The first thing that catches the eye at Montreal’s Pullman is the large centerpiece – a wine grass chandelier. Quite a remarkable and clever design for wine bar.
While on first glance Pullman seems small and unassuming, it is largely due to the clever design of the space by Cabinet Braun-Braën. The restaurant is divided into small vignettes over its multilevel retro-futuristic expanse; Pullman is large enough to host 150 guests. All of whom are enjoying their lovely meals in tranquility!
The tapas menu is a simple check-box card to be filled in with the provided pencils; very practical and fun. The wine menu, however, is a bit overwhelming with more then 340 choices!
Pullman delights in all respects. I would say that the photos of the food do them justice. The dishes are as tasty as they are attractive!
A 52-meter long floating ferry, converted into a Scandinavian style spa by Sid Lee Architecture, on the St. Lawrence River provides perfect views of Moshe Safdie’s Habitat 67 and BuckyFuller’s geodesic dome; as well as a lovely place to grab a bit of hot and sun near old Montreal.
Go for a treatment, or simply take the Water Circuit – a three hour package that gives you access to saunas, steam room and the whirlpools, located on the third and fourth decks. If weather permits, you can also get nice lay-down outside for some sunbathing.
There is no photo taking and severely policed, no talking rules – you are constantly remained to be quiet. This is both nice and annoying depending on your state of mind & company! The restaurant is good enough with a health oriented menu. Interestingly enough, and quite intelligently, the price varies depending day and time.
The top floor Sauna is one of the most beautiful we have been to. It is spacious, with a panoramic view of old Montreal. Bota Bota is interesting place to explore and well worth a visit. You journey from the locker rooms – in the former engine room – up to the the therapy rooms on the next deck – along side some interesting resting areas, with hammocks reclining beds. Then as you climb you get to the aforementioned hot tubs and hotter saunas; culminating on the lovely roof deck. Even in winter – a great escape!
Wandering by an alley on Toronto’s busy King St. West, we were surprise to glimpse a glow and lively vibe emanating from its depths. Upon entry, you are impressed with the striking decor and full-on art-piece by Laura Carwardine. Laid over a two-story mural designed by Marlo Onilla, the installation of 17,000 knitted cross stitches.
Patria is another part of Charles Khabouth’s INK Entertainment. Charles Khabouth is really an impressive figure … cutting a swath across Toronto’s scene. The dining is medium formal and reservations are recommended … although they take walk-ins at the bar, and we think that is a much more entertaining place to dine!
The strong Spanish menu by Australian chef Swart Cammeron holds up against the visuals. During one of our visits he personally prepared the tapas at the bar for us.
A good note is that if you are at the bar, you can ask for crystal glasses which from the side cabinet – while being much prettier, we thought our drinks did taste better!
Our advice is to stay away from the paella and stick with the classical tapas. The manchego croquettes with aioli are perfect. Follow that up with the pan con tomatae (home made sour dough), Almendras asadas (Salted Marcona Almonds), pimientos de padron, garbanzo con espinacas, pulpo montaditos over romesco sauce, Patatas Bravas with spicy tomato sauce and a fried egg on top (break the yolk and mix it with the potatoes), etc, etc ….. Just have fun!
Striking would be the word for this wild game meets urban dandy brunch Den. The hunting theme decor sets the tone to another trendy spot by Toronto’s night life mogul Charles Khabouth.
Quite obviously, the menu is heavy on the meat side – but there are good options all around. The decor pulled us in for brunch regardless. The limited menu was countered by good service from holster-wearing weight staff.
Our plate of scrambled eggs on puff pastry, filled with ricotta and asparagus was quite scrumptious. While the Benny Trout with its well poached eggs on English muffin sided with hollandaise sauce was a tasty take on the standard.
All-in-all Weslodge’s culinary edge cuts through the heavy handed – yet inspiring – design to hold interest and make it a good-go.
Open Hours: 7:30 am – 6:00pm Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 7:00pm Saturday 11:00 am – 5:00pm Sunday
The name De Farine Et D’Eau Fraiche translates to ‘Flour and Fresh Water’ and is an apt name for a lovely café located in the gay village of Montreal. The overall design is by studio Surface3 – including the branding, interior design, and custom furniture. Surface3 has synthesized a modern yet cozy vibe, by combining organic elements: distressed wood tables, with the logo tattooed on it’s surfaces, and hanging white gloss lathed table leg light fixtures. The use of general frieze molding as wall coverings continues the classic materials used in new ways.
Pastry chef Marilu Gunji is a queen of the aesthetics. All the cookies, cakes, pastries and candies are visually seductive. Everything is carefully displayed; the refrigerated cases with their vintage cake stands and on glass urns – with all the pretty pastries on coordinated doilies. The kitchen is open and visible to customers and adds to the impeccable feel.
The De Farine Et D’Eau Fraiche also serves crispy salads, savory soups and sandwiches. Most importantly, you can accompany your sweets with a good cup of coffee. Chef Marilu Gunji also creates just the cutest mini wedding cakes!