Eating well in Montreal
|Duck in a Can at Au Pied de Cochon|
We had a great waiter at PDC who successfully navigated us through the menu so as to avoid an onset of gout before dessert. He recommended three or so starters and a main course to share rather than attempt three courses each. PDC is generous with its portions and glancing around at the size of the trotters and the bison ribs, I was happy taking our waiter's advice.
|Bison temaki at Au Pied de Cochon|
|Schwartz's smoked meat sandwich|
In the Plateau, it's almost obligatory to pay a visit to Schwartz's deli for some smoked meat (salt beef if you're a Londoner). We grabbed a sandwich and a pickle from the takeaway next to the main restaurant given the queues for a seat. There's a small seating area at the back of the takeaway section too, but since the autumn sun was shining we took to the streets. The sandwich was good, with tender, flavoursome meat enhanced by a great coarse spice rub, dominated by garlic, coriander seeds and pepper. You can buy some in a shaker to spice up your steaks too. I would have liked a punchier mustard on the sandwich though.
|48 hour stewed pork on rice at Kazu|
|Shrimp burger at Kazu|
At the diner end of the eating spectrum, Le Gros Jambon in the old town is worth a visit too. It has a fantastic interior with the walls covered in kitsch, vintage posters and signs. I had a deliciously rich BLT pimped with duck confit and a side of poutine. For breakfast. Mr B wasn't overly excited by his grilled cheese sandwich though. Again I would probably like to visit in the evening or on the weekend when the full brunch menu is on offer.
|BLT with duck confit and Poutine at Le Gros Jambon|
|Breakfast spread at De Farine et d'Eau Fraiche|
So what are you waiting for? Montreal has a lot to offer the foodie-inclined tourist and I feel like I barely scratched the surface in my short time there. If you are daunted by the prospect of all these great food options in a short period of time, just remember that Montreal is a very walkable city with lots of great parks. You'll work off some calories from that poutine walking up and down Mont Royal plus work up an appetite chasing all the squirrels.
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