Rosewood – Bar & Restaurant with Rock & Roll

Rosewood is a new bar & restaurant in old Montreal, right next to Joverse. The menu is actually quite relaxed with mostly burgers, chicken wings and salad. It’s something I can enjoy in T-shirt and jeans. But probably due to the location, most of the guests are still dressed quite well, maybe too well for picking up burgers and bite into them with full force.

I tried the Rosewood BBQ chicken wings, and watermelon spritz. Nothing to write home about, but good enough to make me lick the fingers.

Rosewood - chicken wings

Rosewood – chicken wings

The most impressive part of Rosewood is definitely the music! The owner is rock star Jonas Tomalty, from Montreal. And the playlist ranges from classic rock to contemporary hits. We were sitting in our seats and amazed with the wonderful music! Too bad they don’t have a dance floor. 😦 We were itching to groove to the beats! (It might be the cocktail talking.)

The music is a bit loud and you’ll need to yell a bit for your friends to hear you. But it’s great if you are not in there for sophisticated conversations and just want to enjoy some rock music and a drink. Their bar selection is quite extensive and I’m sure you can find what you fancy!

Rosewood

Rosewood

 

Rosewood Montreal

60 Rue Saint-Jacques, Montréal, QC H2Y 1L2

(514) 843-8585
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Invitation V – Vegan restaurant

Invitation V is a nice vegan restaurant in Outremont area. According to my friends who have been keeping a vegetarian diet for a while, they have some of the best vegetarian dishes. Mostly because it’s a lot tastier than other places that serve up bland vegetables.

Vegan, or in it’s less aggressive form, Vegetarian food is all the rage these days. It’s certainly healthy, and more sustainable. But for me, it’s not so easy to keep a vegetarian diet because it can gets boring really fast… Invitation V did pretty well by using spices and condiments to add flavor to the dishes.

The rolls are just OK. The rice wrap is a bit too chewy…

Invitation V - Vegetable roll

Invitation V – Vegetable roll

The Burmese style soup was very delicious! It’s slightly sour with lots of Asian spice flavors. Definitely recommend it.

Invitation V - Burmese style chickpea soup with onions, lemon grass and black pepper

Invitation V – Burmese style chickpea soup with onions, lemon grass and black pepper

The crabless cake was good too. Even though it’s a bit weird tasting chunks of vegetable in it. The Cajun rice and sauce were very tasty.

Invitation V - New-Orleans crabless cake served with Cajun rice and basilic sauce

Invitation V – New-Orleans crabless cake served with Cajun rice and basilic sauce

Chia is probably the only “super food” I like. When chia seeds absorb the moisture, it tastes like bubble tea pearls, or pudding! In the cake, the chia seeds added a bit crunchy texture to it and was really nice! Even though the rest of the cake just tasted like a normal cake…

There was a kale chocolate cake on the table too and I totally didn’t like the taste of it…

Invitation V - Chia chocolate cake

Invitation V – Chia chocolate cake

Invitation V

254 Rue Bernard Ouest, Montreal, QC, H2V 1T5

(514) 271-8111

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Helena – Fine Portuguese Cuisine

Helena is a fine Portuguese restaurant located on McGill street in old Montreal. To be honest, I’ve never tried fine Portuguese food. My impression of Portuguese food is mostly Piri Piri chicken (which is delicious, btw!).

I went for lunch special. Table d’hôte at $22 is a pretty good deal! Especially considering a regular main dish is around $30-40 in the restaurant. However, it would be a good idea to prepare for an extra long lunch break because it does take a while to get the food.

To start up, the restaurant is beautifully decorated with lots of light. The bread is served in little white bags with the restaurant’s logo on them. A little detail but very cute and thoughtful.

Helena - Bread in a bag and olives

Helena – Bread in a bag and olives

I chose Caldo Verde as the appetizer. The taste is quite light and we had to ask for some salt and pepper. It seems to be the case for the rest of the meal. The flavor of the dish is not very salty or strong, to emphasize on the freshness of the ingredients.

Helena - Caldo Verde Portuguese soup, potatoes, chouriço,  kale, olive oil

Helena – Caldo Verde
Portuguese soup, potatoes, chouriço,
kale, olive oil

The roasted halibut is cooked just right. It’s also a bit light in taste. So we were happy to add a bit fleur de sel that was provided by the waiter.

Helena - Roasted Halibut

Helena – Roasted Halibut

Cheese cake is very delicious! It has chocolate flavored marbles inside. The unknown fruits on top is sour and compliments the taste perfectly.

Helena - Cheese cake

Helena – Cheese cake

Helena - Salmon Tartare

Helena – Salmon Tartare

Helena - Grilled Pork

Helena – Grilled Pork

Helena - Fried Fish Filet

Helena – Fried Fish Filet

Overall, the food is quite good. I’d definitely go back for their lunch specials. But not sure if I’d shell out $60-80 for a dinner there…

 

 

Helena

438 McGill, Montréal, Québec, H2Y 2G1

514-878-1555

TK Resto Bar – Kamayan

TK Restobar might have gained their fame with ramen burger. But I went for their Kamayan Thursdays with my friends.

Kamayan means eating using your hands in Filipino culture, and this is exactly what we did! (I seem to have done quite a bit of eating with hands these days.)  I would say this is a bonding experience for us because we all scooped up the food with our fingers and ate to our hearts’ content without the usual table manners.

In TK restobar, Kamayan is served on Thursdays at 7pm for groups of 4 or more. The food is spread out on banana leaves layer by layer. The menu varies each week depending on what they have available on that specific night.

We had fried chicken, meatballs with tofu, lumpia Shanghai (spring rolls with pork stuffing), spicy beef stew with carrots and potato, pork in coconut sauce, fried fish, fried pig ear, pineapple salsa, tomato salsa and eggplant. Everything is served on a bed of rice.

As you can see, this is a total feast! We were surprised by the sheer amount of food for just $25 per head! Not to mention dessert is also included.

There’s really no trick for eating with hands. You just have to dig in and not be afraid of getting dirty. I think my hands still smelled like food even after a couple hours. Everything was really delicious and well cooked. Well, except for the pig ear because no one can chew it. It was fried way too hard. 😦 My favorite would be the pork in coconut sauce and the meatballs with tofu. I’d totally order them separately when I go back next time.

TK Restobar - Kamayan

TK Restobar – Kamayan

TK Restobar - Kamayan

TK Restobar – Kamayan

TK Restobar - Kamayan Photo credit: Tamara

TK Restobar – Kamayan
Photo credit: Tamara

I don’t think I’ve ever had jack fruit before. It’s actually very good!

TK Restobar - Turon Banana Fritter. Fried banana and jack fruit with roasted walnuts and dulce de leche sauce

TK Restobar – Turon
Banana Fritter. Fried banana and jack fruit with roasted walnuts and dulce de leche sauce

 

Cute interior with all wood decor.

TK Restobar

TK Restobar

TK Restobar

5940 Victoria Avenue Montreal

(514) 731-0638
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Nil Bleu – Ethiopian Restaurant

Nil Bleu is an Ethiopian restaurant with beautiful decor. There’s even a piano at the back of the restaurant and guests can play during their visit (if they are good at it, obviously. :P).

 

A lot of the food are supposed to be eaten with hands! It’s really a fun experience.

I tried Assa Watt, which is sole cooked in Berberé sauce made with many different spices. It actually tastes a little bit like curry because of the strong, distinct flavor.  The dish is served with pancakes (which taste like crepes). Just take a piece of the pancake and roll up some fish and vegetables. Delicious!

Sorry for the comparison to other food, it’s a bit hard to explain without using examples. 🙂 I’ve never had Ethiopian food before and this is definitely a unique experience!

Nil Bleu - Assa Watt Filleted sole cut into cubes and cooked in Berbere sauce

Nil Bleu – Assa Watt
Filleted sole cut into cubes and cooked in Berbere sauce

 

Nil Bleu / Blue Nile Restaurant
3706 St Denis, Montreal, Quebec, H2X 3L7
(514) 285-4628

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