The “Off the Beaten Track”

Envisioning a unique restaurant or product concept is no easy task, and too often, the expectations are bigger than the result itself. To ensure a pleasant moment, the following places and products promise to deliver a truly unique experience.

By Marie-Ève Venne


TimeOut Market

This place is about to make you want to spend your Friday night at the mall like you’re a teenager all over again, but one with real fancy taste. After three years of work, the first Canadian location of the famed Time Out Market chain, which originated in Lisbon, has opened in Montreal. The 40,000-sq.ft. space boasts 16 food stall concepts run by celebrated restaurateurs such as Charles-Antoine Crêt and Normand Leprise, three bars, a cooking school and a demo kitchen. It is most definitely not your average food court with your meal being served on china and your drinks poured in real glassware.


Hounds Vodka (39.75$)

This vodka is perfect for your loved one that can’t help but still quote Daria and often jokes about how he likes his coffee as dark as their soul. Produced from high-quality cereals, this vodka is the result of three distillations and two filtrations. The use of charcoal in its ingredients and the filtration process gives this vodka its particular colour. There is a hint of vanilla and citrus flavours and it is the only black vodka on the shelves. Looking for cocktails to try with it? Browse their delicious options, such as a take on a classic Old Fashioned.


La Traversée at Bota Bota

It’s not that often that you think about going to a spa for something other than some well-deserved relaxation time. Well, it might be about to change thanks to Bota Bota’s gastronomic restaurant La Traversée. They just launched their brand new menu for the cold season, inspired by a mix between the Provencal region and Quebec and created by their chef, Rita-Adèle Beaulieu. These star dishes are composed of almost all local ingredients obtained from responsible and sustainable sourcing.



Midsummer Solstice Hendrick’s Gin (59.75$)

Created by Master Distiller Lesley Gracie, Midsummer Solstice is a tribute to the sensory powers of the Midsummer Solstice, when botanicals are believed to be at their most powerful. Similar to Hendrick’s original, this new expression has some post-distillation modifications. After distillation, it is “infused with natural flavours and floral essences.” With pleasant floral notes, Midsummer Solstice’s finish has gentle spice, mild pine and leaves the palate fresh with a taste that reminds you of those violet mint candies.


Café Osmo

Hidden on the first floor of the William-Notman building, Cafe OSMO offers a nice selection of pastries and sandwiches, as well as coffee sourced from Anchored Coffee. Owned by the non-profit OSMO Foundation, this coffeeshop wants to serve as a pulse point for entrepreneurs, developers, as well as the general public. A pretty terrace, set up at the back of the café, it is a veritable oasis of tranquillity in the middle of the city. In the summer, it serves as a venue for shows and also contains a garden to grow vegetables.




Written on: December 31, 2019