July 24, 2013

Brunch @ The Sparrow / Le Moineau (Montreal)

I didn't want to waste away any valuable time for my short weekend trip, so I searched hard for a good brunch place that takes reservation so we didn't have to line up. Luckily for me, I found the the Sparrow!
Parking was also free before 1 pm, which was a bonus for us.

July 23, 2013

Summerlicious @ Trevor Kitchen & Bar

My only Summerlicious dinner this year was at Trevor Kitchen & Bar ($35), which I've been to twice before. Anyway, I think they must have made a mistake because we ended up waiting for more than 30 minutes for our table (with a reservation) even though everyone else waiting at the bar appeared to be seated already. Once they realized that we had been waiting for a long time, the staff were very apologetic and gave us free drinks and apps on the house, so I can't really complain too much.
Shortly after we were seated, we were presented with two poutines to start. This one featured beef short rib and feta instead of the traditional cheese curds and it was very flavourful.

July 17, 2013

Summerlicious @ Nota Bene

I was attracted to Nota Bene for Summerlicious this year because I saw some amazing pictures on Twitter. The Summerlicious menu is $25 per person for lunch and $45 for dinner.
To start, my mom had the wild salmon sashimi with kaffir lime, chili, coriander, lemongrass and apple. This was very light and appetizing as a starter, although my mom did have to pick out all the coriander since she hates them.

July 14, 2013

Holder Restaurant (Montreal)

I went on a quick road trip to Montreal over Canada Day long weekend. It was a pretty last minute trip, so I wasn't able to get a reservation to any of the hot spots (like Le Bremner and Joe Beef). On the first night, we decided to stop by Holder Restaurant based on its glowing reviews from Yelp.
Because we didn't have a reservation, they could only seat us at the bar. It was a shame as the dining room was definitely a lot cozier and more comfortable. I started with a glass of Le Verger Sud, cidre sec, Domaine Pinnacle ($6.00 per glass), which was delicious.

July 9, 2013

Summerlicious @ Canoe

After being blown away by my Summerlicious lunch at Canoe last year, I couldn't resist revisiting this popular restaurant for this year's festival. I have to warn you though- if you have a later seating (ours was at 1:45), do not expect to be seated on time. We waited for more than 30 minutes both this year and last year until our table was ready. Since I've been to Canoe multiple times for Summerlicious, this will mostly be a picture post showcasing this year's menu.
Left- Freshly squeezed strawberry and watermelon sparkling lemonade ($6).
Center- Creekside Merlot Niagara Peninsula Ontario ($10).

Right- White Maple Sangria with white wine, brandy maple, fresh summer juices ($10).

July 8, 2013

Summerlicious @ Café Boulud

Summerlicious this year started out at Café Boulud, a restaurant that I've been meaning to try for a while. The lunch menu is $25 for three courses. They modified the lunch menu slightly so it's a little different from the online one that was released earlier from the Summerlicious website. 
Located inside the Four Seasons Hotel, the vibe was unexpectedly casual and fun. That said, service was still top notch!
Three types of bread were served with salted butter. I was particularly fond of the brioche (on the right).

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