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Your Guide To Montreal's Finest Charcuterie Plates

The meats that will "cure" what ails you

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There’s something undeniably fun, and a tad indulgent, about ordering a charcuterie plate. It’s inherently Instagram-worthy, with a spread of cured ham or slices of terrine atop a wooden slab, and it’s meant to be shared and sampled, a chance to test out new flavours and mix-and-match meat, bread, pickled vegetables and choice condiments.

And in a city that once hosted a Head Cheese Week, boasts some terrific butcher shops and loves its foie gras, it’s no surprise that the charcuterie offerings at Montreal’s restaurants and bars are on point. You could cosy up to the bar at Le Comptoir Charcuteries et Vins for a cured meat dinner, relax with a 5 à 7 snack at wine bars like Larrys or La Buvette chez Simone or share a plate of house-cured charcuterie from Maison Publique.

Here, in geographic order, we’ve rounded up the best spots known for their charcuterie selection. Dig in, because it’s important to get enough protein.

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Maison Publique

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Derek Dammann’s snug Plateau spot is known for its house-cured charcuterie, best ordered in larger quantities and shared among friends.

Le Chien Fumant

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Known as a solid spot for late-night eats in the Plateau, the bustling French bistro has a meat-heavy menu with an evolving selection of charcuterie and sides.

La Salle à Manger

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You can peep the sausages cured in house in the glass-encased meat locker, a sure sign of charcuterie greatness. There’s also offerings like head cheese, coppa and creton.

Boucherie Lawrence

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The butcher shop outpost of Mile End’s Lawrence restaurant is a haven for locally farmed, quality meats, including house-made sausages and terrines and cold-cuts, which you can find stacked on their decadent sandwiches. The restaurant a few doors south offers a charcuterie and pickled vegetable plate, if you want a more comprehensive spread alongside a glass of wine in a restaurant setting.

Larry's

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Gazette critic Lesley Chesterman named the rillettes at this cosy Lawrence offspring as her top charcuterie of the year. There’s also fennel salami and dry sausage on offer, plus pickled vegetables and interesting natural wines by the glass.

Le Comptoir

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Your go-to for elegant spreads of house-made charcuterie, plus other goodies like sweetbreads, porchetta and a lengthy list of natural wines. Their Amherst Street deli and butcher shop, La Réserve du Comptoir, also serves sausages, deli meats, and hefty sandwiches for take away.

Au Pied de Cochon

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There’s not many places where you can do a ridiculous thing like eat a charcuterie and foie gras pizza, followed by a foie gras poutine. But you can here, of course, or you can stick to the (probably anything but) simple charcuterie platter to start.

La Buvette chez Simone

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The beloved wine bar draws as much praise for its snacks as it does its extensive, evolving wine list, and there’s usually plenty of options when it comes to cheese and cured meats.

Chez Lévêque

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The indulgent charcuterie board at this Outremont French bistro includes duck terrine, rillettes, Serrano ham, and salami. For further meat specials, there’s offal options like crispy veal sweetbreads and black pudding.

Pullman

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The intimate lower Plateau wine bar serves a charcuterie plate, plus starters like Iberico chorizo and giardiniera, Italian pickled vegetables.

Brasserie T

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Alongside their steak and salmon tartare, don’t miss out on charcuterie options like chicken liver mousse, duck rillettes and foie gras terrine from the Toqué! affiliated restaurant at the heart of Place des Arts.

Marché de la Villette

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The board at this casual rue Old Montreal spot features a spread of cured sausage, house-made terrines and rillettes and pickles.
Any place that has hanging hams on display is probably a good bet for cured meat. Housed in the St Paul Hotel, the Old Montreal restaurant features house-made charcuterie and loads of fine wine.

Joe Beef

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Chances are good that the menu scrawled up on Joe Beef’s blackboards will feature some sort of decadent head cheese/terrine/foie/sausage offering, although it might be tricky to get a table. Its no-reservations sister wine bar Vin Papillon is also a safe bet for a meaty snack and wine pairing.

Maison Publique

Derek Dammann’s snug Plateau spot is known for its house-cured charcuterie, best ordered in larger quantities and shared among friends.

Le Chien Fumant

Known as a solid spot for late-night eats in the Plateau, the bustling French bistro has a meat-heavy menu with an evolving selection of charcuterie and sides.

La Salle à Manger

You can peep the sausages cured in house in the glass-encased meat locker, a sure sign of charcuterie greatness. There’s also offerings like head cheese, coppa and creton.

Boucherie Lawrence

The butcher shop outpost of Mile End’s Lawrence restaurant is a haven for locally farmed, quality meats, including house-made sausages and terrines and cold-cuts, which you can find stacked on their decadent sandwiches. The restaurant a few doors south offers a charcuterie and pickled vegetable plate, if you want a more comprehensive spread alongside a glass of wine in a restaurant setting.

Larry's

Gazette critic Lesley Chesterman named the rillettes at this cosy Lawrence offspring as her top charcuterie of the year. There’s also fennel salami and dry sausage on offer, plus pickled vegetables and interesting natural wines by the glass.

Le Comptoir

Your go-to for elegant spreads of house-made charcuterie, plus other goodies like sweetbreads, porchetta and a lengthy list of natural wines. Their Amherst Street deli and butcher shop, La Réserve du Comptoir, also serves sausages, deli meats, and hefty sandwiches for take away.

Au Pied de Cochon

There’s not many places where you can do a ridiculous thing like eat a charcuterie and foie gras pizza, followed by a foie gras poutine. But you can here, of course, or you can stick to the (probably anything but) simple charcuterie platter to start.

La Buvette chez Simone

The beloved wine bar draws as much praise for its snacks as it does its extensive, evolving wine list, and there’s usually plenty of options when it comes to cheese and cured meats.

Chez Lévêque

The indulgent charcuterie board at this Outremont French bistro includes duck terrine, rillettes, Serrano ham, and salami. For further meat specials, there’s offal options like crispy veal sweetbreads and black pudding.

Pullman

The intimate lower Plateau wine bar serves a charcuterie plate, plus starters like Iberico chorizo and giardiniera, Italian pickled vegetables.

Brasserie T

Alongside their steak and salmon tartare, don’t miss out on charcuterie options like chicken liver mousse, duck rillettes and foie gras terrine from the Toqué! affiliated restaurant at the heart of Place des Arts.

Marché de la Villette

The board at this casual rue Old Montreal spot features a spread of cured sausage, house-made terrines and rillettes and pickles.

Hambar

Any place that has hanging hams on display is probably a good bet for cured meat. Housed in the St Paul Hotel, the Old Montreal restaurant features house-made charcuterie and loads of fine wine.

Joe Beef

Chances are good that the menu scrawled up on Joe Beef’s blackboards will feature some sort of decadent head cheese/terrine/foie/sausage offering, although it might be tricky to get a table. Its no-reservations sister wine bar Vin Papillon is also a safe bet for a meaty snack and wine pairing.

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