Chef Martin Picard’s seven-year-old restaurant deserves all the plaudits it gets, thanks to his instant classics like stuffed pied de cochon (pig’s foot), duck poached in a can and foie gras–topped poutine (the signature Quebecois dish of french fries and cheese curds smothered in gravy). Recently, Picard has been sourcing his seafood from Eastern Quebec and the Canadian Maritimes, transforming his place into the city’s finest fish emporium from late spring through early fall.
Chocolatier Chloé Gervais-Fredette’s stunning truffles, handmade with Valrhona chocolate in flavors like fleur de sel, espelette pepper and burnt caramel, have been Montreal’s finest since her namesake shop opened in 2003. In October, Gervais-Fredette moved into a bright, beautiful new location on a stretch of cobblestoned Duluth, near Au Pied de Cochon.
The newest addition to the mini empire that Fred Morin, David McMillan and Allison Cunningham have built in the Little Burgundy neighborhood (they started with the much-loved bistro–oyster bar Joe Beef). The feel is luncheonette by day, wine bar by night, with a menu of house-made charcuterie, affordable oysters and sandwiches like chicken tikka with two chutneys. The best dish at the inspired Saturdays-only brunch is sautéed shrimp with biscuits, poached eggs and a gravy loaded with thick chunks of bacon.