Late Nite Eats: Episode 2 - Montreal

Welcome to Montreal

Montreal is reminiscent of Paris in its culture. The fact that everybody is bilingual means you feel inadequate when just speaking English. Overall, the food is great -you might be surprised to know that Montreal has the best bagels in the world, even more so than NYC (in my opinion)! It’s home to poutine, lively nightlife and beautiful scenery.

Where I Ate

Bocadillo Bistro: The Spanish/Venezuelan vibes at this restaurant evoked feelings of authenticity and loving family. The food here is as close to authentic Venezuelan food as you can get in Montreal, and the whole business is family run lead by Chef Marco Russo. Although an older crowd, the place is poppin’ late night, boasting salsa and loud boisterous crowds.

Food and drink sampled:

  • Tequeños: Stuffed Pastry Rolls with Venezuelan White Cheese, Cheese and Guava, Cheese and Chorizo or Cheese and Plantain
  • Pernil Arepa: Pulled Pork marinated for 48 hours with Passion Fruit, White Wine and Spices then baked for 12 hours with BBQ Sauce
  • Passion Fruit Daiquiri: Mint and Lime Juice

Moishe's: A classic steakhouse led by Chef Stephanie Lighter! This restaurant reminds me of Peter Lugers because of its old school vibe and older businessmen clientele. Definitely an institution and establishment that has its business roots deep into the Montreal food scene.

Food sampled:

  • Filet Mignon Poutine: Gravy made with Brandy, Veal Demi, Shallots, Garlic, Thyme, Rosemary, Worcestershire and Whole Peppercorns
  • Moishe’s Special Chicken: House Marinated Chicken with their own version of "Montreal Steak Seasoning”

Monkland Tavern: Without a doubt one of the best places I’ve been to on the trip thus far. The food and ambiance were incredible, and the staff was the most accommodating and fun. Chef Josh Crowe is a James Beard winner in addition to his many other awards from the University of Guelph. It is an old school gentleman's club that was converted with modern accents and couldn't be more of a spot that industry and business people can go to.

Food sampled:

  • Soft Shell Crab Banh Mi: Pickled Cucumber/Daikon/Carrot, Homemade Sweet Chili and Fried Soft Shell Crab on Baguette
  • Braised Calamari Caponata: Olives, Eggplant, Peppers and Grilled Bread

My Montreal Tip

Make sure to try their bagels fresh with sesame seeds. Go in the summer since Canadian winters can be freezing. There is a park that goes around the base of the small mountain/large hill at the north end of the city… GO THERE!

My Montreal Anthem

I'll Be Loving You - Collage

Miss the episode? Don't sweat it - here are the upcoming airings of Late Nite Eats Montreal:

  • Saturday, November 4 at 8:30pm ET
  • Sunday, November 5 at 12:30am ET

Photos courtesy of the Cooking Channel

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