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Where to Order Takeout Easter Feasts in Montreal

Ten restaurants serving Sicilian sweets, maple-smoked ham, Portuguese roast lamb, and more for the holiday

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At around this time last year, Montreal restaurants were fumbling to make sense of a newly enacted lockdown meant to stem the spread of the coronavirus. Easter, for many, was lost. That uncertainty, in various forms, lives on to this day, but when it comes to wrapping up all the elements needed for an at-home feast, well, this time, they’re ready.

For this second Easter beset by strict coronavirus restrictions, including an ongoing ban on indoor dining, Montreal restaurants have conceived special three-course brunch menus, brimming baskets of family-style spreads, and a bounty of seasonal sweets. Lamb features prominently, either roasted with Portuguese spices, swaddled in pasta for a cannelloni gratin, or fashioned into a porchetta-style roll, and so do various iterations of buttery, flaky tarts, with both savoury and sweet fillings. For dessert, there are fruity hot cross buns and a traditional Sicilian cake, as well as maple-tinged sweets spotlighting the ingredient du jour in Quebec.

Here’s where to pick up a feast for Easter 2021 in Montreal. Get cracking — quantities are limited, and pre-ordering is strongly recommended.

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Montreal tapas pioneer Tapeo is observing the Easter holiday with a two-person brunch menu including a shrimp and hazelnut butter dip, slow-cooked pork and chorizo cassoulet, and neatly stacked maple mille-crêpe. Orders must be placed by phone at least a day in advance for pick-up on April 2, 3, and 4 at sister establishment Méson, also in Villeray.

Bloomfield

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In honour of the April holiday, Outremont neighbourhood bistro Bloomfield has debuted a striking spread drawing on Middle Eastern and European foodways. It begins with a mezze-style platter of ricotta dusted with za’atar, grilled carrots doused in a romesco sauce, and caramelized mushrooms, and ends with a dark chocolate tart dotted with pistachios, rose petals, and Maldon sea salt. In between is diner’s choice of a vegetarian kefta, skewered lamb, or flank steak, alongside a cauliflower and broccoli couscous with barberries and pomegranate. Order online for April 2, 3, or 4.

Le Petit Italien

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Bernard Street restaurant Le Petit Italien is delivering big with a carefully concocted Easter meal for four. The offer is extensive, but highlights include conchiglioni (shell pasta) with a ricotta, taleggio cheese, and spinach filling, and porchetta served with green beans and potatoes. On the sweet side, there’s a cake made of peanuts, white chocolate, and mandarin, plus some dark chocolate truffles. Order online with Pizzli.

Le Butterblume

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This German-leaning Mile End restaurant has been garnering attention for its hot cross buns since early March, and now, with the arrival of a set menu for Easter, it has become a shoo-in for this year’s subdued festivities. For $40 a head, it’s offering a three-course service, including an endive salad with fresh cheese, marinated peppers, and almonds; a flaky biscuit atop a ragout (rabbit or mushroom) with grilled asparagus; and a hazelnut praline and dark chocolate tart for dessert. Not to worry: The hot cross buns are available until Easter, too. Place orders via its online boutique.

Trifecta

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Trifecta has been pooling the creativity and expertise of the chefs at multiple sister establishments since the start of the pandemic. Its special Easter spread manages to further the level of collaboration. Expect oysters with a passion fruit mignonette from the group’s Cité Multimedia bistro Le Serpent; miso-marinated black cod served with shiitake, yuzu kosho (a citrus, chili paste), and couscous from swanky Plateau seafood haunt Le Filet; and rabbit saddle draped in a mustard sauce from veritable Old Montreal institution Le Club Chasse et Pêche. Order online while quantities last, and check out the festive Italian menu from Il Miglio, also part of the Trifecta family.

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BarBara

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Buzzy Saint-Henri newcomer BarBara has come out with a lavish menu of eggs mimosa, provolone and pepper arancini, and snow crabs for Easter — and those are just the starters. For mains, they’ve got a miso caesar salad, cacio e pepe potatoes, lambchetta (a portmanteau for lamb and porchetta) with a parsnip camponata, and “torta siciliana,” a savoury Easter pie packed with rapini, sausage, and pecorino. For dessert, BarBara also draws from the Mediterranean island, with cassata, a traditional sponge cake steeped in liqueur and layered with sweetened ricotta. Order online with Chk Plz.

Maison Publique

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After wowing diners with a special Valentine’s Day menu last month, esteemed Montreal chef Derek Dammann returns with another festive lineup sure to sell out fast at Maison Publique. It includes maple-smoked ham, honey-glazed carrots sourced from Sugaree Farm, and a creamy potato gratin. For dessert, there’s carrot cake ice cream, which interlaces hazelnut butter, molasses, raisin jam, and graham crumble, or a doughnut take on an Easter classic: the hot cross bun. Order on Chk Plz for takeout or delivery on April 2 or 3.

Ferreira Café

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True to Portuguese tradition, Ferreira Café is celebrating the springtime holiday with family-style servings of Quebec-sourced roasted lamb, rapini, and potatoes. The heaping platter feeds four for $120 and is available from March 29 to April 2. Add a bottle of the restaurant’s house wine made with grapes from the Douro Valley and a box of natas (egg custard tarts), and Easter is served. Hop to it — quantities are limited.

Moleskine

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To mark the occasion, Moleskin chef-owner Frédéric St-Aubin has cranked out a compelling three-course menu comprising sweet pepper-marinated salmon with a citrusy fennel salad; a lamb and cauliflower cannelloni gratin, and chocolate and coffee pot de crème, topped with chantilly, for a winning finale. Available for takeout or delivery from April 2 to 4.

Nora Gray

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With its now-regular and raved-over cena della domenica (Sunday lunch) offering, Nora Gray has mastered the art of boxing up Italian family-style dining. For Easter, perhaps the most important Sunday in most Italian households, it ups the ante with a torta pasqualina (ricotta, swiss chard, and egg tart), orecchiette with peas and pancetta, a roasted lamb shoulder with fava beans, spinach, and pickled spring veggies. For dessert, it’s a classic Sicilian cassata, interspersed with ricotta and marzipan. Orders must be placed by noon on April 2.

Tapeo

Montreal tapas pioneer Tapeo is observing the Easter holiday with a two-person brunch menu including a shrimp and hazelnut butter dip, slow-cooked pork and chorizo cassoulet, and neatly stacked maple mille-crêpe. Orders must be placed by phone at least a day in advance for pick-up on April 2, 3, and 4 at sister establishment Méson, also in Villeray.

Bloomfield

In honour of the April holiday, Outremont neighbourhood bistro Bloomfield has debuted a striking spread drawing on Middle Eastern and European foodways. It begins with a mezze-style platter of ricotta dusted with za’atar, grilled carrots doused in a romesco sauce, and caramelized mushrooms, and ends with a dark chocolate tart dotted with pistachios, rose petals, and Maldon sea salt. In between is diner’s choice of a vegetarian kefta, skewered lamb, or flank steak, alongside a cauliflower and broccoli couscous with barberries and pomegranate. Order online for April 2, 3, or 4.

Le Petit Italien

Bernard Street restaurant Le Petit Italien is delivering big with a carefully concocted Easter meal for four. The offer is extensive, but highlights include conchiglioni (shell pasta) with a ricotta, taleggio cheese, and spinach filling, and porchetta served with green beans and potatoes. On the sweet side, there’s a cake made of peanuts, white chocolate, and mandarin, plus some dark chocolate truffles. Order online with Pizzli.

Le Butterblume

This German-leaning Mile End restaurant has been garnering attention for its hot cross buns since early March, and now, with the arrival of a set menu for Easter, it has become a shoo-in for this year’s subdued festivities. For $40 a head, it’s offering a three-course service, including an endive salad with fresh cheese, marinated peppers, and almonds; a flaky biscuit atop a ragout (rabbit or mushroom) with grilled asparagus; and a hazelnut praline and dark chocolate tart for dessert. Not to worry: The hot cross buns are available until Easter, too. Place orders via its online boutique.

Trifecta

spread of easter dishes Trifecta/Supplied

Trifecta has been pooling the creativity and expertise of the chefs at multiple sister establishments since the start of the pandemic. Its special Easter spread manages to further the level of collaboration. Expect oysters with a passion fruit mignonette from the group’s Cité Multimedia bistro Le Serpent; miso-marinated black cod served with shiitake, yuzu kosho (a citrus, chili paste), and couscous from swanky Plateau seafood haunt Le Filet; and rabbit saddle draped in a mustard sauce from veritable Old Montreal institution Le Club Chasse et Pêche. Order online while quantities last, and check out the festive Italian menu from Il Miglio, also part of the Trifecta family.

spread of easter dishes Trifecta/Supplied

BarBara

Buzzy Saint-Henri newcomer BarBara has come out with a lavish menu of eggs mimosa, provolone and pepper arancini, and snow crabs for Easter — and those are just the starters. For mains, they’ve got a miso caesar salad, cacio e pepe potatoes, lambchetta (a portmanteau for lamb and porchetta) with a parsnip camponata, and “torta siciliana,” a savoury Easter pie packed with rapini, sausage, and pecorino. For dessert, BarBara also draws from the Mediterranean island, with cassata, a traditional sponge cake steeped in liqueur and layered with sweetened ricotta. Order online with Chk Plz.

Maison Publique

After wowing diners with a special Valentine’s Day menu last month, esteemed Montreal chef Derek Dammann returns with another festive lineup sure to sell out fast at Maison Publique. It includes maple-smoked ham, honey-glazed carrots sourced from Sugaree Farm, and a creamy potato gratin. For dessert, there’s carrot cake ice cream, which interlaces hazelnut butter, molasses, raisin jam, and graham crumble, or a doughnut take on an Easter classic: the hot cross bun. Order on Chk Plz for takeout or delivery on April 2 or 3.

Ferreira Café

True to Portuguese tradition, Ferreira Café is celebrating the springtime holiday with family-style servings of Quebec-sourced roasted lamb, rapini, and potatoes. The heaping platter feeds four for $120 and is available from March 29 to April 2. Add a bottle of the restaurant’s house wine made with grapes from the Douro Valley and a box of natas (egg custard tarts), and Easter is served. Hop to it — quantities are limited.

Moleskine

To mark the occasion, Moleskin chef-owner Frédéric St-Aubin has cranked out a compelling three-course menu comprising sweet pepper-marinated salmon with a citrusy fennel salad; a lamb and cauliflower cannelloni gratin, and chocolate and coffee pot de crème, topped with chantilly, for a winning finale. Available for takeout or delivery from April 2 to 4.

Nora Gray

With its now-regular and raved-over cena della domenica (Sunday lunch) offering, Nora Gray has mastered the art of boxing up Italian family-style dining. For Easter, perhaps the most important Sunday in most Italian households, it ups the ante with a torta pasqualina (ricotta, swiss chard, and egg tart), orecchiette with peas and pancetta, a roasted lamb shoulder with fava beans, spinach, and pickled spring veggies. For dessert, it’s a classic Sicilian cassata, interspersed with ricotta and marzipan. Orders must be placed by noon on April 2.

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