Subtitles section Play video Print subtitles >> Listening to the wind of change. >> I have to speak to you in English. You're still at TNC castle? [MUSIC] >> Hi my name is John Mike, I am the chef and owner of Tripes and Caviar this delicious restaurant, cocktail bar, food club and corporate catering agency here in Verdun. Verdun is in Montreal, a supercross, we are like in the city center but in the south western part of Montreal. So like, we're five minutes away from, like, the Atwater Market where, like, Joel Beef is and like all this stuff. But at the same time, we can't have bars here. So like, we have a restaurant with, like, a liquor license, but for restaurants. We need to eat, you know? We've been open for a year. We serve offals. We do offals and cocktails. It's pretty dangerous, pretty crazy, but pretty awesome. I'm a French-Canadian super hard core. I'm from Quebec city. I moved to Montreal about six years ago, and I used to have like eight lives before being a chef. My background is really into like mixology and bar tending, so I, I was really lucky enough to travel like all over Central America, a lot of Italy and, and Turkey. I got hooked on, like, the cooking aspect of life really when I was in Turkey. Like, products there were crazy. The seafood was amazing. So this is one of our signature dishes as well. It's called the it's called the octopus. It comes with pickled, pickled, pickled beets some carrot salad very cool, very fresh. PIckled cauliflower as well, some Quebec asparagus. Really fresh, French radishes, sex, drugs and rock and roll, and our obviously very cool and spicy Sriracha vinaigrette. [FOREIGN]. >> [FOREIGN]. >> The pig is doing great boys. We didn't want to take away from the experience of the food club. So we recreated kind of the same process. Okay so the the gonads. I'm just taking off the gonads from the the shell, slowly try to keep them still super tight. And we add them in this iced, cold water with a bit of salt. Depending on the water temperature, they get like, this color, like a bit radioactive orange. We just do this sabayon with a bit of Quebec cider. And what we do afterwards, and we just blend in half of the corals. >> Half of the uni inside and, like, the other half is on top. It's a lot of work, but in general, cooking offals is like honestly is, like, five times a lot more work than anything else, or whatever. Sabayon ready. We have some sea buckthorn berries, some fried bread crumbs and a [INAUDIBLE] of radishes. A bit of red wine vinegar. A really good olive oil. Salt and pepper. Super easy. All right. Tripes and Caviar actually started off on my second semester of cooking school. And so basically, we, we used to like learn beef bourguignon with like this very, very cool cuts of beef and, and stuff like that. And I was like all right, cool. Cool technique. And I used to bring that back home in my apartment with my, with my roommate that was studying with me at that time. And we used to buy it for like $50 bucks of offals every day and just like recreate that recipe but with offals, you know, so, basically we were, like, creating something without even knowing what we were doing. I wanted to really educate Montreal's culture on, like, cocktails and offals. Ordering table 22, three top, we're gonna start off with the sea urchin, please. And I organized events just to, like, showcase that so, like five to ten course meals and they presented themselves in the restaurant and I took possession of their watches and their phones. Just to make sure there was no bullshit going on. I was like, I was like controlling everything. Their life, and their, like, their visions and everything for, like, three hours. [FOREIGN] Cooking, only two people in the kitchen is, is actually pretty amazing if you like the people you're working with. If you feel like, if you feel like it's enough, then it's enough, you know. For us, it's definitely enough because Sarah and I, we've been working together since the starting of this restaurant. She's been there since the opening. This is a 20-year-old sous chef that has way too much pressure on her shoulders, but she is the star, man. She's, she's [LAUGH] just crazy. >> Yes, I'm making comes with a chocolate sauce, pineapple chutney, marinated mustard seeds on the inside, lavender tuiles. It soaks all night in sabayon, then we bake it, cool it and then bake it again. >> Guys, life is a gift that you unwrap too fast. >> [NOISE]. >> Our first stop last night was at Grumman '78. This is like a, it's like a rave. This stuff's like in, in fuckin' lighting >> Yup. >> You're not going to Lasalle. Just go straight ahead. It's gonna be fine. I'm gonna guide you. [FOREIGN] So, Grumman '78, basically is a, is a garage that they transformed for their headquarter. That's where they do all the prep for their food truck. >> They were Montreal's first food truck actually. >> Yep. >> Kinda cool to throw it out there. >> Yep. >> [CROSSTALK]. >> Really cool spot, we love to go there. It's super badass. Awesome people. Awesome food. Good friend of ours. So, Gaelle was there, and she just, said, treated us like kings. These are my friends. We always travel with us when we when we when we party hard. This is a party hard situation isn't it? >> Yeah. >> Large cubes of beautiful organic salmon served in a, like a sushi style spicy mayonnaise. These are just pelom poulet, or fried chicken basically served on a classic potato salad. The breading on this is crazy. The food is always just so fresh over there. I just love to go there, have a few cocktails. 'Cause, I mean, I know I'm never, gonna be like super full, it's not like this big butter stuff, it's just like, cool stuff, transformed in a really fun way. There was, like, this dangerously huge ribeye that was just, what was that? [LAUGH]. >> [FOREIGN]. >> I was really happy really stoked to, to go see my friends over there for a while. Kate is my PR girl so she does all the PR for the restaurant. >> She's tweeting right now, it's like, so important. >> For the, for the company. >> [CROSSTALK]. >> Okay, that's [LAUGH]. >> We're going to Le Jay. Ludger's a bar that just opened about less than a year ago in which is a neighborhood close to Verdun. The bar is amazing. The food is cool. Plus it's Sarah, Sarah's boyfriend that cooks over there. >> Oooh. >> That's fun isn't it. She's in love. She's in love. Touch me, touch me. I want to feel your body, your heart beating next to mine. Touch me, touch me now. [LAUGH]. >> Ludger's is in a really fun neighborhood, really, really, fun neighborhood called Saint Henry. It's booming right now, it's crazy right now. There's like restaurants blowing up almost every month, you know. But Ludger has a cool vibe. We got some some really, really big clients that work there. And good friends. I just like, I love the vibe man. The owners are amazing. Julian is dangerous. >> There's a little corn puree with some beef short ribs. A little salsa verde. Little beef, beef demi glace going on top. And the [FOREIGN] the onion rings. What we try to do here at Ludger is market fresh cuisine, high end sort of bar food if you will. Just stuff you like to eat and stuff we like to make. [MUSIC] I got my abs at, at King crow. it's the ab King promotion. >> Get in there! [LAUGH] >> I just love the way you laugh, so from, like, the waist down, from like your knees up. So, right now we're going to Bethlehem XXX, which is a place that opened a while ago. It's like it's pretty dangerous with like some really crazy Thailandese decor from Thailand, oriented decor. So, basically that's what Bethlehem XXX is. It's like a, you don't tell your mom where you're going. >> Bethlehem XXX Was crazy. It was [LAUGH] it was out of this world. It is a crazy place. I love the vibe over there. It was dangerous. I feel like I was at a like a, like a happy ending massage parlor in Thailand back in the 60s. >> Oh my God. I can't believe that this world is gone. I've never been so juiced up. >> There's this, this guy, this beaver guy, the character that was [COUGH] yep. >> [INAUDIBLE] The food is good. >> I was really humbled. I was like, okay then, this is a master. >> Just kind of mash that in, you know? Just soften it up a little bit. >> The food was amazing. Jesse like, props to that guy, man. I was really super impressed. It was good that we got the spiciness in our brain. It's like, got the pH level up and high, you know. We got curry. >> [CROSSTALK]. >> I would like these mussels to come in my mouth. [LAUGH].