In recent years, Montreal has been riding the cusp of gastronomic innovation, fostering world acclaimed chefs and kitchen teams that push culinary boundaries to levels and reaches not yet seen before. In the wake of trendy hot spots and places to be seen, are the proud and noble predecessors that have forged the foundation of Montreal’s restaurant scene…
Opened for almost 50 years, Le Mas des Oliviers (1216 Bishop) can thank their enduring success and popularity to the ability to stay current in culinary trends while respecting a “traditional and bourgeois cuisine”. With a table d’hote menu that changes daily – depending on what is available on the market, this is a testament to their commitment to consistency in both quality food as well as service.
Situated in a Victorian house in the heart of downtown, you’ll find Chez La Mere Michel (1209 Guy). This award-winning restaurant has been serving classic French dishes sourcing ingredients from local farms and producers for over 30 years. With options like salmon steak en papillot or snails in flakey pastry with white Saumur sauce, Chez La Mere Michel’s flawless execution is a demonstration of precision in cookery only achieved through experience kitchen proficiency. Try to book your reservation for the table in their exclusive wine cellar.
Around the corner you’ll find the cornerstone of Italian fine dining in Montreal; located in a beautiful 19th century three-story Victorian grey-stone, Ristorante Da Vinci (1180 Bishop Street) is the epitome of classic Italian fare with a flare of modern refinement. Whether your meal starts with the seared scallops with mango, fennel, baby rucola, served with a red wine reduction, or the firm handshake and warm smile from co-owner Vincenzo, food quality and service is something that is never compromised at Da Vinci.
Found in historic Old Montreal, the romantic Chez Queux (158 Rue St-Paul East) offers their guests a glimpse into the past both in atmosphere (the building is over 150 years old,) menu and service. With table-side service of Chateaubriand for two and their award winning wine list of over 300 labels and pairing recommendations, Chez Queux is a destination for visitors and locals alike.
Another Old Montreal gem is Bonaparte (443 St-Francois-Xavier), which has three dining rooms each decorated in a “Empire style that dominated the Napoleonic era” that gives each space its own unique feeling and ambiance. Chef Gérard Fort brings the tastes and flavours of his native Vendée region of France to the seasonally inspired menu where we currently see lobster in a vanilla sauce and smoked salmon egg brouillade, with a maple beet carpaccio.
Le Fripon (436 Place Jacques Cartier)
Le Cordial (475 Avenue President Kennedy)
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