November 6, 2012 – Not surprisingly, Montréal is home to a wide array of top-notch French restaurants, where patrons happily choose from an incredible selection of delectable wines from said region. When it comes to fine French cuisine, dining in Montréal is never second best, so be our guest…
A Montréal foodie landmark for over 25 years, Laloux on the Plateau flaunts Parisian bistro flair with, mais oui, fine French cuisine and an extensive wine list. Private imports, wine by the glass and an array of culinary delights ranging from homemade charcuterie, sustainably-sourced fish, duck confit, beef tartar, blood sausage, plus copious desserts that strike the perfect balance between bold and simple make for an authentic dining experience à la française. Add to this a stunning dining room with high ceilings – a favourite among Montréal diners – and you’ll be shouting “encore!” before you’re through.
Another of the city’s most appreciated culinary vintages is Chez Lévêque on the oh-so-chic Laurier Avenue West. One of Montréal’s original bistros, this bustling culinary institution is celebrating its ruby anniversary this year, with no less than 40 years of serving up grands classiques, such as snails, lobster bisque, onion soup, frog legs, duck confit and more. Its predominantly French wine selection offers sophisticated pairings for any menu option, and desserts such as elegant floating islands and suave lemon tarts perfectly top off your meal. Classy and friendly in the typical Parisian bistro fashion, Chez Lévêque offers fine food in an unassuming setting that invites good times with good friends.
Café Méliès, in its classy, contemporary home on Saint-Laurent Boulevard within the Excentris theatre, rolls out the red carpet for its patrons. A neighbourhood favourite for getting together with friends, Café Méliès is a chic restaurant, wine bar and lounge all rolled into one polished, modern package. It offers an outstanding list of vintages, many rare included, by the glass, bottle or in an appealing wine tasting format that features three 50-ml glasses for your tasting pleasure. Food-wise, patrons enjoy a varied menu of tantalizing French fare, including salads, tartars, steak frites, foie gras and fish, plus a tasty selection of Québec cheeses and classic desserts the likes of tarte tatin and crème brûlée. Rivalling the delectable cuisine is the café’s cool and relaxed ambiance, set to a resolutely contemporary musical soundtrack that enhances, not overwhelms, your dining experience.