September 13, 2013 — Fine gourmets and run-of-the-mill foodies will agree: good food has a knack for appeasing the mind and stimulating the senses. From Old Montréal’s fine dining establishments to the cuisine emerging from the quickly regenerating Saint-Henri neighbourhood, Montréal’s gastronomy puts emphasis on local chefs’ creativity and fresh ingredients. Two restaurants that have opened their doors in the past year embody these two key qualities: The Hambar and Smoking Vallée.
The Hambar: ham is the word in Old Montréal
With its specialty hams and charcuteries (cold cuts and pâtés), The Hambar showcases ham in every way, including in its very name! Located in the beautifully designed Hôtel Saint-Paul, this restaurant offers a simple and refined menu in a New York SoHo style atmosphere. Their serrano, prosciutto and Bayonne hams from the Old continent, as well as a wine list of over 250 private imports featuring rare vintages curated by sommelier Philippe Poitras will please carnivores and wine enthusiasts.
Smoking Vallée: market-inspired creation in Saint-Henri
This charming bistro offers a changing chalkboard menu of seasonal market cuisine with a French twist. According to his inspiration, young chef Thierry Dufour serves up dishes of the utmost freshness. He proposes a veritable culinary experience from appetizer to dessert, with tasty specialties such as a tender bavette (flank steak) and tuna tartare. In addition, this warm, friendly and stylishly decorated bistro encourages patrons to bring their own wine. Most definitely, Smoking Vallée will leave all food lovers with a smile on their face.