As is tradition at Eater, we close the year with a survey of food critics, writers, bloggers, and people about town. This year we posed nine questions, from meal of the year, to top restaurant newcomers. All will be revealed by the time we turn off the lights at the end of 2019. Responses are unedited, except for grammar and translations, which are italicized.
Q: What was your best restaurant meal of 2019?
Jean-Philippe Tastet, Le Devoir dining critic:
A 14-course menu at Le Petit Mousso.
Joanna Fox, Montreal Gazette dining critic:
Off the clock, Foxy, on the clock, Beba, with Parasol close behind.
Mallory Frayn, Eater Montreal contributor:
Le Mousso, full tasting menu with demi pairings (so you can walk away after 11 courses still remembering what you ate).
Iris Gagnon-Paradis, La Presse restaurant reporter and critic:
Outre le Clairon, qui m’a éblouie avec ses petites assiettes créatives, j’ai mangé au Club Chasse et Pêche pour mon anniversaire un véritable repas de reine. Cet endroit continue d’être pertinent même 15 ans après son ouverture. J’ai aussi été agréablement surprise par le menu du Ström Spa; le chef Raphaël Podlasiewicz amène vraiment la bouffe de spa à un autre niveau!
Apart from Clairon, which blew me away with its creative small plates, I had a meal fit for a queen at Le Club Chasse et Pêche for my birthday. This restaurant continues to be relevant even 15 years after opening. I was also pleasantly surprised by the menu at Ström Spa, chef Raphaël Podlasiewicz really takes “spa food” to another level!
Amie Watson, Montreal Gazette food columnist:
Provisions. Not the wine bar.
Isa Tousignant, Montreal Gazette food columnist:
The most hoity-toity experience was at [Atelier de] Joël Robuchon at the Casino, a meal focused on seafood. Inventive, transportive... plus I won $80 that night.
JP Karwacki, Time Out Montreal editor:
Mano Cornuto for lunch. Le Boulevardier for dinner. Ratafia for dessert. Chifa for drinks and bites.
Élise Tastet, Tastet blog:
Montréal Plaza with friends. Their tasting menu is out of this world.
Mayssam Samaha, Will Travel For Food blog:
Parasol, Denise with Anita Feng in the kitchen, the Grand Gelinaz shuffle dinner at Foxy.
Daniel Bromberg, Eater Montreal contributor:
Tommy Dion, Nightlife.ca critic and writer, blogger for Le Cuisinomane:
Best high end: H4C par Dany Bolduc.
Best casual: Moccione and Montréal Plaza.
- All Year in Eater coverage [EMTL]