Discover new dining experiences at MTLàTABLE 2016

From 3 to 13 November 2016, 150 Montreal restaurants will be taking part in MTLàTABLE, which celebrates its 5th anniversary this year. Thanks to the formula of three courses for $21, $31 or $41, it’s the perfect opportunity to treat yourself and try something new while staying on budget. So without further ado, here’s a guide to what’s on offer (menus are subject to change). [photo credit: Susan Moss]

Accords - Le bistro

1
22, rue Sainte-Catherine E, Montréal, QC H2X 1K4

The $41 evening menu, created by Simon Mathys, offers a first course of broccoli, mussels and sunflower seeds or potatoes and Avonlea cheddar. For mains, you have a choice of two dishes: trout, squash and ricotta or guinea fowl with beans and cream of leek. For dessert, it’s up to you to decide between the Mexican chocolate with smoked cacao or the pear with white chocolate and pumpkin seeds.

Artigiani Pizzeria Cucina

2
4657 rue Saint-Denis, Montréal, QC H2J 2L5

Chef Anthony Del Balso, who runs this popular Italian restaurant on the Plateau, awaits you with a three-course meal for $31, with a starter of baked pears with blue cheese and walnuts or tomatoes with Burrata cheese and basil. For the main course, you have the option of a beef stew with tagliatelle pasta or a pizza with snails, mozzarella and caramelized onions. For dessert, you’ll have to choose between an Italian puff pastry (Sfogliatelle) or a bowl of strawberries with sweetened ricotta and balsamic vinegar.

Au Petit Extra Restaurant

3
1690, rue Ontario E, Montréal, QC H2L 1S7

In this establishment on Ontario Street East, the first course is a choice of fish soup, foie gras and dates, or salmon gravlax served with Labrador tea sour cream. For the main course, the choice is yours between cod fillet, the saddle of rabbit stuffed with Saint-Benoît-du-Lac blue cheese, or fettuccine in squid ink with tomatoes and lemon confit. A brownie with Grand Marnier orange salad for dessert will be sure to round your evening off with a smile.

Rosewood

4
60, rue Saint-Jacques, Montréal, QC H2Y 1L5

The $21 menu created by chef Colin Griffin offers a first course of bistro meatball marinara salad or homemade chicken nuggets. For the main, smoked trout, roasted chicken and the reverse seared flank steak (that’s just how they do it) are bound to test your decision-making skills. Dessert is unlikely to provide any relief in the deliberation stakes; you’ll have to say ‘I do’ to either the maple sugar pie or the gingerbread cake. Please note that on 8 and 9 November, a cocktail competition will be held at Rosewood.

Soubois

5
1106, boul de Maisonneuve O, Montréal, QC H3A 1M7

Chef Guillaume Daly offers a menu at $41 that showcases the best in new cuisine. As a starter, choose between the duck tartare or carpaccio of celery root and shrimp. For the main course, your heart and your stomach will have to settle on either the salmon or smoked beef ribs served with a beet salad. For dessert, you’ll have to opt between the S’mores with chocolate ganache or the petits fours.

Inferno Restaurant

6
6850, rue Saint-Dominique, Montréal, QC H2S 3B2

Things will get heated in this Little Italy restaurant, where Mark Lanaro, Ashley Thornton and Nick De Palma await you with a $41 menu you might just sell your soul for. For starters: sautéed mushrooms with polenta, an autumn salad with yoghurt vinaigrette, or duck tartare. For the main, set your heart on the spaghetti with squash sauce, a risotto with beetroot, or braised beef cheek with market vegetables. Then return to your earthly body over dessert with a lemon square or carrot cake with cream cheese frosting.

GURU bistro indien

7
3464, rue Saint-Denis, Montréal, QC H2X 3L3

The $21 menu at this Indian bistro run by chef Inderjeet Sandhu features some of its specialties, including a first course of soup or Chaat Puri (spicy fried bread and potato), followed by a Basa fish dish served with curry sauce, Saag chicken (spinach and chicken breast) or a regular or vegetarian thali. For dessert, treat yourself with a gulab jamun: baked pasta dumplings served in a rose water syrup.

Chez Lévêque

8
1030 Av Laurier, Outremont, QC H2V 2K8

The French cuisine of chef Pierre Leveque is bound to put a smile on your face during the 5th MTLàTABLE event. By way of starters, the $41 menu features a mixed salad, homemade black pudding, or beet millefeuille with Blue Benedictine cheese. For the second course, you’ll have to choose between the sweetbread medaglioni, the Matane shrimp risotto, and the gnocchi with Île-aux-grues cheddar. Dessert won’t be any easier, with the Oka cheese raclette, rum baba, and a chocolate sweet all fighting for your attention.

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