Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants list for 2016 was revealed yesterday. Congratulations to all 100 restaurants and most specifically, to the 23 Montréal restaurants that have made it onto this most prestigious lineup.
No. 1: Toqué! – 900 Place Jean-Paul Riopelle
Chef Normand Laprise’s avant-garde thinking fueled ingredient-driven cuisine in Montréal. He has managed to stay on top of his game – and indeed, ahead of it – for the past 20 years.
No. 4: Joe Beef – 2491 Notre Dame Street West
Chefs David McMillan and Fred Morin’s little restaurant has become synonymous with Montréal cuisine and has put the city on the culinary map.
No. 5: Le Vin Papillon – 2519 Notre Dame Street West
Joe Beef’s vegetable-centric little sister is helmed by Chef Marc-Olivier Frappier and boasts one of the most impressive wine lists in Montréal curated by sommelier and co-owner Vanya Filipovic.
No. 19: Park – 378 Victoria Avenue
Chef Antonio Park serves some of the freshest sushi in town, prepared in a traditional way but with the chef’s Argentinian and Korean roots peeking through from time to time.
No. 20: Bouillon Bilk – 1595 Saint-Laurent Boulevard
Chef François Nadon’s precise cuisine and focus on high quality seasonal ingredients never disappoints.
No. 21: Maison Publique – 4720 Marquette Street
Maison Publique’s comfort cuisine is Chef Derek Dammann’s œuvre and his commitment to bringing traditional British pub food to a Canadian audience.
No. 24: Nora Gray – 1391 Saint-Jacques Street
Chef Emma Cardarelli’s cuisine combined with sommelier Ryan Gray’s wine list are a winning combination at this most-beloved downtown Montréal restaurant.
No. 25: Maison Boulud – 1228 Sherbrooke Street West
Michelin-starred chef Daniel Boulud’s ritzy Montréal abode is helmed by Chef Riccardo Bertolino and serves an upscale, modern take on European classics.
No. 26: Le Club Chasse et Pêche – 423 St-Claude Street
Open since 2007 in Old Montréal, Chef Claude Pelletier and Hubert Marsolais’s Club – one of Montréal’s best – serves a creative cuisine in a retro-looking décor.
No. 31: Montréal Plaza – 6230 St-Hubert Street
Creative culinary genius chef Charles-Antoine Crête and his partner Cheryl Johnson dish out a unique cuisine in an elegant and beautifully designed space.
No. 34: Au Pied de Cochon – 536 Duluth East
One of Montréal’s most famous culinary exports, chef Martin Picard’s overly abundant cuisine has become world famous and the reason many food lovers visit Montréal.
No. 40: Hotel Herman – 5171 Saint-Laurent Boulevard
Chef Marc-Alexandre Mercier’s elegant cuisine with a Nordic flair is only matched by the elegant décor and the solid, natural wine list at this popular, hip Mile End establishment.
No. 42: Liverpool House – 2501 Notre Dame Street West
The third of the Joe Beef family to make this list, Liverpool House is the least touristy of the three establishments but just as dedicated when it comes to serving great food in an unpretentious ambiance.
No. 44: Lawrence – 5201 Saint-Laurent Boulevard
Chef and co-owner Marc Cohen’s British background shines through at Lawrence with English pub food cooked using local Quebec ingredients take center stage.
No. 45: Jun I – 156 Laurier Avenue West
Junichi Ikematsu’s precise modern Japanese food – often sprinkled with a French twist – is rightly cited as one of the best in Montréal.
No. 47: Milos – 5357 Parc Avenue
Milos’ Mediterranean cuisine is simple and relies mainly on the freshness of its ingredients, including the vast array of fish and seafood.
No. 50: Europea – 1227 De la Montagne Street
Chef Jérôme Ferrer’s flagship restaurant and one of the only two Relais & Châteaux in Montréal, Europea serves its own updated take on French classics.
No. 57: Damas – 1201 Van Horne Avenue
The exotic flavours and textures of this Syrian restaurant have quickly conquered the hearts of Montréalers to make it one of the most loved spots in the city.
No. 72: Foxy – 1638 Notre Dame Street West
With the Olive & Gourmando dream team behind it, Foxy instant success was to be expected. Everything here, from flatbreads to meat and fish, is cooked in a wood-burning oven.
No. 76: Impasto – 48 Dante Street
Chef Michele Forgione and TV star Stefano Faita’s neighbourhood Italian restaurant in the heart of Montréal’s Little Italy neighbourhood is one of the city’s best Italian establishments.
No. 85: Satay Brothers – 3721 Notre Dame Street West
The Southeast Asian spot has a cult following in Montréal and it’s nice to see that reflected with their inclusion on this list.
No. 89: Mercuri Montréal – 645 Wellington Street
Chef Joe Mercuri’s contemporary cuisine is rooted in his Italian origins but inspired by the world to create a unique style that has quickly garnered him a loyal following.
No. 91: Candide – 551 Saint-Martin Street
Candide has only been open for a few weeks but has already garnered great positive reviews for Chef John Winter Russell’s unique vegetable focus, regional and seasonal cuisine.