Jul 17, 2013

Tapeo is getting ready for it’s 10th anniversary and is celebrating with Villeray!

By Erica Radey - special collaboration

Tapeo restaurant will be celebrating its 10th anniversary in June 2014 and is starting the party early. They are giving back to the community that helped them grow over the past decade.

Tapeo has set up the Villeray Urban Design fund that will be supported by the sale of their original monthly tapas created by Chef Marie-Fleur St-Pierre.

Sébastien, Marie-Fleur and Victor

“The creation of the Villeray Urban Design fund is to thank all those who support us. The Special Fund will be financed by sales of a different tapas every month and will, ultimately, embellish the neighbourhood that has welcomed the restaurant and helped it grow for the past 10 years. Citizens are invited to submit projects. The idea or ideas chosen will be selected in June 2014 with the help of Villeray district city counselor, Elsie Lefebvre.”  Explained Victor Afonso, co-owner of Tapeo. 

The very talented chef Marie-Fleur St-Pierre has created unique tapas for each month of the year in support of this fund, which I got to taste at the media launch of their project. I loved the flavour combinations and the play on different textures.

Here is the list of tapas that will be available throughout the year:
July: truffle, BBQ duck magret
August: corn-paprika scallop tartar
September: cider muscles
October: Russian salad croutons
November: Escargot stuffed mushrooms
December: foie gras parfait
January 2014: piri piri chicken wings
February 2014: blood pudding and chorizo ​​cassoulet
March 2014: fried marrow and manchego
April 2014: warm anchovies and egg white salad
May 2014: lobster panade

The tapas were served throughout the evening and dare I say they were delicious. I really liked the corn-paprika scallop tartar; loving seafood and tartar, this was the perfect match for me. I’m definitely coming back in August to get more of these.

My favourite tapas of the night

The Spanish tapas culture is the spirit of togetherness and the sense of community, which is deeply rooted in Tapeo’s philosophy. Over the years, Tapeo has contributed to the Villeray neighbourhood by offering great food and an even greater ambiance to those who surround them, embodying the essence of giving and sharing that are tapas. I live in Villeray—the best neighbourhood in Montreal if you ask me—and I’m exited about this project and the idea of making it even better!

Members of the community are invited to share their ideas on how to embellish the Villeray neighbourhood on the restaurants’ website: www.restotapeo.com


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Jul 8, 2013

BarBounya: A new fish in the sea of Montreal restaurants!

 By Andrea Doucet Donida

Montreal has many restaurants, so what would this new one bring to the plate? The answer after tasting a few dishes was clear: originality, inspired from Turkish cuisine infused with local ingredients and taste.

BarBounya is the creation of two very talented people that have a great deal of experience as restaurateur and chef, the chef and owner of the praised Su restaurant, Fisun Ercan, and the owner of both successful restaurants Chez Victoire and Confusion Tapas, Edward Zaki. Barbounya is the Turkish name for the fish red mulletfish. But the ‘bar’ in ‘BarBounya’ also echoes well with the seating arrangement of the space, where everyone is seated at the bar. I personally love being at the bar, you can see the kitchen, talk with the bartender, get a more dynamic feel of the place. For those who prefer a tête-à-tête, don’t worry, a couple of seats have been reserved for you. The majority however would be on a very comfortable bar-height chair, either sharing the table-bar with strangers, or with your group of 8 or more (new) friends.

The seating is not just an afterthought; it goes with the whole concept of this new restaurant that offers mezze, a Turkish variation of Tapas, which are meant for you to share translating into a very friendly and convivial atmosphere.

The supper I went to was offered by BarBounya during their media launch where we had the chance to taste most of the menu. The only sour note of the evening was the music reminiscent of a playlist from the 90’s!  I hope that since then they changed that to some 2013 Turkish music, more fitting with the menu. A menu that offers a large variety of mezze that you can select by checking the box, similar to a sushi menu, a nice touch!

Below are a few examples of the mezze in question. A great place is given to vegetables which I enjoyed a lot. All mezze, with meat, fish or veggies were accompanied by a thoughtful wine selection, from either Turkey or Greece. Impressive.

Barley salad, herbs, zareshk (a small Turksih berry) - a salad to try to imitate at home, it was amazingly fresh tasting

Definitely a must try: Quebec salicornia, verjus, toasted almonds 

Smoked foie gras terrine, figs, walnut - maybe the best example of the Quebec influence in this Turkish based menu

Phyllo cigar, Friulano, pastirma

The famous Barbounya fish, served seared with olive relish, pistachio and fava bean purée

Braised artichokes - one of my favourites of the night

Delicious and fresh walnut baklava

So for a different night out on Laurier St., with good food and friends, BarBounya is a great choice!  

For reservations: (514) 439-8858
234 Laurier Avenue
H2V 4J8

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