July 28, 2014 – There’s nothing like summer in Montréal. The city shimmers in the sun and puts on its best bling for Montrealers and visitors to enjoy. Here are 8 great restaurant terrasses to grab a bite in the sun or under the stars
Hidden treasure: Boris Bistro
Behind the remaining façade of an Old Montr.éal building ravaged and destroyed by fire lies the stunning hidden courtyard of Boris Bistro. This is absolutely one of the most beautiful – and largest! – terrasses in Montréal with its tall, mature trees, its many white parasols, light wood tables and grey stone floors.
Exotic trip: BarBounya
A Mediterranean-inspired restaurant with Turkish chef Fisun Ercan at the helm. The food is meze – small hot and cold dishes meant to be shared – and the ambiance at the terrasse’s communal, wood mosaic high tables is lively and friendly.
Dinner with a view: FoodLab
FoodLab is located on the third floor of the Society for Arts and Technology, a few steps away from the Satosphere, a giant sphere where musical shows and projections take place. The outdoor space has picnic-style tables, some loungier seats, big white umbrellas, a huge barbecue area set up in one corner for summer grilling and a great view of Montréal’s downtown and Chinatown.
Secret garden: Maison Boulud
Did you know that celebrity chef Daniel Boulud’s Maison Boulud restaurant located on the ground floor of the Ritz Carlton Hotel in downtown Montréal has a secret garden? The garden is actually the inner courtyard of the hotel and comes with beautiful landscaping and a pond with ducks. Maison Boulud has tables scattered around in the garden, which is especially charming for brunch.
Reinvented classic: Restaurant Laloux
Laloux has been around for 25 years and conjures up images of a classically decorated dining room that immediately transports diners to Paris. The shielded terrasse conjures up more or less that same feeling with its striped awning and white tablecloths. The menu, however, is French-inspired but not classic. It focuses on local, sustainable, seasonable and mostly organic ingredients.
Dinner and a show: Brasserie T! and Taverne F
They’re both located in the epicenter of Quartier des Spectacles– THE spot to check out for Montréal’s festival season –and you definitely get the best seat in the house to some of the best outdoor shows. Brasserie T!’s menu is an excellent take on classic French bistro while Taverne F is all about Portuguese comfort food with pestiscos (tapas) to share.
Historic charm: H4C
The renovated bank building has been transformed into a great little spot that foodies have been (justly) raving about. The restaurant has recently inaugurated a beautiful terrasse at the front under the leafy shade of tall trees. It’s the perfect spot to sample one of their great brunches or to enjoy dinner outdoors.
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