Montréal joie de vivre at its best.
Alma is a neighbourhood bar à vin on Avenue Lajoie, in the heart of Montreal’s Outremont borough, just steps from the bustling Avenue Van Horne. “Soul” in Spanish, Alma is the result of a decade long dream and melding of passions of Juan Lopez Luna (chef-owner of Farine in Montreal’s Mile End) and Lindsay Brennan (sommelier, natural wine aficionado and importer at Importations Vin I Vida). It is the interpretation of a dining experience where wine inspires food and food inspires wine.
Centered on simplicity, pleasure, sharing and discovery, geared away from pretention. It is an escape into a European wine bar experience, showcasing Quebec’s local and fresh produce, and the Montréal joie de vivre at its best.
“From creative and shareable small plates to a large terrasse, the Outremont establishment offers a lively summer scene.”
– Montreal Gazette
A coastal cuisine
Evening menu : Composed of coastal Mediterranean flavours, including Catalan favorites, with a focus on fresh seafood, local produce, and handmade pasta. The cuisine is wine-friendly and largely inspired by chef-owner Juan Lopez Luna’s travels and work experiences in Paris, coastal Campania, the island of Ischia and Barcelona. Constantly changing, the menu follows the ebbs and flows of the seasons.
Sunday Lunch (Sundays from 12pm to 5pm) : Sunday Lunch, Catalan Style : A nod to the “Vermut”, a Sunday tradition in Barcelona, we offer a set menu from 12pm to 5pm. 5 plates, 33$ per personne. Anchovies, seafood, fresh pasta, vermouth on ice and Catalan wine flowing! Each week we highlight a cuvée from the portfolio of Vin I Vida , an opportunity to try rare natural wines that are not normally by the glass. Open all afternoon. The evening menu begins at 5pm.
Wines packed with energy
The wine list is composed of hand-selected artisanal wines, curated by co-owner Lindsay Brennan (Vin i Vida) who spent the last years travelling and working extensively with natural winemakers in rural Catalunya. Short but precise, and ever changing to jive with the menu, it showcases pure and living wines packed with energy and precision. With a heavy focus on the region of Catalunya, on the French and Spanish side, the list features wines from dear friends and colleagues whose wines are recently arriving in Quebec for the first time. Juan and Lindsay work closely together to ensure that the menu and the wine list work in harmony, allowing the food and the wine to shine collectively.