Mimi La Nuit – New Bar & Restaurant in Old Montreal

Mimi La Nuit is a new bar & restaurant opened at the old location of Le Piano Rouge. The whole place is renovated is a very cool spot to spend a night. It’s mainly a bar with delicious cocktails and nice wine selection. Even though food is not their main focus, the few dishes we have tried are innovative and delicious. The portions are bigger than I have expected as well!

Mimi La Nuit - Oysters with Vodka!

Mimi La Nuit – Oysters
with Vodka!

Their oysters are served with tiny squeeze bottles of vodka (yes, it’s real vodka! Not as strong as your regular shots but you can definitely feel the drops you put on the oyster), fresh lemon juice and home made hot sauce. There’s also a sauce that you can serve with the little lime slice spoons. Very cute!

Mimi La Nuit - Prosciutto with Brussel Sprouts

Mimi La Nuit – Prosciutto with Brussel Sprouts

Mimi La Nuit - Lamb Collar Taco

Mimi La Nuit – Lamb Collar Taco

The lamb collar taco is probably my favorite. It’s served with chucks of lamb, sauce which tastes like mustard based, coleslaw and soft warm tortillas. I enjoyed the process of assembling my own tacos. The lamb meat fell off the bone and the coleslaw really brought out the taste of the whole dish.

Mimi La Nuit - Fish and Vegetables

Mimi La Nuit – Fish and Vegetables

If you are looking for a nice night out in Old Montreal, I’d definitely recommend a visit to Mimi La Nuit. They are in the process of renovating the second floor as well and it will be a dance floor/event venue. Look forward to that! 🙂

Mimi La Nuit
22 Rue Saint Paul Est
Montréal QC H2Y1G3
(514) 507-5449

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Communion – MTL à TABLE visit

Communion is another great restaurant in Old Montreal that we have visited during MTL a Table. The ingredients are seasonal and fresh, the taste in many cases is flavorful but still light.

Communion

Communion

Entree

My favorite is the beet salad. It’s simple and refreshing. The candied pecans added crunchiness to the whole plate and the sweet taste complements the beets quite well.

Communion - Zucchini Carbonara, bacon, green onions, arugula, sweet potato

Communion – Zucchini Carbonara, bacon, green onions, arugula, sweet potato

Communion - Clam Chowder, bacon, potato

Communion – Clam Chowder, bacon, potato

Communion - Beet salad, endives, candied pecans, blue cheese

Communion – Beet salad, endives, candied pecans, blue cheese

Main Course

The winner for me is definitely the scallop! The scallops are seared to perfection. The hint of coffee in the sauce really is delicious. And the wild mushrooms are just amazing!

The second would be the braised beef macreuse. The meat melts in the mouth and the portion is quite big as well.

Communion - Braised beef macreuse, gratin dauphinois, red wine sauce

Communion – Braised beef macreuse, gratin dauphinois, red wine sauce

Communion - Pumpkin Risotto, fall harvest vegetables

Communion – Pumpkin Risotto, fall harvest vegetables

Communion - Seared Scallops, maple coffee gastric, wild mushrooms, romanesco, rabioles

Communion – Seared Scallops, maple coffee gastric, wild mushrooms, romanesco, rabioles

Dessert

Compared to the rest of the meals, the dessert didn’t stand out. The chocolate mousse had a bit too much cream on top. And the crustade aux pommes wasn’t really special.

Communion - Crustade aux pommes

Communion – Crustade aux pommes

Communion - Chocolate mousse

Communion – Chocolate mousse

Overall, I still like Communion for its fresh and flavorful French food even though the dessert selection during the event wasn’t quite satisfying. I’d go back just for the scallop. 🙂

Communion
135 Rue De La Commune Ouest
Montreal, QC H2Y4B2
(514) 937-6555
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Helena – MTL à TABLE visit

I went back to Helena during MTL à TABLE and this time was even better than the lunch special! The presentation of the food is just so beautiful. The taste is delicious and the food is just the right portion for us.

Helena

Helena

Appetizers

The grilled octopus is very tender and reminded me of Greek grilled octopus. Super good! That’s my favorite appetizer.

Helena - Grilled Octopus Grilled Octopus, tomatoes & peppers

Helena – Grilled Octopus
Grilled Octopus, tomatoes & peppers

Helena - Red Tuna Pave Red tuna pave, green pea cream, mint & chourico

Helena – Red Tuna Pave
Red tuna pave, green pea cream, mint & chourico

Main dish

The olive puree on the black cod is the highlight of the dish. It complements the fish perfectly.

Helena - Seared black cod Seared black cod, virgin chick peas and olives puree

Helena – Seared black cod
Seared black cod, virgin chick peas and olives puree

Helena - Rack of lamb Rack of lamb, maple roasted grelot potatoes, bacon and vegetables

Helena – Rack of lamb
Rack of lamb, maple roasted grelot potatoes, bacon and vegetables

Helena - Calamari rice Calamari rice, giant grilled shrimps

Helena – Calamari rice
Calamari rice, giant grilled shrimps

Dessert

Speaking of Portuguese dessert, most people will think of natas. Helena’s version is cute and sweet. And the chocolate crumbs are surprisingly delicious too! Not just a useless decoration. 🙂

Helena - Pasteis de nata

Helena – Pasteis de nata

Helena

438 McGill, Montréal, Québec, H2Y 2G1

514-878-1555
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Osteria Venti – Fine Italian Cuisine in Old Montreal

Venti Osteria is a fine Italian restaurant located in Old Montreal. It serves up delicious and slightly pricy food. But the overall atmosphere is warm and welcome. And the food is amazing! I’ve always been skeptical about expensive Italian food because I don’t think they are that much different from each other. But Venti Osteria truly blew my mind!

We went during Montreal a Table event and tried their $39 table d’hôte menu.

Venti Osteria

Venti Osteria

Venti Osteria - Bread

Venti Osteria – Bread

Antipasto

The tuna is super delicious! All the ingredients added to the flavor of the tuna and the acidity of the olives is perfect with the fish. This is probably my favorite dish of the night.

Venti Osteria - Crostone di tonno Olive oil poached tuna, olives, celery, onions and parsley

Venti Osteria – Crostone di tonno
Olive oil poached tuna, olives, celery, onions and parsley

Veal tail is a bit exotic for me. I feel it’s lacking a little bit of flavor. But the tail is cooked very well and melt in the mouth.

Venti Osteria - Coda alla vacinara Braised veal tail, soft polenta, marjoram

Venti Osteria – Coda alla vacinara
Braised veal tail, soft polenta, marjoram

Intermezzo

This is surprisingly spicy. But very good.

Venti Osteria - Fusiloni al pommodoro piccante e basilico Spicy tomato and basil fusiloni

Venti Osteria – Fusiloni al pommodoro piccante e basilico
Spicy tomato and basil fusiloni

Piatti

All of the main dishes are well prepared and very flavorful (and filling!) My favorite would be the shrimp on the trout!

Venti Osteria - Trotta allacqua pazza Poached trout with a fish broth, tomatoes, garlic, shrimps

Venti Osteria – Trotta allacqua pazza
Poached trout with a fish broth, tomatoes, garlic, shrimps

Venti Osteria - Ossobuco con fregula alla milanese Ossobuco alla milanese with fregula

Venti Osteria – Ossobuco con fregula alla milanese
Ossobuco alla milanese with fregula

Venti Osteria - Fettucine ai funghi Fettucine with wild mushrooms ragu and roasted duck

Venti Osteria – Fettucine ai funghi
Fettucine with wild mushrooms ragu and roasted duck

Dolci

At this stage we were already so full that we thought we couldn’t eat another bite. But the tiramisu was light, moist and fluffy, we finished it all… Such piglets we are…

Venti Osteria - Tiramisu al Frangelico e Galliano Tiramisu with Frangelico Galliano

Venti Osteria – Tiramisu al Frangelico e Galliano
Tiramisu with Frangelico Galliano

Venti Osteria

Venti Osteria

Overall, this is a great spot to try some delicious Italian food! Not another tourist trap in old Montreal. 🙂

Osteria Venti

372 St-Paul Ouest
Montreal, QC H2Y2A6
(514) 284-0445
http://www.osteriaventi.com/

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MTL à Table – That’s a wrap for 2014!

How many restaurants did you visit in the past week? I went to the following and every single place was excellent! Blog posts will be coming soon. 🙂

  • Venti Osteria
  • Helena
  • Communion
  • Barbounya

On another note, I have launched a new instagram account @abiteofmtl. Follow me for some food porn! So far it’s off to a great start. One of my photos was featured in Tourisme Montreal’s blog post (along with my foodie partner in crime Chenchew‘s shot):

19 MTL À TABLE PHOTOS THAT WILL MAKE YOU JEALOUS & HUNGRY

Imadake - Tuna tataki

Imadake – Tuna tataki

The photo was taken before this year’s MTL à Table, but hey, that was a great looking tuna tataki! 😛

That’s all for now. Can’t wait for the next edition! 🙂

Labarake – Beautiful location in Rosemont

Labarake is a restaurant in Vieux-Rosemont located in the old Angus Shops firehouse. I was a bit skeptical driving through seemingly endless streets in residential zones, but when I finally arrived, it was a pleasant surprise! Labarake is right next to a Loblaws and there was plenty of parking around. The restaurant itself was beautiful with exposed brick walls and high ceilings. The weather was too cold for sitting outside, but there is a spacious terrasse that could be a perfect spot to sip on some cocktails during summer.

Surprisingly, Labarake have $1 oysters from 5pm on Sunday – Wednesday at the bar (this means you’ll have to sit at the bar to eat their oysters). Of course we ordered some! Malpeque oysters are quite common in the supermarkets but they are very delicious!

The cocktails are superb and quite strong actually. They are tasty at first and then the alcohol kicks in. My friend ordered Emmielle which is fruity and refreshing. And I picked Bloody Marin from the caesar section because it comes with an oyster. 🙂 There is a bloody caesar served with bacon called Bloody Carnivore. Hmmm maybe I’ll try that next time!

For the main dish, we ordered braised beef and duck. I personally prefer the braised beef because it’s tender and melts in the mouth. However, both dishes are a little bit plain and could use a bit more complexity in the taste.

Thanks to Labarake for a great tasting experience. It’s a beautiful location in a quiet neighborhood and could be great for special events or parties. I’d head back during the summer to try out their terrasse. 🙂

Labarake

Labarake

Labarake

Labarake

Labarake - Oysters

Labarake – Oysters

Labarake - Duck

Labarake – Duck

Labarake - Braised beef

Labarake – Braised beef

Labarake

3165 Rue Rachel Est, Montréal, Québec H1W 1A3

(514) 521-0777

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Kuu Bistro – Amazing Japanese Izakaya

Kuu Bistro is a new Japanese Izakaya in downtown Montreal. They have the Japanese tapas style dishes, sushi rolls, and oysters.

A bit different from Imadake, the decor is very airy and bright with floor to ceiling windows looking out into Square Philippe. There’s also a second floor that can be a great private party venue.

The food is absolutely fresh and delicious. My favorite dishes would be the white fish carpaccio, and grilled miso black cod. The white fish carpaccio is lightly grilled on the outside and dipped in a rich sauce with different spices. I’ve always loved black cod. It’s a slightly fattier fish and the miso complement the taste very well.

For people who like sushi rolls ,they also have a fairly large selection of makis to choose from. Kuu lollipop is wrapped with cucumbers, very refreshing with tasty sauce to go with it.

They have different types of oysters on the menu as well, which is pretty rare for Japanese restaurants in Montreal.

I’ll definitely go back to sample the other half of the menu!

Kuu Bistro - Oysters

Kuu Bistro – Oysters

Kuu Bistro - Tacoyaki Squid balls

Kuu Bistro – Tacoyaki
Squid balls

Kuu Bistro - White Fish carpaccio

Kuu Bistro – White Fish carpaccio

Kuu Bistro - Kuu Lollipop

Kuu Bistro – Kuu Lollipop

Kuu Bistro - Grilled Squid

Kuu Bistro – Grilled Squid

Kuu Bistro - Ramen

Kuu Bistro – Ramen

Kuu Bistro - Assorted Sashimi

Kuu Bistro – Assorted Sashimi

Kuu Bistro - Grilled Miso Black Cod

Kuu Bistro – Grilled Miso Black Cod

Kuu Bistro - Kuu Roll

Kuu Bistro – Kuu Roll

Kuu Bistro - Miso Soup

Kuu Bistro – Miso Soup

Kuu Bistro - Ice cream

Kuu Bistro – Ice cream

Kuu Bistro

1219 Rue Philippe Square Montreal, QC

(514) 866-6800
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