Restaurants in Montreal
Montreal is predictably and deservedly famous for its French cuisine and a number of glorious French restaurants and bistros call the city home. The best dish to try in Montreal is poutine, Quebec's signature food, a pile of fries, gravy and cheese curds. French classics like bagels and croissants are also very popular in the city.
Old Montreal is naturally the main tourist district and many quality restaurants can be found along the narrow streets. Downtown Montreal also boasts a bustling restaurant scene. Boulevard Saint-Laurent (La Main to locals) splits the city into eastern and western sections and is one of the best streets for eating out in Montreal. Another good stomping ground for grazing travellers is Plateau Mont-Royal, a kind of gourmet paradise of restaurants, bakeries and snack stalls. For a break from French-style cuisine, and good budget options, take a stroll through Montreal's Chinatown, of which Rue de la Gauchetiere is the main, pedestrianised strip.
Foodies wanting to explore the fresh produce scene in Montreal should visit either the celebrated Marche Jean Talon or the smaller Marche Atwater to browse the stalls; both food markets should delight serious gourmets.
Le Club Chasse et Peche
One of the most highly rated restaurants in Montreal and a multi-award winner with the local press, Le Club Chasse et Peche is a great option for a special occassion. Known as CCP, this eatery has reinvented Surf 'n Turf with mouth-watering Kobe beef and lobster tail. The décor enhances the dining experience with low ceilings fostering an intimate atmosphere while the chic décor further suggests that this is a truly special dining experience. The restaurant is open for lunch Monday to Friday from 11:30 to 2:30pm, and for dinner Tuesday to Saturday from 6 to 10:30pm.
Address: 423 St-Claude
Telephone: 514 861 1112
For a taste of Montreal's rural surrounds visit this highly regarded eatery that exclusively uses fresh local ingredients in its modern French cuisine with interesting Mediterranean and Southwestern touches. The décor is centered on dark wood and red hues framed with black and white photographs, and the wine list, exceeding 250 titles, can be ordered by the glass or bottle.
Address: 99 Laurier West
Telephone: 514 271 3095
Although a micro-brewery, Reservoir is developing a name as the best value restaurant in the city, combining perfectly fresh ingredients with inventive recipes from the fertile imagination of Chef Samuel Pinard. The brunch has been described by one critic as 'the most interesting (and for my money, the best) brunch experience in town'. The evenings are naturally a bit lively - this is a microbrewery after all - but this is no way detracts from the dining experience.
Address: 9 Duluth E.
Telephone: (514) 849 7779
It would be remiss to list Montreal eateries without mentioning the one best known in cinema and literature: L'Express, Montreal's beloved brasserie. The eatery has handwritten menus in the style of Parisian sidewalk cafes with similar décor and serving staff attitude. The noise reaches epic proportions when the premises is full but the food, decent prices and all-you-can-eat pickles and baguettes makes this an essential experience for visitors to Montreal. Open weekdays 8am-2am; Saturdays 10am-2am; and Sundays 10am-1am.
Address: 3927 Rue St. Denis
Telephone: (514) 845 5333
Montreal does not have a great reputation for sushi, a sore point for maki-addicted and sashimi-fixated locals. Thank goodness then for Jun I, which flies the flag high for high-quality authentic Japanese sushi. Chef Junichi Ikematsu has developed an interesting menu based on fresh local fish, exotic rolls and flawless nigiri, all complemented by a fine range of sake.
Address: 156 Laurier W.
Telephone: 514 800-6347
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