Second only to New York within all of North America, Montreal boasts a famous food scene with more restaurants per capita than any other part of Canada. Finding something to savor is never a challenge, but making the most of every meal while traveling can be a challenge. In case you find yourself hungry for a fabulous meal during your Montreal stay, here’s a handy guide to great dishes at some of Montreal’s most popular restaurants.
Macaroons at Chez L’Épicier
Chez L’Épicier offers exquisite French fusion cuisine, and with Chef Laurent Godbout masterfully working behind the scenes, you’re sure to have an outstanding meal. While menu items regularly change, one standby is so delicious its almost impossible to deny—the macaroon. Chez L’Épicier’s assortment of macaroons range from classic vanilla to savory mulled olive and creamed goat cheese.
Poutine au Fois Gras at Au Pied de Cochon
Au Pied de Cochon specializes in the hearty and meaty, but the Fois Gras Poutine is by far one of the most outstanding dishes. While some form of poutine is a necessity for first-time visitors to Canada, this version provides a gourmet twist, with potatoes (fried to a perfect crisp in duck fat) smothered in a rich, buttery gravy made of foie gras, egg yolks, and cream.
Monte Carlo Potato at Moishes Steakhouse
Offering a fresh twist to traditional turf fare, Moishes’ menu features central European flair inspired by its Romanian roots. Recognized by many publications as one of Montreal’s best steakhouses, you really can’t go wrong with any cut of steak you order, and your complimentary jar of bottomless pickles is sure to increase your happiness with your meal. The real standout? The Monte Carlo potato, which sounds like a simple side item until you taste the three-hour baked, whipped and seasoned spuds, which are reinserted into potato skins before being served. They’re an unparalleled customer favorite whose understated simplicity is powerful enough to elevate any order.
Chia Fresca at Le Mal Nécessaire
Located in the heart of Montreal’s Chinatown, Le Mal Nécessaire is one of the area’s most popular bars. The distinctive atmosphere of this basement gem combines a tropical tiki bar with Cantonese cuisine and libations. The fun and fanciful drinks put an innovative twist on classics like the mai tai, and their house piña colada. The chia fresca stands out with a stunning combination of gin, cucumber, coconut water, lemon, chia seeds, and Thai basil.
Beautys Special at Beautys
Beautys has served up satisfying brunches to customers since 1942, building a reputation as a local favorite with a familiar feel. At this small family run establishment, slipping into one of the bright blue booths for a “Beautys Special” is essential. This bagel sandwich, stuffed with lox, cream cheese, tomato, and onion, promises a satisfying start to the day.
Be sure to seek your own discoveries in Montreal’s food scene. Refreshingly diverse, there are culinary options that range from hearty home cooking to sophisticated French cuisine. Book a room in Montreal in an area of town near these and other great restaurants and have an unforgettable meal.