Here are some culinary discoveries made recently in Montreal:
For a festive evening, the Lauréa is located in the old Rotisserie Laurier, which became an instant Laurier BBQ. The Little Lauréa with its piano bar should be on your list for the 5 to 7. Cocktails, music and delicious appetizers, the perfect match. In Lauréa, I was conquered by the seared scallops and pumpkin ravioli and black cod, creamy and cooked to perfection. As soon as we can we go back!
Lauréa: 381 Laurier Outremont, Quebec (514) 507-4997
Kuu, friendly bistro that offers Japanese dishes at very good prices, in a modern and warm decor. Miso soup for $2, $10 Ramen and mini skewers $2-3. Some selection of sushi, note that most have cream cheese, which is not very traditional. For dinner we go back to change the Sushi Shop.
Kuu Bistro: 1219 Phillips Square, Montreal, QC H3B 3E9
For dessert, try the pastry Olivier Potier, located on Sherbrooke Street West, near the Museum of Fine Arts. Paris-Brest and a caramel and black chocolate fondant cake, the art of assaying fat and sugar, all is well proportioned, almost weightless. We return to try the new creations.
UPDATE: NOW CLOSED:
Olivier Potier, artisan delicacies in 1490 Sherbrooke Street West (438) 381-6111
No need to go to France to obtain Calissons, Choupettes, nougat and chocolate olives. La Cure Gourmande is a lovely shop that offers all these products directly imported from France, perfect for a gift.
La Cure Gourmande: Place Montreal Trust 1500 McGill College Avenue – Level 2 Montreal H3A 3J5
Bargains to do at Aubut, food wholesaler and open to the public. The integral and organic flour The Milanese, 20kg bag and the choice of Barry and Valrhona chocolate chips worth visiting.
Aubut (wholesale): 3975 St Ambroise, Montreal, QC H4C 2E1 (514) 933-0939