Like voluntary tasings and constructive criticism, some meals are best when delivered in small doses. Snack in stride with this Groupon.
$15 for $30 Worth of Spanish-Style Tapas Tuesday–Thursday
Served on small plates, tapas options include dishes such as duck breast crostini with pear compote ($7), mushroom caps stuffed with lobster and shrimp ($7), and lamb sliders on house-baked ciabatta with a white truffle aioli ($16).
Montys on Queen
Tucked into a downtown Hespeler storefront, Montys on Queen boasts a Spanish-style tapas selection and international wine list that helped earn it a spot on Drew Edwards' 2010 Fantastic Five list in the Waterloo Region Record. Specifically, he praised it as a “truly rare find: something that out of nowhere exceeds all expectations.”
The restaurant's chef and sommelier coordinate their talents as they create complementary menus that emphasize locally sourced ingredients and Canadian-produced wines. This local flavour appears in the small plates' ocean-fresh seafood and seasonal vegetables, although the chefs incorporate chorizo, spicy chipotle, and edible geography textbooks to lend an international flair.
Although a green, illuminated sign advertises "Bier," the bartenders can also mix martinis and shake cocktails for diners to either sip at the bar or take back to one of the tables that line the neutral-toned wall on the opposite side of the dining room. Outside, a small patio area contains two small tables within an enclosed area, allowing guests to enjoy their meal outdoors during the warmer seasons.