Want a mini burger of pulled duck with brie? A classic tartare of dijon and apple cider vinegar but with kangaroo? Or a bison-bacon sandwich? Well, all of those and a huge amount more are now being served, courtesy of Taboo, which is now open downtown.
Taboo moves into the old M:brgr space on Drummond Street. As previously reported, it’s a tried and tested restaurant idea that has been up and running in L’Assomption for several years as a 100-seater, run by three siblings, Benjamin, Laurence, and Marc-André Gaudreau-Pépin.
The Montreal location is using the same menu as the original, and it’s tricky to pull out specific highlights because it’s, well, big. There’s a few dozen mini-burgers, mostly beef, but bison, salmon, and chicken make appearances. Poutines also feature, featuring a house specialty demi-glace sauce and mostly meaty toppings.
Then there’s possibly the most attention-grabbing aspect of Taboo — the huge number of tartare options offered. There’s 60 different iterations on the raw meat dish (180 if different sizes are counted), although it’s not like the kitchen is wrangling 60 different recipes here — rather, there are six meats (from classic beef to much less common kangaroo) and ten seasoning options, from classic French takes with dijon, to a few that draw on various Asian cuisines, featuring wasabi or ginger.
For those fearful of a kitchen wrangling such a sizeable quantity of raw meat, Taboo notes that all tartares are prepared à la minute.
Peep the full menu over here (some zooming in may be required, because there’s a lot to take in).
Food aside, Taboo also has a fairly solid happy hour deal — from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday to Thursday, mason jar cocktails and sangrias are a full 50 per cent off.
STATUS — Taboo Cuisine Rebelle is open at 2025 Drummond, for lunch and dinner, Monday to Saturday (closed Sunday).