La Belle Province may have its own distinct identity and fare, but it still hasn’t forgotten the last few centuries of French influence. Colonization means there’s a major French presence, and lots of options for those who want more than tourist trap crêpes and croissants.
Times (and tastes) have changed from the days of silverware, white-gloved waiters and maître-d’hôtels with pencil moustaches. While many options here lean into French classicism, there are also plenty of bistros touting nouvelle cuisine-ish menus. Despite this, some still sport dress codes, so check in before showing up in jeans and ripped tees.
This list is by no means exhaustive, but focuses strictly on restaurants offering French fare, not just those who use French techniques to produce something distinctly Québécois (Toqué is one such example). French cuisine is also well-represented in Montreal’s BYOB restaurants — see some further restaurant suggestions over here.Read More