There was a time when dining in Montréal inevitably meant eating French cuisine. Nowadays, the restaurant scene is more cosmopolitan, but fine French food is still to be found in abundance at classic establishments like Gibbys, an Old Port institution. Here are a few of our favorite dining discoveries from our most recent trip.
This lively restaurant overlooking busy Rue McGill epitomizes the spirit of grand French brasseries. Established by brothers Paul, Richard and Maurice Holder, the interior has deep leather banquettes, tall columns, copper walls, oversized mirrors and windows framed by burgundy velvet drapes. The menu rarely changes, but chalkboards highlight daily specials. The braised beef cheeks stewed for six hours à la bourguignonne were superb, as were the lobster ravioli in truffle oil beurre blanc with a topping of caramelized onions and French peas. Holder is an atmospheric venue that provides reliably delicious cuisine.
407 Rue McGill, No. 100a. Tel. (514) 849-0333