When you talk about autumn, you talk about the return of comfort food, loaded plates, and intoxicating flavours. And of course, in the metropolis’ foodie destination par excellence, Old Montreal, you’ll have it all served to you on a silver platter.
For a limited time, this Saint-Paul Street restaurant is serving up braised ribs & apples. This dish has slow-cooked short ribs with braised apples, accompanied by roasted potatoes and Brussels sprouts, and a sage sauce over the top to celebrate autumn’s return with classic seasonal flavours.
When we need to warm up, we like to drop by here for their creamy seafood and bacon chowder, paired with a good glass of wine. A carnival of flavours in and of itself, this dish is well worth the detour. Combining surf and turf in the same dish? Sometimes two is better than one!
Meals in this historic neighbourhood gastronomic mainstay are always a feast. For the return of cooler days, we have picked out a few irresistible items from their menu for your consideration: their pan-fried oysters with spinach, French shallots, crumbled bacon, Pernod, and Mornay sauce. We also recommend their rib-eye steak of unsurpassed reputation, with a Monte-Carlo: a double-baked potato loaded with sour cream, bacon, and chives. Just as good as it sounds!
On nice days, we love coming to the unforgettable West St-Paul Street address, and stepping in line – it’s continuously busy here, but it’s always well worth the wait! Here, you will be treated to their autumn ricotta dish, bursting with mushrooms, as well as a salad. And all this with the freshness you would expect from their savoury and impeccably balanced dishes.
We are also enjoying the grand return of their “Sticky Bun”: brioche bread with sticky sweet brown sugar and cinnamon!
In this beautiful St-Nicolas Street location, we love starting out with their West African cuisine-inspired Lentil and Peanut Soup. Following that, we’ve taken to ordering the “Harvest Salad”: romaine lettuce, mixed green vegetables, cherry tomatoes, roasted sweet potatoes, dried cranberries, grilled pecans, pumpkin seeds, goat cheese, and balsamic vinaigrette – the perfect crunchy combination to honor the richness of the season.
This business on Notre-Dame Street reopened a few weeks ago, and we are more than pleased to rediscover this shining culinary enclave in the historic neighbourhood. While they may not have an autumn menu as such, we wanted to include them here for their Marrakech salad, which is a mixture of lettuce, chicken, kidney beans, tomatoes, carrots, pumpkin seeds, and parsley. Oh, and did we mention that the vinaigrette is harissa-based? So there you have it: pumpkin, spices, and vacation memories all in one place!
To those die-hard fans who insist that ice cream should be on the menu all year round, we have found a special flavour: “crème brûlée and pumpkin spice”. It takes ice cream and autumn and blends the best of both into one nice dish.
This bakery-pâtisserie on St-Jacques Street is offering a limited edition pumpkin pie, flavoured with cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. It smells good, it tastes good, it breathes autumn, and satisfies any rabid sweet tooth. Additionally, they have pumpkin muffins and pumpkin bread. We especially loved the unique notes coming from their roasted pumpkin seeds.
Are you more into apple flavours than pumpkin? This same store is also in the middle of its apple season, as their website will tell you. And that means you can find their apple madness dessert, the “apple well” viennoiserie, apple & raisin bread, apple cinnamon muffins, apple turnovers, and apple strudel in their boutique!
Find your way to Place Jacques-Cartier for some gourmet crêpes! And just so you know, the owners also sell their crêpe batter so you can make your own at home! If you aren’t able to eat in the store, Place Dauversière is a great space to chill and enjoy your crêpes when it’s nice out!
This is one of our favourite places for a good hot chocolate (made with real chocolate!). And it’s a staple accompaniment – or should we say tradition? – to go with an apple pie waffle pop. On the waffle, they put sliced apples, caramel, cinnamon, and whipped cream as the crown on top. It’s not often that we have room for supper after eating one of these, but sometimes it’s just the right call…!
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