Every Sunday, Griffintown's Mano Cornuto transforms into a haven of Italian tradition. Dive into a four-course feast that feels like home, yet surprises every time. At $40 per person, it's an unmatched culinary journey in Montreal. From fresh salads kissed with unique vinaigrettes to pasta dishes that sing with authenticity, and desserts that melt your heart. And, if you're in the know, the porchetta add-on is a must. Paired with curated wines and special cocktails, Sunday at Mano is more than a meal; it's an experience.
Mon Lapin has forged its reputation as one of the best restaurants in the city thanks to its impeccable consistency on all levels. The restaurant on Saint-Zotique Street has distinguished itself since its opening by offering refined cuisine, personalized service, an exceptional wine list, and a unique atmosphere.
Bar St-Denis is rapidly ascending Montreal's culinary ladder, and for good reason. The magic lies in the dedication of David Gauthier, Emily Holmsy, and their gifted crew. Among a menu of standout dishes, the Deer Kibbeh Nayeh stands out. This raw deer delicacy, with its creamy texture and subtle sweetness, is a testament to premium local sourcing. Garnished with mint and onions, and enriched by a premium olive oil drizzle, it's a symphony of flavors. Paired with spicy chili-brushed flatbread, every bite promises a new revelation.
If you haven't lunched at Impasto, you're missing out. Seriously, make a reservation. With Luca, Charles, and Deborah at the helm, expect a parade of culinary delights from appetizers to desserts. Their weekly pasta specials, crafted by the genius Pastapooks, are a revelation.
Step into Bernie Beigne, where the art of doughnut-making comes alive five days a week. Here, every doughnut is a testament to handcrafted perfection. From mixing to frying, garnishing to serving, the team ensures each piece is fresh and flawless. Watch as Bobby masterfully handles the dough, while Philippe, with drumsticks in hand, flips and glazes. George, John, and Dean complete the ensemble, each adding their unique touch.
With a spread of 23 tempting varieties, making a choice can be daunting. Yet, for purists like me, the plain, warm, glazed doughnut is unparalleled. It's a bite where simplicity meets perfection, letting the craft shine. If Bernie Beigne isn't on your radar, it's high time. And for those who've tasted their magic, there's always a reason to return.
Snowdon Deli isn't just a restaurant; it's an institution. For those in the know, it's a nostalgic trip down memory lane. For newcomers, it's a delightful discovery waiting to happen. This iconic Jewish deli, with its vibrant matzo ball soup and cheese bagelach, transports you straight to the heart of classic Miami eateries, echoing the charm of places like Wolfie’s Rascal House. Outlasting local legends like The Brown Derby and Ben’s, Snowdon Deli stands as a testament to timeless taste and tradition.
Living next to Arthurs on rue Notre-Dame felt like having a culinary gem right at my doorstep. Having known Rae from high school and Alex for years, it was a joy to witness their first day and the birth of the latke smorgasbord. From those early beginnings, Arthurs has grown into a gastronomic powerhouse.
But the true pièce de résistance? The Grand Slam. Imagine crispy Noshville fried chicken, soft mini Syrniki, rich all-beef bacon, and flawlessly fried eggs, all complemented by classic American diner-style hash browns. It's a symphony of flavors and textures, challenging you to capture every ingredient in a single, unforgettable bite.
Breaking the monotony of Griffintown's dining scene, Nolan offers a familiar yet refreshing ambiance, reminiscent of cherished gatherings with friends. Under the expert guidance of Chef Tyler Flamand, formerly of Knuckles, the menu sings with seasonal local produce. Communal small plates pave the way for a traditional spread of vegetables, pasta, meats, and fish.
While every dish at Nolan is a delight, the Nolan Roll stands out. A gourmet twist on the cheese stick, it melds Montreal smoked meat, Emmental cheese, and sauerkraut, perfectly complemented by a red bell pepper sauce. It's an unmissable treat that keeps patrons coming back for more.
At Kitano Shokudo, Hiroshi Kitano's culinary prowess takes center stage. A native of Japan, Hiroshi's early culinary beginnings shine through in every dish, blending advanced techniques with unique flavors. Montreal is indeed fortunate to be his chosen culinary playground.
While the nigiri is a must-have, the mazemen is the showstopper. Translating to "mixed noodles," mazemen is a symphony of flavors and textures. Whether it's the umami-rich lobster mazemen or the luxurious caviar edition, each variant is a testament to Hiroshi's genius.
A recent standout was the uni and bone marrow mazemen. Words can't do it justice; it's a dish to be experienced. From house-made pickles to the freshest cuts of fish, every offering at Kitano promises a gastronomic delight that leaves you yearning for more.