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Culinary Travel — By Susan McKee on June 10, 2010 at 1:51 am
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Where to Eat in Montréal

Headed to Montréal this weekend for the Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix? You won’t run out of great places to eat! On a trip to Québec last month, I found that the foodie scene there is thriving. Here are brief reviews of three restaurants to try, and other places to enjoy quebecois cuisine!

Lunch at Laurie Raphaël in Hôtel Le Germain Montréal (map) was a surprise. Instead of the usual burger-and-fries, their mid-day menu was a gourmand’s delight. I started with a lobster bisque, added a risotto of spring vegetables and finished with a trio of sorbets. Of course, the menu changes so often, you’ll find something totally different when you arrive!

Aix Cuisine du Terroir, the fine-dining restaurant in the Place-d’Armes Hôtel and Suites (map), designs its menu not only according to the region, but the season. When I was there, fiddlehead ferns were in season, but by the Grand Prix, summer’s offerings should be appearing.

My dinner at Europea (map) downtown was one of my all time favorites: each of the courses on the tasting menu (plus some “chef’s surprises) was superb, from the “lollipop” of goat cheese through the “sip” of eggnog served in an egg shell to the fois gras in espresso emulsion, veal cheeks and lobster ravioli. Everything, of course, was in small portions so I wasn’t stuffed — just sated. Finally, there was a trio of desserts alongside a cloud of pink cotton candy (made on site, of course).

Montréal’s city markets are a great place to pick up a quick lunch or a Canadian-specific foodie souvenir. Atwater (map), between downtown and the St. Lawrence River, has all sorts of sandwiches and patés — assemble a picnic lunch and head for one of the city’s parks! At Jean-Talon (map), there’s a shop called Marché du Vieux St.-Paul that features all sorts of regional specialties including a blend of sea salt, peppercorns and granulated maple syrup that’s magic on grilled salmon.

And, if you’d like an historic look at the traditional foods of Québec, be sure to see the “Let’s eat!” exhibit at the Château Ramezay Museum (map). It explores the province’s culinary culture from the arrival of the first colonists in the 17th century to the present day.

Laurie Raphaël, Hôtel Le Germain Montréal, 2050 Mansfield Street, Montréal.

Aix Cuisine du Terroir, Place-d’Armes Hôtel and Suites, 55 Saint-Jacques Street, Montréal.

Europea, 1227 de la Montagne Street, Montréal.

Marché Atwater, 138 Avenue Atwater, Montréal.

Marché Jean-Talon, 280 du Marché -du-Nord, Montréal.

Château Ramezay Museum, 280 Notre-Dame Street East, Montréal.

(Photos by Susan McKee)

Related places:
  1. A
    Htel Le Germain
    2050 Mansfield Street, Montréal, Canada H3A 1Y9
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  2. B
    55 Rue Saint Jacques
    H?tel Place D'Armes, 55 Rue Saint Jacques, Montreal, QC H2Y 3X2, Canada
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  3. C
    1227 rue de la Montagne, Montreal, QC, H3G 1Z2, Canada
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  4. D
    Atwater Market
    138 Atwater Avenue, (Near Notre-Dame), QC, Canada
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  5. E
    280 Du Marche-du-Nord Pl
    Montr?al - La Petite-Italie: March? Jean-Talon - Baies, 280 Du Marche-du-Nord Pl, Montreal, QC H2S,
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  6. F
    Chteau Ramezay Museum
    280 Notre-Dame St E, (Near Gastor), Montreal, QC, H2Y 1C5, Canada
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