After a long front of house stint at Au Pied de Cochon and a co-author credit on Au Pied de Cochon: The Album, Jean-François Boily never thought he would find himself at another restaurant. Until now. Boily has come out of restaurant retirement at AéroPaul in Beloeil, 35 km outside of Montreal.
"When the owner, Louis Delisle, invited me to AéroPaul to see the site, I couldn't refuse. I'd never seen a restaurant like it: in the middle of a corn field, at the end of a private airport's runway, facing Mont St-Hilaire. The kitchen team is solid, which makes me super proud to serve dishes that are without pretension but are all well-crafted [see menus below]."
The brigade includes chef Valentin Wajda, late of Mile-Ex and Spoum (AéroPaul, incidentally, doubles as an ice cream parlour). All this in an old casse-croûte.
AéroPaul has been open for three weeks now but will hold an official launch party on Saturday, June 27. Boily reports that the event will be "very convivial. We'll be smoking fish outside, making strawberry jam for our breakfasts, and we'll have a campfire going to roast our homemade marshmallows. All you can eat for $25, with a beer. It's hard to find a better deal than that."
Status: AéroPaul, 2025, rue de l'Aéroport, Beloeil, (450) 527-7272. Open daily for breakfast and lunch (except Monday), with a 4 à 8 apéro service as of next week from Thursday to Saturday.