Montreal Weekender: October 21st through 23rd, 2011

The Plateau, one of our favourite neighbourhoods in Montreal, has become increasingly gentrified with the influx of young professionals and artists flooding into its triplex homes and settling into its coffee shops and restaurants. All the restaurants boast terraces, and bakeries, pastry shops, and ice cream parlours are at every corner. This notable weekend we are going to confine you to the streets in the Plateau, and you will absolutely not be disappointed.

Friday night book yourself a table at Au Pied de Cochon (536 Duluth East). Chef-owner (and Food Network star) Martin Picard is a champion of Quebec food products and his love for wild game and backwoodsy fare will warm you up on a chilly October night. After dinner walk West towards St. Laurent and hit Reservoir (9 Duluth East). Here you can nestle in for a house-brewed beer and some good tunes and people watching.

Saturday morning get up and grab a table at Le Chien Fumant (4710 Lanaudiere) for their famous weekend brunch. The menu is always changing so expect something succulent, rich, and savoury (don’t fret, they also have sweet options). We then recommend, especially if it’s a warm sunny fall day (we can wish, right?), to do a St. Denis street walk, passing through and into all the amazing clothing and furniture stores along the way. This should keep you busy all afternoon. Dinner we suggest a table at L’Express (3927 St. Denis), which epitomizes the modern bistro with its black-and-white tiles, mirrored walls, and zinc topped bar. This is a traditional French Bistro – you must try the Croque Monsieur? For your evening festivities catch the hockey game at Molson sponsored hockey bar Chez Serge, ride the mechanical bull, drinks brews, and watch the spunky waitresses dancing on the bars in between periods.

Sunday keep it clean and healthy. Head to Crudessence (105 Rachel West) for lunch. This tiny restaurant offers a gluten free and vegan menu and it’s tres tres good. Next, climb Mount Royal and then pick up Romados (115 Rachel East) chicken – famous for it’s Portuguese rotisserie. Bring it home and enjoy a nice cozy dinner after a notable weekend in the plateau.