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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Montreal Dining

Bistro Duo.D
Located only a short distance away from the Bell Centre in Griffintown, Bistro Duo.D offers its guests a fine array of contemporary French cuisine in a trendy bistro setting. Run by Chef Philippe Déry and his wife Catherine Dubar, the restaurant gets its name from the couple: "Duo" – meaning "two" – and "D," representing the first letter of their last names. Guests can choose from a list of appetizers, main dishes, and desserts, all of which are made from fresh and local ingredients. Some of the most popular dishes include an amuse-bouche of steak tartare, chicken in foie gras sauce, and a pain perdu topped with fresh strawberries and whipped cream.

Owned by three Italian men originating from parts of Sicily and Italy, Quattro's staff has a combined experience of over a century. Located in the heart of Old Montreal, the restaurant is one of the area's newest – and most trendy – Italian dining venues. Although the menu is slightly shorter than others, the options are varied enough to satisfy nearly any palate. Guests can start off with one of the many antipasta options, one of which is polpo ai ferri: Grilled octopus with capers, red onions, and fregola sardi, a unique type of Italian pasta. Main courses are primarily comprised of pasta, whereas the dessert menu features many Italian favorites such as tiramisu.

Within one of Montreal's many modest brownstone homes is Europea, one of the area's most exceptional French restaurants and bistros. Headed by the Société des Chefs' 2007 Chef of the Year Jérôme Ferrer, guests can take the restaurant's spiral staircase to the upstairs dining area or the cozy cellar. The menus are various and extensive, offering a wide variety of food suitable for a wide variety of occasions. Guests with smaller appetites can dine off the tasting menu, whereas groups of hungry diners can order from one of the many à la carte selections.

Chez Chose
Chez Chose follows two basic self-appointed guidelines: "Do not skimp on quality and smiles," and "you can never be supplied better than by local suppliers." With that being said, it's not difficult to imagine why the staff at Chez Chose offers their guests a friendly and unpretentious dining experience complete with some of Montreal's freshest and most delicious French cuisine. The menu is never truly set in stone, since the chefs add new options whenever different ingredients come into season.

Restaurant Le Grain De Sel
Located on the edge of the village is Restaurant Le Grain De Sel, a small and friendly bistro that offers its guests fine food made from locally sourced ingredients. Owners Sandrine and Jean-François have over a decade of experience under their belts, having worked in Montreal's restaurant industry prior to starting their own venue. The restaurant's original and ever-changing menu consists of numerous contemporary French dishes made from locally sourced ingredients chosen by Chef Jean-François himself. The restaurant also features an extensive wine list and can make special arrangements for large groups.