegan

Seasoned Vegan (Brunch and Dinner)

Seasoned Vegan (Raw Appetizers)

Cuisine: Soul Food (organic/gluten free options)

Menu: Brunch and Dinner

Our choices…

Fried Fermented Soy “Chicken” Drumsticks with Old Fashioned Pancakes

Pizza Quesadilla (marinara & vegan mozzarella on a flour tortilla, extra mushrooms)

Stuffed Avocado (sliced, pitted and filled with almond meat and topped with cashew cheese and pico de gallo)

Baked Mac & “Cheese”

Nori Roll (almond meat, tomatoes, avocado, onion and greens wrapped in a nori seaweed roll with side of peanut sauce)

Seasoned Vegan

55 St. Nicholas Av., Harlem (NY)

2. Délice & Sarrasin

Délice & Sarrasin – Starters

Délice & Sarrasin – Main Courses

Cuisine: French

Menu: Dinner

Our choices…

Homemade “Foie Gras” (tahini based) with fig jam

“Cheese” (cashew based) Plate served with bread

“Poulet” Basquaise (vegan chicken legs slowly cooked with vegan chorizo, melted peppers, onions & tomatoes served with couscous)

Tagliatelle aux “fruits de mer” (tagliatelle with vegan squid, shrimp & scallops made of tapioca and potato starch with Mediterranean olive oil)

Délice & Sarrasin

20 Christopher St, West Village (NY)

3. Blossom restaurant

Blossom Restaurant – Country Breakfast

Blossom Restaurant – Blossom Benedict

Cuisine: International (organic)

Menu: Brunch

Our choices…

Country Breakfast (tofu scramble with onions, mushrooms, spinach, tomato, and bell pepper, served with seitan sausage and mesclun greens)

Blossom Benedict (steamed tofu, soy ham, Hollandaise, whole wheat English muffin, roasted rosemary potatoes, grilled asparagus)

French Toast (strawberries, bananas, maple syrup and tempeh bacon)

Blossom Restaurant

187 Ninth Ave, Chelsea (NY)

Club Soya: New Sushi Restaurant in Montreal

Club Soya – Photo credit: Myriam Frenette

Club Soya is the newest restaurant in Montreal Quartier des Spectacles inspired by Japanese, Hawaiian and local cuisines. Opened few months ago, Club Soya invited us earlier this week to taste its menu and to celebrate the opening of its terrace.

Elaborated by Chef Geneviève Everell (Sushi à la maison), menu features sushi, maki-burrito, poke bowls and salads. Recipes change with seasons depending ingredients availability at local markets. During the launch event, we chose vegan poke bowls and vegetarian sushi.

Vegan Poke Bowls – Photo credit: Myriam Frenette

Vegetarian Sushi – Photo Credit: Myriam Frenette

While waiting to receive its alcohol license, Club Soya offers a menu of mocktails signed by Étienne Bernard (founder of Bar Co) and well harmonized with plates served at the restaurant.

Mocktail – Credit photo: Myriam Frenette

Club Soya has a small capacity (perfect if you are looking for intimacy) but you can still enjoy the menu by ordering on Foodora  and be delivered right to your door.

Club Soya

225 Sherbrooke West, Montreal

Invasion Cocktail: Celebrate the Art of Mixology

Photo Credit: Karel Chladek

Invasion Cocktail, the Montreal and Quebec City cocktail festival, will be back for its 4th edition from May 10th to 16th with a busy schedule. More than 35 participating bars, 250 exclusive cocktails, 6 days of festival to discover the cocktail scene of Quebec!

Presented by MadeWithLove, the most extravagant mixology competition in Canada, Invasion Cocktail is a unique opportunity to discover exclusive cocktail creations that will be presented only in an ephemeral way throughout the week.

Photo Credit: Karel Chladek

There are many new features for this 4th edition, do not miss…

  • Opening night at Phi Centre on May 10th: signature cocktails, music and good vibes only!
  • New edition of Brunch Festif at Pied de Cochon Sugar Shack on May 14th presented by French brand Liqueur St-Germain.
  • MadeWithLove National Final on May 16th at TRH-bar: the 16 finalist bartenders from across Canada will face a panel of judges in hopes of winning the title of Best Barchef MadeWithLove 2017.

Visit Invasion Cocktail website to download your free pass and to find more info about the festival schedule.

Sprunch: Spa and Brunch at Le Saint-Jude Montreal

Le Saint-Jude Gym & Spa

Located in a beautiful, newly renovated church, Le Saint-Jude is a unique concept combining gym training and the benefits of a Nordic spa in a relaxed atmosphere. Nordic bath and sunken hot tubs are on the rooftop terrace while dry and wet saunas are accessible by the indoor relaxation lounge at the same floor.

For those who want to reach a higher level of well-being, a dedicated team of massotherapists will take care of every inch of your body!

Sprunch À La Française – Les Brunchs de Mathieu

To offer wellness and gourmet pleasures all in one, Le Saint-Jude launches Le Sprunch (Spa + Brunch) featuring Les Brunchs de Mathieu. How it works? You enjoy the benefits of the spa then you choose between À la Française or Santé au St-Jude brunch box.

During the launch event last week, I opted for À la Française brunch box which is vegetarian. The box is composed of 1 fresh orange juice, 1 vegetables Quiche (a must try!!), 1 pastry (croissant or chocolatine) and 2 choices of sweet treats (Kinder Tiramisu, French Tatin pie, 2 Crêpes with sugar or 3 Madeleines). And guess what? Pastries are made by Croissant Croissant one of the best bakery in town!

I was really impressed by how fresh each items contained in the box were. Most of them are prepared the same day by Chef Mathieu right before delivery. Note that Le Sprunch is offered only on weekends at the launch price of 99$ until April 30th (regular price: 126$), hurry up!

Le Saint-Jude Gym & Spa

3988 Saint-Denis, Montreal

New Brunch Menu at Les Enfants Terribles

Les Enfants Terribles (Ile-des-Soeurs) – Photo Credit: Patricia Brochu

Inspired by both classic and modern dishes, chefs Oussama Ben Tanfous and Simon Laborde launch a new brunch menu available at all Les Enfants Terribles restaurant locations. At this occasion, I had the pleasure of tasting the dishes added to the brunch menu last week at Ile-des-Soeurs location in the presence of founder Francine Brûlé.

Chefs well understand that food habits are changing and this is the reason why they decided to adapt the brunch menu to this new reality. “We cook with the best products, fresh and local, and a small rebellious sideOur dishes represent what we are: Les Enfants Terribles, a Montrealer Brasserie “said Ben and Simon.

Among the new dishes, we have choice of diverse flavor such as crab BLT, merguez Chakchouka, duck toast and various vegetarian plates. Here is my top 3…

1. Blueberry Donuts

As revealed on my instagram account, my favorite from this new brunch menu is Blueberry Donuts! If you want to add a sweet note to your brunch, Blueberry Donuts are perfect for sharing. Donuts are flavored with ginger and topped with blueberries sauce, vanilla ice cream, Chantilly and mint.

Blueberry Donuts – Photo Credit: Patricia Brochu

2. Orange Chocolate French Toast

Looking for “revisited” French toast? Orange Chocolate French Toast is waiting for you! This French toast is made with Hallah bread and topped with chocolate milk sauce, spices Chantilly, pecans, fresh and candied oranges.

Orange Chocolate French Toast – Photo Credit: Patricia Brochu

3. Super Healthy

If you plan to hit the gym right after brunch, opt for Super Healthy made with 2% plain greek yogurt, fruits, granola and Quebec’s wild honey. It’s light and full of energy with a dose of protein for your muscles!

Super Healthy – Photo Credit: Patricia Brochu

Brunch is served on Saturdays and Sundays (including certain public holidays) from 10 am to 3 pm, reserve your seat(s) online at Les Enfants Terribles. Also, note that the restaurant will open its 5th location in May at Magog in the heart of innovation district.

Montreal Brunch Restaurant L’Avenue Opens In Saint-Henri

L’Avenue Saint-Henri – Photo Credit: Patricia Brochu

It’s official, well known brunch restaurant L’Avenue just opens its second location in Saint-Henri neighborhood on Notre-Dame Street West at walking distance from Lachine Canal and Atwater market.

The new location preserves L’Avenue original signature with a decoration mixed of urban influences designed by Montrealer artist Alex Scaner and vintage furniture style (don’t miss to visit the bathrooms….).

Chef Alexandre Loiseau – Photo Credit: Patricia Brochu

To refresh the menu, Chef Alexandre Loiseau has concocted new dishes inspired by local ingredients which I have been invited to try in exclusivity a week ago. Both fancy and hefty, these new dishes confirm that brunch is a meal where creativity has no limit. And guess what? New vegetarian and gluten free items have been also added!

Yogurt – Photo Credit: Patricia Brochu

Pancakes – Photo Credit: Patricia Brochu

I can’t conclude without mentioning the burning question on everyone’s lips ” what about the waiting line?”…well, all I can say is hurry up guys! First come first served 🙂

L’Avenue

3612 Notre-Dame West

922 Mont-Royal East

Opening hours: 8am to 4pm (Mon – Sun)

Healthy Brunch at Liv Salades in Mile-End

Opened few months ago in the heart of Mile-End on Saint-Laurent, Liv Salades is specialized in gourmet salads made with fresh ingredients coming from their garden harvests and the market.

Liv Salades is not a typical salad bar, when you enter you instantly feel like home! The atmosphere is cozy and intimate with a minimalist decoration. It’s the perfect place to enjoy a guilt-free meal with your fitness partner, friends or family!

Within their vision of growing, brunch menu will be serve on Saturday starting on March 25th. From avocado toast to salmon bagel, everyone is welcome regardless of your food habits. The philosophy of Liv Salades is to invite you around the table whether you are vegan, vegetarian or meat lovers.

Over the weekend, I had the pleasure to try this delicious menu! To give you a taste of what awaits you, here is my selection…

Avocado Toast – Liv Salades

Crêpes Anna Banana – Liv Salades

Finally, guess what? This little green oasis has two outdoors terraces to welcome you during summer to enjoy sun and nutritious meal!

Liv Salades

5350 Saint-Laurent, Montreal