Restaurant Day. May 2015. Montreal.
My first step was the ‘Chez Harry Porridge’ by Laurier Park. The young men had not only prepared an elaborate ‘create your own oatmeal’ menu, but had constructed their own wooden pop up shop! this was highly impressive and immediately caught your attention from the street. They had a crowd gathered, enjoying small bowls of warm oats with all kinds of delicious, quality toppings.
Chou Navet was my next stop, planted in Laurier park, the ladies prepared lovely variety of food options and presented their uniquely designed plant & flower boxes.
I appreciated that they had set up proper waste management with compost and recycling options!
The team had just launched their made-in-Montreal plant box company, so I was excited to learn about them through Restaurant Day. Find out more about this brilliant planter project HERE!
Next on my list of pop-ups to check out was F.R.I.E.N.D.S! Found in the backyard of a home near Bernard in the Mile-End.
The crew of REAL friends was very warm and welcoming! their Bernese Mountain dog also made a lovely addition to the party!
I was pleased to stumble upon another creative pop-up concept, ‘Le Chip Wagon’ run by my friend Maurin Cuisine!
A block or two away was the next pop-up, Hopscotch Pie Co.!
The berry pie had just come out of the oven as I entered the kitchen and there was a long line of people waiting to get a beautiful slice!
Last but certainly not least on my itinerary was the Naan Stop shop!
My friends Justin and Violaine set up a sandwich stand using fresh homemade naan with a variety of tasty toppings!
Warm grilled flatbread with hummus, quinoa, pickled vegetables, toasted sesame seeds and fresh coriander!
Great music by the Vinyl Love crew was enjoyed!
Restaurant Day is a unique ‘culinary carnival’ that takes place 4 times a year, in which people have the opportunity to open their dream pop-up restaurant, cafe, or bar for one day. What began in Helsinki four years ago, has since spread across the globe and become an international food event. I had the pleasure of attending the most recent Montreal edition of Restaurant Day last week, on Saturday May 16th 2015.
Over 50 restaurants set up shop around Montreal, five of which I visited in my neighbourhood. Not only did I get the chance to try some delicious new dishes, but I also got to meet some amazing people, all of whom shared a passion for cooking and community. Restaurant Day is a brilliant concept that feeds and facilitates a DIY creative food culture that is growing worldwide. The initiative brings people together both locally and internationally around glorious food!
The next Restaurant day is on August 16th 2015 – find out more HERE!