Written by Natasha Vincelli on 11.04.16

Sometimes the real struggle when eating out is figuring out which drink or beer goes with the meal you’ve chosen, or vice versa. Well, as usual, the culinary geniuses of Montreal have solved our problems by bringing us the Mtl Bar et Bouffe festival taking place April 7th to 16th. Come and join the 19 participating restaurants who’ve prepare three drink and meal combos for you to chose from that range from $13-$20.

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This ain’t no happy meal; these restaurants have put together some amazing combinations with bold and original flavours. We were fortunate enough to attend the launch event and get a taste for what’s to come.

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Let’s start off by saying duck is the new black. There is clearly a duck trend pervading the restaurant scene this summer. Everything from pulled duck to duck tartare, from braised duck to duck club sandwiches! Hey, we’re not complaining.

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One of our absolute favourites that we think is a must comes from Monsieur Smith. Their Philly Duck Sandwich is a creative twist on the classic made with pulled duck, provolone, and jalapeño pesto (we know right?!). This pairs perfectly with their refreshing cocktail made with ginger beer, blonde beer, rum, and a splash of lime juice; honestly you won’t know what to do with yourself.

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Barraca also prepared an original duck dish with a Spanish twist. They’ve created a duck and chorizo burger with caramelized onions and smoked mayo. Smoked mayo! That is next-level food.

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Amongst the duck craze, the non-meat eaters were not forgotten. Mayfair is bringing a light but creamy salmon tartare to the table made with fresh mint. Their tea-based pairing cocktail is made with goji berries, gin and cranberry juice. That just screams 5 à 7.

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If you’re a native Montrealer then you know this town knows food, so any food festival is not to be missed. If you’re not from Montreal, then this is the perfect opportunity to see what we’re made of. Find a co-worker, find a date, find a Thursday night, and go check out these innovative menu combos. The only struggle now is which one to taste first! Click here to see a list of participating restaurants.

Photos by Mtl Bar et Bouffe, unless indicated otherwise.

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