Last summer I made my first visit to the Métropolitain Brasserie in Ottawa, conveniently located next to the Byward Market at 700 Sussex. That is just steps away from Parliament Hill. Home to Ottawa’s largest oyster bar, the restaurant is open seven days a week, serving lunch, dinner and brunch on weekends.Read More
My friend Jack has been telling me about Al’s Diner in Ottawa for some time now, a popular spot on Clyde Street that serves breakfast and a whole lot of other menu items all day long. Now that is my kind of place, so it was indeed time to explore.Read More
With its refined and intimate atmosphere, unique cocktails, and delicious selection of classic Indian and fusion dishes, India Rosa is undoubtedly an amazing spot to impress a date, catch up with friends, or network with colleagues.Read More
I recently passed by, first to see the trendy new Café Alphabet Montréal. Eyeing Bernie Beigne across the street, a spot that I was told had the best donuts in the city, I ventured over afterward.Read More
Hotel Nelligan is one of the more elegant properties in Old Montreal. While I have been there on a number of occasions over the years for business meetings, I was completely unaware that there was a rooftop terrasse.Read More
What secret treasures await when a new restaurant opens? One can only imagine, until being lucky enough to be exposed to the sights, smells and tastes of Restaurant Hang. Such was the experience on a recent Thursday night when my wife and I made reservations at what has been billed as the “first haute cuisine Vietnamese restaurant” in Montreal. Sure, our city has plenty of upscale trendy places, but nothing quite like this new concept in Asian fine dining. It tantalized all of our senses, from the moment we walked…Read More
A few months ago I wrote a story about Pub Burgundy Lion, a traditional British pub with a modern lounge bar that offers a unique twist on British pub cuisine, located in Little Burgundy. The focus was on owner Toby Lyle’s creation of his own bourbon – Maker’s Mark Private Select, Adrianna BL Bourbon.Read More
I have known Billy Berenholc for many years, yet it was only recently that I finally walked inside his iconic Lester’s Deli on Bernard Street in Outremont.
A few months ago Billy and I reconnected when I learned that his Mr. Smoked Meat brand was supplying Dizz’s Bagel and Deli on Côte St. Luc for them to make some pretty fine sandwiches. I promised myself that I’d go see his headquarters.
It has been about a year now since Time Out, the media and hospitality brand that publishes local guides to some of the world’s most interesting cities, ranked Rue Wellington in Verdun as “the coolest street in the world.” That is where I found Millmans Casse-Croûte, an all-day breakfast spot open Wednesday to Sunday from 9 am to 3 pm.Read More
Les Enfants Terribles has been blowing out its 15 candles in style. Anniversary festivities for the trendy restaurant group began in late May with a happy hour at the first branch on Bernard Street in Outremont.Read More