GaNaDaRa, Campo, Foiegwa
Come fall, my food cravings change from “I want something light and refreshing…” to “I want something warm and hearty”. I no longer scour the Internet looking for restaurants with terraces, but rather search for cozy spots that offer soups, pastas, and really anything to help keep me warm. I’ve recently visited 3 spots that each fit the bill (in their own unique way) and recommend you bundle up, head out, and give them a try this fall!
1862 Maisonneuve Blvd W, Montreal, Québec H3H 1J9
GaNaDaRa is not a newcomer, but still manages to amass lineups (sometimes around the corner) of people coming to get a taste of their specialty Korean dishes. So be sure to bundle up if it’s a cold night, because you may have to wait a while for a table.
We tried the Chadolbegi Dupbap – a bowl of rice topped with thinly sliced beef and kimchi. Next up was the spicy tuna Kimbap – Korean sushi filled with spicy tuna, and finally a bowl of ramen with perfectly spicy broth, slurpy ramen noodles, and grilled chicken. I could actually go for another bowl right now…yum!
These warm and flavourful dishes make this spot worth the possible wait in the cold!
1108 Boulevard de Maisonneuve O, Montréal, QC H3A 1M7
From the owners of Montreal classic Ferreira, Campo, brings fast casual Portuguese chicken (and wine!) to Rue De Maisonneuve. Nothing warms me up faster than a spicy dish, and Campo’s delicious Piri Piri chicken definitely does the trick. This is a more casual spot perfect for lunch or a night where you want to grab a quick bite, or pick-up dinner.
I went on a quiet night when I wasn’t in the mood for a longgg dinner. I ordered a 1/2 chicken, chorizo, chicken wings, french fries, and some of the house red wine. The Piri Piri Chicken and french fries were favourites. I will be back again to taste their Piri Piri Ribs!
3001 Rue Notre-Dame O, Montréal, QC H4C 1N9
Foiegwa has been flying high since it opened. Its extremely Instagrammable bowls of black truffle spaghetti, and beautiful desserts have made countless appearances on my Instafeed, so I decided it was time I make a trip to see what all of the hype was about.
Out of the three spots on this list, this is definitely your best bet for a proper date night, and is also the priciest. The restaurant itself feels warm & cozy – like a French Diner. The combination of brown leather banquettes, tiling along the walls, and marble tables help to create a space that feels cozy, chic, and sophisticated all at once.
On a cold fall night I would suggest a bowl of their black truffle spaghetti, an onion soup, or another one of their classic French-inspired dishes (which luckily tend to be on the richer side!). Finish your meal off with one of their house-made desserts, and then take a walk to the secret bar in the alleyway behind the restaurant. Yup! You read that right! I’m talking about Atwater Cocktail Club, where you could just grab a drink, or even order directly from the Foiegwa menu and pair your meal with some really cool cocktails.
Whether you’re in the mood for casual or chic, Montreal restaurants definitely know how to keep us warm during the Fall season!
How do you keep warm come fall & winter? Give me your recommendations below and you might just find them up on the blog very soon!