Montreal Guide

New LOV in Downtown MTL

 

When it comes to vegan food I tend to look at it sceptically, especially for vegan cheese... I mean it's not cheese, it's cashews and spices! I am exaggerating a bit! Honestly, I think that every diet have their benefits. Vegan, for instance, makes you discover different ways of cooking. Who new that chickpea juice, once beaten in a mixer, foams itself up and ends up having the same texture as egg whites!? 

This fairly new vegan restaurant, called Lov, on Mcgill, opened up a new branch in Downtown Montreal, more specifically on "De la montagne" street. I thought the food, the decor and the feel of the place was worth mentioning in this post. If you like trying out new things, you should definitely stop there and eat the food. I am sure you'll like it!

"Foodchain" in Downtown Montreal

 

This new restaurant/healthy fast food situated in Downtown Montreal, opened today and displayed the meticulous work that was put in the food as well as the place's design. "Foodchain", though the name rises questions concerning the 101 law on french language, is a salad place that promises a potential for multiple branches opening. It's seems the salad concept is the trend right now for restaurants; just by looking at Mandy's salades gourmandes fourth branch that opened in the old Montreal we can easily say salads are a safe bet! Foodchain though, tries to offer more of a young and easy vibe that manifests itself through the display, the design and the opened kitchen that presents a view on the busy employees preparing the salads.

Charles-Antoine Crête, owner of the Montréal Plaza, is the one with his sous-chef Cheryl Johnson behind the 8 original salads offered on the menu. Knowing the chef's amazing talent and his previous work, I was expecting something more crazy, still the pairing of the ingredients pointed out his acute sense of balance of flavours. As for the design of the place, it was led by none other than Zebulon Perron, the master of restaurant design when it comes to the city of Montreal. Foodchain's design rimes with efficiency and freshness, qualities at the heart of the concept. If you happen to be in the neighboorhood, make sure to stop by.

Pop up at Melbourne

 

The first time I went to the Melbourne Café I felt I was entering a real Australian Coffee Shop. The place is filled with Australian souvenir-like objects. Between the virgin Mary on the wall, the polaroids sticked on the mirror and the plastic kangaroo next to the marzocco machine, you get the feeling you're entering someone's own home. The coffee is really good; true to the third wave way of making coffee. I went there today with my family for a nice brunch since it was the last weekend of their pop up brunch. They don't usually serve food except for pastries but they've decided to collaborate with a great young chef called Saad Bahbahni (@ozwaldfelixcreates). I think the notion of having a pop up kitchen is really interesting. Not only is it nice for the chef to be able to cook sporadically without the stress of owning a place, but it also gives another vision of the Café to its customers. The food was delicious and nicely presented. I don't know if the owner plans to make another pop up brunch soon but make sure to go check the place anyway. As for Saad, check out his instagram to see is creations and whereabouts.

*The Café is located on St-Laurent Street between Villeneuve Street and Mont-royal avenue. It is kind of easy to miss because it's under the balcony of a three story high apartment building. I am telling you this in advance, just in case you would want to go. 

Brunch at Byblos

 

This restaurant located on Laurier street in the Plateau, is one of my favorite brunch places. When I go there, it always feels like a treat. When I think of the Byblos, I think of a place that's welcoming and peaceful. The owner is a hard working Iranian woman. She is at the restaurant every day, taking the orders of almost every customer. I love this place mainly because it feels like I'm visiting someone else's house; a cozy, eclectic, lively home. The best time to go is at brunch. My favorite course, the number four, a choice of omelet, with a beverage, bread and homemade marmelades. 
Make sure to stop if you come to Montreal!

Here's two feta omelet, a halym pudding, a mint tea, a bundle of delicious bread, and three different marmelade all of which are succulent!

Here's two feta omelet, a halym pudding, a mint tea, a bundle of delicious bread, and three different marmelade all of which are succulent!

Orange Blossom | Carrot & Oranges | Rose petal & Pistachios

Orange Blossom | Carrot & Oranges | Rose petal & Pistachios

Mint tea, Mediterranean style.

Mint tea, Mediterranean style.

 

The Fonderie Darling Gallery

 
Greg Lauren Jacket, Studio A/W Bag, Club Monaco T-shirt, Robin's Jean Pants, Chloe Boots.

Greg Lauren Jacket, Studio A/W Bag, Club Monaco T-shirt, Robin's Jean Pants, Chloe Boots.

I had a little oughting with a friend this weekend at the Fonderie Darling. We were really pleased with the exhibitions! The first gallery exposed works by Sarah Greig. The room had a meditative and calm atmosphere due to the monochrome photos. Moreover, I really appreciated the contrast created with the coloured columns. The second gallery showed works made by the artist Julie Favreau. It was quite diversified; a mix of photography, sculptures and videos placed in a huge dark room which made the art seem grandiose. 

Going to museums or galleries is always a nice way to spend the time, you get to see things that distract you while gaining some knowledge. This is why I'm looking forward to the next exhibition I'll go to!