January 19, 2010 – Rustic stone walls, antiques galore, a fabulous summer terrace paralleled by a crackling wood fireplace in the winter, exquisite French nouvelle cuisine, and a couple of piano-playing ghosts make for an incomparable dining experience in the very heart of Old Montréal.
Founded in 1754, the Auberge Le Saint Gabriel is the oldest inn in North America and consequently was the first to receive a liquor license under British rule. Although no longer an auberge, the establishment carries on its longstanding tradition of warm, relaxed hospitality through its first-rate restaurant and bar.
A large restaurant with lots of cozy nooks and crannies for intimate tête-à-têtes, the Le Saint-Gabriel takes French nouvelle cuisine to new heights with seasonal menus that include simple yet elegant fare made from the best products that Québec has to offer. Their wine list follows suit, boasting a novel selection of excellent, well-priced international wines, many available by the glass.
End your romantic day of exploring Old Montréal’s pictorial cobblestone streets at Le Saint-Gabriel’s fine table, laden with delicacies such as braised lamb parmentier; grilled red snapper married with parmesan risotto and tomatoes; or for two, a succulent Chateaubriand accompanied by a gratin of potatoes with cepes mushrooms and smothered in béarnaise sauce.
Food critics and casual diners alike unanimously agree that the tarte au sucre (sugar pie) is the ultimate in dessert bliss.
Rich in history and in gastronomic pleasure, Le Saint-Gabriel embodies the very spirit of Old Montréal.