Archive for the ‘Restaurants’ Category

Lola Rosa Cafe

Posted on: September 3rd, 2009 by admin No Comments

Now that we moved and are missing our old neighborhood haunts, we’ve had to find new ones. Lola Rosa is a small vegetarian/vegan restaurant that was a very nice surprise. The food has a Latin American feeling, lots of burritos and quesadillas served in generous portions. This vegetarian food is full of flavor and very reasonably priced. Many of the meals can be modified to be vegan, you only have to ask.

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It must get really busy with students when the school year begins again, but when we went the service was relaxed and quite fast. Apparently the menu changes regularly to incorporate foods in season (which we love) so it will be well worth returning.

Update: It DOES get extremely busy with students during the school year, so it’s worth booking ahead.

  • Address: 545 rue Milton (between Aylmer and Lorne), Montreal, QC
  • Phone: 514 287 9337
  • Hours: Mon-Fri: 11:30am – 9:00pm Sat-Sun: 12:30pm -9pm
  • Price range: $9 – $18 mains

Patisserie Fous Desserts

Posted on: April 18th, 2009 by admin No Comments

It has been a while since we’ve reviewed somewhere on eatpress. It may be due to the final weeks of winter keeping us all indoors with home-made soup. However now that the weather is nicer, it is fun to pop over to (the best) croissant bakery in Montreal, which we happen to live close to (and to be honest winter doesn’t keep us away).

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Patisserie Fous Desserts is a lovely little bakery and chocolatier. The specialties here are hand-made chocolates, little sweets, and viennese pastries, if those words right there don’t get you excited, wait till you try the delicacies. Earlier we mentioned that they make the best croissants in Montreal (made with organic wheat)- a huge call indeed, and, obviously, these things are personal, due to your particular taste in what makes a croissant perfect. Could also be confirmed by the fact that they sell out by mid-morning, but never fear- they do an afternoon bake also. To be honest we love Fous best for its almond croissants, which are by far the most delicious things ever to be created in a bakery.

The hand-made chocolates are absolutely lovely, with a gorgeous flavors ranging from pink peppercorn dark chocolate, to caramel rum and fleur de sel milk chocolate. Their sweets are also amazing- read how they describe one of them- le phénix…

  • Le phénix reveals an intense inner core under a sweet cloud. Mounted on a brownie layer, a thin chocolate coating hides a light Caribbean chocolate mousse wrapped around an Araguani cocoa ganache. The density of the cocoa blends delicately with the moistness of the cake. Accompanied by a glass of port, Le phénix is simply heaven on earth!

Rose nougat brioche, palm pastry with organic cane sugar, truffethé, la mont framboise, as well as lots of teas and coffees, really you should just get to Montreal somehow and try these…

  • Address: 809, rue Laurier Est, Montreal QC
  • Phone: 514 273 9335
  • Hours: Tue-Wed 8am-6pm; Thu-Fri 8am-7:30pm; Sat 8am-5pm (closed Sun & Mon)

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Mara’s Homemade

Posted on: March 18th, 2009 by admin No Comments

This weeks restaurant review is courtesy of NYCase, but we can back up everything mentioned here as Mara’s is one of eatpress’ fav places to eat in New York city too.

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Who ever thought of going out for great Louisiana Cajun in New York City? Well, if you crave giant servings and good old fashioned family service, then Mara’s Homemade is the place to go. Mara herself is usually working most nights, and if not her husband should be at the bar and her kids usually wait tables too. Mara loves to get your taste-buds tingling with a long list of specials for the night. She usually gives hints as to what seafood the kitchen just got in fresh so it’s good to listen to her. Be warned– she will try to make you overeat so embrace it or be strong and stick to one main as they are big portions. The very extensive menu ranges from pot pies to almost every kind of seafood, to great ribs and delicious desserts.

The decor is none too flash, but it has a warm, welcoming atmosphere and the cocktails are delightfully served in jam jars. I have had some delicious ribs at Mara’s, served on a tray with jalapeno corn bread and a choice of sides. I also partook in what I will always remember as the “Shrimp fest of 08″ where I ordered the Shrimp Special and proceeded to eat huge amounts of shrimp with my hands. I tasted shrimp cooked in ways I’ve never imagined before, some a bit spicy for my weakling mouth but nonetheless delicious. If you like oysters there are always fresh ones to be had.

If you have room you can’t go past the desserts, handmade by Mara. The peach cobbler is what I would call “perfect” and the strawberry pie is mouthwatering essence of strawberry delight.

This is ironically one of my favorite places to take people to who are visiting New York. I know it’s not traditional fare, but it definitely is unique and when it comes down to it the food is just so good I’d go anywhere to get it.

Address: Mara’s Homemade, 342 East 6th St. Between 1st & 2nd Ave

Phone: 212-598-1110

Hours: Open Mon,Wed, Thu 5pm-10:30pm; Fri 5pm-11pm; Weekends 4pm-11pm

Prices: Starters – $5 – $19, Mains – $8 – $24

The menu at Mara’s highlights Gluten free and Dairy free options too.

Au Pied de Cochon, Montreal

Posted on: March 2nd, 2009 by admin 2 Comments

Au Pied de Cochon is another well known Montreal restaurant. Owned or at least somehow affiliated with Chef Martin Picard, it is an unassuming, extremely well staffed little restaurant, not fancy but also not your average night out. Granted many of the Quebecois style dishes are aka heart-attacks on a plate, but especially in this snowy weather, a little warm duck fat never went astray.

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So the food is rich. There is duck fat everywhere, you definitely need to be prepared for what is in store for your arteries at Au pied de Cochon. That being said, the meals we received were quite special, the appetizers are something to behold. Duck carpacchio, Goat cheese with beetroot (a thing of beauty), an exploding little mouth bomb of foie gras cromesquis, tarragon bison tongue, bison tartare, many different fois gras, there is ridiculous fois gras poutine (poutine is a Quebec specialty- usually fries with cheese curds and gravy), but the best of the night- the guinea hen liver mousse. This mousse was quite possibly perfection, just served with the right number of ingredients to make the taste buds delight.

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The mains were more hearty and less outrageous. Lamb shank served with lentils and tomato did indeed fall of the bone with softness.  The venison stew was enough to feed a small family, deliciously tender. Traditional steak et frites, huge pork chops (pork is the specialty here), fish of the day and the strange duck in a can (?). There is a rather pleasant beer brewed for Au Pied de Cochon on tap and some wonderful, wide-ranging wines.

The thing about good restaurants is the details don’t you think? Attentive, well informed, friendly wait staff, clean cutlery, room temperature butter, warm plates, enough to drink, all the little things that you don’t want to think about while being out- taken care of without your noticing. This really is a treat and does make for a perfect night out of dining

Sadly, as is so often so, dessert was missed, as our stomachs, full of the charms of two rather large courses, could not fit more. Without a doubt, though, we shall return.

  • Address: 536 Deluth E, Montreal QC.
  • Phone: 514 281 1114
  • Hours: 5:00 pm – Midnight every day but Monday
  • Price range: starters from $5 – $12, mains $20 – $28
  • Rating: ****

Best Bagels

Posted on: February 26th, 2009 by admin 2 Comments

Montreal is very lucky to have a number of amazing bagel bakeries. There is generally much debate as to who makes the better bagels in town, and people are quite fervent about their particular bakery, ours is Fairmount Bagel. The original sesame bagel they bake at Fairmount is the best food on the planet. A big call? Indeed, but there is nothing quite like a fresh warm bagel available any time of the day or night. Fairmount is a cute bakery established in 1919 where you can watch the bagels being made and yes- it is open 24 hours. Traditionally hand made, boiled twice and then wood fired, these little treats are truly something special.

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If you’re ever in Montreal as a visitor, be sure to go, and for all you locals, we’ve tried numerous bagels and we agree- Fairmount wins.

  • Address: 74 Fairmount O, Montreal Qc
  • Phone: 524 272 0667
  • Hours: 24 hours every day

Hey Londoners- want cheap eats?

Posted on: February 21st, 2009 by admin No Comments

A London restaurant has rid itself of bills for a month and is asking customers to pay what they believe the food and service is worth.

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Peter Ilic, owner of the Little Bay restaurant group, will not present a single food bill to diners at his Farringdon Road restaurant in Central London during February. “It’s entirely up to each customer whether they give £100 or a penny. All I’m asking is they pay me what they think the food and service is worth,” Mr Ilic, who has run restaurants in London for more than 26 years, explained.

The February menu at Little Bay Farringdon includes ingredients that wouldn’t be out of place at Michelin-starred establishments including foie gras, smoked salmon, caviar and fillet steak meaning the experiment, while undoubtedly drumming up plenty of interest, could also make a substantial dent in the bottom line.

“It just seemed the right thing to do with everyone under the cosh and feeling pretty miserable. We have seen so many more city folk coming into the restaurant lately, looking for a better value lunch,” Mr Ilic observed. “We’re well known for serving great food at very competitive prices and this is the ultimate value for money meal.”

It is not the first time a restaurant has used this marketing approach to entice diners, with not-for-profit Melbourne restaurant Lentil As Anything allowing customers to decide how much they would like to donate for the meal they receive.

And for Mr Ilic the brave move has reportedly been paying off in terms of the turnover at his restaurant, being forced to turn away some potential customers despite the recession in the UK. However, he has admitted that the average spend per head has dropped by around £5 (A$11).

  • How about that? It’s a bit like what Radiohead did with their latest album, letting the people decide. I guess it’s a good recession gimmick, because if people like it, I’m sure they’ll be back to pay.

Address: 171 Farringdon Road, London, EC1R 3AL

Phone: 0871 223 8034

La Vieille Europe

Posted on: February 19th, 2009 by admin No Comments

This is not really a restaurant, it’s a deli, but they well deserve a review for their natas alone. Natas are little Portuguese custard tarts and at La Vieille Europe they make them just so perfect that both Beans and I agree- they get a 10 out of 10.

La Vieille Europe deli sells a wide range of imported products from all across Europe. It has pretty much everything you need to enjoy a traditional European meal. The store sells over 300 different types of cheeses from all the major cheese producers of Europe, as well as specialty meats, cold cuts, sausages, breads and over 30 different types of coffee beans, freshly roasted on the premises. It also has one of the largest selections of jams and teas, two particular English delicacies that we love, in all of Montreal. If you’re looking for some special treats they have crème brulée, caviar, truffles, heaps of condiments, tons of chocolate bars, spices and baked goods.

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You can get a sandwich at the deli counter and a pretty good coffee there (some people rave about them, but we’re yet to be convinced) and if you arrive early enough in the day- you can experience a natas…

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  • Address: 3855 St Laurent, Montreal. (just north of Roy E)
  • Phone: 514 842 5773
  • Hours: Mon-Wed: 7:30am – 6:00pm, Thurs-Fri: 7:30am – 9:00pm, Sat: 7:30am-6:00pm, Sun: 9:00am-5:00pm