Le Club Chasse et Peche
Set among Vieux-Montréal’s cobblestoned lanes, this eatery is marked only by the antler-and-fish crest hanging outside the door (appropriate, since chasse et pêche means “hunting and fishing”). Inside, the atmosphere is dark and full of disorienting design touches (old-school leather club chairs combine with mod white ceramic birds taking flight from low-hanging glass pendant lights), and the tables are spread through a pair of little dining rooms with an excellent soundtrack overhead (dub and reggae are often on the playlist). The dishes, which pay homage to both gun and rod, are surprisingly light. Try the striped bass with asparagus and sorrel in a risotto-style Parmesan sauce, or the rabbit and lobster gnocchi. In summer, the restaurant also has tables on an outdoor terrace just across the street in the garden of the historic Château Ramezay. The terrace is open only on weeknights, and tables go quickly. Be sure to book in advance.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.