Photo cred - Greasy Spoon
It doesn't really matter what area of the city you choose, Montreal is full of great restaurants of all kinds to suit all tastes. That said, if you ever find yourself in the quiet, residential neighbourhood of Outremont, make sure you check out Laurier Street West if you are feeling hungry.
Definitely more on the higher-end of things, Laurier Street offers a myriad of fine restaurant options, here are but a few.
Photo cred - Mikado
Mikado specializes in sushi and sashimi and is among the pioneers of Japanese cuisine in Montreal. The decor, like the food, is clean and elegant, and Chef Mike Ha's attention to detail has kept Montrealers coming back for that authentic experience time after time. That, and the saki martinis.
Wilfrid sur Laurier
A relative new kid on the block, Wilfrid is an up-scale tavern, or what is also known as a gastropub. While the ambiance and the chalkboard menu are certainly casual, the food is anything but. You'll find expertly prepared items like lamb confit, veal sweetbreads, shitake and pear crepes, as well as nightly specials for dinner, and Wilfrid also does a delectable brunch.
This authentic Parisian brasserie is a true Laurier Street landmark, serving up delicious and authentic French classics for over 40 years. With two floors to accommodate 150 covers, enjoy a casual drink or meal upstairs, or take advantage of the more festive ground-floor dining room with live music and a glass wall that opens on to the terrace in the summer. Chez Lévèque also offers a $21 2-course menu after 9pm.
Chef Junichi Ikemats is one of Montreal's top Chefs. Classically-trained in French cuisine, Chef Juni now focuses on what's known as Nouveau Nippon style, blending all his skill and technique to create sublime suhsi and sahsimi dishes using only the freshest ingredients available. An elaborate wine list and excellent service make this a must-try.
This BYOW Peruvian restaurant is where you'll find some of the most amazing Nuevo Latino cuisine in the city. What makes Raza really special is that menus are non-existent here. Chef Navarrete goes to the market everyday, creating daily tasting menus inspired by his mood and the seasons. The food is not only beautiful to look at, but dishes like Navarette's ceviche are truly out of this world.
After a failed attempt by Gordon Ramzay to revitalize the old Rotisserie Laurier, a group of prominant Montreal restauranteurs took over the locale and made Laurea. Laurier in latin, Laurea led by Chef Hakim Chajar, a former winner of Les Chefs, offers both a ground-floor cocktail bar, and a charming upstairs dining room with a sunny atrium.
Leméac opened in 2001 and has become a standard for classic bistro-style cuisine in Montreal. With staples such as steak frites, tartare, smoked salmon, and tartelette au chocolat, Leméac remains a culinary favourite for many locals and tourists alike. Also a great choice for fantastic wine, local cheeses and homemade desserts.
When you think greasy spoon, you think diner, but simple diner this is certainly not. Greasy Spoon features a warm, friendly environment and a sunny terrace for people-watching, and focuses on market-fresh cuisine. The young and dynamic team always make for a lively vibe, and stop in on Thursdays for great cocktails and $1 oysters.
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Cozy and unassuming, La Chronique continues to satisfy its loyal clients thanks to impeccable service, an impressive wine list and amazing food. The menu is not overly complex, but every dish uses quality ingredients, are skillfully prepared, and beautifully presented. For the full experience, go for the 7-course tasting menu with wine pairing, but if you are looking for something a little easier on the wallet, La Chronique offers affordable lunch specials as well.