MISE À DAY
For 11 years now, the beginning of September has been dedicated to an icon of North American gastronomy: the hamburger. More than a hundred restaurants across Canada take part in this festival where creativity is key. An eleventh edition doubly special: on the one hand, the festival will take place over two weeks, and on the other hand, this year, the honor is with plant-based creations. Here are some restaurant suggestions that will quickly make you forget the traditional meatballs: make way for vegan burgers!
The vegan cooking wizard in Montreal has recently focused his work on creating original, decadent – and certainly plant-based – burgers with his new restaurant Bvrger. For Burger Week, chef Christian Ventura's truffle creation is in the spotlight. There are caramelized onions, a fried onion, grilled mushrooms, a truffle and black garlic mayonnaise, as well as a very crispy vegan pancake. To complete the trio, we accompany it with a garnished fries and a vanilla milkshake!
► 401 Notre-Dame Street West, Montreal
At Maynard Restaurant – where comfort food from the South of the United States is interpreted in a vegan way – chef Brodie Somerville offers a multi-sensory tasting of his burger, encouraging customers to listen to the song Earth, Wind & Fire from the eponymous soul jazz band. The three elements of the title of the song are also represented in the creation, respectively by the black garlic mayonnaise, the homemade bread, as well as the Sichuan pepper relish.
► restomaynard .ca
► 30 Prince-Arthur Street West, Montreal
La Cale – zero waste pub
The zero-waste pub La Cale offers an entirely vegan creation. A generous slice of fried eggplant is the star, this one bordered by homemade mayonnaise and some pickled vegetables, all in a homemade bread. Accompanied by the famous fries, we complete this duo with a craft beer or a house cocktail.
► 6839 rue Saint-Hubert, Montreal
Every year, Pub McCarold manages to surprise with interesting and surprising creations. This year, the team is jumping into the vegetarian theme with both feet inspired by the famous Italian meatball sandwich by offering the Polpette Calvallo. Inside a brioche bun is stacked a plant-based dumpling au gratin with caciocavallo cheese and topped with a tomato sauce, then enhanced with a relish of fennel and a gourmet fried onion. This gargantuan sandwich is served with fries and homemade mayonnaise: enough to fill a little corner.
► 5400 Côte- des-Neiges, Montreal
Burger Week takes place from 1st to September 14
Tommy Dion is a columnist/food critic and founder of the web platform and gourmet guide www.lecuisinomane.com .