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Happening Gourmand 10th Anniversary

January 11, 2017

The decadence of the holidays is far from over in Vieux Port/Old Montréal.
Savoury & Scrumptious is on the menu with Happening Gourmand!

Happening Gourmand is a food & cocktail festival taking place in Vieux Port from Jan 5th – Feb 5th. Featuring 9 different restaurants, this is the 10th anniversary for this festival to occur!

Lucky moi, I got invited to preview the delicious fare at Montréal’s hottest jazz Bar & Bistro: Modavie. Here are the food festival deets:
Expect a three-course menu from each restaurant for 23$, 26$ or 30$.

PSSST, if you want an extra indulgence, Verses Restaurant will also offer a lunch for 18$ or a decadent a 40$ three-course menu.

Plus, just like last year, each resto will feature a signature Happening Gourmand cocktail. Santé!

Here are sneak peeks at what you will taste:

Verses Restaurant. Last year, this resto was one of my fav’s and this year it has maintained it’s place with my ‘best bite of the evening’: Flanc de Veau Braisé, garnitures Bourguignonnes, Pommes de terre Rattes Truffées.

The flavour of the beef was outstanding. Must order if you get the chance – Menu Soir until January 22nd. (Heads up: 4 diff menus available depending on time of day or date. I want to taste ALL as at every event, this restaurant has blown away my tastebuds.*)

Kyo Bar Japonais. Tataki Maguro. Simply delicious.

BUT, Saumon Mariné au Miso Rouge was INCREDIBLE. Akin to their dish last year, this as well was a stand out flavour sensation. Based, on 4 dishes I’ve now sampled, I would love to have a full meal at their restaurant as the flavours are outstanding.

Suite 701. Poitrine de Poulet Style Chasseur. SO GOOD. If it was socially acceptable, I would have double dipped my chicken in the shiitake mushroom sauce.

Vieux-Port Steakhouse.  Galette de crabe maison. A light crab cake with a zesty kick.

Bevo Bar + Pizzeria. Boulette de Risotto Safrané servie avec Ragoût de Viande. Simply, good down home Italian Mama fare: no one will leave hungry.

Delighted this year to have more vegetarian options! Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE meat, but it’s also nice to give my digestive system a break with lighter dishes.

Maggie Oakes. Salade de Quinoa et Pêches Grillées. Fan-freaking-tastic.
Not surprising as the 6 mo old resto is headed by Canada’s Top Chef Contestant, Executive Chef Derek Bocking. His delicious creations NEVER disappoint. Plus, he’s admirably kind: graciously let me snap away AND took me on numerous food adventures when I first moved to MTL.

Taverne Gaspar. Their Burger de Betteraves with chevre is hearty. Completely recommended for even the meat eater in the family.

Modavie. Salade de duo de Betteraves avec Noix de Grenoble et fromage de Chèvre des neiges. This tasty beet salad was a lovely light accompaniment.

Méchant Boeuf. Though they are obviously known for their beef, I had a hankering for the Taco de Morue Panée. I was not disappointed: refreshingly delicious bite.

All in all, it was a delightful evening and a wonderful kick-off for the Happening Gourmand 10th Anniversary.
After these tastebud teasers, I am drooling for MORE. Thankfully, I have until Feb 5th to re-savour everything!

Mlle Fab Foodie


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