A version of this article was first written for the Montreal Tourisme blog
The much-awaited third edition of MTL à TABLE – Montreal’s Restaurant Week – will be taking place from October 30th to November 9th 2014. In association with Wine of France, over 140 restaurants will be participating in this year’s edition by offering 3-course, set price menus for $19, $29 and $39. This is a tasty opportunity for all food-lovers to go on a delicious discovery of one or several Montreal best restaurants at an affordable price.
MTL à TABLE also offers a slew of other gastronomic activities that will be taking place in and around that week.
One of the best ways to go on a culinary discovery of Montreal during MTL à TABLE is to take part in a savoury tour. Four gourmands neighbourhoods are highlighted in these expertly led tours by VDM Global Culinary Tours. Built around the idea of a 5 à 7 – a Montreal beloved tradition also known as happy hour – the tours will start with a glass of wine from France and a bite and continue with a 2-hour culinary exploration of the area. Will it be an evening stroll in Old Montréal, an evening jaunt through Mile-End, Happy Hour in Little Burgundy and Saint-Henri or a Toast to Upper Class Traditions in the Golden Square Mile? The city is your oyster and the choice is yours to make.
Several activities featuring wine and bubbly are planned during the entire month of November, making it one happy month. Listed among the many great events are dinners with fabulous wine pairings as well as wine events with thousands of products to taste and hundreds of winemakers, distillers and brewers on hand to answer all your questions. Rare bottles, bubbly and Quebec cheeses are also on hand for your tasting pleasure.
Events on Mont-Royal Avenue
For the duration of the event, six restaurants on Mont-Royal Avenue will be inviting guests to dine by the soft glow of candlelight.
Les 7 doigts de la main
A circus show paired with great food makes for a unique and unforgettable evening.
Toqué! and Europea celebrate Relaix & Châteaux
Both restaurants proudly bear the Relaix et Châteaux label and will be creating special MTL à TABLE $69 menus.
I, of course, have already made my choices and reservations and here they are:
La Chronique: because I always love revisiting this great restaurant and even better when it’s for a more affordable price. Although to be honest, I always order the foie gras extra since they make the best foie gras in town!
Tapas24: because this restaurant by Barcelona-based celebrity chef Carles Abelan has been open for a few months and I haven’t had the chance to visit yet so this will be a great opportunity to get to know those authentic Spanish tapas a bit better.
Van Horne: because I’ve always had a soft spot for this tiny and elegant restaurant and I haven’t visited in a while.
Callao: because Peruvian food and I love Peruvian food, as simple as that.
I am probably going to book one or two other spots so here are a few other suggestions:
BarBounya, Tapeo, Les 400 coups, Inferno, Chez Victoire, EVOO, H4C Place St-Henri, FoodLab, Restaurant SU, Laloux, Pastaga, Patrice Pâtissier, Chez l’épicier. You can also read this article I wrote on some of MTL à TABLE’s most romantic restaurants.
For more details on all MTL à TABLE activities and to make your reservations, head to www.mtlatable.com. One word of advice, reserve as soon as you can because most restaurants will sell out for this event.
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