Hotel Nelligan stands alone as the only Montrealer that made the National Geographic Travelers’ Stay List 2009. Not too shabby, huh? Makes me wish I were a tourist! But anyway, what’s cool about this hotel is that it also has two very good restaurants. Named after famous Québec poet Émile Nelligan, I’m told this four-star hotel has amazing boutique-style accommodations, but is also a dream for foodies like me, because they offer two different styles of cuisine.
If you are in the mood for fine dining and contemporary French cuisine, take a seat at Verses. But if you are looking for something a little bit more casual yet still chic (this is Old Montréal after all), Méchant Boeuf bar-brasserie will fit the bill with a menu that offers pub fare with a twist, including its famous Méchant burger (“méchant” is French for “mean,” so watch out!). They claim it’s the best in town, but I’ll have to eat another one (or two) to be sure. At Verses, I tried the ostrich tartare, a surprising dish served with a garnish of local ground cherries. Now THAT’S different!
To see what’s cooking at the Nelligan, check out my video.
100 Saint-Paul Street West,
Old Montréal H2Y 1Z3
Monday to Friday 6:30 am – 10:30 am
Saturday and Sunday 6:30 am – 2 pm
Monday to Friday 11 am – 2 pm
Sunday to Thursday 5:30 pm -10:30 pm
Friday to Saturday 5:30 pm -11 pm
Dress code: chic
About $50 = per person (before tax, alcohol and tip)
Méchant Boeuf Bar-Brasserie
124 Rue Saint-Paul Ouest
Tel. (514) 788-4020
Tuesday, Friday and Saturday 2 pm to 2am
Everyday other day 5 pm to 1 pm (kitchen open until midnight)
Reservation required, especially on hockey nights
Dress code: casual-chic
About $30 per person (before tax, alcohol and service)