Montreal: Food Nirvana
Montreal is without doubt a food lover’s paradise. Tasty French fries covered in cheese and gravy known as a poutine, might be reason alone to fall in love with the city, if not, savoring a wood-oven bagel or enjoying a smoked meat sandwich seasoned with cracked peppercorns would indeed make up for it. Montreal has a lot more to offer than poutine, bagels and smoked meat. The city is so culturally diverse, that you can also find that same diversity in its food.
Montreal is the second city in North America with the most restaurants per capita, behind New York, which gives you an idea of how big the food scene is in the city. Therefore if there is one thing you can take advantage of in Montreal, it is the vast variety of culinary options. From Vietnamese to Italian, from Mexican to Japanese, Montreal has everything. Cuisines from all over the world can be found either as fast food restaurants or as fine dining bistros.
As a result of its distinctive local dishes and gastronomic mixture, many magazines often place Montreal among the top cities in the world when it comes to food. In fact last year in a report done by Thrillist it ranked ‘the world’s best food cities’ and Montreal placed 13th, which is not bad taking into account how many cities there are worldwide. It was also the only city representing Canada.
Another reason we could attribute Montreal’s gastronomical charm to, besides the local dishes and the diversity in food, is the quality and freshness of the products. Montreal is host to many traditional farmer markets that form part of its identity. Marketplaces such as The Jean Talon Market and the Atwater Market, offer an abundance of high quality fruits, vegetables, meats and spices. Therefore you not only find quality food in restaurants, but you can also enjoy a unique grocery experience and profit from a delicious meal at home.
The great thing about Montreal is that it can please many different palates. There is Chinatown, where you can find the best Cantonese Dim Sum, Vietnamese Pho and various choices of seafood. Little Italy, where you can find the best tasting cappuccinos, original Italian style pizzas, pastas with delicious sauces, and authentic Sicilian cannolis. You can also visit the Old Port if you are looking for a refined dining experience and want to a meal prepared by an internationally recognized chef, or just want enjoy some cocktails on a Friday evening. Whether you are looking to take a break at a nearby café to grab a quick bite to eat or cook a recipe at home, Montreal is surely to satisfy your taste buds and make eating a unique experience.
Author: Jose Alberto Rodriguez Mellior, journalist intern for TV1