Martin Juneau is one of Montreal’s most popular chefs. After winning The Golden Plates award in 2011 (best chef in Canada…no big deal), his profile grew and him, along with his food quickly became very well known. Soon after, he opened Pastaga Vins Nature & Restaurant. The small plate presentations and fantastic selection of natural wines has garnered praise from critics and avid diners. I personally love his food. I’m usually not a big fan of the small plates mainly because I usually want more of what’s on the plate. Chef Juneau’s food; however, is so good, the small bites are just as satisfying as eating a big bowl of any other. Which is why I’m really excited to visit his restaurant on Monday night.
With a reputation like his, it’s no secret a chef can make friends with other chefs. Take, for example, Chef Quang Dang from the restaurant West Vancouver in Vancouver, BC. He will be the featured chef at the next RCMP. And, no the “Canadian FBI” won’t be there. The RCMP stands for Royal Canadian Monday at Pastaga. This food event only happens once a month, where Chef Juneau invites a chef-friend to take over his restaurant and cook a fixed, 6-7 course menu. This Monday, June 10th, I’ll be at the dinner and will write about it in the following days.
Here’s a few pictures of Chef Dang’s beautiful dishes from West Vancouver. (all images are courtesy of West Vancouver Restaurant in Vancouver, BC)