Oysters are, apparently, for everyone. Whether you like a salty East Coast oyster, a sweet West Coast oyster, a creamy, watermelony, Japanese Kumamoto oyster, or a gourmet oyster that tastes like milky grass and finishes with lemon -- the candy of the sea is something gooey you need in your mouth. Montreal is privilidged with proximity to good Oysters in P.E.I, Nova Scotia, and Cape Cod. Plus, due to the miracle of modern preservation and transportation techniques, we get Oysters from all over the globe! Here's some of our favorite places to slurp oysters in Montreal, let us know what we missed!
Joe Beef is a Montreal institution, recognized worldwide, for dishes like bison tartare and lobster spaghetti. Beef also houses delicious, briny, juicy, plump, and freshly shucked East Coast oysters, to be consumed with just a squirt of lemon juice.Aqua Mare's La Boite Aux Huitres is a great oyster bar and testing ground for oysters of every shade. From sweet Pacific oysters, salty Atlantic's, wild raised oysters from Virginia, Xtra Jumbo Wiannos from Cape Cod, and West Coast Beach Angels, you need to "french kiss the sea" at La Boite Aux Huitres.Maestro is a seafood and tapas spot par excellence. Oysters here are whole and raw, baked, cooked in a salad, or in oyster shooters: oyster, vodka, lime, coriander, tabasco. 12 Beausoleil oysters for $18.Home of the cream soda cocktail (tequila, campari, popcorn bitters and a splash of cream soda), is also home to good burgers and fresh oysters!Le Filet is a Montreal seafood restaurant with some flare. Oysters are served with Yuzu (Japanese lemon), Jalepeno, or with hon shimeji, truffle oil, and oyster cream. The fried oysters are also transcendent.La Mer has an enormous and impressive array of oysters from all corners of the Earth. They'll even let you try before you buy. You might think you'll go in for a free oyster, but you'll leave with a bag full, and giddily. This massive, always fresh, always lovely poissonnerie, is the one-stop-shop for your eclectic seafood needs.For those with expensive taste, Garde-Manger will not disappoint. The oysters are plump, fresh, with many varieties offered. Among them Village Bay ($2.50) , Wellfleet ($3.25), Standish ($3.75), Cape Spear ($2.75), Coleville Bay ($3.25).Gainzbar is a little different from a typical bar. There's two person tables, sofas, live music of many kinds, and book decorations. Plus tasty huitres!The secret is out! Lawrence was $1 oysters from 5:30-7! That's the happiest hour there is! Large variety of oysters, but always fresh.The Kitchenette is known for radical and sultry dishes like Beef Sirloin and Chilaquiles, Japanese tacos, and sopapillas with chicken skin. This diminutive open-kitchen restaurant also has fantastic oysters. Served with homemade Tabasco and tomatillo based mignonette, these fresh oysters are perfectly shucked.This restaurant has a variety of main course options, from fresh fish to steak. Galerie also make great dirty Hendricks martinis and serve amazing oysters on the half shell of many varieties.Excellent food, casual ambience, and PEI oysters, need we say more?This is an overachieving wine bar. With PEI and Nova Scotia oysters, entrees like Walleye and Halloumi Eggplant, Anabel has to be on your list.As the name suggests, this restaurant has dishes like bison tartare and deer steak. In addition to these, there's wild and tasty experiments like "smoked meat style" duck and goat cheese cheesecake! Also very excellent oysters and a pleasant atmosphere.Liverpool House, or Joe Beef Light w/ Lime, is the place for foie gras breakfast sandwiches, raw horse, and delicious REI, Maryland, (and 'mo), oysters.
It's been two days since news broke that Joe Beef founder and acclaimed Chef David McMillan was quitting the restaurant business after 32 years, rocking Montreal foodies to their core. Now, his partner and co-founder Chef Fred Morin has taken to Instagram to respond.
McMillan announced that he had sold his shares of his restaurants in an exclusive interview with the Montreal Gazette, which quoted him as saying "I never want to shave white truffles on to asparagus for someone from Toronto ever again in my life." In the article, McMillan describes himself as "burned out." The article notes that he plans to spend more time on his farm and with his family.
"We all have pandemic stories. After this amazing career, I was racking my head against the wall trying to figure out what I could sell online to pack in an aluminum box to deliver or to have picked up [...] I was trying to figure out a way to make crispy potatoes ride in an Uber. The whole experience was demoralizing," McMillan told the Montreal Gazette's Bill Brownstein.
"I just became angry. Angry at the door, angry at the refrigeration technician, angry at the dishwasher machine, angry at the price of meat, angry at the young chefs, angry at the older chefs."
Morin, who, according to the Montreal Gazette, bought McMillan's shares along with fellow co-founder and co-partner Allison Cunningham, took to Instagram on Saturday morning to respond to McMillan's decision.
"David has decided to retire for reasons that are his own. We chose to continue, to keep shaving those truffles, to move forward one oyster at a time. [...] Our restaurant's success is owed mostly to our staff's personalities, kindness and professionalism, and of course to our customers, from every area code!" he wrote.
"When I look at these wall[s], the only thing I see is a great place for floral wallpaper and a few more hanging copper pot[s]."
Joe Beef is iconic to the Montreal dining scene and was named one of the world's best restaurants in 2015. It's credited with playing a large role in the resurgence — or gentrification, depending on how you see it — of Little Burgundy, the neighbourhood where it opened in 2005.
In addition to Joe Beef, McMillan formerly co-owned Le Vin Papillon, Liverpool House, McKiernan, and Vinette.
Why You Need To Go: The island on the river near Quebec City is famous for its colonial villages, orchards, artist shops and views of the surrounding landscape.
The scenic Chemin Royal, which circles the island, takes about an hour to drive non-stop, but there are plenty of irresistible adventure opportunities along the way, like the Seigneurie de l’Île d’Orléans, which is scheduled to open in mid-June.
Distance from Montreal: Roughly 50 minutes to one hour and 20 minutes, depending on your starting point
Why You Need To Go: La route des vins in the MRC of Brome-Missisquoi in the Eastern Townships includes four different scenic routes passing a total of 20 vineyards and multiple restaurants, according to its website.
Distance from Montreal: Two hours (to the town centre)
Why You Need To Go: This little tourist destination has a lot going for it, including the Parc de la Gorge de Coaticook with its 169-metre-long suspended footbridge and the enchanted Foresta Lumina light installation.
Not to mention that Coaticook is home to the famous Laiterie de Coaticook ice cream shop.
Why You Need To Go: This regional tourist hotspot at the tip of Lake Champlain has public beaches, a market and an art gallery all surrounding the Baie de Venise, which hosts water sports and boating activities.
Why You Need To Go: Another regional tourist spot, Magog has a lively downtown, hiking trails through the local Marais de la Rivière aux Cerises and, beginning in spring 2021, the new location of the super-popular Bleu Lavande lavender fields with their picturesque picnic spots.
Why You Need To Go: A little closer to home in Montreal's very own borough of Lachine, visitors can spend the whole day picnicking in the expansive Parc René-Lévesque with its whimsical sculpture garden and views of the river.
2020: the East Coast's summer of sharks? Over the past few months, two sharks, by the names of Brunswick and Teazer, have been caught hanging out in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. And now, it seems as though they've got a new friend.
His name is Vimy. According to Ocearch, he swam his way into the Gulf of St. Lawrence at some point between August 25 and September 8, which is when he was last located.