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Montreal's fine dining restaurant Le Mousso is doing $28 lunchboxes for takeout this month

Long known for its high-end tasting menus, Le Mousso has come out with $28 lunchboxes with salads, a 'thon-katsu' sandwich and dessert.

By JP Karwacki
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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.

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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.

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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.

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DÉFI 28/28 TAKEOUT! Une initiative pour se soutenir et se référer entre nous, amis restaurateurs, et une façon pour nos fidèles clients de soutenir l’industrie de la restauration et des bars. On vous invite à visiter nos sites web pour nous encourager et découvrir nos formules pour emporter + vin + traiteur + certificats cadeaux + etc. Contactez les restaurants que vous aimez et commander en takeout! Afin d’inclure le maximum d’amis possible, les restaurateurs voulant participer sont les bienvenus à envoyer le lien de leur site web à mathieu.g@montrealplaza.com. Celui-ci sera ajouté à la liste des restaurants participants! Ensemble, nous y arriverons! Adresses d’amis qui font du takeout : https://www.restaurant-beaumont.com/fr/ https://www.kamuy.ca/ https://lemousso.com/ https://www.lerosemarie.com/ http://restaurantlexpress.com/ http://www.juni.ca/ https://eatfoodchain.com/fr http://www.bottega.ca/ https://sangennaro.ca/fr/ https:/www.maisonpublique.com TAKEOUT 28/28 CHALLENGE! An initiative to group together and for customers to support local restaurants and bars. We encourage everyone to visit our websites and take part in our takeout menus + wine + catering + gift cards + etc. Contact restaurants you like and order takeout! In order to include the maximum of friends possible, restaurants wanting to participate are welcome to send their website link to mathieu.g@montrealplaza.com. The links will be added to the list of participating restaurants. Together, we will make it! Friends addresses that do take out: https://www.restaurant-beaumont.com/fr/ https://www.kamuy.ca/ https://lemousso.com/ https://www.lerosemarie.com/ http://restaurantlexpress.com/ http://www.juni.ca/ https://eatfoodchain.com/fr http://www.bottega.ca/ https://sangennaro.ca/fr/ https:/www.maisonpublique.com

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"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."

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