Reasons not to miss out on the Happening Gourmand

January 21, 2016 / Posted by   Marifilip  Oliver Marshall 

Reasons not to miss out on the Happening Gourmand

In Old Montreal, January and Happening Gourmand go hand in hand. This festival has now become a tradition in the neighborhood as it is an amazing way to try not one, but eight local restaurants. Happening Gourmand offers you $22, $25 and $29 table d’hôte menus, and specialty house cocktails at all participating restaurants.

Bevo : For a Completely Revamped Menu

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The table d’hôte has been specially conceived for the festival, therefore featuring exclusive dishes. Their specialty cocktail for this event: the Blood Orange Vespa, a drink that will take your taste buds on a trip to Italy!

Vieux-Port Steakhouse : For Carnivores



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The Vieux-Port Steakhouse is the place to go for carnivores. It gives you the perfect setting to devour a succulent piece of meat. A popular choice among regulars: the New York cut striploin steak – ten ounces of tender, delicious beef.

Taverne Gaspar : For Gastronomical Comfort Food



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Among the many delicious plates offered by the Taverne Gaspar for the Happening Gourmand festival is the mouth-watering braised beef shoulder. Clearly a crowd pleaser! This meal is so tender that you don’t even need a knife to savor it!

Kyo : For a Chic Asian Dining Experience



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To cater to all people who work in the neighborhood as well as the local foodies, Kyo also offers a lunch-hour table d’hôte, at a discounted price! Get your colleagues out of the office for an exceptionally exotic meal! (PS: No one will tell your boss that you tested their specialty house cocktail ;))

Suite 701 : Go For the Doughnuts

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Suite 701 has included its FAMOUS doughnuts on their dinner table d’hôte menu. Don’t wait for too long, you lucky bunch!*

*A lunch table d’hôte is also available.

Méchant Bœuf: Love It Two Times…



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In the pursuit of innovation, Méchant Bœuf will change their menu in the middle of the month! You can enjoy one menu from January 7 to 24, and another one from January 25 to February 7. So, remember once is good, but twice is best!

Modavie: For Jazz Fans



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Happening Gourmand also rhymes with entertainment and good times. The jazzy ambiance offered by Modavie will truly delight you: every night, local musicians put on quite the show. Believe me, there’s no better way to enjoy braised lamb than when it is coupled with live jazz!

Verses : For Gastronomes



Photo : Facebook @versesrestaurant

Verses’ loyalty to its reputation is maintained throughout the Festival with its delicious and refined menu. You cannot afford to miss out on their house specialty cocktail: the Blueberry Tea, an Earl-Grey-infused drink for the most sophisticated diners!

Furthermore, for Igloofest-goers, all these restaurants offer you a little something when you savor a Happening Gourmand menu: a discount on the event’s entry price! This makes it an ideal time to plan a fun night at a fun price in Old Montreal.



Clearly the fashionista of the group. She may be young, but Marifilip has already cobbled together an enviable CV. Her background in fashion merchandising neatly launched her professional trajectory in industries ranging from retail commerce and the restaurant business to communications. Ardent about life, fashion and gastronomy, Marifilip is curious by nature and never, ever walks away from a challenge. Let's say she is our fashion-forward colleague, always in perfect style.

Oliver Marshall

Big hair, do care! As our translator, Oliver makes sure that our blog authors’ message resonates to Montreal’s English community and to tourists who contribute to the success and vibrancy of Old Montreal. Even at the age of 21, he has proven to be our language aficionado as he puts great care in being meticulous and reliable in his work. Born and raised in Mile End, he is a true Montrealer who is driven by a fierce sense of pride in his city. During his free time, he loves to cook and play bass in his band: Brain Flower. Contact |

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