Montreal is a city that loves and respects food. We demand that it be fresh and well-prepared.
Eating out in Montreal means classic dining in classic restaurants. The city's large population of immigrants from all over the world have brought other styles of cooking with them, so the choice - French, Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Greek, and countless others- is endless.
Though the organic scene in Montreal and in Quebec as a whole has increased exponentially in the past years, cooks who want to cook locally in this area have to work very hard at picking, preserving and storing for the winter months. Chef David McMillan (Globe) and Normand Laprise (Toqué!) do their utmost to cook in a way that promotes the idea of locality and seasonality. They constantly search for the freshest in local ingredients, as well as the best local organic produce.
Amongst my favorites are:Toqué!
The name Toqué may mean 'crazy', but the food is definitely top notch. Serving some of the most interesting dishes in Montréal, chefs Normand Laprise and Christine Lamarche produce an enviable menu. Inarguably the best and most exciting restaurant in Montreal, Toqué has all the right trimmings (great service, fabulous wine list, priceless cachet), but it remains a champion because it has never wavered from the most important task of an expensive eatery: to provide astounding, unforgettable, truly masterly food. Chef/co-owner Norman Laprise regales with flawless, highly-innovative "new" Quebec cuisine and amazing desserts. Toqué is worth a pilgrimage: once a year is minimum for the good of the soul.
I thought it would be fun to display their logo for you--La Queue de Cheval
is a steakhouse notable for its décor, excellent service and first class kitchen. Twelve different choices of steak cuts including their famous rib eye (Delmonico cut), veal and roast prime rib. Selection of fresh fish and lobster from the market.Le Passe-Partout
(French)-- Honorary member of 'Sommeliers du Canada' and member of the Distinguished Restaurant of North America, le Passe-Partout chef James MacGuire, won the prestigious 'Étoile Gastronomique' in 1998. A small, but regularly changing, menu may include some of their home-made pâtés and terrines, smoked salmon, veal or swordfish steak, all accompanied by some of the best homebaked bread in Montréal.
As far as trends come and go, Thai, Japanese and Indian are very hot at this time.
P.S.: I didn't mention that Caribbean and Jamaican food are also very popular here...and in my kitchen!
If you live in NYC, the good new is that Chef Laprise commutes weekly to New York to his new restaurant, Cena, in the city's Flat Iron District.
Cena, 12 E. 22nd Street, (212) 505-1222, New American cooking in a sleek setting.
Thanks CC for this thread.
[ June 21, 2001: Message edited by: Kimmie ]