Chef Laurent Godbout’s inspiring haute cuisine menu provides a perfect example of modern gastronomy in Montréal. The ever-changing menu offers mostly locally grown ingredients prepared with a playful, global feel. Recent standout items include braised and smoked pork belly with potato foam, maple “juice” and cabbage powder, and olive oil poached cod in carrot broth. It’s hard to find fault with any part of the menu. A section of the dining room features shelves of Québec-made and imported products for sale such as fruit preserves, specialty vinegars, and high-quality olive oils (the name of the restaurant translates to “house of the grocer”). The many windows provide a light, airy feeling throughout, with stone and exposed brick walls punctuated by a long, robin’s egg blue wall with chalkboards displaying the evening’s specials. You’ll feel welcomed and comfortable from the moment you sit down. Tip: If you plan to order the chef’s tasting menu, leave ample time since the meal will likely last longer than 3 hours.
- Leslie Brokaw, Erin Trahan, Matthew Barber