2055 Auto. des Laurentides
Laval, QC H7S 1Z6
Phone: (450) 686-0600
Fax: (450) 686-9311
When it comes to first impressions, Senzala will take your breath away as soon as you step inside, with its cutting edge interiors. Dramatic low-hanging lanterns and a lighting scheme bordering on psychedelic characterizes the striking dining room. The elegant seating options in muted colors provide an elegant contrast. Once accustomed to the grand setting, you can focus on the diverse menu of Brazilian delights, featuring a good mix of classics as well as modern creations. The kitchen takes inspiration from the Bahia region of Brazil, known for its eclectic culinary influences. The wine list is extensive, and pairs well with the food on offer. There's entertainment in the form of a live guitarist belting out Brazilian tunes. Fridays and Saturdays offer a special treat, with dancers putting up a spectacular samba show. All-in-all, it's a complete Brazilian experience.
You can taste one of the best tapas in Tapeo, a Spanish restaurant in Montreal. Head Chef Marie-Fleur St. Pierre prepares a variety of Spanish dishes giving it a very authentic taste. A wide collection of Spanish wines compliment the food, making it more delicious. The restaurant is very well designed with the bar made of wood and tables adjoining it making it look very different. A very artistically designed place since you will find a lot of good paintings with different themes hanging on the wall in bright light.
Café Bistro L'Enchanteur is a laid-back bistro serving comfort food in an exotic atmosphere. The menu changes every week, but the freshness of the ingredients is always consistent, due in part to the restaurant's close proximity to the Jean-Talon Market. Affordable and unpretentious, it features a beautiful covered terrace that benefits from a cool shade, a refreshing spot in the summer to enjoy their homemade red or white sangria.
The bright orange walls and the boldly colored curtains of this eatery portray a very vibrant and young atmosphere. One of the few Portuguese restaurants in Canada, O Cantinho is popular and a value for your money. Come for the grilled sardines and fresh fish preparations. The menu, though limited, has enough items to suite all palates.
Kitchen Galerie is a cool little restaurant just north of the Jean Talon Market. Guests can order from the table d'hôte and choose from an extensive wine list. Two chefs, who will also be your servers, purchase their ingredients daily from the market and let them influence their menu, be it French, Italian or Chinese. Aside from a touch of serendipity, one of Kitchen Galerie's specialties is the rib-eye steak for two, served on one plate that stretches across the table. It's marinated in tarragon juice, comes with root vegetables as well as optional black truffles and foie gras.
At Pizza Mia, they cook around 40 different flavors of thick-crusted pizza daily. Here are a few to whet your appetite: one flavored with feta, goat cheese, mushrooms and peppers; another topped with mozzarella, parmesan, shrimp, pesto, scallops and fresh tomatoes; and why not a third, with Bocconcini, arugula, garlic and balsamic vinegar? They have focaccia, deep-dish pizzas, calzones and panzerotti. Dishes like vegetarian lasagna are also available. While enjoying a slice and an espresso, wireless Internet is available, too. And check out their shelves of exotic grocery items like raspberry balsamic vinegar spray and organic fig juice. Call to know more.
La Tarantella is a restaurant that prides itself on authentic and high-quality Italian meals. You can order gnocchi with gorgonzola and walnuts, pappardelle (a kind of large fettuccine) or mussels in white wine sauce; along with pizzas like La Assunta that are named after people working here. Plus they're close to the Jean Talon Market, which means fresh produce. Desserts like tiramisu are made in-house.
Navia Bar and restaurant has excellent menu and drinks, especially martinis. They have special menus for dinner and people who come in groups. The in-house DJ play good music and there are relaxing lounges too. There are excellent facilities for small parties as well. Call ahead for more details.
Like most restaurants in Little Italy, Tre Marie from the outside to be a simple cafe in a humble brick building. Simple and humble, yes but the sparsely decorated dining room is home to spectacular traditional cooking. Appetizers offer various innovations. The devil, of course, is in the details and in a wine list.
Don't bother asking for a menu, as there isn't one on paper, but it's posted on the wall everyday, thus ensuring variety. Take a seat at the terrace tables and watch the handsome, charming waiter serve up some Rucola e Parmigiano to whet your appetite. The entrees are mellow - a change from the harsh flavors one gets accustomed to. The duck breast is a particular favorite among patrons, so let your tongue get used to the subtle tastes at leisure. A dish that will guarantee a second look from the neighboring table is the Insalata di Polipo – Octopus chunks! Pasta and other Italian staples abound. Dessert recommendations would be chocolate soufflé and crême brulée. The wines are gentler than the usual Italian variety, and the overall experience is satisfying, though a tad expensive.
Pizzeria Napoletana is the city’s very first pizzeria; so they say. It opened its doors 3 years after World War II, and they serve their pizzas up Napoletana-style, with cheese first, then toppings layered on after. They’ve also got thin, crunchy crusts. The great thing about this place is that it’s tucked away off the main thoroughfares on the quiet street of Dante. But you shouldn’t have much trouble finding it; just go to where you see the line-up. The service is efficient. You can bring in your own bottle of wine, too. Call ahead for more details.
La Miche Dorée is a family-owned business, committed to giving you some of the best tasting bread in the city. It’s made by hand and uses organic flour and sourdough yeast. Their homemade recipes simply taste good, with the likes of hazelnut and orange bread, and buckwheat bread for those wanting gluten-free goods. You can also stay for a fair-trade espresso and eat lunch, choosing from various sandwiches, salads, pizzas or quiches. The staff at La Miche Dorée often recognize the people coming in since there are a lot of regulars. Who knows? Maybe you’ll end up joining the ranks.