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Happening Gourmand:

Quality at a Bargain

EVENT OLD MONTREAL

Disclaimer: This meal was comped.

The Pitch

This January marks the 6th edition of Happening Gourmand, the annual month-long festival organized by Experience Old Montreal (a.k.a. Group Antonopoulos).  Throughout the month, the group's eight restaurants offer three-course menus at a reduced price.  Today we were invited to a lunch tasting for the media at Restaurant Verses, to sample dishes from participating restaurants' menus.

tagged:  MEDIA EVENT

The Mood

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The Food

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The tasting menu featured five courses from four different establishments: Suite 701, Modavie, Verses and Aix Cuisine.  The selection of dishes gives you a good idea of what to expect from the proposed lunch menus, priced at $15 for three courses ($23-$27 for dinner).

Fennel and Arugula Salad from Suite 701 thumbnail (click to enlarge)

Starter

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Fennel and Arugula Salad from Suite 701

"Clementine dressing and roasted sunflower seeds"

Baked Brie in Puff Pastry from Modavie thumbnail (click to enlarge)

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Baked Brie in Puff Pastry from Modavie

Salmon Rillette Tartine from Verses thumbnail (click to enlarge)

Main

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Salmon Rillette Tartine from Verses

"Cream cheese with paprika and dried tomatoes"

Braised Beef Parmentier from Verses thumbnail (click to enlarge)

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Braised Beef Parmentier from Verses

Trio of Mini Pastries from Aix Cuisine thumbnail (click to enlarge)

Dessert

Dessert

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Trio of Mini Pastries from Aix Cuisine

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The Verdict

In addition to the restaurants mentioned above, the group owns BEVO Bar + Pizzeria, Méchant Bœuf, Taverne Gaspar and Vieux-Port Steakhouse.  Whether you like these places or not, there is no denying you will get your money's worth this January.  So until the 3rd of February, you can up the ante on your everyday lunches and casual dinners by taking advantage of Happening Gourmand.  Bon appetit!

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