Herbalicious and Spicy Fish Heads from the Toqué! Restaurant Cookbook

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I should subtitle this article "How to successfully use a kitchen torch and fail at decorating fish heads." In the Toqué! restaurant cookbook, the fish heads look all pretty. It's one of the restaurant's most popular (and simplest) dishes, but it turns out that when you take a … [Read more...]

Foxy Restaurant: A Buvette Chez Simone for Griffintown?

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It took me a long time to get to Foxy, but after one visit, it's a place I know I'll want to go again and again. Voted one of Canada's top ten best new restaurants by enRoute Magazine last year, I knew it was good. The owners also own Olive & Gourmando's, so they get the … [Read more...]

Montréal Plaza: Small Plates and Duck Breast

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What happens when the former chef de cuisine of Toqué! strews his beautiful mixes of ingredients, colours and flavours over tabletops in Little Italy? This: A lot of black truffles, crispy puffed rice and duck fat. And the best part? About a third of small plates, … [Read more...]

Top 10 End-of-2016 Restaurants in Montreal

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This is a 100% subjective list of the restaurants in Montreal that earned top marks for me this year, or held strong from previous years. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. But for something new...well, go to: 1. Le Fantôme This fine dining place in Griffintown is tasting … [Read more...]

Living for Charcuterie, Chicken and Chenin at La Buvette Chez Simone

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How do you define Montreal as a food city? We have a little of everything, but we specialize in a very open interpretation of French-inspired cuisine. We're grazers – a little of this and a little of that, all accompanied by a glass of wine or a beer. And we enjoy a … [Read more...]