If there is something that I am serious about, it’s drinks and food. I don’t bother anymore trying places that still serve the same dishes as everyone else, especially when I need to spend a sweet amount of money on it. When I heard that the W Montreal was going under a major makeover regarding its bar and restaurant, I got curious without being overly excited. That was all before spending one of the best nights of my foodie life feasting on delicious Brie dumplings (yes, the French cheese) and tasty gin-based cocktails.

I am now addicted to both the restaurant and the bar, and I keep finding as many excuses as I can to visit again. And again.

 

Nom Nom Cantine

Fusion cuisine can always go terribly wrong, especially when it’s mixing cuisines on the opposite spectrum, but sometimes, bringing multiple cultures together into one dish brings out the best of each. In the case of Nom Nom cantine, it’s absolutely the second option. They deliver creative twists to some classics, with uber satisfying dishes full of flavours. Some of their standouts include the crispy squid served with squid ink tempura and anchovy sauce, along with the tuna “mi-cuit” with avocado and a citrus sauce. But the dish that definitely keeps me raving is their brie dumplings filled with onion soup that are just the right texture, while bringing a festival of exciting savours in your mouth. I swear, everyone who tried them can’t help but keep talking about it for days.  As for the money you pay, it is absolutely worth it!

 

Bartizen

The number of gin brands on the market has boomed in the past few years, along with the apparition of bars specialized in ledit spirit. Quebec is no exception, capitalizing on the trend to release its own local gin brands. It was a question of time before a gin bar opens its doors in downtown Montreal. Located in the W living room, Bartizen is an intimate place specializing in Quebec gins and various tonics. A unique Michael Isted concept brings us curated recipes embodied with craft perfumes. Located in Square Victoria, at the crossroads of Downtown and Old Montreal, this felted lounge with subdued lights and deep house music offers a botanical flavoured selection of well-thought-out cocktails.

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