At this supper club, everything is a little different. For starters, the staff greet you in English, not French. There is no signage other than a dimly lit neon pink square out front. The interior decor is half hunting lodge, half antique shop. Chef-owner Chuck Hughes, star of the Canadian Food Network show “Chuck’s Day Off,” features a menu of creative, playful seafood. The lobster poutine is legendary, and on a recent visit, devilled eggs with bacon-wrapped oysters were a hit, as was the pork liver sausage paired with octopus and cheese grits. Meatier choices may include braised short ribs (always on the menu) and seared fois gras paired with some kind of meat (recently: a perfectly seared pork chop) over a maple-soaked waffle. The menu changes seasonally, so be prepared for new surprises if you visit multiple times. Expect a packed house, loud music blaring overhead, and a cool crowd in skinny jeans and trucker caps. Reservations recommended.
Le Garde Manger
408 rue St-François-Xavier (north of rue St-Paul)
Our Rating Neighborhood Vieux-Montreal (Old Montreal) Hours Tues–Sun 5:30–11:30pm. Bar Tues–Sun 6pm–3am Transportation Métro: Place d’Armes Phone 514/678-5044 Prices Main courses C$28–C$50 Cuisine Type Seafood Web site Le Garde Manger