MTL Kitchen Collective’s beet burger. Photo by Danielle Levy
For one day only, on Sunday, Aug. 17, delicious and original but entirely ephemeral micro-restaurants will pop up all across town.
Yes, it’s Restaurant Day, an international event featuring individuals and groups cooking up a storm in their own kitchens and offering up their best dishes to the public, in parks, alleys and other public places. Many restaurants have an emphasis on home-style cooking, so it’s a great opportunity to check out traditional and modern cuisines from some of the many cultural groups represented in Montreal.
We’ve compiled a list of a few notable options, arranged by neighbourhood:
1222 Jean-Talon E, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
Mathemetician and amateur chef Doug Novak has developed a hamburger / bacon / hot-dog combination he’s calling the Bacon Cheesburdog.
6515 Christophe-Colomb, 4–8 p.m.
A team of three Petite-Patrie ladies offers a vegetarian NOLA spread with po-boys, fritters, Cajun coleslaw, sweet-potato pie, and home-made root beer. More details here.
Grandma’s Kitchen Alley
51 Beaubien W (alley), 12–5 p.m.
Roots & Recipes, the team behind the ‘Dishing Up the Past’ Web series, has collected stories and recipes from the grandmothers of Montreal’s immigrant communities. Their restaurant day event will feature dishes from Italy and Iraq, served with live storytelling and art. More details here.
Parc Lhasa de Sela (Van Horne & St-Urbain), 12–5 p.m.
On the menu will be items from a variety of cultures from Ukrainian pierogies to Guatemalan tacos, with drinks and desserts. More details here.
S&J Oyster Bar
5187 Durocher (alley), 3–8 p.m.
Stephane and Jane serve up fresh oysters with gaspacho and bourbon lemonade. More details here.
Six different pop-ups will take care of all your gastronomic needs in Parc Laurier, including Alsaco (11:30 a.m.–10 p.m.), serving cuisine from the east of France and Takoyaki (12-9 p.m.) with Japanese street food like octopus fritters. More details here.
Szef Bartek’s Beztu Pylsur
Fitz & Follwell Bicycle Shop, 115 Mont-Royal W, 125 p.m.
Don’t miss Cult MTL food columnist Szef Bartek’s offering of Icelandic hot dogs topped with onions and remoulade. More details here.
MTL Kitchen Collective’s Strawberry Social
Parc Jeanne-Mance (Duluth & Esplanade), 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Home-made buttermilk biscuits, Quebec strawberries, and fresh cream are on the menu for this picnic in the park. Take home options include home-made simple syrup with basil to take your cocktails to the next level. More details here.
La Station Latine
4111 de Bullion, 12-6 p.m.
Offering a large menu of Mexican and Venezuelan specialties like tostadas and peludas, with maison cucumber-mint lemonade
Pop-Up Chai Bar
Carré St-Louis (northeast quadrant), 12 p.m. until supplies last
Indian snacks including veggie pakoras, tandoori chicken, and chai. More details here.
Aux Délices du Village
2150 de Maisonneuve W, 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
African and Asian Fusion are on offer with specialties like spring rolls, banana chips, and beverages made with ginger, lemon and pineapple. More details here.
Free Shit Verdun
3422 Rushbrooke, 12-4 p.m.
The well-known Verdun scavengers won’t live up to their name this time, since their pulled pork sandwiches and other goodies won’t be free, nor shit. More details here.
5200 Hochelaga, 8-11 p.m.
Restaurant Day fun continues into the evening in Hochelaga with cocktails and a soul-jazz soundtrack.
Restaurant Day à la Moldova
2547 Fregault, Laval, 4–8 p.m.
The backyard party atmosphere of this restaurant will make you feel right at home…. if your home is in Moldova. The operators will have Moldovan dishes made from polenta, cheese pastries, a type of vegetable sushi, and some fun prizes to raffle off. More details here. ■