Looking for somewhere new to have lunch downtown today? You're in luck, the newest Montreal gourmet food court or food hall as they like to be called, Le Cathcart Restaurants et Biergarten, is officially opening its doors to the public today at its Place Ville Marie (PVM) location. I hope you're hungry.
Le Cathcart offers three full-service restaurants, nine kiosk restaurants, and two cafes from some of the biggest names in the Montreal restaurant scene. It is also fully licensed.
Forget any notions one might have of what a mall food court consists of, this is gastronomic dining in a beautiful setting with a noticeable lack of fast and crappy food or dark and basement feel.
The main selling point is the Biergarten located under a giant 7,000 square foot glass pavilion that sits at the center of Le Cathcart. Surrounded by plants and bathed in light, this indoor garden also serves up craft brews, privately imported wines, and cocktails designed by a mixologist. Possibly reviving the three-martini lunch.
The whole space was really designed with lingering in mind.
Not only is the food worthy of taking your time to enjoy, and the drinks high-end enough to make it a perfect 5 à 7 option, Le Cathcart will also include conferences, culinary experiences, and musical, artistic and design performances.
Tonight at 5 p.m. will be its first collaboration with Îlot 84, the group behind AREA 5-7 formulas (like Aire Commune), just another reason to check out the space today.
If you want to try out one of the full services restaurants, check out Mirabel Brasserie (led by ex-Joe Beef chef Nicholas Giambattisto), the Japanese canteen Akio (led by Antonio Park and Jatoba's Olivier Vigneault) or Pizza Del Fornaio (Federico Bianchi of Bottega Pizzeria).