MONTREAL — Bon appétit!
Good taste abounds with Taste MTL, the second edition of Montreal Restaurant Week, which comes to town Friday and runs through Monday, Nov. 11. The foodie event features discounted-priced menus, late-night menu offerings, culinary tours and workshops.
The main premise of Restaurant Week is to offer specially discounted menus at 125 participating restaurants throughout the city. Each restaurant serves up a three-course meal — appetizer, main, dessert — at a great price. Depending on the restaurant, you pay $19, $29 or $39. Here are a few best restaurant bets. Reservations are highly recommended.
▶ Located in the Plateau, Au Cinquieme Peche offers indigenous Quebec nouvelle cuisine with a special menu that costs $39. For starters, sample foie gras parfait with maple glazed chestnuts and cranberry sauce. For mains, try the duck breast gnocchi-flette with maple lacquered Brussels sprout. Top the evening off with a wintergreen panna cotta and pistachio biscotti. The bistro space proves classy and intimate and comes with a song — singers of the Montreal Opera share a tune or two in the restaurant at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5. The restaurant is at 4475 St. Denis St. Call (514) 286-0123 or visit www.aucinquiemepeche.com for more information.
▶ Just down the block, another Plateau foodie fave is Bistro Cocagne, where the menu is oh-so French and the atmosphere is oh-so-laid back. Try the braised-meat ravioli, mushroom, caramelized onion and truffle oil appetizer followed by the white pudding bursting with puréed potatoes, mixed mushrooms and pistachio oil. The finale white-chocolate and vanilla-cream pot should hit your sweet spot just right. The menu costs $39. Bistro Cocagne is at 3842 St. Denis St. For details, call (514) 283-0700 or visit www.bistrococagne.com.
▶ Downtown offers a number of well-established eateries joining Taste MTL. Renoir, located at the Sofitel Hotel, is a best bet for a special date. On the appetizer menu is an autumn squash risotto highlighted with arugula and burgundy black truffle. For entrees, the island arctic char with buttered cabbages and roasted Jerusalem artichokes gets all warmed up with a maple water drizzle. And in keeping with the season, Naomi’s apple tart features hints of maple and oats. The cost is $39. The hotel is at 1155 Sherbrooke St. W. Call (514) 788-3038 or visit www.restaurant-renoir.com to learn more.