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Mike Cohen

Ferreira Café  leads the pack for Montréal en Lumiere straight from Portugal

    Every year when the list of culinary participants for Montréal en Lumiere comes out, I scan about the different restaurants and see which new ones I’d like to explore.

    Enter Ferreira Café, which on Friday, March 1 will host restaurateur Leandro Mota and his chef Leonardo Costa from Canastra do Fidalgo located in Costa Nova, Portugal, along with winemaker Carlos Campolargo from the same region.  They will offer special festive lunch and dinner menus.

    Finding my sweet spot for plant-based food at Hello 123 in NDG

      I am not someone who considers myself either a proponent of plant-based products nor have I ever described myself as “vegan.” That being said, I remain intrigued and interested in how some of these food products -if you put a blindfold on or were not told the ingredients – taste like food products I fancy. Enter Hello 123, a plant-based restaurant and bar on Monkland Avenue in NDG.

      Kyo Bar Japonais offers a splendid Izakaya experience

        For many years, Kyo Bar Japonais has been on our radar screen to try. We finally made that happen recently and it was everything we expected and more. Located in Old Montreal and opened in the summer of 2023, Kyo Bar Japonais immerses you in the frenzied vibe of an Izakaya with the hushed atmosphere of a sushi bar, with a list of over 25 sakés.

        Pizzéria NO.900 returns from the International Pizza Challenge as big winners

          On the eve of its 10th anniversary, things are looking very bright for Pizzéria NO.900. With 30 successful franchises, including one that opened in Lyon, France last winter, the brand’s leadership just returned from Atlantic City where it secured first and second place finishes at the International Pizza Challenge.

          From a great raw bar to a top-notch menu Lucille’s Oyster Dive offers a great dining experience

          Lucille’s Oyster Dive opened its first location on Monkland Avenue in NDG back in 2009.  For reasons I cannot properly explain, it took me 14 years to enjoy my first experience and wow was this ever a treat!

          There are now five restaurant locations – NDG, Fairview Pointe-Claire, Dix30 in Brossard, Laval and Mont Tremblant. In addition, there is a summer pop-up at Atwater Market,  three food trucks and a catering division. We decided to enjoy our first Lucille’s experience at Fairview.