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Europea Chef Jérôme Ferrer Hits the Streets With New Montreal Food Truck

That, and more news and notes from the Montreal restaurant world

Jérôme Ferrer
Jérôme Ferrer

Jérôme Ferrer's restaurant empire leans more and more casual with every new project. First Andiamo bistro was made over as Chez Jerry, a "casse-croûte du terroir," and now the Relais & Châteaux Grand Chef has himself a food truck. Europea Mobile, named for the chef's flagship Montreal restaurant, will hit the city's streets as of May with a menu of lobster truffle cappuccinos, lobster rolls, beet and yuzu risotto, maple caramel lacquered pork, and fancy poutines. (A foie gras and mushroom poutine creeps suspiciously into Camion Au Pied de Cochon territory.) Order à la carte, or try three courses for $19.50. ICYMI, Europea was named the world's second best restaurant by TripAdvisor in 2015.

— More changes on Bernard in Outremont for Paul and Catherine Lecoq's restaurants. After the rebrand of Café Souvenir as La Pêche aux Moules, the couple have closed Le Petit Italien next door. The restaurant, open for 18 years, will return on April 6 as Pinokio with Cédric Nieuvarts in the kitchen. There's a food truck component to the new business as well.

Martin Juneau (Pastaga, Cul-Sec, Monsieur Crémeux) is no longer a partner in wine agency Ward & Associés. The chef-restaurateur will launch a new agency with business partner Louis-Philippe Breton, who co-owns Pastaga and other ventures with Juneau.

— Lunch at Joe Beef's Le Vin Papillon is on pause as the wine bar preps for another busy terrasse season. Look for midday service to return, a few days a week, this fall.

— Chef Olivier Perret of Renoir gets profiled in the Toronto Star today about his battle with leukemia and pivot to healthier menus at the Sofitel hotel's downtown Montreal restaurant.


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