Restaurant Review { Déjeuner Cosmopolitain }

I can’t believe I haven’t blogged about this restaurant yet, since it’s one of my favorite brunch spots in Montreal.

The food is amazing and there are SO many choices (see the size of the menu below…), and it can be overwhelming if you are not as experienced as I am. If my sister is there, we share the Royal Cosmopolitain: chocolate chip pancakes topped with bananas and strawberries, and served with chocolate hazelnut spread. We also share a typical egg plate, which is actually not so typical, because the potatoes are quite outstanding. You can choose from the round potatoes, which are full of flavor, or the mashed potatoes that have just a hint of bacon in them {Hint: if it’s your first time there, ask for half and half so you get to try both!}. If my sister isn’t there, I don’t have to choose to go savory or sweet, I can get both! There’s a plate with eggs, meat, potatoes and two blueberry pancakes (I ask for chocolate chips instead).

Another great thing is that there’s also a lunch menu, so if you fancy lunch while your date wants breakfast after 2 pm, then it works out perfectly.

The downside is that it’s extremely busy on weekends, so make sure to book ahead of time. The service is also not the best, we’ve had a few issues with some of the waitresses, BUT, the food is just that good that I still go back.

What are some of your favorite brunch spots in Montreal? What do you prefer for brunch: sweet or savory? 

[Photo credit | Saba Sabati]

Restaurant Review { Mango Bay }

It seems a bit ridiculous that I haven’t blogged about Mango Bay since it’s a go-to for my bf and I. unfortunately, because it’s such one of those places that we eat so frequently at, I never seem to think ahead to bring my camera with me, so I had to rely on my iPhone for these pictures.

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Restaurant Review { Aux Vivres }

Even though I hadn’t been to Aux Vivres in a while, this is one of my favourite restaurants in Montreal. The food is great and there are many options on the menu, from burgers and sandwiches, to bowls of rice veggies and some of kind of meat replacement, and appetizers and desserts.

I can’t help but always ordering the Kosmos plate (there is an equivalent in a sandwich which is just as good, but I really like my potatoes…). The Tzadiki is BURSTING with flavors and is SO good (but not so good for the breath). My bf usually opts for the Dragon bowl, which I have tasted a few bites of and is actually delicious, especially with the peanut sauce. I just want the potatoes and Tzadiki…

A highly recommended restaurant if you are looking for delicious vegan/vegetarian food in Montreal!

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{ It was so cold that night so I’m glad that the picture turned out because I wanted to go inside so badly! }

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{ The menu }

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{ The Dragon Bowl – a mix of veggies sitting on top of warm brown rice, served with your choice of tofu or tempeh, and peanut sauce }

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{ There are many choices on the menu! }

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{ My favourite – the Kosmos plate! The salad dressing is delicious too! I usually only get potatoes.. }

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{ Yum }

 

Restaurant Review…and Persian Food 101 { Chateau Oncle Jamal }

I love Persian food. Maybe it has to do with the fact that I’m Persian…but…doesn’t change the fact that Persian food is delicious. The only thing that I find mildly annoying is that most Persian restaurants are limited in their menus and generally only offer different kinds of meat, which is great, nothing wrong with that…but there are SO many different delicious meals that could be served!

When my roommate told me about a new Persian restaurant (which…I’m surprised I didn’t notice since it’s right in front of my bus stop where I get off to go to school…and the gym……and the library….but that’s besides the point right now) I knew that I had to try it, especially since they offer a very special item on the menu that I love but haven’t had in a while: Tah-cheen (not sure what the translation is…sorry folks!). Although it was on the starter menu, the portion was HUGE and really inexpensive, and could actually be a main meal….and it was oh-so-good. I would describe it as a Persian-version-lasagna (like how that sounds?): basmati rice with saffron (because no Persian cooking is complete without a healthy dose of saffron), combined with yogurt and an egg (to keep in together), and in the middle there’s a layer of eggplants and chicken. All the ingredients are prepared separately, and then layered in a pot and cooked in the oven to create a light crust around it (the ultimate part of this, crispy basmati rice, the part that everyone fights over) This restaurant topped our huge slice with barberry (which are one of my favorite things from Persian cooking – they’re tart/sour little berries) and pistachio slivers. This was also the first time that my boyfriend has tasted Tah-cheen, which was really fun for me because…well, I’ve never actually cooked Persian food (I know I know, it’s embarrassing, but cooking a traditional meal seems so much more daunting than all the other recipes I’ve tried! Maybe I’d feel like a failed Persian woman if I didn’t succeed? Who knows. Anyway, not the time for psychoanalysis. Back to the food.)

For our mains, I got chicken, which is actually called ‘Joojeh-kabab’. The literal translation of that is ‘barbequed chick’ which is so wrong, so let’s just stick to chicken skewers, shall we? Served with a healthy portion of basmati rice, a cooked tomato and onion. That’s a very Persian thing – eating onions (raw mind you) with anything and everything. And if you’ve never had Persian food, the way to eat your tomato is to first add a ton of butter on your rice (which I didn’t do, shame on me) and then squish your tomato in the rice and eat it with a piece of meat. Yum.

The boyfriend got the typical Kabab, which was served with pita bread, lime and fresh mint leaves, which put together make a delicious wrap!

Overall, I was really happy with our meal at Chateau Amoo Jamal (which translates to ‘Uncle Jamal’s Castle’) and I’m really excited that it’s super close to home!

Chateau Oncle Jamal

1620 Sherbrook Street West

(514) 933-8866

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{ The menu }

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{ And I present…(drumroll please) Tah-cheen! }

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{ The little red stuff are the barberries, and the yellow colour of the rice is from the saffron. The middle layer is the chicken and eggplants }

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{ The chicken was delicious! }

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{ The beef skewers were really well-seasoned }

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Restaurant Review { Korean Grill: Seoul Chako }

There are so many restaurants to try in Montreal that sometimes, I forget about some of the most obvious ones that are the most accessible to me. This is precisely what happened with Seoul Chako, which is a few steps from Guy-Concordia metro.

The first time we went to Korean grill house, it was for a family birthday, and my boyfriend and I knew that it would become one of our go-to restaurants in downtown Montreal.

Food is a social experience, which is why I really enjoy it when restaurants combine great food with an interesting and unique dining experience. Seoul Chako is an all-you-can-eat grill house, and the menu offers a wide range of meats and foods, from sushi and chicken poppers, to a variety of meats and vegetables.

The meat is served uncooked, and there is a grill on each table, where diners have the liberty to cook their own meat. The meat is incredibly well marinated; I particularly like the beef. It is SO tasty I have to find a recipe to make some at home because it is really delicious. The sausage, chicken, pork and ribs are also all really good. For dessert, they have a really good lychee Jell-O that’s really light and tasty.

The service is relatively fast, considering how busy it was the times we’ve been. I would definitely recommend this restaurant as a place for a leisurely long meal where you can take the time to cook the meal, chit-chat, and enjoy the process of preparing your own food at a restaurant. ImageImageImageImageImageImage

{ The stack of meats }

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{ We left the tongs in the grill to be sanitized with the heat }

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{ The beef wrapped in a lettuce is so delicious }

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{ You place your order by writing the number of your pick & the quantity. It’s always best to order a few rounds so that food doesn’t get wasted }

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{ The chicken poppers }

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{ The lychee Jell-O }

Vegetarian Chinese Restaurant { Yuan }

There have been so many vegetarian restaurants opening in Montreal in the last couple of years it’s amazing! Yuan is even more unique because it is vegetarian Chinese food. You can order à-la-carte or all you can eat!

There are so many options on the menu, from sushi to general tao to salt & pepper shrimp, all of which are vegetarian. It’s Had I not known that it was vegetarian before I tasted it, I would have barely been able to notice that it wasn’t actual meat or seafood!

I really recommend this restaurant, especially for vegetarians, because they have done a really good job with the menu (there are so many choices!) and it basically tastes the same as a meat-using Chinese restaurant.

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Restaurant Review { Tapeo }

Whenever I try a new restaurant, I usually find it challenging to choose a dish because I want to try everything. Tapas bars are the perfect solution because you can taste a wider variety of food.

Even though tapas have been a popular trend in Montreal for a while, I only recently went to one and really enjoyed it. Tapeo is a Spanish tapas restaurant in the Villeray neighborhood. The interior is surprisingly nice, which is a contrast from the ‘suburban’ neighborhood. The service was great as well and our waitress treated us warmly and was readily available to help us.

While we waited for our order to arrive, we had fresh bread with olive oil, and thin potato crisps that were so delicious it was hard to stop eating them.

For the main, we ordered:

  • Fish cakes that came with a spicy mayo sauce and mango chutney. Combining the two sauces with the fish cakes created a symphony of flavors on our taste buds – amazing
  • Noodles with a tomato sauce, shrimps and chorizo: it was good but it was a bit burnt, which I thought was weird that they still served it. Pretty good nonetheless.
  • Asparagus: pretty standard but always good to have veggie options
  • Meatballs: Incredible! The marinara sauce was so simple but SO good and the meatballs were tender and soft.
  • Garlic shrimp: oh. My. God. The best shrimp I’ve ever had. The shrimps were so infused with the olive and garlic sauce it was delicious. And there was plenty of sauce left to have with the rest of the fresh bread – amazing…
  • Churros with chocolate sauce: I love churros and these really hit the spot. Freshly made, crunchy on the outside, hot, soft and moist on the inside – perfection.

The shrimp, meatballs and churros are a MUST! Overall a really great experience, looking forward to going back!

[ The light in the restaurant was very low and I only had my Iphone so the pictures aren’t the best – sorry! ]

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The outfit I chose for my dinner date!

The outfit I chose for my dinner date!