It goes without saying that Montreal has quickly become a hub of culinary talent that showcases local ingredients and honors regional producers. Our Quebec gastronomic ethos is one that has been praised by international media and local critics to be one that not only exhibits finely executed terroir cuisine, but also reflects and celebrates our city’s cultural diversity…
Giovanni Apollo is one of the premiere chefs that subscribe to this culinary philosophy. A decorated, award-winning chef, author and television personality, Apollo has well established his enterprise of four different properties, each with its own unique personality and concepts. From Le Bistro that sees a modestly priced daily table d’hote that brings fine dining to an approachable level, Le Restaurant that exemplifies gastronomy at its most refined level, a stripped down urban beach snack bar called La Buvette, to a comfort food spot in the heart of the Old Port of Montreal– Les Éclusiers par Apollo.
Les Éclusiers par Apollo is located on the quay of the old port, perched atop the old locks, inhabiting the now repurposed lock-house serving guests featuring an impressive wine list, signature cocktails and a seasonally inspired menu.
The space is a juxtaposition of industrial elements and warm wooden accents, highlighted by whimsical wall art and retro-chic furniture; this eclectic design completely reflects the culinary appropriation that’s featured on the menu.
Beef tartare, with marinated mushrooms, served with homemade chips. This classic French dish is bright in flavor with citrus notes contrasted by the slight sting of scallions; the selenic brine of the mushrooms cuts through the lusciousness of the egg yolk and brightens each mouthful.
The tuna tataki – sesame encrusted tuna seared with a sweet caramelized soy sauce, topped with a “salade croquant” (Asian style coleslaw of julienned carrots and parsnip in a ginger and sesame dressing) peppered with sesame seeds, scallions, and served with a light spicy mayo. The flavours of this dish are familiar and typical of a Japanese preparation.
The fresh goat cheese tartine was topped with a generous portion of thinly sliced prosciutto, an arugula salad with pine nuts, sliced figs and a dressing of basil oil. The mélange of textures highlights a delicious blend of classic flavors that’s light and perfect for a summer evening by the water.
With a vibrant post-workday local scene and an obvious appeal to tourists, Les Éclusiers brings the sophistication that is synonymous with the Apollo brand to a warm and inviting level that all can enjoy. From a laidback barbecue cookout and brunch specials on the weekends, to the polished seven-day casual dining, Les Éclusiers par Apollo encompasses everything done with style renown for in Montreal.
Les Éclusiers par Apollo, 400 Rue De La Commune West, (514) 285-0558