Every year, the city hosts the Formula 1 Grand Prix du Canada. Considered the world championship of motor racing, it attracts more than 100,000 people a day. Whether you are a spectator, passionate or simply curious, the event is also an opportunity to discover Montreal's restaurants. Here is a selection of delicious restaurants around Circuit Jacques Villeneuve, for a lunch between two activities or for a more gastronomic experience.
A charming and discreet Italian restaurant, Primi Piatti offers a variety of traditional dishes, such as fresh pasta, grilled meats, pizzas or veal in all its forms (very popular meat in Italian cuisine). The service is impeccable, the pizzas are cooked to perfection and the wine list offers a great selection. A must-see in Saint Lambert!
Come celebrate at Le Pois Penché! This magnificent French Brasserie in the heart of downtown Montreal is dedicated to the Grand Prix by offering you various activities through out the week-end. In a bistro-chic atmosphere, you can taste the classics of French family and comforting cuisine: Onion soup, tartares, steak frites, duck confit, and the specialty: oysters and incredible seafood platters. You will not regret your choice with this institution which has brought together regulars and visitors for many years.
Les Assoiffés bistro-pub offers a bistro cuisine and about twenty microbrewed beers that are frequently renewed. The menu is simple and varied: burgers, salads, poutines, risotto or nachos and includes vegetarian dishes. You can check their facebook page for current beer choices. The service is impeccable and the place is very popular on Friday evenings, so it is better to reserve.
The CRU oyster bar in Saint-Lambert, offers you a fresh, creative menu in a relaxed atmosphere at affordable prices. The restaurant highlights oysters: grilled, accompanied by tartar or cream, among others. It also offers a fine selection of fish or seafood dishes (cod, clams, sea bass...) and side dishes such as a Mac n' cheese with bisque and crab. The charming staff will suggest the perfect wine pairing for your plate.
LA PIAZZETTA is a pizzeria that focuses on a wide selection of thin crust pizzas and Neapolitan style pizzas, with tasty, quality ingredients. You will also find salads, Italian rolls or pasta. La Piazzetta, with its simple décor and efficient service, is a great place to eat. It has about ten establishments in Montreal and surrounding areas.
While staying around the Formula 1 circuit, you can cross the St. Laurent River to reach the former Griffintown working-class district located on the south side of the Lachine Canal, now the city's bustling and creative hub.
Jellyfish Crudo et Charbon, offers a fusion cuisine inspired by the Chef's travels. Original flavours and atypical blends invite themselves into French and International cuisine. Crudo+Charbon is a menu composed of seafood or meat, which includes a raw part and a charcoal part, with impeccable cooking. The place also has a refined wine list. The splendid, open and high ceiling space is designed by Montreal design company Ranacieri Soligo.
Located in the Little Burgundy district, Le Boucan offers a smokehouse-style culinary experience in a rustic and friendly atmosphere. You can enjoy tasty dishes inspired by the southern United States, prepared with a wood chip smoking technique that enhances the flavor and gives a unique scent to back ribs or BBQ chicken. Le Boucan also offers a complete selection of bourbons and whiskeys, to be enjoyed in the dining room, at the bar or on the pleasant terrace in summer. Warm service and a generous portion are waiting for you!
Still close to the Grand Prix, here is a small circuit in Old Montreal that will allow you to combine a touristic tour with culinary discovery.
Le Pastel is a chic and refined gastronomic experience that has retained a childish and spontaneous spirit, thanks in particular to the young and creative team at the helm. The dishes mix traditional and original culinary methods with Japanese influences, and showcase Canadian and Quebec producers as much as possible. The kitchen is open-air, in a magnificent bright room with a modern décor, high ceilings and brick walls. Whether you choose the gourmet menu or simply the three courses, you will come out charmed.
This terrace is located on the 4th floor of the William Gray Hotel in the heart of Old Montreal. With a view of Place Jacques Cartier, Le Perché reveals a chic, green setting, in a warm and friendly atmosphere. This urban oasis with its refined exotic furniture offers a simple, healthy, fresh and colourful menu inspired by California: poke bowl, tartars, tacos...as well as delicious cocktails.
Le Modavie is an excellent, cosy and jazzy wine bar in Old Montreal, whether for a romantic meal, with friends or for a professional Happy Hour. The place has a huge selection of wines served in bottles or by the glass, to enhance the delicious dishes of lamb, squid, risotto or foie gras. Local live bands perform every night of the week adding that little extra touch to your meal.
A stone's throw from Place d'Armes and Notre-Dame Basilica, the Kyo Bar Japonais is the meeting place for lovers of Japanese cuisine. With a typical Izakaya menu, the restaurant relies heavily on its authenticity. You can enjoy fresh and innovative sushi, kushi yaki (grilled meat, seafood and vegetable skewers), noodles and fried specialities (kara-age, agedasi and korokke). A menu of over 25 sake ensures you will end your meal properly.
Le Palais de Marrakech will transport you to Morocco the minute you walk through the door: a magical setting, accompanied by belly dancers swayint to the sound of music every Friday and Saturday. On the menu you will find several recipes of tagine, couscous, lamb, mechoui, brochettes and oriental pastries. The festive atmosphere and delicious dishes will make your visit a memorable culinary and cultural experience.
Spanel is a creperie open every day whose philosophy is based on a cuisine made exclusively with fresh and quality products. Thanks to the geographical proximity of the Atwater market, the owner originally from Breton (the birthplace of the crepe in France) serves his customers delicious sweet or salty pancakes and cakes. The place exudes simplicity and friendliness and on sunny days you can enjoy the nice little shaded terrace.
Da Emma offers delicious Italian cooking, homemade pasta in a stunning building.
LOV offers you a botanical, vegan and vegetarian cuisine to enjoy for brunch, lunch or dinner. The menu is varied and includes salads, tacos, dumplings, french fries, poutine, soups, spreads, omelettes or smoothies and a selection of organic wines. The concept of LOV is in line with the vision of food: freshness, authenticity, quality ingredients, healthy dishes, local suppliers, energizing super foods and respect for the environment.