Current Favorites ~ February 2014

February turned out to be a busy month! Weekends filled with food, friends and lots of planning! Here are a few of my current favorites.

Le Vin Papillon
2519 Notre Dame Ouest

Was super happy to finally try this quaint wine bar. I used to love McKiernan so was looking forward to trying Morin’s and McMillan’s “new” place. The menu is full of delicious sharing-style dishes that are very well priced. What I like the most is that the menu is mostly comprised of inventive vegetable plates {think : broccoli with bottarga, celery root bagna cauda} that pair wonderfully with the more protein rich ones {parfait de foie, shrimp…}. As always the service was amazing, too bad they don’t take reservations.

My husband was so inspired after our meal there, that he tried to recreate most of the dishes at home. Needless to say we were eating vegetables the rest of the weekend!

Tea time at Le Cardinal (salon de thé Cardinal)
5326 rue St. Laurent

What a perfect tea salon! Vintage bone china, beautiful decor and a stunning chandelier… but that is not the only great thing about Le Cardinal, I have to say their breads and pastries (which are all made in-house) are definitely their best feature!

Love their loafs, scones and cheddar & branston pickle sandwiches! They also have a nicely catered tea selection. Can’t wait to try their other cakes and tortes!

Rustique Pie
4615 Notre Dame O.

Ever since I tried these pies and sweet bars, I’ve been obsessed! Returning every week for a new stash, they are so addictive! Love their chocolate cream pie, pecan pie, and caramel cheese cake; lest I forget their delicious bars like the classic cheese cake, coconut lemon bar, and mocha cheese cake!
{sorry for the lack of diversity in the pictures I gobbled them up before I could take more!}

Brunch : H4C and Sparrow

sparrow- 5322 St. Laurent
H4C- 538 Place St. Henri

As mentioned in my brunch list {here} these two brunch places are delightful!

In the south-west Le H4C serves delicious brunches with a few options for the more adventurous (and hungry!) like ris de veau, quails, and Arctic char.

In the Plateau, the Sparrow offers classic brunch flare with a Montreal twist like the Neptune featured below {poached eggs served on cod cakes with a delicious herb hollandaise}, fluffy pancakes, or fried chicken and waffles.

Thanks for reading & have a great weekend!

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