La Belle et la Boeuf Burger bar

The beauty and the beef burger bar opened in downtown near Guy-Concordia! We went to try it out and it’s a fun place. The decor and menu are quite funky, filled with jokes and pop culture references. I would come back to try out their drinks for sure!

This time, we just tried their famous burgers.

The hamburger meat patty is a generous 8oz size. I wouldn’t say it’s super special in taste…(I’m not a burger connoisseur anyways) but the patty is juicy on the inside which is good enough for me! I wonder if it’s going to taste even better if they are confident in their beef enough to grill medium rare burgers. 🙂

One special thing on the plate is the cool-aid pickle (yes, it looks kinda red). It tastes like a normal pickle, but with a funny taste, like medicine maybe? I don’t even know how cool-aid is supposed to taste like if it’s mixed with the sourness of a pickle. I surely didn’t hate it. But wouldn’t go out of my way to order it either.

La Belle Et la Boeuf Burger bar Downtown location

La Belle Et la Boeuf Burger bar
Downtown location

La Belle Et la Boeuf Burger bar - Mushroom burger 8oz ground Angus beef patty, swiss cheese, shallot-sauteed with Parisian mushrooms, caramelized onions and wine sauce. Coleslaw, cool-aid pickles and sweet potato fries

La Belle Et la Boeuf Burger bar – Mushroom burger
8oz ground Angus beef patty, swiss cheese, shallot-sauteed with Parisian mushrooms, caramelized onions and wine sauce. Coleslaw, cool-aid pickles and sweet potato fries

 

La Belle Et la Boeuf Burger bar

1620 Saint Catherine St W Montreal, QC H3H1L9

(514) 507-8558

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Kyo Bar Japonais

Kyo Bar Japonais is an Izakaya located in old Montreal, one of the most touristy corners under Place d’Armes hotel. Considering the location, I would say their price is actually reasonable.

In my most recent visit, I got to try both tapas and sushi from them. The ingredients are fresh, and presentations are nice. But I’d say their tapas leaves a stronger impression than sushi.

 

Grilled black cod is one of my favorite things on izakaya menus. This one is also quite good! The rich taste of black cod mixed with miso is a perfect combination. I even ate the slightly crispy skin.

Kyo Bar Japonais - Gindara Saikyo Yaki Miso Cod Grilled black cod marinated in white miso

Kyo Bar Japonais – Gindara Saikyo Yaki Miso Cod
Grilled black cod marinated in white miso

 

Out of curiosity, I ordered the sparkling sake. It turns out to taste like sake mixed with sparkling water… Nothing special…

Kyo Bar Japonais - Gekkeikan Zipang Sparkling sake

Kyo Bar Japonais – Gekkeikan Zipang
Sparkling sake

 

Braised pork belly is fatty pieces of pork. It’s not as greasy when eaten with the salade at the bottom of the bowl. It may be a bit too much if I had a whole bowl of it. But just a couple pieces is perfect for enjoyment.

Kyo Bar Japonais - Kakuni Pork Braised pork belly

Kyo Bar Japonais – Kakuni Pork
Braised pork belly

 

Their sashimi pieces are surprisingly large and thick cuts. No complaints as the fish is fresh and tasty!

Kyo Bar Japonais - Omakase sashimi Salmon, butter fish, white tuna, red tuna, yellowtail

Kyo Bar Japonais – Omakase sashimi
Salmon, butter fish, white tuna, red tuna, yellowtail

 

I can’t really taste the green apple in sake tataki, probably because the sweetness is a lot less noticeable when eaten together with the salmon roe. But overall this tastes like another plate of sashimi with condiments because the salmon is not really seared.

Kyo Bar Japonais - Sake Tataki Salmon served with ponzu sauce, ikura, green apple

Kyo Bar Japonais – Sake Tataki
Salmon served with ponzu sauce, ikura, green apple

 

Rainbow maki has a satisfying amount of fish in it. However, it’s less impressive compared to the rest of the dishes. Probably because it doesn’t have a burst of flavor like the other options. But it’s still quite good for filling up my stomach to finish up a meal.

Kyo Bar Japonais - Rainbow maki Shrimp tempura, tuna, salmon, albacore, striped bass, avocado

Kyo Bar Japonais – Rainbow maki
Shrimp tempura, tuna, salmon, albacore, striped bass, avocado

 

Kyo Bar Japonais

711 Côte de la Place d’Armes,

Montréal, QC H2Y 2X6

514 282-2711

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Garage Beirut

Garage Beirut is a small Lebanese restaurant on MacKay that won praises from real Lebanese people. 🙂 I think that verifies the authenticity of their food.

I’m not a stranger to middle eastern food. But I was still somewhat lost when looking at the menu filled with words I’ve never seen before. Good thing I had my Lebanese friend with me to recommend some of her favorites. 🙂

 

I was at first hesitant to order Shanklish because of the goat cheese. In general I’m not a big fan of strong tasting cheese. However, this is so well done with the herb and condiments that I don’t really taste the normal “goat” flavor in the dish. Wrap a bit of cheese in the pita bread and it’s simply delicious!

Garage Beirut - Shanklish Aged cheese, mixed with diced tomatoes, onions, parsley and olive oil

Garage Beirut – Shanklish
Aged cheese, mixed with diced tomatoes, onions, parsley and olive oil

 

Fattouche is a simple salad with fried pita bread, a generous sprinkle of sumac spice, and pomegranate seeds garnished on top. All the extras added a crunchiness to the salad. Very refreshing.

Garage Beirut - Fattouche Mix of fresh vegetables served with fried pita bread

Garage Beirut – Fattouche
Mix of fresh vegetables served with fried pita bread

Garage Beirut - Hummus

Garage Beirut – Hummus

 

Kabab is no doubt a signature dish. My favorite out of the four is definitely the chicken. It’s so juicy and tender!

Take a chuck of the kabab, dip it in hummus, then wrap it in a piece of pita bread. Yum!

Garage Beirut - Mixed Grill Chicken, filet mignon, beef and lamb kababs

Garage Beirut – Mixed Grill
Chicken, filet mignon, beef and lamb kababs

 

Garage Beirut

1238 Rue Mackay Montreal, QC H3G2H5

(514) 564-2040

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Zoe’s Food truck

Zoe’s food truck mostly serves big portion delicious sandwiches!

 

I tried their Sloppy Jane sandwich ($8) the other day and it was amazing!

It’s filled with minced hamburger meat with chili and coleslaw. Nom!

There’s so much filling inside that after eating the sandwich I still had a meal’s worth of meat and chili left.

 

Zoe's food truck - Sloppy Jane

Zoe’s food truck – Sloppy Jane

Muvbox – Lobster Roll

Muvbox is a little restaurant inside a container located in old Montreal. It’s such a fun concept and a great spot to grab a snack during your stroll in the old port.

There are two Muvboxes in old port. One is Porchetta, the other is the lobster roll stand (or lobster box!).

I’ve only tried their lobster roll so far and may go back for the other items on the menu.

Muvbox

Muvbox

 

The lobster roll is a bit pricy at $13.75 after tax. They are quite generous with the lobster as you can bite into chucks of fresh lobster meat. But the size is so small that I would need 2 to make it a worthy meal…

The price value relationship definitely reminds me of the gourmet food trucks. 😛

Muvbox - Lobster Roll

Muvbox – Lobster Roll

 

Muvbox

Place du Génie,
Old Port of Montréal
(corner of McGill and de la Commune)

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Nudo

Nudo is one of my go-to cheap eats spot in Chinatown. The price is under $10 for one bowl of noodles. Of course it’s a typical Chinatown restaurant and you can’t expect fancy decor or presentation. But the food is well worth the money!

They specializes in pulled noodle made by pulling the dough many times into thin noodles.

I love their noodle because the soup is so flavourful, and the noodles are just the right amount of chewy. The marinated vegetable on top of the noodles also adds to the overall deliciousness.

 

My typical order is a small dish of edamame to start. Then the usual braised beef noodle soup. Yum!

Nudo - Edamame and marinated vegetables

Nudo – Edamame and marinated vegetables

Nudo - Braised beef noodle

Nudo – Braised beef noodle soup

 

Nudo

1055 St Laurent Boulevard Montreal, QC H2Z1J6

(514) 508-9636

They have another location in Eaton center food court, with the chef pulling the noodles in the booth as well!

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$1 Oysters in Montreal – 2014 edition

I love oysters and I cannot lie! So what’s better than slurping on $1 oysters that won’t break my wallet (or my nails when shucking)?

Oysters

Oysters

Here’s a list of the cheap oysters spots I know about so far. Let me know if you’ve discovered new great spots, or have found out one of the places no longer offers $1 oysters.

Disclaimer: Lots of the oyster specials are seasonal. So it’s better to call the restaurant and confirm that they still have the special on the day of your visit!

 

1. La Bêtise

6015 Saint Hubert St, Montreal, QC H2S2L8

(514) 274-8288

http://labetise.com/

$1 Oyster Mondays

I just covered this last week. The food was delicious!

 

2. Cartel Streetfood Bar

101 Fairmount West Montreal, QC H2T2M4

(514) 564-9996

http://www.cartelstreetfood.com/

$1 Oyster Wednesdays with a purchase of $5 sparkling wine

I went there last year. The oysters were delicious but it took forever to arrive. 😦 You’ve been warned. Order a couple dozens the minute you sit down to make sure they arrive fast!

 

3. Bier Markt

1221, boul René-Lévesque , Montréal, Québec, H3G 1T1

514 864 7575

http://www.thebiermarkt.com/

$1 Oyster Every Monday to Thursday from 5PM to 8PM

 

4. Lawrence

5201 blvd St Laurent, Montréal

514 503 1070

http://www.lawrencerestaurant.com/

$1 Oyster Happy hour 5:30-7:00 pm on weekdays

 

5.  Le North End

5800 de la Roche

514 507 6678

http://lenorthend.com/

$1 Oyster Sundays

 

6. Globe

3455 Boulevard St-Laurent Montreal, Quebec H2X 2T6

(514) 284-3823

http://www.restaurantglobe.com/

$1 Oyster Thursdays

 

7. Flyjin

417 rue St-Pierre, Vieux-Montréal

514 564-8881

http://www.flyjin.ca/

$1 Oyster Wednesdays

 

8. Bar Mme Lee

151 Rue Ontario Est, Montréal, QC H2X 1H5

438-383-7673

Mme Lee

$1 Oyster Tuesdays