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 🙂

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

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 side. Our 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.

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

Cr̻pes Anna Banana РLiv 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

New Menu At Crudessence Raw Vegan Restaurant

Beetroot Carpaccio – Photo credit: Sylvie Li

Since its first steps with delivery service of organic lunch boxes to cooking classes, Crudessence celebrates 10 years of healthy food with new raw vegan menu revisited by executive Chef Sarah Karook available in Greater Montreal and Quebec locations (restaurants and counters).

Chef Sarah Karook – Photo credit: Sylvie Li

Chef Sarah Karook is very familiar with vegan cuisine with 15 years of experience in this specific food field. Today, as a proud ambassador of Crudessence, her mission is to democratize vegan cooking and make it more accessible.

The new menu is inspired by foreign cuisine of several countries and reflects the image of people of our beautiful Quebec province. From Italian flavor to vadouvan Indian spices, each meal is highly nutritious, organic and sustainably sourced.

Lasagna – Photo credit: Sylvie Li

Salad and Vandouvan Plate – Photo credit: Sylvie Li

The idea of raw menu is to offer the optimal potential of food for a fully healthy experience. I invite you to visit one of their restaurants or counters at Avril Supermarché Santé and Comptoir la Moisson to try the new menu.

Food and Health: Expo Manger Santé et Vivre Vert 2017

The 20th edition of Expo Manger Santé et Vivre Vert will be held on March 24th, 25th and 26th at Palais des Congrès de Montréal. More than 35,000 visitors are attending for one of the most largest food exhibition in Quebec. This exhibition is the unmissable event of the Spring which gathers in one spot the best resources in food, health and environment.

This year the theme of the Montreal Vegetable Cuisine Championship is ecogastronomy and will be hosted by Caroline Dumas on March 25th at 10:30 am. Participants will have to come up with a gourmet hand held that uses local products and anti-waste. Each candidate will have 30 minutes at its disposal to create the meal under the watchful eye of the jury composed of the cuisine editor-in-chief of Coup de Pouce magazine, Catherine Clermont, columnist and author Bob the Chef as well as the nutritionist Bernard Lavallée.

Moreover, among the exhibitors, several of my favorites vegetarian and vegan restaurants will be represented as Lola Rosa, Aux Vivres, Copper Branch, Crudessence and more.

Entrance: 11$-14$ ( free for 16 and under)

Info about opening hours and exhibitors list : expomangersante.com

Palais des Congrès de Montréal

1001 Place Jean-Paul-Riopelle, Montreal

New Brunch Menu At La Société Montreal French Bistro

La Soci̩t̩ Montreal РPhoto Credit: Patricia Brochu

With the upcoming Spring season, La Société Montreal French Bistro located in Loews Hotel Vogue welcomes you with a new brunch menu elaborated by Parisian Chef Gilles Tolen who made his debut at well-known establishment Café de la Paix in 2009.

For those who are familiar with Montreal foodie scene, Chef Gilles Tolen created two menus at Decca77 as Executive Chef and was also involved in culinary events such as Le Chop, Cuisine du Quebec and MTLàTable.

Chef Gilles Tolen РPhoto Credit: La Soci̩t̩ Montreal

The new brunch menu offers revisited classics such as Eggs Benedict, various types of Omelet, Mimosa cocktails and more. Moreover, the menu allows you to plunge into La Société spirit with fresh Oysters, Champagne, Tartars with croûtons and lunch plates.

I particularly appreciate the fact that the menu offers healthy and varied choices. Even as a vegetarian, you will easily find something that fit your need without having to ask for special treatment. With my sweet tooth, I chose the Belgian waffles (maple syrup comes in supplement), the Mount Royal granola bowl (proud Montrealer) and the Moulin Rouge cocktail ( Paris is always on my mind).

La Société Brunch Menu: Belgian Waffles and Moulin Rouge Cocktail

La Société Brunch Menu: Mount Royal Granola Bowl

To make your foodie experience even better, reserve your seats with OpenTable.

La Société Montreal

1415 de la Montagne Street, Montreal

New Brunch Menu at LOV Restaurant in Old Montreal

Brunch at LOV Restaurant – Photo Credit: Patricia Brochu

Because weekends are made for brunches, LOV Restaurant now offers brunch menu from 10 am to 3 pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Chef Stéphanie Audet and her experienced team put together local and botanical ingredients to prepare this brand new brunch menu.

Whether you have large or small appetite, you will definitely find a plate suitable for you! The brunch menu proposes toast, salads, waffles, trendy smoothie bowls and more. Each dish has its own signature with a unique combination of ingredients. My two favorite plates are the avocado toasts and the waffles with fresh fruits and cashew yogurt topping!

Avocado toast – Photo Credit: Patricia Brochu

Waffles – Photo Credit: Patricia Brochu

If you have an account on OpenTable, note that you won’t be able to make a reservation during brunch hours because it’s first arrived first served. That being said, reservations are accepted by phone for groups of 6 people and more. Consequently, if you want to skip the lineup you know what you have to do 🙂

LOV Restaurant

464 McGill Street, Montreal

Comptoir 21: One of the best Fish n Chips in Montreal

Comptoir 21 has 5 locations in town and is ranked among the best Fish n Chips in Montreal according to Google reviews.

Comptoir 21 – Homemade Fries

To celebrate winter season warmly and to invite people to go out to eat, Comptoir 21 has a very special promotion for you! Every day until March 21, the temperature felt at 11 am and at 5 pm represents the percentage of reduction on food. Yes, you read it right! If the temperature ” feels like ( according to MeteoMedia)” – 15C, prices will be reduced by 15%.

And guess what? Comptoir 21 is vegetarian friendly and offers a homemade veggie burger on the menu. I went to St-Viateur location (because Mile-End is one of my favorite area in town) to taste it and it was worth it!

Comptoir 21 – Veggie Burger

This burger contains no animal product so you can also bring your vegan friend with you there!

Visit Comptoir 21 Facebook page to know the daily discount 🙂

New Restaurant for Healthy Food Lovers in Montreal

Brand new LOV Restaurant located in Old Port offers organic, local and vegetarian food.

LOV Restaurant - Photo Credit: Patricia Brochu

LOV Restaurant – Photo Credit: Patricia Brochu

Chef Stéphanie Audet, previously part of the Crudessence team, created a vegan menu with vegetarian options (eggs and dairy products). “I want to offer food that is healthy , good for the planet and tasty too!” said Stéphanie.

LOV Restaurant РChef St̩phanie Audet

LOV Restaurant welcomes you for breakfast, lunch and dinner from Monday through Saturday with choices of smoothie bowls, starters, burgers, salads, tartines and more.

LOV Restaurant - Breakfast

LOV Restaurant – Breakfast

LOV Restaurant - Starter

LOV Restaurant – Starter

LOV Restaurant - Burger

LOV Restaurant – Burger

They also serve fresh cocktails created by Romain Cavelier (Mal Nécessaire, Henry St-Henry, L’Gros Luxe) and natural wines carefully selected by Steve Beauséjour (Rézin) to create an immersive experience.

LOV Restaurant - Cocktails

LOV Restaurant – Cocktails

I had the pleasure to be part of the Grand Opening night last week and as a newly vegetarian I was pleasantly charmed by the delicious tastes and the fresh decor. This place is a must try 🙂

LOV Restaurant

464 McGill Street, Montreal