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Bottega

This pizzeria ranks amongst the best in Montreal and perhaps wins the gold for its Neapolitan pizza. Bottega means “artisan shop” in Italian—a perfect name for this place which offers everything homemade, from pizza crust to gelato.

 

65 Saint-Zotique Street East

Montreal

514-277-8104

 

www.bottega.ca

 

Brasserie Lucille’s

The Brasserie Lucille’s menu focuses on expertly prepared classics such as seafood platters, tartare, steak and pasta. Look no further for a welcoming location to spend a wonderful evening.

 

4124 Sainte-Catherine Street West

Westmount

514-933-9433

 

www.brasserielucillesoyster.com

 

Café Gentile

A sequel to the original Café Gentile on du Parc Avenue, this eatery offers a choice of sandwiches and salads for lunch and delicious Italian specialties for dinner. And let’s not forget their excellent coffee.

 

4126 Sainte-Catherine Street West

Westmount

514-925-8686

 

www.cafegentile.ca

 

Damas

From its exotic specialties to its elaborate wine menu and genuine service, this Syrian eatery provides a journey for the senses that you will never forget.

 

1201 Van Horne Avenue

Montreal

514-439-5435

 

www.restaurant-damas.com

 

Ferreira Café

Founded by Carlos Ferreira and currently managed by his daughter Sandra, this restaurant is the go-to place to enjoy a dish from the sea downtown. Take a seat in its welcoming dining room and choose from a menu of savoury Portuguese dishes and fine wines.

 

1446 Peel Street

Montreal

514-848-0988

 

www.ferreiracafe.com

 

Grinder

A menu featuring both raw and cooked options: tartare, ceviche and carpaccio, as well as grilled and braised meats, all to be shared. In other words: foodies, rejoice!

 

1708 Notre-Dame Street West

Montreal

514-439-1130

 

www.restaurantgrinder.ca

 

Henri Brasserie Française

Discover modern cuisine inspired by timeless traditions from the greatest French brasseries, served in a luxurious nineteenth-century atmosphere.

 

1240 Square-Phillips Street

Montreal

514-544-3674

 

www.restauranthenri.com

 

Il Cortile

Located near the Museum of Fine Arts, this upscale Italian restaurant makes you feel like you’re eating in the heart of Tuscany. With its large terrace lined with thousands of flowers, it’s a moment’s escape from the city noise.

 

1442 Sherbrooke Street West

Montreal

514-843-8230

 

www.cafeilcortile.com

 

Jatoba

A modern and elegant restaurant that serves mouth-watering Asian dishes with a spotlight on seafood. It includes a bar and a gorgeous terrace.

 

1184 Phillips Place

Montreal

514-871-1184

 

www.jatobamontreal.com

 

Joe Beef

Founded by David McMillan, Frédéric Morin and Allison Cunningham, this restaurant has become an institution not only in Montreal, but on the international scene, and rightly so. Joe Beef is renowned not only for its exquisite dishes and wines, but also for their love, generosity and opulence that reigns supreme.

 

2491 Notre-Dame Street West

Montreal

514-935-6504

 

www.joebeef.ca

 

Leméac

A true icon of Montreal’s gastronomy scene, this distinguished French brasserie serves up a daring take on fine cuisine. You’ll love the authentic experience and four-season heated terrace.

 

1045 Laurier Avenue West

Montreal

514-270-0999

 

www.restaurantlemeac.com

 

Le Pois Penché

This Parisian brasserie serves French-style comfort food and seafood in a quiet atmosphere, from brunch until evening.

 

1230 Maisonneuve Boulevard West

Montreal

514-667-5050

 

www.lepoispenche.com

 

L’Express

Established in 1980 at the centre of the Plateau‑Mont-Royal, this restaurant has won the hearts of many Montrealers. Consider it a safe bet, as it serves delicious dishes every time around.

 

3927 Saint-Denis Street

Montreal

514-845-5333

 

www.restaurantlexpress.com

 

Liverpool House

Joe Beef’s little brother is always worth a mention. Liverpool House was chosen by President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for a Montreal dinner that was hot on the radar.

 

2501 Notre-Dame Street West

Montreal

514-313-6049

 

www.joebeef.ca

 

Maison Boulud

Located inside the Ritz-Carlton Montreal, Maison Boulud offers an exceptional menu courtesy of famous chef Daniel Boulud. Let yourself be enchanted by its elegant atmosphere and decor.

 

1228 Sherbrooke Street West

Montreal

514-842-4224

 

www.maisonboulud.com

 

Maiko Sushi

An elegant Japanese restaurant offering refined cuisine, you’ll find classics like sushi, maki, tempura and miso soup, as well as cleverly reinvented dishes.

 

D-3339 Sources Boulevard

Dollard-des-Ormeaux

514-684-3131

 

www.maikosushi.ca

 

Makro Pêcheries

A great location to sample exquisite seafood and fish in an elegant and bustling atmosphere, courtesy of Grinder owners Jean-François Corriveau and Léa d’Amboise.

 

1726 Notre-Dame Street West

Montreal3

514-379-6002

 

www.restaurantmakro.ca

 

Marcus Restaurant

Located on the third floor of the Four Seasons hotel, the Marcus is open all day for drinks, lunch and dinner. The menu features flavours from the sea, carefully prepared by renowned chef Marcus Samuelsson.

 

1440 de la Montagne Street

Montreal

514-843-2525

 

www.fourseasons.com

 

Milos

A landmark Greek restaurant serving classic dishes cooked to perfection. At Milos you’ll find exquisite dishes and high-end service.

 

5357 du Parc Avenue

Montreal

514-272-3522

 

www.estiatoriomilos.com

 

Park

Discover Japanese dishes enhanced with Korean and American touches, all featuring a fusion of flavours that showcase the talents of the restaurant’s owner, chef Antonio Park.

 

378 Victoria Avenue

Westmount

514-750-7534

 

www.parkresto.com

 

Pizzeria Moretti

Located at the heart of Griffintown, this pizzeria offers a modern spin on Italian classics in a casual atmosphere.

 

1059 Wellington Street

Montreal

514-954-0000

 

www.pizzeriamoretti.com

 

40 Westt

With beef aged on-site, an adorable table d’hôte, delicious martinis and fantastic jazz shows on the weekends… what more can you ask for?

 

2305 Trans-Canada Hwy

Pointe-Claire

514-428-9378

 

www.40westt.com

 

Renoir

Located in the Sofitel Montreal Golden Mile hotel, Renoir Restaurant serves up Québécois cuisine with a French je ne sais quoi. It has received two “Toques” from the Gault & Millau gastronomy guide. They also offer one of the best brunches in town.

 

1155 Sherbrooke Street West

Montreal

514-788-3038

 

www.restaurant-renoir.com

 

Restaurant Toqué!

This iconic Montreal establishment is considered to be one of the best restaurants in town. Each year, owners Normand Laprise and Christine Lamarche offer a new and improved version of its haute-cuisine menu featuring local delicacies.

 

900 Jean-Paul-Riopelle Square

Montreal

514-499-2084

 

www.restaurant-toque.com

 

Restaurant Zante

An eatery that serves traditional Greek fare in Mediterranean-inspired decor. Its seafood and fish options are as fresh as can be.

 

1112 Sherbrooke Street West

Montreal

514-288-4777

 

www.restaurantzante.ca

 

Rib’N Reef Steakhouse Restaurant

Grilling is what this restaurant does best, as proven by its 50-year-plus track record. Take in the decor inspired from bygone days and savour a rich meal, followed by a visit to the cigar lounge to conclude the evening.

 

8105 Décarie Boulevard

Montreal

514-735-1601

 

www.ribnreef.com

 

Ristorante Beatrice

A charming eatery offering fine Italian cuisine at the heart of downtown Montreal.

 

1504 Sherbrooke Street West

Montreal

514-937-6009

 

www.beatriceristorante.com

 

Rosélys

Located at the chic Hotel Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth, Rosélys combines gourmet cusine with a laid back bistro style. Open from morning to evening, the menu includes everything from brunch to tea time.

 

900 René-Lévesque Blvd West

Montreal

514-954-2261

 

www.restaurantroselys.com

 

Ryu Westmount

Ryu Westmount offers an exquisite fusion of modern and traditional Japanese cuisine prepared with sophistication in mind. Ryu only uses the best certified-origin products sourced exclusively from sustainable fisheries.

 

4185 Sainte-Catherine Street

Westmount

514-320-0191

 

www.ryusushi.ca

 

Taverne sur le Square

This restaurant offers a seasonal menu based on Italian and French cuisine. Its house specialties include succulent pasta and delectable meat dishes.

 

1 Westmount Square

Westmount

514-989-9779

 

www.tavernonthesquare.ca

 

Tuck Shop

Tuck Shop only includes an intimate thirty seats, yet serves up marvellous dishes. Stop by for a generous serving of true comfort food. Tuck Shop also offers an excellent catering service.

 

4662 Notre-Dame Street West

Montreal

514-439-7432

 

www.tuckshop.ca

 

Vin Papillon

Another member of the Joe Beef and Liverpool House family, brought to you by the same owners, Vin Papillon will delight veggie lovers, comfort food enthusiasts and organic wine aficionados alike.

 

2519 Notre-Dame Street West

Montreal

514-439-6494

 

www.vinpapillon.com

 

Laurentians

La Belle Histoire

The young couple Sophie Allaire, sommelier, and Étienne Demers, chef, turned the former Bistro Champlain into a modern and charming restaurant under the name of La Belle Histoire. Their dishes make the tables worthy of their size!

 

75 chemin Masson

Sainte-Marguerite-du-Lac-Masson

450-228-1595

 

La Forge Bistro Bar & Pub

Ideal after a beautiful day of skiing, enjoy a selection of grilled foods and great drinks in a relaxed atmosphere. Grilled meats, tartars, mussels and fries, salads, burgers, pizzas, vegetarian and gluten-free dishes are all highlights.

 

3041 chemin de la Chapelle

Mont-Tremblant

819-681-4900

 

www.laforgetremblant.com

 

La Quintessence

Listed as AAA/CAA Diamond Awards, La Quintessence is an excellent restaurant in the hotel by the same name offering French-inspired delicacies and an award-winning wine list. In summer, the terrace offers breathtaking views of Lake Tremblant.

 

3004 chemin de la Chapelle

Mont-Tremblant

514-288-0689

 

www.hotelquintessence.com

 

Patrick Bermand

Tasty cuisine, an extensive wine bar and a friendly atmosphere: in the duration of a meal, time will stop. The French chef’s specialty is undoubtedly beef, served in all its forms.

 

2176 chemin du Village

Mont-Tremblant

819-425-6333

 

www.patrickbermand.com

 

Text : Diane Stehle

In recent years, home automation has become the standard in most modern spaces. Whether to meet the needs of individuals or professionals, the applications are numerous. Among them, the field of lighting brings added benefits. We met Philippe Dunberry, Vice President of Client Relationships Development, and Patrick Craig, International Development & Special Projects at Câble&Son to discuss all things home automation. Founded in 2002, today, the company is a leader in integrated residential and commercial technology solutions.

What are some of the services you offer?

We offer high-end intelligent services and solutions for the residential and commercial sectors. This covers lighting control, as well as, motorized window dressings, temperature, safety systems, atmosphere creation, and the maintenance of all the aforementioned technologies.

Briefly, can you describe what you mean by smart solutions?

Smart solutions are about facilitating everyday operations through automated technology.

What are the benefits of integrating intelligent lighting solutions?

Lighting is becoming increasingly important in a property. This system allows you to centralize everything in one place to make life easier for residents. For example, if the main room has six different lighting systems—a fixture above the dining table, four recessed ceiling lights, and a floor lamp—all these zones can be controlled by one single dimmer. To create a scene, simply press a single button instead of manipulating six different switches.

How does home intelligence change our living environment?

It helps you transform your home into a personalized space that suits your lifestyle. By adapting your property to your needs, you improve your comfort and well-being.

What are some examples of applications? 

Imagine you want to take a bath. You click one single switch in order to dim the lights, close your blinds, and turn on soft music. And, this can be repeated in as many settings and as often as you would like, since you’re the one programming it. Another example: you’re on vacation. When you press the “Start” button near your front door, the door will lock and the blinds will automatically lower a few seconds later. Then, when you’re not there, the house will continue lighting up, making it seem as though you’re still home, keeping thieves away. Certain pre-configured lighting arrangements will be set to light up even in your absence. The best part of it all is that you can control everything remotely using a smartphone or a tablet. At Câble&Son, we also offer a concierge service and system maintenance that supports the overall management of your smart home.

Apart from lighting, what else can a smart home do?

Today, homes are smart enough to adapt their behavior to outside temperatures. For example, imagine it is winter and it is minus 20 degrees. You are not at home, but there is sun outside. Your automated system will open the blinds to let the light in and warm the room, rather than raise the temperature, which will allow you to save on heating. In the summer, the opposite may occur. Home automation is used remotely to centralize the management of almost all appliances and systems in your home or other buildings, and that includes everything indoor and outdoor. So you can configure everything according to your preferences: programming the garden sprinklers, and creating your very own home scent. There is no limit to our applications … only your imagination!

 

www.cableson.com

 

Philippe Dunberry, Vice President of Client Relationships Development, and Patrick Craig, International Development & Special Projects at Câble&Son © Sophie Doyon Photographe

 

Text: Diane Stehle

When Linda Smith first heard about the Miriam Foundation over 15 years ago, she knew right away she had to get involved by raising both funds and awareness for the cause. Before long, she introduced Andrew Hops to the organization—together they’ve worked on many events, including the charity’s annual Golf Tournament, and they’ve created My Big Fat Greek Fundraiser. This year, the pair put together part two of this event.

How My Big Fat Greek Fundraiser began

There are a few events that the Miriam Foundation puts on every year, including the Art for Autism and the Golf Tournament. But Smith and Hops knew they could do more to grab people’s attention and raise even more funds. With that in mind, they created My Big Fat Greek Fundraiser – the party was an instant success. “The Miriam Foundation is such a great cause. Even though I don’t have kids who use their facilities, I truly believe the work they do is incredible. It’s really all about the kids and their families,” Hops explains. “They do such great work and they really need our support.”

My Big Fat Greek Fundraiser is a Big Fat Success

Last year, Smith and Hops launched the first annual My Big Fat Greek Fundraiser at Estiatorio Milos. The idea was to throw a fun, casual party, where people could just have a good time. And it worked! With over 200 people in attendance, the event raised $70,000 for the Miriam Foundation. The event this year offers the same experience: a delicious meal à la Milos, music that will make you jump off your chair and an eclectic crowd ideal for mingling and laughing. It’s the perfect recipe to make My Big Fat Greek Fundraiser 2 a blowout event. “We’ve got dancers and drummers. It’s not your typical charity event,” Hops explains. With art being auctioned off and raffle prizes that will let winners dine at Milos restaurants around the globe, My Big Fat Greek Fundraiser 2 is more than just a cocktail party – it’s a great way to let loose, get together with close friends and raise money for a meaningful cause.

What the Miriam Foundation does

The Miriam Foundation provides continued financial support for children and adults with ASDs (Autism Spectrum Disorders) and IDs (Intellectual Disability). Raising funds allows them to operate community residences and offer training and educational programs for parents and professionals alike. “One in sixty-six children is diagnosed with some sort of autism in Canada,” Smith says. “These events promote awareness and generate public support for issues that are pervasive in our world today.”

 

The care and dedication that Linda Smith and Andrew Hops have put into creating this event has made it the talk of the town. Everyone who is anyone knows that the annual My Big Fat Greek Fundraiser is an event that is not to be missed.

 

www.miriamfoundation.ca

 

Text: Alecs Kakon