VILLAGE — After three years in business, Amherst Street Caribbean hot spot Agrikol is finally introducing brunch. Chef Paul Toussaint will cook up Haitian classics — think giraumon soup (a meat and pumpkin soup), seafood plates and Haitian spaghetti with smoked herring. Also new at Agrikol is an ancestral white Haitian rum, clairin — that sugarcane spirit will be available in new cocktails at the restaurant, across brunch and regular dinner services. Brunch starts on Easter Sunday (April 21) from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., then will be served on a permanent basis every Sunday from May 5, with the final Sunday of each month featuring a guest chef.
DOWNTOWN — Trendy de Maisonneuve supper club Soubois was hit with a possible arson attack early on Monday morning. An alarm was triggered by a suspected molotov cocktail around 2 a.m., drawing police and the fire department. Nobody was injured, and despite reports that the restaurant was “gutted”, damage was superficial, and mostly on the restaurant’s facade — it will be open again later in the week, with no closure required.
LATIN QUARTER — Young Bouillon Bilk chef Andersen Lee has beaten out over 1,000 chefs for a scholarship with the World’s 50 Best Restaurants organization — it’ll see the 20-year-old completing stages at restaurant such as Quintonil in Mexico City and Core by Clare Smyth in London.
OUTREMONT — Staple Bernard Avenue bistro Brasserie Bernard has jumped aboard the late night special train, with a two-course meal (entree and main) available for $27 after 9 p.m.
NDG, ETC. — Now that she isn’t bound by food critic rules any more, ex-Gazette critic Lesley Chesterman can do things like...create a burger for chainlet Notre Boeuf de Grace. A noted burger fan, Chesterman is keeping things pretty simple with aged cheddar, tomato, red onion and lettuce, but also a honey mustard-glazed patty and barbecue chips. It’s available all month.
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Our April Local Hero is the ultimate foodie and she’s bringing us the Springtime vibes. LESLEY CHESTERMAN spent 20 years as the fine-dining critic and food columnist for The Montreal Gazette. Her work has also appeared in The Art of Eating, Gourmet Magazine, Nuvo, The Globe and Mail, Wine Tidings, The National Post, Food Arts, Fool Magazine, the New York Post, Le Devoir and Eater.com. Prior to her career in food writing, she attended the Institut de Tourisme et d’Hotellerie du Quebec for three years before working as a professional pastry chef in Quebec and in France. She also participates in two weekly radio shows: in French on the Radio-Canada program Médium Large as their gastronomy reporter and on CHOM FM as host of their "Foodies Rock" segment. Lesley has created for us all “The Indulgence” Burger - honey mustard glazed freshly ground beef patty, BBQ chips, ketchup, shredded iceberg, tomato, red onion, aged Perron cheddar, “Lesley’s sauce” #notreboeufdegrace #local #hero #burger #indulgence #positivevibes