Mile End restaurant Fieldstone has been reborn as Cantine Teré this week, reopening its doors on St-Laurent with a new dining room and a new approach to its menu.
The restaurant has been closed for over a month — as Fieldstone (which opened in fall 2017), chef-owner Chanthy Yen brought in a range of influences spanning from Cambodian to Mexican. As Cantine Teré, that focus will be narrowed towards Central and South America, and particularly Mexican flavours.
Mexican ingredients like mint, peppers, and maize will feature prominently; as will huitlacoche, a fungus that grows on blue corn; relatively common in Mexico but rare in Canada. On the menu, this means dishes like a ceviche with pepper salsa and huacatay, coffee-peppercorn crusted steak, and a smoky sandwich with guajillo pepper-tomato jam. Desserts get into intriguing sucré-salé territory with options like a huitlacoche ice cream and purple arroz con leche.
Cantine Teré is serving a casual lunch with grab and go options for tech and office types in the area, while dinner will skew more towards shared plates such as roasted duck with cacao and chipotle or . Yen tells Eater he also hopes to collaborate with other Montreal restaurants and chefs to offer one-off special events.
Brunch will also be served, with a variety of hashes (from morcilla sausage to mushroom), and some spiced up classics from avocado toast to cured salmon.
With shared plates and a more convivial atmosphere, it’s likely a more casual experience than the tasting menu-oriented Fieldstone that came before — along with the new culinary approach, the space has also been renovated, with splashes of yellow and some plant life giving an airy, warm vibe.
STATUS — Cantine Teré is open at 5427 St-Laurent from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday to Friday for lunch, 6 to 11 p.m. Thursday to Saturday for dinner, and 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday for brunch.