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The Best Events and Delicious Deals at Montréal en Lumière for 2020

Our selection of special dinners, special guests, and more

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Halibut at the SAT’s Foodlab
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Annual food, arts, and culture festival Montréal en Lumière returns from February 20 to March 1 this year. As always, there’s an abundance of promising events, from out of town guest chefs (including Michael Anthony from New York’s renowned Gramercy Tavern), and local chefs doing all manner of special dinners.

Here are some of our picks for the best options — featuring a mix of meals that are just really good deals at great local restaurants, through to some unique one-off events for the festival (although these may not necessarily be within everybody’s price bracket).

This map only considers events with a meal component, although there are various food-related workshops, panels, and interviews on the calendar — find those listed on the Montréal en Lumière schedule.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. San Francisco’s Cortney Burns at Hélicoptère

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4255 Rue Ontario E, Montréal
QC H1V 1K4, Canada
(514) 543-4255
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San Francisco chef and “godmother of fermentation” Cortney Burns (known for renowned experimental creations at Bar Tartine) will be at the burners at fantastic Hochelaga restaurant Hélicoptère for two nights: February 29 and March 1. The meal will cost an eminently reasonable $65 ($120 with wine pairings, tax and tip not included, and bookings are recommended.

2. Forest to Table dinner at État-Major

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4005 Rue Ontario E, Montréal
QC H1W 1S7, Canada
(514) 905-8288
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Ariane Le Gal, known for her work with woodsy produce supplier Gourmet Sauvage will be at this Hochelaga BYOB for a special “forest to table” meal centred aroundQuebec’s boreal forests (so, expect berries and wild mushrooms). It’s $59 and goes down on the evenings of February 26 and 27. Alternatively, a three-course lunch service focused on similar boreal flavours (but without Le Gal) is on offer for a bargain $25, on February 20-21 and 24-28.

3. Raclette at La Fromagerie Hamel (Marché Jean-Talon)

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220 Rue Jean-Talon, Montréal
QC H2R 1S7, Canada
(514) 272-1161
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February 22 is Montréal en Lumière’s Nuit Gourmande, meaning a range of restaurants and food purveyors are doing one-night-only specials. Fromagerie Hamel is one such participant, offering a $10 serving of raclette with bread, charcuterie, picles, and onions, and gooey cheese fresh from the cheesemonger’s supply. https://www.montrealenlumiere.com/Programmation/Activite/MEL-8781

4. Africa meets Quebec at Le Virunga

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851 Rue Rachel E, Montréal
QC H2J 2H9, Canada
(514) 504-8642
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There are two dinners of note at this criminally underrated Plateau restaurant. First, on February 22 (in the evening), chef-owner Maria-José de Frias will put an array of African twists on Quebec staples — shepherd’s pie (pâté chinois) in the style of South Africa boboti with yam, and a goat poutine with plantain and cassava fries are just two options. You’ll get five small plates for $35 (tax and tip not included). Then, on the evenings of February 26 and 27 Frias will showcase Bantu cuisine (from central Africa) with a five-course menu inspired by Québécois-Congolese artist Moridja Kitenge Banza, who will also be present — it’s $55 (tax and tip not included), or $100 with wine pairings.

5. Peruvian lunch or dinner at Le Margaux

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5058 Av du Parc, Montréal
QC H2V 4G1, Canada
(514) 448-1598
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Chef Léni Cruz Matute — known for his work with Peru’s Gaston Acurio, as well as at restaurant Panchita in Santiago, Chile — will be at this Mile End restaurant cooking Peruvian specialties for two nights, February 20 and 21 — it’s $55 before tax and tip, and you can bring your own wine. Alternatively, a Peruvian menu will be offered for lunch on February 26 to 28 for just $28 (although without Matute on site).

https://www.montrealenlumiere.com/Gastronomie/Lieu/4722

6. Chef Martin Olsen at Labo Culinaire (Foodlab)

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1201 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2X 1K4, Canada
(514) 844-2033
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The SAT’s on-site restaurant will play host to Danish chef Martin Olsen (of renowned Copenhagen restaurant Marv & Ben). With SAT chef Timothée Vielajus, Olsen will do a Nordic menu in a style rarely found in Montreal. It’s available on the evenings of February 21 and 22 for $80 or $130 with wine included (tax and tip not included in either price).

7. Brunch with Colombe St-Pierre (and more) at L'Astral

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L'Astral, 305 Rue Sainte-Catherine O, Montréal
QC H2X 2A3, Canada
(514) 288-8882
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Officially, it’s a brunch to celebrate women in gastronomy — we’ve just nominated Colombe St-Pierre as a local star among the group. She’ll be joined by French filmmaker Vérane Frédiani and food journalist Estérelle Payany (among others), serving a brunch buffet at 11 a.m. on February 23, followed by a screening of Frédiani’s documentary, The Goddesses Of Food, then a round-table discussion. It’s $45, which includes two mimosas.

8. Chef Paul Burgalières at Tbsp.

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901 Rue du Square-Victoria, Montréal
QC H2Z 1R1, Canada
(514) 395-3180
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Chef Paul Burgalières of two Michelin starred restaurant L’Enclume (rated the top restaurant in the UK in that country’s Good Food Guide) will be at the W Hotel’s on-site restaurant February 28 and 29 in the evenings. While Tbsp. is usually an Italian spot, it’ll pivot to modern British fare for the evening, with a seven-course menu at $110 ($165 with wine), tax and tip not included.

https://www.montrealenlumiere.com/Gastronomie/Lieu/465

9. Gramercy Tavern’s Michael Anthony at Monarque

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406 Rue Saint-Jacques, Montréal
QC H2Y 1S1, Canada
(514) 875-3896
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Chef Michael Anthony from New York’s Gramercy Tavern will team up with this excellent French restaurant — he’ll work with chef Jérémie Bastien to do a six-course tasting menu in Monarque’s main dining room on February 28 and 29. It’ll cost you $140, tax, tip, and alcohol not included. For something cheaper, a selection of Gramercy Tavern classics will also be offered on the same nights in Monarque’s more-casual brasserie section.

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10. Chef Charles Phan at Maison Boulud

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1228 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montréal
QC H3G 1H6, Canada
(514) 842-4224
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Excellent Vietnamese-American chef Charles Phan (of the Slanted Door in San Francisco) will do a trio of services at Daniel Boulud’s Montreal outpost at the Ritz. Expect refined Vietnamese fare of a calibre difficult to find in Montreal —he’s doing a five-course dinner on February 27 and 28 for $175 (alcohol, tax, and tip excluded), and brunch on February 29 from noon for $75 without tax, tip, or booze.

11. Foxy

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1638 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal
QC H3J 1M1, Canada
(514) 925-7007
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Sommelier Pascaline Lepeltier and chef Diego Moya of New York restaurant Racines will both pop-up at fiery Foxy for one evening only, on February 29. Lepeltier is known for her epic wine list at the Tribeca destination, while Moya blends local produce with French flair, with a fresh style that should fit right in at Foxy. It comes at a price of $80 before wine (tax and tip not included).

12. Tran Cantine Vietnamienne

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4690 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal
QC H4C 1S6, Canada
(514) 379-4690
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For Nuit Gourmande (February 22), this casual Vietnamese restaurant will join forces with St-Henri pizzeria Adamo. The result? A positively intriguing “pho pizza”, for just $6.50.

1. San Francisco’s Cortney Burns at Hélicoptère

4255 Rue Ontario E, Montréal, QC H1V 1K4, Canada

San Francisco chef and “godmother of fermentation” Cortney Burns (known for renowned experimental creations at Bar Tartine) will be at the burners at fantastic Hochelaga restaurant Hélicoptère for two nights: February 29 and March 1. The meal will cost an eminently reasonable $65 ($120 with wine pairings, tax and tip not included, and bookings are recommended.

4255 Rue Ontario E, Montréal
QC H1V 1K4, Canada

2. Forest to Table dinner at État-Major

4005 Rue Ontario E, Montréal, QC H1W 1S7, Canada

Ariane Le Gal, known for her work with woodsy produce supplier Gourmet Sauvage will be at this Hochelaga BYOB for a special “forest to table” meal centred aroundQuebec’s boreal forests (so, expect berries and wild mushrooms). It’s $59 and goes down on the evenings of February 26 and 27. Alternatively, a three-course lunch service focused on similar boreal flavours (but without Le Gal) is on offer for a bargain $25, on February 20-21 and 24-28.

4005 Rue Ontario E, Montréal
QC H1W 1S7, Canada

3. Raclette at La Fromagerie Hamel (Marché Jean-Talon)

220 Rue Jean-Talon, Montréal, QC H2R 1S7, Canada

February 22 is Montréal en Lumière’s Nuit Gourmande, meaning a range of restaurants and food purveyors are doing one-night-only specials. Fromagerie Hamel is one such participant, offering a $10 serving of raclette with bread, charcuterie, picles, and onions, and gooey cheese fresh from the cheesemonger’s supply. https://www.montrealenlumiere.com/Programmation/Activite/MEL-8781

220 Rue Jean-Talon, Montréal
QC H2R 1S7, Canada

4. Africa meets Quebec at Le Virunga

851 Rue Rachel E, Montréal, QC H2J 2H9, Canada

There are two dinners of note at this criminally underrated Plateau restaurant. First, on February 22 (in the evening), chef-owner Maria-José de Frias will put an array of African twists on Quebec staples — shepherd’s pie (pâté chinois) in the style of South Africa boboti with yam, and a goat poutine with plantain and cassava fries are just two options. You’ll get five small plates for $35 (tax and tip not included). Then, on the evenings of February 26 and 27 Frias will showcase Bantu cuisine (from central Africa) with a five-course menu inspired by Québécois-Congolese artist Moridja Kitenge Banza, who will also be present — it’s $55 (tax and tip not included), or $100 with wine pairings.

851 Rue Rachel E, Montréal
QC H2J 2H9, Canada

5. Peruvian lunch or dinner at Le Margaux

5058 Av du Parc, Montréal, QC H2V 4G1, Canada

Chef Léni Cruz Matute — known for his work with Peru’s Gaston Acurio, as well as at restaurant Panchita in Santiago, Chile — will be at this Mile End restaurant cooking Peruvian specialties for two nights, February 20 and 21 — it’s $55 before tax and tip, and you can bring your own wine. Alternatively, a Peruvian menu will be offered for lunch on February 26 to 28 for just $28 (although without Matute on site).

https://www.montrealenlumiere.com/Gastronomie/Lieu/4722

5058 Av du Parc, Montréal
QC H2V 4G1, Canada

6. Chef Martin Olsen at Labo Culinaire (Foodlab)

1201 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2X 1K4, Canada

The SAT’s on-site restaurant will play host to Danish chef Martin Olsen (of renowned Copenhagen restaurant Marv & Ben). With SAT chef Timothée Vielajus, Olsen will do a Nordic menu in a style rarely found in Montreal. It’s available on the evenings of February 21 and 22 for $80 or $130 with wine included (tax and tip not included in either price).

1201 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2X 1K4, Canada

7. Brunch with Colombe St-Pierre (and more) at L'Astral

L'Astral, 305 Rue Sainte-Catherine O, Montréal, QC H2X 2A3, Canada

Officially, it’s a brunch to celebrate women in gastronomy — we’ve just nominated Colombe St-Pierre as a local star among the group. She’ll be joined by French filmmaker Vérane Frédiani and food journalist Estérelle Payany (among others), serving a brunch buffet at 11 a.m. on February 23, followed by a screening of Frédiani’s documentary, The Goddesses Of Food, then a round-table discussion. It’s $45, which includes two mimosas.

L'Astral, 305 Rue Sainte-Catherine O, Montréal
QC H2X 2A3, Canada

8. Chef Paul Burgalières at Tbsp.

901 Rue du Square-Victoria, Montréal, QC H2Z 1R1, Canada

Chef Paul Burgalières of two Michelin starred restaurant L’Enclume (rated the top restaurant in the UK in that country’s Good Food Guide) will be at the W Hotel’s on-site restaurant February 28 and 29 in the evenings. While Tbsp. is usually an Italian spot, it’ll pivot to modern British fare for the evening, with a seven-course menu at $110 ($165 with wine), tax and tip not included.

https://www.montrealenlumiere.com/Gastronomie/Lieu/465

901 Rue du Square-Victoria, Montréal
QC H2Z 1R1, Canada

9. Gramercy Tavern’s Michael Anthony at Monarque

406 Rue Saint-Jacques, Montréal, QC H2Y 1S1, Canada

Chef Michael Anthony from New York’s Gramercy Tavern will team up with this excellent French restaurant — he’ll work with chef Jérémie Bastien to do a six-course tasting menu in Monarque’s main dining room on February 28 and 29. It’ll cost you $140, tax, tip, and alcohol not included. For something cheaper, a selection of Gramercy Tavern classics will also be offered on the same nights in Monarque’s more-casual brasserie section.

406 Rue Saint-Jacques, Montréal
QC H2Y 1S1, Canada

10. Chef Charles Phan at Maison Boulud

1228 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montréal, QC H3G 1H6, Canada

Excellent Vietnamese-American chef Charles Phan (of the Slanted Door in San Francisco) will do a trio of services at Daniel Boulud’s Montreal outpost at the Ritz. Expect refined Vietnamese fare of a calibre difficult to find in Montreal —he’s doing a five-course dinner on February 27 and 28 for $175 (alcohol, tax, and tip excluded), and brunch on February 29 from noon for $75 without tax, tip, or booze.

1228 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montréal
QC H3G 1H6, Canada

11. Foxy

1638 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal, QC H3J 1M1, Canada

Sommelier Pascaline Lepeltier and chef Diego Moya of New York restaurant Racines will both pop-up at fiery Foxy for one evening only, on February 29. Lepeltier is known for her epic wine list at the Tribeca destination, while Moya blends local produce with French flair, with a fresh style that should fit right in at Foxy. It comes at a price of $80 before wine (tax and tip not included).

1638 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal
QC H3J 1M1, Canada

12. Tran Cantine Vietnamienne

4690 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal, QC H4C 1S6, Canada

For Nuit Gourmande (February 22), this casual Vietnamese restaurant will join forces with St-Henri pizzeria Adamo. The result? A positively intriguing “pho pizza”, for just $6.50.

4690 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal
QC H4C 1S6, Canada

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