Montreal Restaurant Week Le Happening Gourmand: 2018 Edition
Montreal Restaurant Week is known by at least two different names in Montreal. One is Taste MTL, a fall mega-event featuring table d'hôte specials at over 100 participating restaurants across the city. The other is its precursor, Old Montreal's Le Happening Gourmand which, since 2008, followed the examples of New York Restaurant Week and Toronto's Winterlicious, but on a much smaller scale.
In other words, a handful of Old Montreal's mid to high-end restaurants, all owned by the Antonopoulos Group, cut menu prices roughly 30% to 40% for a three- to four-week period every January and February.
In 2018, Le Happening Gourmand runs January 11 through February 4, 2018. Dates will be confirmed as we close in on the winter season. Reservations are generally not required but recommended.
Le Happening Gourmand 2018 Prices & Participating Restaurants
A great opportunity to explore Old Montreal's fine cuisine on a tight budget (think roughly $17 to $31 for brunch or a three-course dinner), Antonopoulos Group restaurants participating in 2018 include:
- Kyo: a Japanese style pub with sake, classic izakaya fare, and sushi;
- Taverne Gaspar: meaty pub food served in a 19th century warehouse;
- Modavie: a live jazz restaurant with lamb as its specialty dish;
- Brasserie 701: a menu and decor inspired by Paris's golden-era brasseries;
- Verses: an upscale restaurant serving classic fine French cuisine;
- Méchant Boeuf: stylish bar/lounge/restaurant hybrid serving haute comfort;
- Vieux-Port Steakhouse: red meat and seafood in an elegant dining room;
- Maggie Oakes: a mix of upscale American and French bistro dishes; and
- Bevo Bar & Pizzeria: pizza and Italian dishes in a posh pub environment.
A Note on Le Happening Gourmand Portion Sizes
The thing with Le Happening Gourmand or any other restaurant week type event in Montreal is the proverbial elephant in the room which, incidentally, is a lot bigger than many of these restaurant week portion sizes. They may be significantly smaller than when the same (or comparable dishes) are offered as table d'hôtes on a regular night at full price. I've seen regular menu items as much as halved in size for Le Happening Gourmand when dining as a regular guest.
In possession of a hearty appetite? Then consider these special restaurant week events as a chance to sample the goods and see what's out there before locking in a reservation at full price on a standard night. Or simply factor in an extra appetizer or two on top on your table d'hôte order and you'll leave both satisfied and satiated.
Consult Le Happening Gourmand website for menu details and a complete list of participating restaurants. For reservations, call restaurants directly.
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