Taste the world during MTLàTABLE

Jason Lee

Get the stretchy pants ready because from November 1 to 11, 2018, Montréal celebrates the 7th edition of Restaurant Week – MTLàTABLE! Foodies are guaranteed to find something to satiate the most adventurous palates, with restaurants offering flavours from around the globe. Taste the world one plate at a time without ever leaving the city!

Here are just some must-visit restaurants to include in your MTLàTABLE itinerary if you are seeking new taste experiences.

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Far East delights

From ultra casual to refined or fusion dining options, the Asian restaurant representation this year is diverse.

Visit East Pan-Asian Cuisine & Bar for Asian standards like dumplings and noodles served in an eclectic and modern space nestled in the Renaissance Montréal Hotel in the heart of downtown.

The charming Miso Restaurant and Sushi bar in the Shaughnessy Village is the spot for Japanese sushi temptations with nigiri and specialty maki roll classics in the Shaughnessy Village.

If upbeat and exuberant is more your scene, sake-bomb the night away at these irresistible izakayas: Ichigo Ichie, Kinoya, and Kyo Bar Japonais during restaurant week.

If you’re craving Cambodian street food favourites, try the amok fish and fried papaya salad at Restaurant Les Street Monkeys or go for gyozas and shoyu ramen at Thazard.

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Mediterranean menus

Taste the sun-kissed flavours of the Mediterranean, from Portugal, Spain and Greece to the north African coast.

Inspired by the cuisine of rural villages in Portugal, Aldea MTL offers braised pork cheese and Osso Buco and other hearty dishes.

Meanwhile, Chef Helena Loureiro serves soignée swordfish tartare and caldo verde at her upscale Portuguese eatery Helena.

This year’s tapas and meze options are abundant: Bar Tapas Taza Flores, Birona Mediterranean tapas and hummus bar, IBERICOS Spanish tapas tavern, Tapas 24 and Tapeo Bar à Tapas are all sure to satisfy.

Enjoy paella and other savoury Catalan dishes at Ibérica, or opt for a fresh, modern take on Greek cuisine at Ikanos.

Or let your taste buds sail to the African coast of the Mediterranean Sea at Restaurant La Rose des Sables to dine on Tunisian chicken and preserved lemon tagine. Try the African lentil stew and Congolese cassava leaves at Le Virunga (be sure to check out the veal shoulder papillote, inspired by the artwork Indian War Canoe (Alert Bay) by Emily Carr, which you can see in the Québec and Canadian art collection of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts). If you want to feel far away from the cool fall nights, La Khaima serves mezzes and tagines in a décor resembling a nomad tent.

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Tastes of Italy

From pasta to pizza, casual to high-end, the Italian dining options at MTLàTABLE are set to impress.

Chefs Stefano Faita and Michele Forgione’s Impasto, located in the heart of Little Italy, is a local favourite known for regional Italian specialties, homemade charcuterie and fresh pastas.

Restaurant Inferno’s home-style Italian cuisine is comforting and fun. The rigatoni with meat ragu or pork belly will stick to your ribs.

Quindici 15 is one of the city’s finest high-end restaurants that will provide an unforgettable experience. Their pasta totigliono with homemade boar sauce and goat cheese will leave you speechless.

There’s no mentioning Italian food without thinking pizza. MTLàTABLE has you covered with multiple options such as Artigiani, BEVO Bar + Pizzeria, Moleskine Restaurant and Trattoria Gio for everything from classic Italian pizzas to more contemporary creations.

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French fare

Montréal’s French food scene is unrivaled, and you can discover some of the city’s best during Restaurant Week!

Classic Parisian-inspired bistros like Alexandre et fils, Au Petit Extra, Chez Lévêque, Le Valois, and Brasserie 701 offer local and seasonal menus of market-fresh dishes. Brasserie Le Pois Penché offers pan-seared trout or duck confit, with crème brûlée or white chocolate mousse for dessert.

Other casual dining destinations that should be on your radar are Bistro Le Ste-Cath, Bistro Lustucru, Bistro Smoking Vallée (BYOW!), Bistrot La Fabrique and Caribou gourmand, or Chez Éric Resto Bar to get your French food fix.

And, of course, there are upscale eateries in Old Montréal that offer a fine dining experience with service to match. Bonaparte offers a diverse sampling of French terroir inspired cuisine. Boris Bistro wows with a certified gluten-free menu and large selection of organic wines. Verses Bistro offers a tasting menu inspired by Montréal’s gastronomy, with gravlax, zaatar, cacciatore and gnocchi all in one meal!

Whatever you choose, you are sure to make some delicious discoveries!

Travel with Swiss International Air Lines, one of MTLàTABLE's partners, when you decide to taste such delicacies in their country of origin!

Jason Lee

Jason Lee, blogger

Jason is a food eater and picture taker. As the blogger behind Shut Up and Eat, he covers everything food, from recipes to reviews. Jason has vowed that he will not stop until he has officially eaten his way across Montréal. It’s a big claim, and it’s one he’s making.

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