If you are looking for a place where you can bring in a special occasion then Les Deux Singes de Montarvie is where your search ends. This is a wonderful French restaurant perfect for a romantic dinner or for a quiet evening with close friends. Dimly lit, the interior always emanates a warm glow and the seats give a lovely view of the city outside. Dishes at Les Deux Singes de Montarvie are crafted to perfection and they arrive at your table looking like a work of art. The restaurant has an impressive selection of wines to complement your meal and you can rely on your servers for suggestions over the labels.
If you thought an only-vegetarian restaurant would be boring and bland, then do think again. Casa Del Popolo, translated as 'The House of the People', serves up vegetarian delights that will satisfy even a meat lover. Try their Vege Pate or Spicy Tofu, and let the healthy goodness transcend you to the other, greener, side. However, if vegetarian food is a strict no-no, then never mind, because they do have a wide selection of drinks, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic, and a fine program of events. Call to know more.
Shaika is an artist-run café which regularly hosts art exhibitions, magazine launches and concerts for young Montreal bands. The food is decidedly healthy, and the sandwiches are even named after the neighborhood streets. The Oxford includes bagels, cream cheese, smoked salmon and capers. The house favorite is The Harvard with turkey, cheddar cheese, avocado, tomato and onions; and the Melrose is made up of roasted peppers, goat-cheese and mixed greens. Furnishings here are simple, and the décor changes depending on the exhibiting artist.
One of Montreal's great culinary institutions, this cramped, somewhat dingy deli, Schwartz's, makes the smoked meat (Montreal's version of pastrami) to which all others are compared. The line can be horrendous on weekends, the service is impersonal at best, and you are likely to be shoehorned into a table with a gaggle of total strangers. That said, the classic meal of a smoked meat sandwich, fries, pickle and a Cott's Cerise Noire cola is a genuinely transcendent experience. If the line seems unreasonable, takeout is a perfect alternative.
Situated in a prime location, Kyo Bar Japonais is a gastropub that has an upbeat and swank atmosphere. This bar and restaurant offers several shochu-inspired cocktails, a large selection of sushi as well as a range of sake. Some of its recommendable items are the Maguro Tataki, Ginjo sake, and other izakaya(Japanese tavern) classics. The bar specializes in small plates and also boasts of an extensive liquor selection. The community table setting encourages conversation and is a good way to make new friends. For those who love tapas-styled Japanese food in a laid-back environment, Kyo Bar Japonais is a good choice.
As you step foot inside Salon Mogador, you are sure to be engulfed in aromas of exotic spices that form the basis of Moroccan food. The restaurant has a stunning interior; every corner of the place is decorated with African paraphernalia. Even the seating spaces are quintessentially Moroccan with colorful mosaics all over. Meaty dishes are favored the most here, of which the Tajine simply cannot be left out. Belly dancers sway to the tunes of African music on certain nights at Salon Mogador.
Located at Montreal's historic Old Port, L'Usine de Spaghetti is housed within a historic building that is believed to be where Charles Dickens wrote a part of A Tale of Two Cities. With a rustic ambiance and antique décor, the restaurant proudly embraces the rich history of its surroundings, even naming each of their dishes after the city's neighborhoods and famous personalities. The restaurant offers a selection of dishes that are masterful compilations of traditional Italian flavours and the goodness of home-style cooking. Some popular choices include lamb shank braised in red wine, duck leg confit, chicken parmesan with spaghetti and home-made tomato sauce, and spaghetti with meat sauce. L'Usine also offers an excellent wine list, complementary garlic bread and an extensive salad bar to complement your meal.
Located in the heart of Old Montreal in a two-hundred-year-old building, Solmar has been serving Portuguese fare in Montreal for almost 40 years. Specialties include fresh seafood and traditional Portuguese dishes. The restaurant boasts an extensive collection of rare ports in their walk-in cellar. Main dishes include pink snapper, shrimp in Madeira wine, or rack of lamb in a Port wine sauce. The live traditional Portuguese bands make the experience here authentic.
Maple Delights is a charming spot and a must visit if in Old Montreal. This sweet bistro and museum is a wonderful way to discover this national pride. At the bistro you can relish delish baked goodies, gelatos, candies, waffles, milkshakes, coffees and sorbets, all with the goodness of maple syrup and sugar in them. Check out their small museum that gives an insight of how the sap is collected. You can also taste the products made from maple that highlight its unique quality.
Ming Tao Xuan is a tea cafe which serves a huge variety of teas prepared in typical Chinese style. It has some vegetarian appetizers as well. Entire room is decorated with Chinese artworks and paintings. You can find beautiful Chinese and Japanese articles like tea cups, spoons, containers, etc. They also have beautiful jewellery made from local stones and beads. You can also check and order these items from their website. They deliver to almost all the parts of the world.
The bright green name of Chez Maxim Oriental on the second floor of a building on Saint-Laurent street makes it convenient to spot. This spacious restaurant offers delicious and authentic Chinese food with lot of liquor options. The place is known for its large portions and traditional Cantonese flavors. This neat and simple place is suitable for lunches and dinners. The full-of-flavor variety of rice, noodles, soups, dimsums and other native food items take you on a journey to China, that you will remember for lifetime.