Written by Dahlia Merlo on 18.02.14

February: the shortest yet longest month of the year, the month that teases you with the thought of spring around the corner but then buries you under 15 feet of snow. Don’t fret! We know just how to get you through it.

Duck Confit and Portobello Mushroom Ravioli at Vallier

This dish will wow you with its rich flavours and incredible presentation. Homemade raviolis are stuffed with portobello mushrooms and topped with pulled duck confit, arugula, Parmesan shavings, and more Parisian mushrooms. The ravioli marinate in an au jus sauce made with duck and the whole thing could not be more divine. The earthy mushrooms combined with the crisp greens and sweet umami duck flavours really make this dish exceptional. Sit by Vallier’s tall windows and enjoy the winter from afar with this heart-warming dish.

425 Rue McGill, Montréal, QC H2Y 2G5
(514) 842-2905

Pho at Pho Lien

Arguably the best pho in Montreal, Pho Lien delivers an amazing pho soup for an incredible price. Order the Tái Pho with rare beef or any pho dish for that matter; the secret to this incredible soup is in the broth. Who doesn’t relish in a piping hot bowl of soup on a cold Montreal winter day? Add some bean sprouts, mint leaves, and limes to add freshness and your own personal touch to this soup.

5703 Chemin de la Côte-des-Neiges, Montréal, QC H3S 1Y7
(514) 735-6949

Lobster Mac & Cheese at Oyster Shack

When you think of comfort food, one of the first meals to come to mind is mac and cheese. Well, how about we add lobster to that equation? Served with cheese gratinéed on top, the portion is generous and satisfying. The lobster chunks are plentiful and its flavour permeates the entire dish, whether or not you snag a seafood chunk with each bite. Enjoy your meal tucked away in a booth amid nautical décor.

1242 Bishop Rue, Montréal, QC
(514) 395-1888

Mushrooms at Tapeo

We know what you’re thinking: mushrooms? This dish is anything but typical or simple. King oyster mushrooms come served in a Canadian cream sherry sauce with a poached egg on top. Break the poached egg, mix it in with the sauce, and prepare to be amazed. Tapeo manages to take the simplest ingredients and make them exceptional. This is a great option for vegetarian eaters.

511 Rue Villeray, Montréal, QC H2R 1H5
(514) 495-1999

Butter Chicken at Bombay Mahal

You can’t go wrong with butter chicken, and Bombay Mahal satisfies your Indian food craving in an instant. The sauce is rich and creamy, making it nearly impossible to not soak it up in your naan bread. Have it with rice (or a spoon, we won’t judge) and don’t forget to tie in your meal with their delicious mango lassi.

1001 Jean Talon St W, Montreal, QC H3N 1T2
(514) 273-3331

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