After nearly two years of success, Mile End fine-dining restaurant Fieldstone will be closing on April 6 for a major revamp — including a change to its name, menu, and concept.
The “New Canadian” restaurant, located on St-Laurent Boulevard and St-Viateur Street, will be re-opening in early May as Cantine Teré. The new spot, which they hope to debut on May 10, is named after co-owner Emiliano Rivera’s mother, Teresa.
Rivera and co-owner-slash-head-chef Chanthy Yen are bidding adieu to the tasting menu format as they say goodbye to Fieldstone, ushering in a new a la carte menu of colourful latin-inspired plates to share, available over three services: brunch, lunch, and dinner.
Yen and Rivera were inspired to revamp the spot upon nearing Fieldstone’s two-year anniversary. They hope the restaurant’s new concept will “reach a wider audience and better adapt to the neighborhood,” Yen says.
“Coming up on our two year mark, and we were just kind of thinking, ‘Ok, well what’s next?’” Yen explained. “We just wanted to jump into change.”
Cantine Teré’s menu will primarily feature local ingredients, changing regularly based on seasonal availability. According to Yen, the team is currently looking at serving ingredients like maize, artichoke, varieties of peppers, and different types of mint — like lemon, Mexican, and Peruvian huacatay. Yen is also currently working on crafting an ice cream using huitlacoche, a smut that grows on blue corn, and is considered a culinary delicacy in Mexico.
They hope serving sharing plates will cultivate a more social dining experience for Teré patrons. The team also hopes to plan to be more collaborative within the kitchen, and are planning to partner with famed Montreal chefs at Ile Flottante, Pamplemousse, and Restaurant Madre for services from time to time.
With the re-opening will come major renovations, Yen says. The team is going for a more playful aesthetic this time around by vamping up the lighting and using brick tones and bright colours like canary yellow throughout the restaurant. They will also be renovating the kitchen to expand the dining room’s capacity.
In the meantime, Yen and his team at Fieldstone are celebrating their final services by collaborating with other local restaurants. On April 2, Fieldstone will be serving a five-course family style menu at downtown’s Bar Pamplemousse, and on April 6, will serve one last five-course tasting menu in collaboration with Pamplemousse and microbrewery Dieu du Ciel, before closing its doors for renovations.
STATUS: Fieldstone will hold its final service on April 6 before closing for renovations and menu development. Cantine Teré is tentatively scheduled to open on May 10, and will hold brunch, lunch, and dinner services.
- All Fieldstone coverage [EMTL]