One of my favorite places in Montreal is Olive et Gourmando. Situated in Old Montreal, this is a charming place to get fresh food! I love introducing this place to people, and will take a special trip to Montreal just to do so!
This place is always buzzing with people - regardless of the time. On my last visit, P and I got a seat right beside the kitchen, where we had a great view of the chefs in action.
View from our Seat
We both ordered a home made strawberry vanilla lemonade to start, and me needing a caffeine fix, I ordered a latte as well. The home made lemonade was refreshing, and the coffee was awesome.
Strawberry Vanilla Lemonade and Latte
To start, P and I split the fresh fruit bowl, a medley of fruits including pears, currants, melons, grapes, and figs! Need to get my fibre.
Fresh Fruit Bowl
My favorite dish is the house made Ricotta. You can order this salty or sweet...for me, it was a no brainer: SALTY all the way. The ricotta was drizzled with olive oil, and topped with rosemary, parsley and chives, sea salt, and pepper. Served with the ricotta are roasted tomatoes and toast. This dish is just mind blowing...so simple yet a subtle burst of flavors.
House Made Ricotta and Roasted Tomatoes
P ordered the cubain: a hot panini with ham, braised pork, Gruyere cheese, and homemade mayonnaise. The mayonnaise made of chipotle peppers, pickles, lime, and coriander made this dish!
For dessert, I chose a flaky cheese croissant....yes, you heard right, a cheese croissant! The waitress was sweet enough to cut it into two pieces for P and I to share.
P's choice was the house made turtle bar: fresh shortbread, caramel, chocolate, and fleur de sel. Everything is house made!
House Made Turtle Bar
Olive et Gourmando
351 Saint-Paul West
Old Montreal, Quebec