Unlike having bicycles, apartments, and guard dogs, having many small plates can be just as effective as one big one. Sample an assortment of pint-sized dishes with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of tapas and drinks at Montys on Queen in Hespeler.
Montys on Queen's culinary gurus invite patrons to sip wine as they bite into selections from a menu of Spanish-style tapas and eclectic dishes made with fresh and local ingredients. Forks pull on their tiny chef's hats and peruse a passel of tapas selections ($6), including chicken satay, stuffed mushroom caps, bacon-wrapped scallops, and baked brie. Mouths looking for larger eats can entertain a flatbread topped with italian sausage and roasted red pepper ($12) or trade stock tips with seafood cannelloni blended with four cheeses ($18). Meanwhile, chipotle-and-sun-dried-tomato sauce braises back ribs ($19), and garlic mashed potatoes prop up a new york strip loin ($24). A sommelier pairs dishes with libations from Montys' bar menu, such as a glass of red Chook Shed shiraz wine ($9), imported from Australia and parachuted directly to the customer's table.
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.