Picnics and takeout meals: a culinary journey by MTLàTABLE

Laure Juilliard

Laure is a writer, community manager and the founder of the blog Une Parisienne à Montréal. She’s also an epicurean globetrotter who’s always on the hunt for innovative concepts and must-try restaurants. In 2016, she co-founded Slow Journeys, a webzine that focuses on ecotourism and design.

 

What’s the beauty of MTLàTABLE? Savour new flavours by dining in the restaurant, on a terrace, or with a takeout picnic in one of the city’s many beautifully landscaped outdoor spaces. Want to take a seat in a small oasis created by a local designer? Spread your blanket on the green grass of a nearby park? Sit by the river? Complement your picnic with a perfect pairing with our beverage suggestions available at the SAQ. Follow our guide and don't forget your corkscrew!  

MTLàTABLE takeout menus downtown

The picnic: treat yourself to an exotic culinary experience at Sho-dan, which divinely combines local produce with fine-dining Asian cuisine. Japanese dumplings, tuna tartare with Québec strawberries, and a grilled black cod revisited for MTLàTABLE will certainly titillate your taste buds.

Pairing notes: tuna tartare with Québec strawberries
Monsieur Cocktail Mojito with Strawberries
Spirit-based cooler | 4 x 250 ml | Canada
SAQ code 14685215
$15.00 

Locations: Oasis Plage Saint-James, Oasis Prenez-Place,  Oasis Place des souhaits or Oasis Place des festivals.

The picnic: the gaZette Restaurant highlights and sublimates local ingredients. It features a cold soup of white asparagus, smoked Lac Brome duck and spring truffles, followed by pork ribs braised with IPA beer from Brasseur de Montréal, with coleslaw and sweet potato fries. Wow!

Our pairing: beer-braised pork ribs
La Voie Maltée Wee Heavy
Dark Ale | 473 ml | Canada
SAQ code 14493053
$5.85 

Locations: by the river or at Oasis À l’ombre des cosmos.

MTLàTABLE takeout menus on the Plateau Mont-Royal

The picnic: at Virunga, two aficionados of African gastronomy blend creative cuisine and traditional recipes. Start with a shredded Richelieu oxtail, followed by a confit goat shank from Saint-Sylvestre, and finish with a wheat semolina cake with cinnamon. You’ll wonder what the secret is to their delicious flavours. An explosion of flavours awaits you.

Our pairing: wheat semolina cake with cinnamon
Chic Choc
Spiced rum | 750 ml | Canada
SAQ code 12362674
$35.00 

Location: Parc Lafontaine

The picnic: fill your picnic basket with the flavours of Spain at Ibericos Spanish Tapas Tavern. As a starter, enjoy a mixed platter of Serrano ham, Manchego cheese and Iberian chorizo accompanied by a pan con tomate; as a main course, choose a delectable seafood, vegetarain or meat paella; and for dessert, treat yourself to Tres leches. What a trip!

Our pairing: seafood paella
Les Artisans du Terroir Prémices 2020
Rosé wine | 750 ml | Canada
SAQ code 14567606
$17.15 

Location: Les Jardins de l’avenue du Mont-Royal

 

MTLàTABLE takeout menu in Little Italy, Villeray and Rosemont

The picnic: enjoy refined, fragrant and tasty Tunisian and Mediterranean cuisine at La Rose des sables, a little gem on rue Beaubien. On your wooden picnic table, enjoy an egg brick with Oka cheese, a 3 mezze platter to share and a tajine with chicken and candied lemon. Pure bliss!

Our pairing: tajine with chicken and candied lemon
Vignoble Gagliano Frontenac Gris 2019
White wine | 750 ml | Canada
SAQ code 11575731
$17.15 

Location: Parc du Père-Marquette

MTLàTABLE takeout menu in Hochelaga

The picnic: fresh, local foods are featured on Restaurant Cabotins' menu. Québec mushroom and pistachio pie, scallop ceviche from the Magdalen Islands, shrimp, lake walleye and organic salmon, all complemented by an orange and lemon ice cream pie happily plated up on your picnic blanket. Bon appétit!

Our pairing: Québec mushroom and pistachio tart
Coteau Rougemont St-Pépin Reserve 2019
White wine | 750 ml | Canada
SAQ code 13612786
$22.05 

Location: Parc Morgan

MTLàTABLE takeout menu in Les Quartiers du Canal

The picnic: stock up on Italian delicacies at the very pretty Marché Italien Richmond. On the menu: homemade tortellini, Sicilian pasta and a fruit mille-feuille. Simple, classic, and absolutely delicious!

Our pairing: Sicilian pasta
L'Orpailleur 2019
Red wine | 750 ml | Canada
SAQ code 743559
$16.45 

Location: Place des Bassins

Pair it all with beverages from the SAQ

A ready-to-drink bottle of local wine or spirits made carefully crafted in Québec, add a touch of colour and festivity to your picnics. The SAQ offers a wide selection of Québec wines, premixed cocktails, vodkas or gins from Québec's finest distilleries. To share - in moderation - at your beautiful wooden table!

Laure Juilliard

Laure is a writer, community manager and the founder of the blog Une Parisienne à Montréal. She’s also an epicurean globetrotter who’s always on the hunt for innovative concepts and must-try restaurants. In 2016, she co-founded Slow Journeys, a webzine that focuses on ecotourism and design.

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