Montreal. You think you’re so cute with your European flair, your sidewalk terraces, and joie de vivre. Your poutine and smoke meat sandwiches may set you apart from your sister cities, but you are more than that. You are a paradox of chic and grungy. A plethora of flavors, textures, and complexity.
This site is about the love affair one forms with Montreal and its food. Whether you’ve lived here all your life or have come for a short visit – you will know that the city’s restaurant scene affords an infinitesimal array of experiences. Our intention is to compound a series of posts about the quality eats the city has to offer. The reviews will focus on fantastic (and perhaps not so fantastic) restaurants we visit. Before showing you some of our favorite places, let’s clear the air a bit. This blog will focus mostly on food, but other venues are subject to review as well. Also note that we leave the city on occasion and when we do, we’ll be sure to write about great places to eat and drink outside of Montreal. Consider this a random place-to-go generator of sorts and tailored for the indecisive.
Some of you may read restaurant reviews by professional food critics in the newspaper. If you are like us, you will find that your Saturday mornings are spent reading nothing but tedious and scathing reviews by L. Chesterman and her peers. You will also notice that these columns often review the same restaurants three times in one year (Bice anyone?). Montreal has some of the most incredible, charming, unusual and often unexpected restaurants and bars waiting to be discovered. That’s where we come in.
Some of you may also turn to restaurant reviews online. These are sites that are often sponsored by (what-else) restaurants and either give extremely biased reviews or are comprised of forums where people just like you will write little one-liners about the fabulousness of a place and others will berate their dining experience in meticulous detail and hope it will propel the restaurant into bankruptcy. This is also where we will try and help you out. We promise to deliver unbiased reviews, while giving you something more to go on than just two chili peppers out of ten, or: “worst restaurant ever – waiter brought my check without me asking! BOYCOTT this place!!”. So save the drama for your mama, because a great restaurant does not deserve to be verbally massacred because of a trivial mistake by a waiter.
Also note that no place is too lowly, too trendy, to out-of-the way, too commonplace, too popular, too little popular, too new or too old to be featured.