Turquoise Blog’s Favorite Montreal Restaurant Dishes 2020 – Part 4 (#45 through #59)
45. Aguachile shrimps – La Cantina (Downtown)
Because of my OCD, everything is listed in alphabetical order so up first to kick off 2020 we have La Cantina’s aguachile shrimps! This dish is basically an extra spicy shrimp ceviche, but a very good one. The heat was a bit too much for me (although I like to think I eat quite spicy lol) but the combination of flavours going on was just so good; way better than your regular old shrimp ceviche. For more on La Cantina, click here or here!
46. Apple beignets – Le Passé Composé (Village)
I adore everything Le Passé Composé makes (as you’ll see in Part 5), and their apple beignets are no exception to this. For some dumb reason, I thought these were going to be more like apple flavoured donuts, or donuts with apple chunks, but no, its straight up deep-fried apple slices, and they are delicious. They are perfectly crispy on the outside and nice and soft on the inside. For more on Le Passé Composé, click here!
47. Arroz negro paella – Olé Tapas (West Island)
If you love paella and seafood, then Olé Tapas’ squid ink seafood paella is a must try. Everything from this dish was on point: the cook on the rice and seafood and the seasoning on both too. Its a bit far (Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue) but well worth the trek out there not just for the paellas, but also their very extensive tapas menu and their Spanish imported products boutique! For more on Olé Tapas, click here or here!
48. Beef carpaccio – MUCCA (Little Italy)
I haven’t eaten very many beef carpaccios in my life, but I’ve definitely had a change of heart since I’ve tried MUCCA’s beef carpaccio. All of their steaks are Canadian and aged in-house for a minimum of 40 days and you can really taste the quality in their carpaccio (and steaks too!). Their carpaccio is super smooth and flavorful and comes with the perfect garnishes to enhance the carpaccio’s flavours. For more on MUCCA, click here!
49. Bikini trufado – Bo’ Dégât (Petite-Patrie)
This Spanish twist on your classic grilled cheese pretty much contains everything I love all in one mouth-watering sandwich: bread, melted cheese, Iberian shoulder 100% Bellota (paleta) and truffle spread. AND IT TASTES LIKE ALL THE INGREDIENTS IT SAYS ARE THERE. This is basically a super fancy but oh so yummy and decadent grilled cheese that you have to try. For more on Bo’ Dégât, click here!
50. Birthday cake latte – Café Le VSL (Ville-Saint-Laurent)
Not only are Café Le VSL’s lattes beautiful (and instagrammable), they’re also really good! I hate bitter coffee and Le VSL’s are anything but. They’re nice and smooth and flavourful too. For more on Café Le VSL, click here!
51. Bún bò Huế – Restaurant Pho Viet Huong (Villeray)
On the last day of 2019, I had my first ever bowl of Bún bò Huế and it was delicious! I knew what it was before, but I’d just never had it, as I always order pho cause I’m addicted to it. So when the owner of Pho Viet Huong offered me a small bowl of each, I couldn’t say no! The Bún bò Huế was so good; full of lemongrass, spices, flavourful, spicy and nice chunks of seasoned beef. A very very good soup.
52. Cacio e pepe tartufo ravioli – Bistro Amerigo (NDG)
Pretty much any pasta is already good as it is, so add some truffles and you’ve got yourself some VERY GOOD pasta. Bistro Amerigo’s cacio e pepe tartufo ravioli were a real delight, with all that truffle goodness and that super creamy and delicious sauce they were bathing in. For more on Bistro Amerigo, click here!
53. Chicken and waffles – India Rosa (Plateau)
India Rosa’s chicken and waffles brunch dish is one of the best brunch dishes available out there right now. Delicious homemade waffles, topped with perfectly crispy, juicy and seasoned chicken, Sunday mornings don’t get any better than that. Their entire brunch menu is unique and creative spins on classic brunch dishes, as well as some Indian dishes too and its definitely worth a try. For more on India Rosa’s brunch, click here!
54. Chicken tajine – Darna Bistroquet (Petite-Patrie)
I ate quite a few tajines when I was in Morocco, but none like Darna Bistroquet’s tajine. The French spin on this famous and Moroccan classic was rich and super flavourful, but in a different way. Tajines are typically quite heavy on certain spices – cumin, ginger, to name a couple – but Darna Bistroquet attributes a bigger focus on the chicken itself and serves it with a crispy skin rather than just a piece of spiced skinless boiled chicken. For more on Darna Bistroquet, click here!
55. Chorizo and Nordic shrimps salad taco – Grumman 78′ (Saint-Henri)
Unfortunately, Grumman 78’s chorizo and Nordic shrimps salad taco is not a permanent item on their menu, but let’s hope they bring it back in the spring of 2020 cause it was DE-LI-CIOUS! First, the tortilla of the taco was loaded with melted cheese (already a winner right there), then filled with delicious bits of chorizo and then topped with a fresh and flavourful Nordic shrimps salad. A real delight for any surf n turf lovers! For more on Grumman 78′, click here!
56. Chorizo cream toast with quail egg – Hispania (Outremont)
Yep, welcome to the chorizo category lol. As you can tell, I pretty much love anything with chorizo in it haha. Hispania’s chorizo cream toast with quail egg was so good Alex tried to make me some the very next day (no kidding lol). This dish consists of a toasted slice of bread, smothered in rich, creamy, salty and smoky chorizo spread; almost like a cream and then topped with a sunny side up quail egg. A real delight for any chorizo lover! For more on Hispania, click here or here!
57. Chorizo quesadillas – La Cantina (Downtown)
If you like chorizo and melted cheese (who doesn’t?!) then you’ll for sure ADORE La Cantina’s chorizo quesadillas. Really, that’s all I have to say about these. Chorizo and melted cheese. La Cantina. For more on La Cantina, click here or here!
58. Coquille St-Jacques – La Belle et La Barbe (St-Hubert, South Shore)
La Belle et La Barbe puts a great twist on this famous (French? Québécois?) dish, by serving it decomposed and its one helluva huge portion. If you like Coquille St-Jacques, you’re sure to love La Belle et La Barbe’s as it is delicious and probably the best one I’ve ever eaten. Th mashed potatoes are silky smooth, rich and creamy, the seafood is excellent and the whole dish is full of garlic (which I love) and bits of bacon (lardons). For more on La Belle et La Barbe, click here!
59. Côte de veau Milanaise – Le Chien Fumant (Plateau)
Ok, so I haven’t actually been to Le Chien Fumant, buuuut I did eat their côte de veau Milanaise at another restaurant (don’t ask) and it was absolutely fabulous. I’d heard great things about Le Chien Fumant’s menu so I was super happy to try it. I was a bit disappointed by it though, until the veal chops – three to be exact – were served to us (we were a group of 6). This isn’t a veal chop, its a VEAL CHOP, still on the bone, lightly breaded and fried and then topped with carbonara pasta. SO. GOOD. If you like meat and pasta (hellooo), then you’ll adore this dish. For more on Le Chien Fumant, click here!
Stay tuned for Part 5, featuring dishes #60 to #74!
*All opinions and photos are mine