Maison Boulud - Montréal
For anyone who's visited Montreal, my hometown, it's evident that the city has a strong and diverse food & beverage scene, and that its locals have a passion for everything that has to do with dining & drinking. From fine culinary experiences to our beloved poutine, and drinking at the smallest cocktail bar in Canada to a speakeasy, or brewing coffee, beer and even local spirits, we, Montrealers, love it all. There is no doubt that this is fueled by Montreal's rich melting pot of almost every ethnicity and cuisine you can name.
Before the city's multiple diverse Burroughs and neighborhoods developed and created their own identities, the epicenter of this culture was historic downtown Montreal. One of the city's main downtown streets, Sherbrooke, doesn't only separate the island's North and South, but in its central section you'll find important landmarks of the city's history. It's lined with prominent museums & churches, McGill University founded in 1821, desirable Mount Royal adjacent residential addresses and believe it or not, the first Ritz Carlton hotel in North America, dating back to 1912. After the hotel's most recent renovation in 2008, Montreal would welcome arguably its most famed culinary tenant, Daniel Boulud, at Maison Boulud in 2012.
Despite being in a traditional part of town, the hotel's redesign compliments its heritage with understated modern touches, along with a transformation of the restaurant's dining room and the hotel's famous duck pond and terrace. Design firm Super Potato used layers of glass to provide a perception of depth and warmed up the contemporary space with brass and wood. Upon entering the modern dining room guests are treated to a show in the open kitchen, a 360 degree fireplace and with some luck can secure courtyard seating, which is open in summers and warmed in winter.
If the name above the entrance is French and the province is French, you can be sure that the cuisine will be as well. The post pandemic kitchen team is lead by Executive Chef Romain Cognate who has been rising the ranks for the last four years. Chef offers reimagined French classic fare using local ingredients from Quebec to create modern dishes with plating fit for the nearby museum of modern art. Whether guests are seated in the dining room with views of Sherbrooke street or overlooking the gardens, the attentive team will go out of their way to make you feel at home, hence the restaurant's name, "Maison (home) Boulud".
Beef Tartar, Fried Caper, Whole-Grain Mustard
Icelandic Cod, Black Rice, Broccoli, Saffron Sauce
Gianduja, Lemon Marmelade, Hazelnut Dacquoise
So nice, I had to show it twice
Chef Daniel Boulud is one of the most recognized names in the fine dining world, which comes with high expectations that are met and surpassed at his Montreal kitchen, earning the Maison Boulud team four stars in the Forbes Travel Guide. For more information on Maison Boulud in Montréal click here.
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