Market-driven restaurants in Montreal
I've been trying to find this on the boards here and elsewhere, and - besides Kitchen Galerie - I haven't really found anything that mentions such seasonality.
Since I imagine that spring vegetable season is upon to province, can anyone recommendations for restaurants where I could expect to dine on seasonal dishes?
60 Rue Jean-Talon E, Montreal, QC H2R1S5, CA
There's market-driven and there's seasonal. Not necessarily the same thing.
Based on a visit to JTM last weekend, local spring vegetables have yet to hit the markets. Indeed, there weren't even any fiddleheads from New Jersey, asparagus from any place closer than Mexico and southernmost California or rhubarb grown under glass, all of which I consider harbingers of the local produce season. That's likely to change fairly quickly.
Snow crab and Matane shrimp seasons have already started. Maple season is pretty much over.
Many of the neighbourhood bistros consider themselves market-driven in the sense that the chefs go regularly, even daily, to the markets and choose what looks good. And a lot of them like to use local produce when they can get it. Examples of these include Kitchen Galerie, Au Cinquième Péché, Les Trois Petits Bouchons, Mas Cuisine, Cocagne, Cuisine et Dépendance, Bistro Bienville, APDC, Joe Beef and others I'm surely forgetting. A telltale sign is often a menu that changes daily or weekly or that features a number of daily specials.