3 delicious things we ate in Montreal

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Bonjour!

It’s a completely bizarre concept to an Australian that you can drive a couple of hundred kilometres and suddenly be unable to speak the local language. Firstly, because driving a couple of hundred kilometres usually gets you nowhere in Australia and secondly, almost no one speaks anything other than English.

So while I was aware that driving into Montreal would mean switching to French, I was not at all prepared for not being able to read the roadsigns or understand where we could park and how long for. We ended up driving an unnecessary loop around the city. It was kind of fun! Like being in Europe.

Anyway. Montreal is a known foodie haven and armed with a list of tips from my cousin who lives in India (we have a complicated family!) Andrew and I set out to taste it all.

We started where most good nights out end: with poutine.

Montreal Poutine

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Poutine is the irresistible combination of french fries, cheese curds and gravy. It’s thought to have originated in rural Quebec in the 1950s and these days is the favoured midnight snack for jolly college students and other intoxicated up-late revellers.

We ducked into Montreal Poutine in the heart of the tourist district partly to escape the blustery cold, but also to tick ‘eat Poutine in French Canada’ off our list.

Tick.

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Fairmount Bagel

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We were told many times by many people to try the Montreal bagels and in the end we decided on Fairmount Bagel, figuring they must be good seeing as they’ve been around since 1919. A Montreal bagel is very different to the the New York kind, it’s rolled by hand and baked in a wood-fired oven. The result is a smaller, denser, thinner, sweeter bagel with a bigger hole.

We had the sesame bagel with cream cheese and it was really tasty! Not sure I’d opt for it over a NY bagel but absolutely worth trying.

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Schwartz’s Deli

If you love Jewish food (which I do) as well as meat (which I do) you will find a scrumptious meeting of the two at Schwartz’s Deli. We went on a Sunday night and happily joined the line out front, tummies rumbling. Less than 10 minutes later (after a waiter come out, sized us up and decided we would slide into the cramped seats better than our ahem, larger compadres at the front the line) we were seated!

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Their signature smoked meat sandwich is to die for. Really. It’s similar to pastrami but not quite the same. And the pickles? Probably the best I’ve ever had. This place is an absolute must as far as I’m concerned.

Lots of the reviews on Yelp complain about the service but our waiter was lovely. No complaints at all.

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Aaaand now I’m hungry! Have you been to Montreal?

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7 Responses to 3 delicious things we ate in Montreal

  1. Wow, the Poutine looks amazing! I will be travelling around Europe this month and I am little over-excited about the food… I’m so glad I have found a fellow Australian blogger x I cannot wait to read more from you! 🙂

    https://bluelaceagateblog.wordpress.com/

    • Bec says:

      That’s so exciting! Where are you headed to? I’ll be around Europe this summer as well, I’m going to the Greek Islands for the first time and I’m SO excited for seafood, gyros, feta and yoghurt. Food is the best. Looking forward to following your travels as well 🙂

      • That’s amazing!! The Greek Islands are definitely on my bucket list. I’m heading over to Europe and traveling around on a 3 week Contiki and then heading over to live in Spain for a while 🙂 Thanks for following xx

  2. harrisnaps says:

    Montreal is definitely on my to-go list! Canadian French is so weird though, cannot for the life of me understand the accent lol

  3. Jess Carey says:

    Poutine won my heart in Canada, too! Potatoes and cheese and gravy, what’s not to love?! That pastrami sandwich though… my goodness, that’s magnificent!!! Can’t even imagine how much great food you’re getting over there!

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