As the Holidays approach it gets tough to keep a calendar open! Last week’s biggest events included two restaurant openings, one gigantic bar opening and ended with a quiet Saturday brunch. Let’s get into it.
Fried chicken and champagne. Those words are enough to get me out of the house and into a restaurant anywhere in the city. Bird Bar is latest restaurant to open in the area where Griffintown meets Little Burgundy. Located on Notre Dame the speciality is fried chicken and a whole lot more. The grand opening brought crowds out in droves on a rainy Tuesday night in Montreal. Packed to the rafters we sampled bites from the kitchen while throwing back wine, champagne and cocktails. A full review of the restaurant will be up in the new year but for now, you might want to check it out for yourself. 1800 Notre Dame west; http://www.lebirdbar.com/
It’s rare that I get to sing the praises of vegan food. Last week I attended the opening of LOV, a new all vegan and vegetarian restaurant on McGill in Old Montreal. For the first time in my life I can say that I can’t wait to go back to a vegan restaurant to try more of the food. What I tried was unbelievable good (I’m quite excited about the burger) and the decor stands out as one of the most creative and Instagram worthy in the city. With LOV I feel like the chef’s mission is to take vegan food to the next level. I’ll be headed back very soon so I can do a full review so stay tuned. Image credit: Patricia Brochu – 464 avenue McGill; http://lov.com/
Just when you think you’ve seen it all, you open the door to a new multi-level bar and restaurant in Montreal and you’re mind is blown. Bord’Elle has one of the most amazing and astounding decors I have ever seen in Montreal. I can’t fathom how much money it must have cost to transform this space into a roaring 20’s inspired, Great Gatsby themed rollercoaster of a bar but they hit their mark with the design. Bars this big are a risky business in a city that currently prefers bistro over boisterous but that risk may pay off for Bord’Elle. It’s been packed since it opened and for New Year’s Eve Bord’Elle will be one of the hottest tickets in the city. image credit: Bord’Elle Facebook – 390 St. Jacques; http://www.bordelle.ca/en/
It’s rare that I accept an invitation on the weekend (I have to write sometime!) but when my presence was summoned late last week to come try a quick holiday-inspired brunch at Xavier Artisan I couldn’t resist. Arriving late morning yesterday we were warmly greeted with piping hot coffee, pastries, yoghurt and homemade breakfast wraps. The beans from their wonderful is roasted locally in small batches and all the pastries a fresh baked for Xavier Artisan. The cafe is perfectly located on Place d’armes between Notre Dame and St. Jacques and is only steps from the Notre Dame Basillica. If you’re in Old Montreal and you want a little local flavour for your coffee, drop in and taste it all for yourselves. 503 Place d’armes; http://www.xavierartisan.com/