March 7, 2012 – Tartares, truffles, foie gras and escargot are just a few of the traditionally mouth-watering items that guests will spot on the à la carte menu at the charming Carte Blanche restaurant. Originally from France, chef André Loiseau honed his skills in some of his country’s finest establishments before deciding to open his first restaurant here in Montréal. Catering to the local palate, Loiseau not only serves up fine French fare, but also chooses to integrate familiar ingredients to make his dishes more distinct. Canadian lobster, fresh oysters from the East Coast, duck from the Eastern Townships, Cortland apples, maple syrup, wild mushrooms, market vegetables and fine cheeses make for a delightfully unique dining experience.
Diversity is also reflected in the décor, which features a contrasting mix of traditional and contemporary design. White tablecloths and square plates are a crisp complement to the bold and colourfully striped main wall – an artful wink, perhaps, at the diversity of the neighbourhood. Located in the Village, the restaurant is one of the few fine-dining options minus the upscale prices and elaborate approach. The down-to-earth Loiseau often steps out of the kitchen to greet his guests, ensuring that they are enjoying their meal. No wonder that in 2010, he received the regional chef award by the SCCPQ (Société des Chefs Cuisiniers et Pâtissiers du Québec) and in 2011 a certificate of excellence from Trip Advisor.
Whether you’re looking for a classy meal before hitting the clubs or a cute place to bring your date for dessert, this bistro gives you carte blanche.