Montreal Restaurant Week Le Happening Gourmand: 2017 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.
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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 2017, Le Happening Gourmand runs January 5 through February 5, 2017. Reservations are generally not required but recommended.
Le Happening Gourmand 2017 Prices & Participating Restaurants
A great opportunity to explore Old Montreal's fine cuisine on a tight budget (think roughly $23 to $30 for a three-course dinner), Antonopoulos Group restaurants participating in 2017 include:
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.
My experience has been that dishes on offer are solid. After all, Montreal is a foodie city. However, portion sizes 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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