The food landscape is drastically changing for the better in downtown Montreal. Last November saw the official opening of the Time Out Market, bringing gourmet food to the Eaton Centre and reinventing the idea of what a food court is. And now, the much-anticipated opening date of Montreal's Le Cathcart Restaurants and Biergarten has officially been announced.
Open to the public as of January 23 at Place Ville Marie (PVM), Le Cathcart will be made up of three full-service restaurants, nine food kiosks, two cafes, and a Biergarten that will serve beer, wine cocktails, and even sake.
Yes, technically it's a food court. But it's an epicurean heaven that will blow any usual food courts out of the water.
The space is located under the PVM's new glass pavilion which will be bathed in light and made to feel like an indoor garden. This isn't just a quick place to grab a bite of lunch but also a spot to sit and enjoy great food and drinks.
With a total of 1,000 available seats in addition to the 7,000 square foot Biergarten space, this gourmet glassed-in terrasse will be sure to attract not only professionals working downtown but also foodies from around the city.
The three full-service restaurants will include:
Mirabel: Open morning, noon and night, this simple brewery will serve sophisticated but uncomplicated dishes led by ex-Joe Beef chef Nicholas Giambattisto.
Akio: This Japanese canteen will serve up dishes inspired by Osake cuisine and have a selection of sushi and skewers.
Pizza Del Fornaio: Neapolitan-inspired pizzas are on the menu for this pizzeria.
Though, it's really the Biergarten that is grabbing a lot of attention. It will have a huge selection of curated microbrews, a wine list prepared by Jatoba sommelier Marc-André Nadeau, and a selection of specialty cocktails.