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12 Restaurant Deals to Check Out for MTL à Table 2018

Hot deals on destination restaurants, and some new discoveries

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MTL à Table is upon us — the festival, which is roughly equivalent to a Restaurant Week event — takes place from Thursday November 1 to Sunday November 11.

Some 150 restaurants are taking part, offering table d’hôte menus across four price brackets — $23, $33, $43, and $73 (plus tax and tip, alcohol isn’t included, but some are BYOBs).

With set prices, it’s not always clear what the best deal is — but we’ve scoured the menus and come up with some hot recommendations. Some are big-name tables with a great value menu, some are long-time classics worth revisiting, and some are neighbourhood spots that might be undiscovered for many Montrealers — and all merit your consideration.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Rose Ross

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3017 Rue Masson, Montréal
QC H1Y 1X7, Canada
(514) 379-1900
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This Rosemont resto is a supremely underrated spot for market-fresh food that’s both homey and refined — for MTL à Table, you’ll put down $33 for options like a beet carpaccio with goat cheese and blackberry, Gaspésie turbot with root veggies, or black pudding with bacon, apples, and celeriac.

Brussels sprouts, cilantro, and peanuts
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2. Madre

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2931 Rue Masson, Montréal
QC H1Y 1X5, Canada
(514) 315-7932
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Chef Mario Navarrete doesn’t stick to one cuisine at his New Latin restaurant, instead playing with styles from across South America, from a classic ceviche to calamari with onion escabeche and panca pepper sauce, and a dulce de leche-pumpkin mousse to finish off. It’ll cost you $33, and bonus: it’s BYOB. The same menu is on offer at the Fleury Madre in Ahuntsic, too.

3. Le St-Urbain

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96 Rue Fleury O, Montréal
QC H3L 1T2, Canada
(514) 504-7700
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Marc-André Royal’s Ahuntsic restaurant is a well-established staple for distinctively modern Québécois cuisine (with a few international touches) — with chef Adam Ganten at the helm, the MTL à Table menu is no exception — see: steelhead trout with Gaspésie aonori, kimchi and daikon, or a fall-friendly barley-rye risotto with mushrooms.

4. Mesón

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345 Rue Villeray, Montréal
QC H2R 1G8, Canada
(514) 439-9089
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Both of Marie-Fleur St-Pierre’s Villeray restaurants are doing MTL à Table (see also: Tapeo). At Mesón, that means Spanish staples like bechamel-serrano croquettes gussied up with black garlic, or Catalan-style coca flatbread laden with pork belly and mahon cheese. It’s $33 for the table d’hôte.

Catalan-style coca
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5. Lannes & Pacifique

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200 Rue Beaubien E, Montréal
QC H2S 1R4, Canada
(514) 439-1001
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This French BYOB isn’t afraid to take a few liberties with flavours and sidestep tradition — read: borscht with Thai basil or crabcakes with nuoc mam hollandaise on its $33 table d’hôte. Mains like pork cheek with mushroom duxelles or roasted turbot with polenta feel positively fall feverish.

6. Cul-Sec

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29 Rue Beaubien E, Montréal
QC H2S 1P7, Canada
(514) 439-8747
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Martin Juneau’s wine bar-ish nook on Beaubien has the cheapest offering of any restaurant on this map — for $23, get a truffle oil potato soup, classic tartare, or smoked salmon with corn “milk”. It’s on the lighter side, so for a full meal, consider Juneau’s main restaurant Pastaga, around the corner with a $33 menu.

7. Manitoba

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271 Rue Saint Zotique O, Montréal
QC H2V 1A4, Canada
(514) 270-8000
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Wielding possibly the most Canadian vibe of any menu in the city, Manitoba’s $43 MTL à Table offering is a little less out-there than the regular menu (no seal, for example), but still a mouthwatering mix of forest and sea flavours, with Arctic char, beets, and jus or beef with turnips and smoky sour cream among the mains, finished off with a squash mousse with Labrador tea for dessert.

8. Les Fillettes

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1226 Avenue Van Horne, Outremont
QC H2V 1K3, Canada
(514) 271-7502
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This Outremont bistro mixes France and Quebec with flair — for the $33 table d’hôte option, that means a choice between skate wing with grenobloise sauce and cauliflower remoulade, or duck ham with maple and rutabaga on an all-round comforting menu.

9. La Chronique

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104 Avenue Laurier O, Montréal
QC H2T 2N7, Canada
(514) 271-3095
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Often considered more of a special occasion spot, the $43 menu makes for an excellent excuse to try out Marc De Canck et Olivier de Montigny’s extraordinarily refined French fare — tuck into duck foie gras terrine, guinea fowl with Swiss chard and black garlic, and seafood fregola.

10. M.Mme

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240 Avenue Laurier O, Montréal
QC H2T 2N8, Canada
(514) 274-6663
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Another pricier destination, Stelio Perombelon’s M.Mme seems like a total MTL à Table bargain with a $33 menu of duck, Arctic char, and foie gras torchon — but of course, you’ll have to pay extra to taste any of the extensive, well-selected wine options.

11. Moleskine

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3412 Av du Parc, Montréal
QC H2X 2H5, Canada
(514) 903-6939
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Frédéric St-Aubin serves some of Montreal’s finest Italian at this double-level resto on the edge of the Plateau — for MTL à Table, the more formal upper level is in play for $43, with roasted duck on polenta or octopus-calamari-n’duja cavatelli, and creative crudos to start.

12. Pastel

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124 Rue McGill, Montréal
QC H2Y 2E5, Canada
(514) 395-9015
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One of the hottest new arrivals for 2018 was this Old Montreal restaurant from the owners of Griffintown’s Le Fantôme — but as critic Lesley Chesterman noted, it’s not the cheapest, so the $43 MTL à Table option seems a steal. Chef Jason Morris is keeping dishes simple in terms of elements, with a foie gras “mosaic” and halibut with foraged vegetables among the options, and the mysterious “bonfire chocolate” for dessert.

1. Rose Ross

3017 Rue Masson, Montréal, QC H1Y 1X7, Canada
Brussels sprouts, cilantro, and peanuts
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This Rosemont resto is a supremely underrated spot for market-fresh food that’s both homey and refined — for MTL à Table, you’ll put down $33 for options like a beet carpaccio with goat cheese and blackberry, Gaspésie turbot with root veggies, or black pudding with bacon, apples, and celeriac.

3017 Rue Masson, Montréal
QC H1Y 1X7, Canada

2. Madre

2931 Rue Masson, Montréal, QC H1Y 1X5, Canada

Chef Mario Navarrete doesn’t stick to one cuisine at his New Latin restaurant, instead playing with styles from across South America, from a classic ceviche to calamari with onion escabeche and panca pepper sauce, and a dulce de leche-pumpkin mousse to finish off. It’ll cost you $33, and bonus: it’s BYOB. The same menu is on offer at the Fleury Madre in Ahuntsic, too.

2931 Rue Masson, Montréal
QC H1Y 1X5, Canada

3. Le St-Urbain

96 Rue Fleury O, Montréal, QC H3L 1T2, Canada

Marc-André Royal’s Ahuntsic restaurant is a well-established staple for distinctively modern Québécois cuisine (with a few international touches) — with chef Adam Ganten at the helm, the MTL à Table menu is no exception — see: steelhead trout with Gaspésie aonori, kimchi and daikon, or a fall-friendly barley-rye risotto with mushrooms.

96 Rue Fleury O, Montréal
QC H3L 1T2, Canada

4. Mesón

345 Rue Villeray, Montréal, QC H2R 1G8, Canada
Catalan-style coca
Mesón/Facebook

Both of Marie-Fleur St-Pierre’s Villeray restaurants are doing MTL à Table (see also: Tapeo). At Mesón, that means Spanish staples like bechamel-serrano croquettes gussied up with black garlic, or Catalan-style coca flatbread laden with pork belly and mahon cheese. It’s $33 for the table d’hôte.

345 Rue Villeray, Montréal
QC H2R 1G8, Canada

5. Lannes & Pacifique

200 Rue Beaubien E, Montréal, QC H2S 1R4, Canada

This French BYOB isn’t afraid to take a few liberties with flavours and sidestep tradition — read: borscht with Thai basil or crabcakes with nuoc mam hollandaise on its $33 table d’hôte. Mains like pork cheek with mushroom duxelles or roasted turbot with polenta feel positively fall feverish.

200 Rue Beaubien E, Montréal
QC H2S 1R4, Canada

6. Cul-Sec

29 Rue Beaubien E, Montréal, QC H2S 1P7, Canada

Martin Juneau’s wine bar-ish nook on Beaubien has the cheapest offering of any restaurant on this map — for $23, get a truffle oil potato soup, classic tartare, or smoked salmon with corn “milk”. It’s on the lighter side, so for a full meal, consider Juneau’s main restaurant Pastaga, around the corner with a $33 menu.

29 Rue Beaubien E, Montréal
QC H2S 1P7, Canada

7. Manitoba

271 Rue Saint Zotique O, Montréal, QC H2V 1A4, Canada

Wielding possibly the most Canadian vibe of any menu in the city, Manitoba’s $43 MTL à Table offering is a little less out-there than the regular menu (no seal, for example), but still a mouthwatering mix of forest and sea flavours, with Arctic char, beets, and jus or beef with turnips and smoky sour cream among the mains, finished off with a squash mousse with Labrador tea for dessert.

271 Rue Saint Zotique O, Montréal
QC H2V 1A4, Canada

8. Les Fillettes

1226 Avenue Van Horne, Outremont, QC H2V 1K3, Canada

This Outremont bistro mixes France and Quebec with flair — for the $33 table d’hôte option, that means a choice between skate wing with grenobloise sauce and cauliflower remoulade, or duck ham with maple and rutabaga on an all-round comforting menu.

1226 Avenue Van Horne, Outremont
QC H2V 1K3, Canada

9. La Chronique

104 Avenue Laurier O, Montréal, QC H2T 2N7, Canada

Often considered more of a special occasion spot, the $43 menu makes for an excellent excuse to try out Marc De Canck et Olivier de Montigny’s extraordinarily refined French fare — tuck into duck foie gras terrine, guinea fowl with Swiss chard and black garlic, and seafood fregola.

104 Avenue Laurier O, Montréal
QC H2T 2N7, Canada

10. M.Mme

240 Avenue Laurier O, Montréal, QC H2T 2N8, Canada

Another pricier destination, Stelio Perombelon’s M.Mme seems like a total MTL à Table bargain with a $33 menu of duck, Arctic char, and foie gras torchon — but of course, you’ll have to pay extra to taste any of the extensive, well-selected wine options.

240 Avenue Laurier O, Montréal
QC H2T 2N8, Canada

11. Moleskine

3412 Av du Parc, Montréal, QC H2X 2H5, Canada

Frédéric St-Aubin serves some of Montreal’s finest Italian at this double-level resto on the edge of the Plateau — for MTL à Table, the more formal upper level is in play for $43, with roasted duck on polenta or octopus-calamari-n’duja cavatelli, and creative crudos to start.

3412 Av du Parc, Montréal
QC H2X 2H5, Canada

12. Pastel

124 Rue McGill, Montréal, QC H2Y 2E5, Canada

One of the hottest new arrivals for 2018 was this Old Montreal restaurant from the owners of Griffintown’s Le Fantôme — but as critic Lesley Chesterman noted, it’s not the cheapest, so the $43 MTL à Table option seems a steal. Chef Jason Morris is keeping dishes simple in terms of elements, with a foie gras “mosaic” and halibut with foraged vegetables among the options, and the mysterious “bonfire chocolate” for dessert.

124 Rue McGill, Montréal
QC H2Y 2E5, Canada

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