(English) Happening Gourmand

The 7th annual Happening Gourmand, organized by the Experience Old Montreal group launched Wednesday night with a media tasting at Suite 701. I was invited and happy to accept since it’s a great way to try a dish from each of the 8 restaurants that are offering a menu at an affordable price from January 9th – February 2nd. Here are the highlights from 6 of the 8 restaurants…
I adore antipasti and would eat only that if I could. Bevo Bar & Pizzeria is offering this incredible mix as a starter in their $21 3-course meal. Marinated sundried cherry tomatoes, roasted peppers, artichokes, eggplant, olives, mixed mushrooms and mozzarella fior di latte. Mmmm!

Taverne Gaspar is offering 1 of 4 different starters on their $25 3-course menu. We tried their salmon tartar which was fresh and delicious.
Méchant Boeuf‘s bison bresaola had everyone’s taste buds working. Definitely a fave from their $25 3-course dinner. I would also love to try their braised short ribs as a main. Luckily, you can – it’s one of the 3 choices.
This Moroccan eggplant caviar is an excellent and non-banal healthy choice for any veggie lover! Available on the $29 Verses evening menu.
I’m a meat-and-potato kind of girl, so this Nagano pork chop was my fave. It was also perfectly cooked in a Dijon and maple glaze. I would definitely pay $25 to eat it again at the Vieux-Port Steakhouse before February 2nd (with an entrée and dessert)!
For dessert, all the Quebécoise ladies I had the pleasure of sitting with were going crazy over this revised dépanneur classic. Although I’ve never tried the original, I certainly did love this flaky treat! It’s available on Suite 701‘s $25 evening menu. Note: the 701 has the most choices on their Happening Gourmand menu, so would be definitely worth trying!

Special mention for the latest addition to the Antonopoulos group’s resto line-up this year: Kyo Bar Japonais (in the Hôtel Place d’Armes) is offering a $25 3-course meal with a 15-piece Maki assortment as one of the main course options.

I also loved the duck rillettes from Modavie‘s 3-course $25-menu. So much so, that I completely forgot to take a photo before I dug in!

So, there you have it – 8 different restaurants offering you dinner options for about $25. There’s really no point to cook at home until after February 2nd!

For more info, check out: HappeningGourmand.com

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Thank you to Maria and the Experience Old Montreal group for the invite and the delicious evening! Looking forward to trying more of these meals over the next few weeks.