Montreal is always buzzing – whether it’s a festival, concert, hockey game or other such event, there’s always something going on. As such, Montrealers need fuel to keep them going, especially during those long, cold winter months. Montreal is a haven for some of the best food in North America, but you need to know where to go, especially for late night eats.
In Montreal, the late night menu concept is meant for grabbing a bite after an event, or to tide you over while you wait for friends to go out drinking. L’Orignal is now offering such a menu, every Friday and Saturday from midnight until 2:30am with menu items changing weekly except for a few staples such as their oysters, poutine, and fries. You can start your night with any cocktail you desire, or one of their signature Caesars. A few of their Bloody Caesar options include the original with a steak spice rim, the Smokey Caesar with Mezcal, and a seafood Caesar with an “Old Bay” rim. We chose the Cucumber Caesar made with homemade cucumber juice.
As is the case with many who partake in the late-night menu munchies, many drinks were already drunk when Diva #2 and Day Jobs & the NightLife arrived. This would explain two things: the shoddy photos which gave us reason to return the following week, and the hangover the following day! But rest assured that a fun night was had on both occasions!
L’Orignal’s late-night menu is made up of the kind of food that one would eat when a little boozy. Poutine and grilled cheese are perfect examples of such boozy eats. And for those of you who don’t know, boozy is when you’re beyond tipsy but not yet drunk! The poutine was spot on with the crispy fries and the rich and flavourful gravy that melted the cheese curds perfectly.
The grilled cheese is a classic but this was made with an upscale twist, using several cheeses including Havarti, gruyère and cheddar, and all on homemade brioche bread made au gratin. If that wasn’t enough decadence, they added plenty of caramelized onions. It was absolutely delicious! We love a good grilled cheese, and this one was done right and probably our favourite of the late night eats.
The hunter’s pie is definitely a heartier dish. Made with quail and deer (the neck and cheek to be exact) braised in red wine (more booze!) and topped with mashed potatoes, it is certainly a comforting dish for a cold winter’s night. The liver paté made with chicken, shallots, port and sherry was perfectly creamy, and an omelette with smoked trout was also served, but we were too drunk to attempt to eat eggs and trout, and keep it all down!
The following week, Diva #1 and Sweet Pea made their way to L’Orignal in Old Montreal. The menu had some new items including maple sriracha chicken wings. Nice and crunchy, these chicken wings were fried with a lovely breaded skin. The maple sriracha taste added the perfect sweet and spicy flavour to the wings. The perfect late night snack!
On a lighter note, a kale salad was also served. A healthy salad is not your typical late night greasy pleasure but it works for those who are more health conscious after a few drinks. This is not us… after a few drinks, our inhibitions are tossed out the window! The kale salad was dressed with raisins, radishes and shredded cheese, and tossed in a light, citrus dressing. It was good but more appropriate for a lunch menu than a late night eats menu.
A heartier dish, much like the hunter’s pie of the previous week, was the stuffed cabbage roll. Stuffed with tons of meat and drenched in au jus sauce, the cabbage roll was quite filling. Lardons topped the roll, and each bite was rich and screamed comfort food. It wasn’t even on the menu, the chef just brought it out for us as a treat!
Diva #1 and Sweet Pea were ending their night when they were surprised by the arrival of Diva #2 and the boys from Day Jobs & the NightLife. Zeus and his cousin also joined us for shots and the night ended quite late after more drinks were passed around. L’Orignal has always had a place in the heart of the Divas, and now with their late night menu, we know where to stop by when we are hungry and roaming around Old Montreal.
Our Rating: Splendid
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