After their forced closure in March and their semi-official reopening on August, Montreal fine dining destination Le Mousso had to close its dining rooms once more in less than two months.
That means a period of serious adjustment for chef Antonin Rivard-Mousso and his team. Since end of the September to now, the restaurant has been developing new projects like Le Mousso à Maison—a selection of products and ready-to-eat meals for delivery and pick-up that many restaurants have adapted to the pandemic with—and their latest shift, a $28 lunchbox.
It's particularly exciting as Le Mousso's tasting menus were, while worth it, one of the pricier options in the city. The new lunchbox (which we presume will change with time) combines an heirloom tomato salad with buttermilk and cheddar with a 'thon-katsu' sandwich of panko-encrusted tuna and a cannelé served with a white chocolate ganache and a corn caramel.
Like so many other establishments in the city, Le Mousso finds itself innovating its current structure to meet the tribulations of restaurants across the city. That includes those that structure themselves on being intimate and highly-tailored dining experiences.
As a result, restaurants like Le Mousso are joining a group of restaurants as part for of a '28/28' social media post initiative to encourage Montrealers to order takeout when and where they can. It includes places like Montréal Plaza, Beau Mont, Kamúy, L'Express, Le Rose-Marie, Jun I, and more.
"The (real) restaurant industry is clearly in danger," the restaurant said in an Instagram post in August. "We need concrete aid plans for the future. Like many restaurants in Montreal, we are part of a circle that constitutes the city's radiant gastronomic culture. Several thousand foodie tourists organize their visits to Montreal according to the availability of recognized restaurants in our city. We should be entitled to grants on the same basis as several cultural establishments or festivals."