Posts Tagged ‘montreal’

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.


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

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.


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…


  • 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


Posted on: February 13th, 2009 by admin No Comments

L’Express is somewhat of an institution in Montreal, the Parisian-style bistro has been around for almost 30 years and is always busy. Locals love it as much as visitors do, and I have to agree, it is quite delightful. It is true- l’express does not offer the finest French food in the city, but for a bistro it is a consistent blend of good service, a good wine list and good food. It is open for breakfast until late – around 3am, and you will need to book for a table in advance. The staff are very knowledgeable about the substantial wine list and the menu, so you can take their recommendations seriously.

I highly suggest the hand made ravioli and the pistachio and duck liver pate. They also do great steak frite, quail and rillette, you get bread and a jar of pickles at your table when seated. There is no obvious sign advertising the presence of the restaurant, only its name discreetly spelled out in white tiles in the sidewalk. I suppose it doesn’t really need to call attention to itself as most of Montreal knows where it is, and anyone else who happens to chance by it is lucky.lexpress

  • Address: 3927 rue St-Denis, Montreal, (just north of Roy)
  • Phone: 514 845 5333
  • Hours: Mon-Fri 8am-3am, Sat-Sun 10am-3am
  • Price range: $14 – $25 (mains)
  • Rating:****

Out for breakfast

Posted on: February 9th, 2009 by admin No Comments

Sometimes it really is a massive treat to go out for breakfast, isn’t it? Last weekend we went to La Petite Marche on St. Denis where we have often been before. Lately however, things have not been going in our favor and this review is to warn fellow Montrealers and visitors about the risks of going out for breakfast, here in particular.

Obviously there are some key times when a place gets really busy in the mornings- on the weekends. So if you can make it out of bed and to breakfast before 10 am you should be home and hosed. Also, unless you don’t mind a wait, you shouldn’t assume you’ll get very good service until noon at most places.

La Petite Marche is quite large, so it does get crazy busy, the seating waitress is insanely stressy though, which really puts a damper on breakkie. We waited over an hour on this particular day (partly for a table and then after ordering). When we asked what was happening, our other waitress told us she forgot to put in our order. We left. This little restaurant is really cute inside and has been good when it’s not busy. They tend to go more for quantity over quality. Ideally you should be able to get breakfast any time of the morning- cooked food should not be cold (numerous times now) and your order should make it to and from the kitchen within an hour.

  • Address: 5035 St. Denis, Montreal
  • Phone: 514 842 1994
  • Hours: daily 7:30 am – 11:00 pm, Breakfast from 7:30 am -4:00 pm
  • Price range: $10.00 -$25.00
  • Rating: **


Posted on: February 6th, 2009 by admin No Comments

If you want to go out somewhere cosy and warm in Montreal, try l’anecdote on the plateau. They make a range of meals, but are best known for their choice of tasty burgers, from your usual hamburger to a deer and blue cheese. You won’t be disappointed, they’re perfectly cooked and a realistic size. We like to share a club sandwich for 2 sometimes as well. Really good fresh comfort food served in a sweet 1950′s inspired diner.

  • Address: 801 Rue Rachel E on the cnr of St Hubert
  • Phone: 514 526 7967
  • Hours: Mon – Fri 7:30 am – 10:00 pm, Sat – Sun 9:00am – 10:00pm
  • Price range: $8.00 -$20.00
  • Rating: ****