GRIFFINTOWN — You may have heard about the $100 dumpling (infused with cognac) and the $800 salad with gold leaf and caviar, both sold semi-recently in Montreal establishments. Now, there’s a new expensive item in town for people with money to burn, as Notre-Dame West’s Boucherie Grinder (not to be confused with gay app Grindr) has introduced a $125 wagyu beef sandwich to its menu. It’s served in the style of a Japanese katsu sando — breaded in panko breadcrumbs, fried, and sandwiched between two slices of milk bread with tonkatsu sauce. Relative to the aforementioned dumpling and salad, the wagyu sando seems like a slightly better way to spend an exorbitant sum of cash — it’s recommended to be shared between two and four people, too, mitigating the price tag. If you must, it’s available on Saturday evenings only. It’s not listed on the menu, but just ask.
OLD MONTREAL — Air Canada’s enRoute magazine recently dropped its annual ranking of Canada’s Best New Restaurants — McGill Street restaurant Pastel was the only Montreal restaurant to make the cut this year, coming in at number eight, although the top spot went to Quebec City restaurant Arvi.
PLATEAU/IN THE AIR — Antonio Park started doing it with Air Canada a few months back, and now iconic deli Schwartz’s is getting into the business of airline catering. Per a press release, that Montreal smoked meat will be served a variety of Sunwing flights, although it’ll be served on a pretzel bun, instead of the classic rye (possibly for ease of preserving the bread), with mustard and — sacrilege — mayonnaise.
ALL OVER — Headed up by David Ferguson of Petite-Patrie restaurant Gus in conjunction with the Old Brewery Mission, the Socks for Bubbly charity drive is back this year from November 18 to 24. Donate a pair of new, warm socks at a participating restaurant, and you get a glass of bubbly in exchange. The restaurants involved include all Joe Beef venues, all Les Enfants Terribles locations, Monkland Tavern, Restaurant Su, and several more.
DOWNTOWN — Montreal’s pre-eminent museum of slightly creepy wax figures, the Grévin, is currently molding a figure of notable Quebec chef Ricardo — his unmoving, waxy likeness should go in at the end of November.
MILE END — Bernard Street Korean restaurant Omma is now Gaja — Quebec business records indicate that there was an ownership change, which would be the reason for the name change. The Ontario Street Omma is still named Omma, and is under the same ownership as before (so, the former owners of the Bernard Street restaurant are running it).
OLD MONTREAL — Greg Buda, the man behind renowned New York bars Blacktail and Dead Rabbit, is coming to Montreal. He’ll be doing a guest shift November 20 (Wednesday) at Parliament in Place d’Youville, and will be pouring out Cuban-inspired drinks from Blacktail. Parliament’s menu will also throw in some Cuban vibes for the evening.
VILLAGE — Cocktail contest Made With Love is back for its 11th edition — the Montreal regional final will go down at the Olympia on November 25 (Monday) from 6 to 11 p.m.
- Sunwing introduces new on-board menu options inspired by Schwartz’s Deli [NewsWire]
- Canada’s Best New Restaurants [enRoute]
- Socks for Bubbly [Official]