The MTL à table event just kicked off this past weekend and runs til Nov 9 (Oct 30-Nov 9). For those who don't know the what the festival MTL à table is, it's basically an eating extravaganza. I kid, but I think it can be for some with extra cash to burn and has a clear schedule for the next 2 weeks. It is very similar to the Happening Gourmand festival, but in my opinion so much better. Instead of being limited to restaurants in the old port who basically all owned by the same group, it is a series of restaurants around Montreal that are offering you set menus on the cheap. Menu prices range from $19, $29, and $39 and consist of a 3 course meal.
There was no rhyme or reason for my restaurant selections, it was basically resto roulette for me.
Foodlab is located in the La Société des arts technologiques (SAT) building. From the outside you would never even know there was restaurant there. Little J walked by it a few times before she found it. The moment you walk in it feels like an art gallery, a shadowy grand open space. As you ascend the dimly lit stairs, lights percolate through them, making you feel like you were walking through space.
Once you make it up to the Foodlab, it's a wide open space with an open kitchen. In the back there is a giant dome known as the Satosphère where digital art is projected on. The SAT also doubles as a play ground for electronic art installations. It's like a giant playground for digital art geeks. If you're lucky you can get a tasty meal with a digtal art show. Since we were there on Halloween, the space was slowly transforming into a Halloween party. Unfortunately, we did not stay for the party since Little J and I would have stuck out like sore thumbs in our civilian clothing. Plus we finished dinner around 9 ish lingered around until 10:30 pm and no party goers even showed up yet. Maybe we would have stayed, based on the pics they posted it seemed like a crazy party.
The Foodlab is helmed by Chefs Seth Gabrielse and Michelle Marek who formly worked at Laroulx. This unconventional restaurant allows the chefs to change their menu quite often. It looks like menus are heavily influenced by places they have traveled to and the available ingredients.
I'm not even going to attempt to describe the food because I'm not a food critic. All I have to say it was delicious and full of flavor. It wasn't too greasy and you didn't leave with the feeling that you ate so much you need to be rolled home. The staff was extreme polite and friend. I couldn't even snap any pics of my food since parts of the space was light by red lights, everything just showed up red on my iphone
Although Foodlab had an industrial feel to it, the space didn't feel cold at all. Maybe it was due to the string of lights that decorated the ceiling of the restaurant. I felt like I was eating under the stars.
I would definitely revisit the Foodlab, especially in the warmer months since there is a huge terrase.
If you want to check out the Foodlab click here
If you want to check out the list of participating restaurants in Mtl à table click here