Spring Fling

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Spring has finally come! I went to Spring Fling, a Dishcrawl event, with my friends last night. We hopped from restaurant to restaurant (4 in total) and by the end of the night, I was in a huge food coma. Our meet up spot was La Lumiere du Mile End, a small, hippy cafe on Bernard Ouest. Once I stepped into La Lumiere, I fell in love with the place. It’s filled with art pieces, colorful papercuts and retro decorations. DSC_0813

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The lovely owner Maria
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Our Montreal Dishcrawl ambassador Jenny! Thanks for organizing these awesome restaurant hopping events for us :)
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Bite size platter (from top left to right): sweet potatoes soup, green smoothie, black betty
The portion of food served at Dishcrawl is usually bite size since you get to try a few dishes at each restaurant.
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This green smoothie is made with mint, apple cider, parsley, ginger and kale. The apple cider and mint give it a refreshing and sweet tone. Love it. DSC_0843
This is a healthier version of Portuguese sweet potatoes soup without chorizo. It’s creamy and smooth. Goofy smile*DSC_0847
Black Betty: grilled cheese with roasted red pepper, cheddar and tapenade (made with olive, garlic and olive oil) The black olive paste is very rich and I like how crispy the toasts re.

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cute washroom with a slide door

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a promotion card of the vintage store Empire. If you bring your old clothing in, you get a discount off your purchase! Will definitely check it out soon.

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The second restaurant is an Indonesian restaurant called Nonya. The restaurant is filled with Indonesian decor and the dim lighting makes the atmosphere very relaxing. Nonya serves cuisine mostly from Java Island. Homemade roasted garlic peanuts were served once we were seated and I couldn’t help munching them. The waiter told us that they’ve been serving these yummy peanuts for 11 years now!
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The platter comes with a chicken satay, prawn with coconut salad and fried potato with beefDSC_0857
Satay skewers are one of the most popular street food in Indonesia. Satay can come in beef/chicken/pork. The one Nonya served us was chicken satay. The sauce was rich and sweet. The only down side was that it wasn’t warm enough when it was served.
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Take a bite of prawn and some coconut salad. They go so well together! It’s my favourite from the platter.
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Fried pear-shape potato with beef with sweet and sour sauce.
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The third restaurant we hopped to is Cafe Local. Cafe Local is like a mix of bistro and bar. The manager prepared a surprise for all of us and told us that he’s going to serve us 3 different types of poutine, mini burger, tartare… I felt so spoiled.
This fish tartare with pumpkin puree has a bit of lemon juice in it and the fish is really fresh. The only thing I didn’t like was the coriander (it’s one of the few things that I don’t eat). But it was necessary to add it to the fish in order to keep the fishiness away. DSC_0870
Apple and cranberry salad, mini burger, mac & cheese (with goat cheese), regular poutine, goat cheese and lamb sausage poutine and sweet potatoes poutine (from left to right)
My favourite is the goat cheese and lamb sausage poutine. It’s a surprisingly good combination with the gravy and fries .
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All of us were so full after our third stop at Cafe Local. We walked around 7 minutes to our last stop for desserts, Maria Bonita. The Mexican restaurant looks like a family run one and it’s small and cozy.
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We were served a platter of bite size desserts: traditional Mexican cake dipped in sweetened milk, flan cake and crepe with caramel. There was something different in the caramel… I think they put some goat milk in it and it tasted pretty strong.

This is my second time going to a Dishcrawl event and I like the variety of cuisine we had at the restaurants. If you are a foodie and interested in exploring more of Montreal’s eating scenery, you should definitely check out their website!

La Lumiere Du Mile End
214 Bernard West
Montreal, QC H2V1T5
La Lumiere du Mile End on Urbanspoon

Nonya
151 Rue Bernard W
Montréal, QC H2T2K4
Nonya on Urbanspoon

Cafe Local
200 rue Saint-Viateur
Montreal, QC H2T2L4
Cafe Local on Urbanspoon

Maria Bonita
5269 Ave Casgrain
Montréal, QC H2T
Maria Bonita on Urbanspoon
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