Anyone who has visited Montreal knows how diverse the dining scene is and how it just seems to be a certain way things taste that you can’t get anywhere else. One might think that food preparation is all the same but there’s something about these subtle differences that bring out the unique flavours unlike other cities.
We have uncovered a downtown eatery that brings all those great flavours to our town. Picture hot sandwiches piled high with the most tender, delicious Montreal smoked meat, french fries swimming in rich, brown gravy and cheese curds and topped with what else but Montreal smoked meat. Even the hand tossed pizzas taste just like those from pizza parlours you’d find on the streets of Montreal, with a medium thick crust that is light and a little chewy, spread with home made tomato sauce that offers just a hint of anise and nutmeg with lots of rich, ooey gooey mozzarella. Not only that, all the toppings are baked inside the pizza melding the flavours and giving it that satisfying je ne sais quoi.
You have to try the Baby Back Ribs, we ordered the full rack. Theo slowly braises the ribs for hours to super tender then slathers them in his own secret house made BBQ sauce that is sweet, slightly smokey, and downright finger lickin’ good.
Looking for Breakfast at 4pm on a Tuesday? This is the place! They serve breakfast anytime. There are many offerings and Crêpes are a specialty with 10 choices. Ours were perfect, two rolled crêpes topped with banana, caramel, walnuts, and whipped cream, finished with vanilla ice cream. For the hearty appetite try the Perfect Gentleman, two eggs, pancake, french toast, choice of meat, hashbrowns, fruit AND toast.
This family owned eatery is run by Theo and Stacy Malamas and true to a family run restaurant the rest of the brood joins in to help too. The portions are huge and they make everything possible from scratch right down to the authentic Montreal bagels and real baked New York style cheesecake with strawberry topping. It’s the type of restaurant where you can really taste the love that goes into every dish. Add that formula to quality ingredients and that makes Universe a number one choice for us.
• Two eggs, hashbrowns, french crêpe, bacon or sausage, fresh fruit and custard, choice of toast
• 8 oz burger topped with smoked meat, Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato, onions, pickle and sided with coleslaw and french fries
• 2 Pork or chicken with tzatziki, rice, Greek potatoes and chef or caesar salad
• Grilled tenderloin medallion fillets and butterflied shrimp, rice, Greek potatoes, garlic butter, green peppers and onions, choice of salad