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Openings & Closings April, May, June 2014

I had a much better experience at Foyer last week. The pizzas were quite good (we had a Marguerita and the mushroom one), with my only complaint being that I wish the corona bubbled up a bit more. Otherwise, quite tasty (the mushroom one was VERY tasty).

I thought the prices were quite reasonable. Two pizzas, a shared caesar salad, a cocktail and two beers, and it came to $51 (before T&T). Similar meals at other places recently ran me about $60 and $70 (before T&T).

Jul 28, 2014
blork in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Openings & Closings July, August & September 2014

It should be noted that they have a terrasse out front on Ste-Catherine (as does Juliette & Chocolat next door).

Jul 21, 2014
blork in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Hershie's Espresso Bar on Parc (@ Waxman's Tux)-Unique Montreal Caffe-

Just so we're clear here... I can walk in there and get a coffee and there won't be tuxedo salespeople hovering around me waiting to make a sale, right?

Jun 18, 2014
blork in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Openings & Closings April, May, June 2014

"Quick Burger" on the corner of Ste-Catherine O. and Pierce has been "Opening Soon" for well over a year. Anyone here know the story?

Jun 18, 2014
blork in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Openings & Closings April, May, June 2014

I checked it out today. The price of the burger has dropped to $5.50 (although the menus still say $6.99). Very tasty burger. Very juicy and with a nice charcoal char. Overall pretty sloppy eating (two or three napkins needed). Fries were good but no remarkable.

Not many people there though, even though it was lunchtime. Also, dead quiet inside, which can be a bit creepy. Even if they just turned on a radio it would be an improvement. But still, a good very drippy burger.

Jun 11, 2014
blork in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Openings & Closings April, May, June 2014

There’s a new pizza place opening on Stanley, first door up from Chapter’s, called “Brigade Pizzeria Napolitaine.” The paper sign in the window claims they’ll have a 900 F wood-fired oven (cooks the pizza in 90 seconds. The pics on their FB page look promising:

https://www.facebook.com/brigadepizza

Anyone here know anything else about it?

Also, they claim to have Certification de Pizzaiolo Vera Pizza Napoletana (VPN).

Jun 11, 2014
blork in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

in search of decent weekday breakfast options in downtown Montreal

Update on the Menu URL: http://www.laromate.com/montreal/

Apr 29, 2014
blork in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Openings & Closings April, May, June 2014

It's owned by the same corporation that owns Denny's, so it's basically Denny's for douchebags.

Openings & Closings April, May, June 2014

There's already a sacwich there, which is better than both in my opinion!

Apr 23, 2014
blork in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Openings & Closings April, May, June 2014

I had only gone once, and it was awful. I'd been to the Buns on St-Laurent, and that was good, but the one time I went to the Ste-Catherine shop my burger tasted very strongly of burned grease. I mean over-the-top taste of burned grease. The potatoes were the same, actually dripping with black oily crud. I ate only one and I didn't finish the burger.

I assumed they were just having a bad day (or week; cleaning the grill way overdue). But I never went back.

Apr 14, 2014
blork in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Openings & Closings April, May, June 2014

The Buns burger shop on Ste-Catherine West has been papered up for a few weeks. Sign in the window says "Coming soon Chez Soif."

Apr 13, 2014
blork in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Opening/Closings January to March 2014

Ah. But that's not the downtown store. From their website:

It was 1956 when Peter Mourelatos and his five brothers opened their first grocery store. Located on Mount-Royal Street, in the City of Montreal, and operating under the banner "MOURELATOU BROS", the store catered predominantly to the Greek and Mediterranean communities. In 1959, in order to better serve the Greek Montreal community, the Mourelatos brothers closed the Mount-Royal store location and opened a new store on St-Lawrence Boulevard where they operated successfully for 20 years.In 1981, Peter Mourelatos with his brother Angelo opened a store on Jean-Talon Street. In 1987, Efthymios Mourelatos, Peter's eldest son, took over operations of the Jean-Talon store location. In 1990, Peter, with his sons Efthymios and Christos, opened a second store on Notre-Dame Boulevard, in the City of Laval. The Laval store

showed great potential and so in 1992, the Jean-Talon location was sold to allow Efthymios more time to devote to the Laval store. Over the next two years, the Laval location expanded twice and operations continue to thrive.

As a result of the success of the Laval store, the Mourelatos family began a succesful expansion plan with the opening of a second store in Pierrefonds in 1995, a third store in Lasalle in 1996, a forth store in Ville St.-Laurent in 1997 and a fifth store on Samson Boulevard, Laval, in 1999. Most recently, in 2002, a Mourelatos Gourmet store location opened in the heart of downtown Montreal.

Feb 28, 2014
blork in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Opening/Closings January to March 2014

50 years downtown? They've only been at the current location since about 2002. Where were they before that?

Feb 28, 2014
blork in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Opening/Closings January to March 2014

Mourelato's on Ste-Catherine O. near Guy is closing imminently. They're selling everything off at half price (except booze & smokes) and there's almost nothing left in the store. I asked the cashier and he confirmed they're closing. Probably today or tomorrow, as there's not enough stock left to justify staying open.

I think Adonis (at Ste-C and Lambert-Closse) killed it.

Feb 28, 2014
blork in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Vietnamese Subs

It's sort of a given that no food court item is less than $5. Their whole business model is based on the idea of extracting the "standard meal" price from as many people as possible, as quickly as possible. (Standard meal price being somewhere around $8.)

That's why you can't just get a slice of pizza at most pizza places. You have to get a slice, salad, and drink. Bingo, $7.

May 31, 2013
blork in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Vietnamese Subs

Do you get the grilled lemongrass beef at Hung Phat? I don't remember seeing that as an option. (Was it served hot?)

May 31, 2013
blork in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Vietnamese Subs

$6 for a good sandwich is not excessive. If it was an "Italian" sandwich instead of an Asian one would you also complain about the price?

May 31, 2013
blork in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Vietnamese Subs

I discovered Marché Hung Phat last weekend, and the Banh Mi there was pretty good. But I wasn't crazy about the bread; it was really huge, so my sandwich felt more like a football than a "sub." It was certainly tasty (I had the "grilled pork," which was some kind of pink mystery loaf and my partner had the minced pork). In both cases the meat was cold.

Here's where I get heretical and risk banishment from the board: I just had a Banh Mi at Vie&Nam at Gare Central. I generally don't have good things to say about "mall food" but for this I'll make an exception.

For one thing, the bread was perfect. It was just the right size, and the airy rice-flour mie basically vanished once the sandwich was filled, leaving just a crispy crust to hold it all together, like a bread-crust napkin. That's the way I like it.

The fillings are less exotic (this being a food court chain), but I again got the grilled pork, and this time it was actual pork, hot off the grill. The combination of the hot pork, the spicy sauce (I asked for "spicy") mixed with the cold pickled daikon and carrots made for a luscious and delightful experience in my mouth, especially since it wasn't lost in a lot of bread.

So sue me. Although Hung Phat was arguably more "authentic" (there's that word) and allowed for more exotic ingredients, the overall experience of the Vie&Nam one was better.

May 30, 2013
blork in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Downtown donuts?

Thanks for the tips!

Apr 24, 2012
blork in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Grumman 78 Food Court @ Faubourg

FWIW, I think the pimenton/feta is the best taco, at least of the ones I've tried. Second place is the Banh mi. The Turkey Dinner one I had was kind of disgusting; a bit of roasted turkey with a congealed gravy and some other heavy stuff. Nothing tangy or acidic to balance the heavyness. Bleh.

Apr 23, 2012
blork in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Downtown donuts?

Where I work, people are occasionally called upon to provide a few dozen donuts. Folks always default to Tim Horton's. It's just a matter of time before it's my turn, and I'd like to bring something different; preferably some good old fashioned donuts.

Are there any places downtown (near Guy/Ste-Catherine) that makes good donuts?

Apr 23, 2012
blork in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Mr. Steer

The main thing at Mr. Steer is to make sure you don't ask for your burger "well done." It's one of the few burger places in town that give you a choice, so take advantage of it.

The burgers are quite thick, so if you go for well done it will be pretty dry. (I go for "medium.")

Feb 24, 2010
blork in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Frozen Pearl Onions . . . Where?

Ding! That's great news, as I'm often on the lookout for frozen pearl onions and I never seem to find them. I'll check my local IGA this weekend.

Question: were the frozen ones already peeled? I would hope so, as otherwise there's not much point in choosing them over fresh.

Feb 19, 2010
blork in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Damascus knives

L'Emouleur on Laurier (west end, near Querbes) definitely has Damascus steel knives. I was in there a couple of days ago and he has quite a few.

According to what I've read (a fair bit, actually) the Damascus method is purely aesthetic; there is no change in strength or durability. It just looks nice. (And I'm sort of with scubadoo97; it's become so "blingy" that the appeal is diminished for me.)

Feb 06, 2010
blork in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Best pizza in MTL

I knew that Dani made a decent take-away slice, but I had no idea about the spinach one until a couple of weeks ago. I popped in to grab a slice on my way to a pub and the spinach was the freshest looking pie so I got a slice of that. He asked me if I wanted it "all dressed" and I didn't know what he meant so I just went along and said yes. Wow! Man, that slice packs a punch -- and an awesome punch. Yum!

Feb 06, 2010
blork in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Michael Ruhlman: Expert in Residence!

True enough. It's just that with mold there's the risk of chemical toxicity (such as you find in mushrooms), which is not affected by heat. Just wondering if there is any specific "mold meter" or whatever.

Oct 05, 2009
blork in General Topics

Michael Ruhlman: Expert in Residence!

Hello. A friend and I made some pancetta last spring, using the directions from your book. It's the third or so time we've done it; always awesome. However, the last time (which was the biggest load -- four bellies) the conditions in my hanging area were more humid than usual. I didn't notice until I pulled them down, but they had developed quite a bit of white and green mold.

I didn't throw them away. I just cut off the mold and went at it. There seems to have been no flavor penalty, and I'm not dead (nor was I sick). But the question remains: how much mold is too much mold?

http://www.flickr.com/photos/blork/35... Our four pancettas, hanging (Flickr)

Oct 05, 2009
blork in General Topics

Drinkabe coffee on the Montreal South Shore ?

Brulerie Café Crème on Boul. Roland Therrien in Longueuil pulls a pretty good espresso, and as a result the cappucinos, macciatos, etc. are quite good. The owner is a coffee fanatic, but he's rarely there. Most of the time it's run by his wife and kids, who he seems to have trained reasonably well.

Their own web site is down at the moment (http://www.bruleriecafecreme.com), but you can get the coordinates here: http://www.ourbis.com/brulerie_cafe_c...

Sep 26, 2009
blork in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Basic Grilled Pizza Dough

(OK, it's official. Chow's comment form stinks!)

Jun 19, 2009
blork in Recipes

Basic Grilled Pizza Dough

Darn. Bad link. Let's try again. I wrote about it here: http://www.blork.org/blorkblog/2009/0...

Jun 19, 2009
blork in Recipes