The Sala Rosa / Casa del Popolo empire is big, but it is the kind of empire you want to be part of. It's a not an evil empire. It's a good empire, made up of the Casa del Popolo which is (in their own words) "part fair-trade café, part music venue, part resto-bar and part art gallery…", of Sala Rosa the concert venue across the street and finally of Sala Rosa the Spanish restaurant, co-located in the same building as the concert venue.
Today I want to talk about Sala Rosa the Spanish restaurant. It is a friendly place, which serves good red wine and most importantly good authentic Spanish food. I especially like the paella and the small quail.
But what is astonishing about Sala Rosa is that the crowd is very much a young hipster crowd, and you can see a lot of people sitting there, just munching on tapas, drinking wine and just chilling, talking and having a good time. This is something that is rare in Montreal's restaurants: you will find tons of good restaurants where you go to eat and can spend lots of time afterwards, but there are very few real restaurants where you can sit and take-up valuable customer space eating just small dishes and drinking.
I don't know, maybe this is a wrong impression; maybe what I witnessed was just a one night thing in Sala Rosa. Regardless; it's a place with a genuine soul and good food, a must to complete your culinary explorations.