Prominent downtown restaurant Europea has found itself some new digs, and beefed up its operations to go along with it.
The restaurant, one of chef Jérôme Ferrer’s myriad projects around Montreal and Quebec, has moved down the street from its old location on de la Montagne, to a space inside condo development Roccabella, on the corner of de la Montagne and René-Lévesque.
In official communications, the restaurant is described rather grandiose terms: its website refers to the “universe” of Jérôme Ferrer, and a press release says that the restaurant combines Ferrer’s food with some kind of theatrical aspect, produced by director René Richard Cyr, who is known for staging shows with Cirque du Soleil and Celine Dion — the details of what this “theatrical” side entails are still to be determined. (The new Europea has also been slightly rebranded, and is now officially named “Restaurant Jérôme Ferrer: Europea”.)
It’s also a much more multi-purposes restaurant than before: while the former Europea (in a smaller space) stuck mostly to luxury offerings, the new place is effectively multiple restaurants under one roof. The fine dining side (renamed “La Grande Table”) takes a similar path to before — in addition to that, there’s a casual brasserie with options mostly under $20 like lobster mac-and-cheese and barbecue pulled pork.
The restaurant will do a daily afternoon tea service too, with a set menu including scones, smoked salmon canapés, and macarons (among other options). There’s also a lunch-focused counter option, with sandwiches, salads, and a few main plates, and lastly, JP Bar, a loungey space focused on cocktails.
It all takes place in a rather flashy setting on the ground floor of the complex, complete with columns, a sweeping spiral staircase, and ample coloured lighting. Take a look.