What food can you eat by the dozen and not feel guilty about? Served with bubbles or a fine wine, oysters are a favourite choice on any apéro menu. There is no better way to end a busy day and kick off the weekend than with a dozen or two, or three of these bad boys on ice…
If there’s one thing that we Montrealers take seriously, it’s Celine Dion; but if there were another thing that we take just as seriously, it’d be oysters – (we have a weekend long festival dedicated to it in the autumn.) Here are some phenomenal places around the city to satiate your oyster cravings.
Located in the downtown area, Le Pois Penché (1230 boulevard de Maisonneuve Ouest) is one the best places to get your oyster fix. Modeled and inspired by a traditional Parisian brasserie, this place offers a menu of classic dishes but what stands out the most is their awesome raw-bar. Dozens upon dozens of oysters shucked to order right in front of you, the view is delicious whether you’re facing the bar or people watching on their terrasse.
Located in the trendy Southwest borough of the city, Le Richmond (377 Richmond Street) has been pegged as a happening hot spot by the Griffintown locals and yuppies alike. Their cavernous space is opulent in design and does not overshadow their menu which offers a taste of Northern Italy sourcing their products from local producers. Their rustic menu is highlighted by the al fresco dining option in their spacious terrasse in the warm summer months. There isn’t a better way to see and be seen than with a giant tray of Le Richmond’s finest oysters and a glass from their extensive wine and cocktail list.
If you’re taking in a show at Place des Arts or wandering the outdoor attractions at the Quartier des Spectacles, Le Latini (1130 Jeanne-Mance Street) has been a Montreal favourite for over 40 years. With an extensive menu of classic Italian dishes, Le Latini’s home made pastas and their large seafood market fridge highlights seasonal dishes where fresh catches are on display epitomizing Latini’s pledge to superior quality products. Relax in their gorgeous garden terrasse as you throwback a dozen of their top quality oysters.
You can’t talk about oysters in Montreal without mentioning one of, if not the premiere oyster restaurants in the city, Maestro SVP (3615 Boulevard Saint-Laurent). The house that oysters built, Maestro SVP sits along the iconic Main and is hands down the foremost leading purveyor of Oysters in the city. Their roster consists of over 100 varieties and species of osyters – subject to availability – check their oyster board to see what’s being shucked (usually 20-30 different kinds are available at a given night). Their affinity for the bivalve molluscs trickles down to their regular dining menu and all the way to their drink menu which features an Oyster martini and Oyster shooters. Their daily happy hour $18/dozen special is not to be missed.
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