Grand Chef Relais & Châteaux Jérôme Ferrer has come up trumps once more on TripAdvisor. The review site's "Travellers' Choice Awards" has named Europea the best restaurant in Canada and the 11th best in the world. As such, the de la Montagne spot sits just behind the likes of El Celler de Can Roca, Alinea and Le Manoir Aux Quat' Saisons.
"A masterpiece. Four hours of food, wine, creative food presentation, great atmosphere and a dining experience we will always remember," is the quote TripAdvisor cites to accompany the accolade.
Europea currently ranks second among Montreal restaurants on TripAdvisor, behind Les Deux Singes de Montarvie in Mile End. Of 991 diner reviews of Europea, a remarkable 776, or just over 78%, rate the restaurant as "Excellent."
Ferrer has fared well with Montreal's critics too. Lesley Chesterman gave Europea three and a half stars in The Gazette in 2009. The critic noted at the time that "considering how far chef Ferrer has come in less than a decade, I have no doubt perfection is imminent."
Marie-Claude Lortie wrote in La Presse in 2010 that at Europea "la rencontre entre les techniques moléculaires avec lesquelles s'amuse le chef et sa maîtrise des techniques françaises traditionnelles fonctionne. Et parce qu'on se sent dorloté, du début à la fin."
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