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 🙂

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.

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)

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 Société Montreal – Photo 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 – Photo Credit: La Société 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