Looking for an Italian restaurant à la Québécoise? Check TBSP. at the W Montreal
After crying over Nom Nom Cantine's closure, I wiped away my tears and found happiness after hearing about a new Italian-inspired restaurant opening at the W Montreal.
Long story short, Nom Nom Cantine always had an expiration date as this was only an ephemeral project. Now Tbsp. crowned as the latest tenant isn't going anywhere which is making me very happy!
In the kitchen, French Chef Joris Larigaldie is at the helm as executive chef. After several years of experience in his native Europe, the Chef is already at his second restaurant opening since crossing the pond less than two years ago. Indeed, his first project was XVI XVI located in the Golden Square Mile where the main attraction was focused on a robotic bartender. The latter has unfortunately closed but one can only rejoice himself upon visiting Chef Larigaldie's latest address by savoring every Italo-Québécois dishes figuring on the menu one tablespoon at a time.
Yet what does an Italian restaurant à la sauce Québécoise mean, if you may ask? Let's just say, you'll find classic Italian dishes at TBSP. but Chef Larigaldie will sprinkle some Quebec funk all over them. Take for example the gnocchi, as the latter will be served with Quebec farmed duck confit and puree. Also, Tbsp. is the only place in Montreal where one can order gnudinis! Those are basically ricotta and Parmesan based cubic pasta; a singular dish worthy of a visit!
If you come during lunchtime, you can opt for the table d'hôte at $26. The latter includes one entree and a main course and you can add espresso and the dessert of the day for an extra 9$. As for breakfast, you can enjoy the buffet which costs 29$ (you will find all the good things such as bacon, quiches, eggs, fruits, bagels, pancakes, croissants, smoothies, etc...) or there are also a few à la carte options. Staying in the Montreal optic, my choice would go for the Mile End Mensch which is essentially a Montreal bagel with cream cheese, smoked salmon, onion, tomato, and caper.
With products locally sourced and thoughtfully prepared, you will not only see hints from La belle province's largest city on your plate but also throughout the restaurant. Indeed Sid Lee counts Tbsp. as their newest project by paying homage to the Lachine Canal and the Old Port. It is translated by water elements found in the blue marble and on the walls with pink and blue hues while rich woods evoke a yacht docked at the port. With the pink and blue ombré on the walls, this reminded me of a summer sunset by the Saint-Laurent River which I am hoping to see in the flesh very soon.
Note that the W hotel itself is currently undergoing renovations and once completed, you will be able to see the lobby from the bar section giving the latter an open space feel from the restaurant!
901 Rue du Square-Victoria
Monday to Friday 6:30 am to 11 pm
Weekend 7 am to 11 pm
All pictures were provided by Tbsp.