Montreal’s Restaurants – Super Expensive 3

Hands down, just about everyone agrees, Toque! is always listed as Montreal’s Best Restaurant. Undoubtedly, other chefs covet the title, and one day, someone else will get the kudo, but for now, consider saving big bucks to come while you are in Montreal.

A toque is the huge, high, master chef’s hat, and, by all accounts, Normand Laprise IS a Master Chef who’s been enchanting Montreal’s gourmands for years. His dishes are of startling innovation. Laprise brings together diverse, mostly local, ingredients which rarely appear on other restaurant plates. He’s so prolifically inventive that few dishes ever stay around long enough to become “signature” favorites.

With his partner, Christine Lamarche, Toque! has achieved a status that few restaurants in the world attain. And, it is not unusual that a dinner for 2, without wine, could cost $200.

Found in Vieux-Montréal, there’s nothing “old” about it. The post-modern venue is also a member of the gold-standard organization Relais & Châteaux.

Laprise is considered the founding visionary of Québécois haute cuisine. Using his 7 Course Tasting Menu may be another choice to sample his fine cuisine.

900 Place Jean-Paul-Riopelle, near rue St-Antoine
phone: 514-499-2084
open for lunch, now, too: 11:30am – 2:00 pm Tuesday to Friday
(Lunch menu starts at $25.)
Toque! Menu Dinner example.
Toque! Tasting Men Montreal.

Recently, Laprise opened a mid-priced sister restaurant. Named Brasserie t!. It is located at 1425, rue Jeanne Mance; 514-282-0808.
It is near the Contemporary Art Museum, and the brasserie looks like a sleek cargo container. It supports a contemporary French menu which showcases less fussy dishes like: grilled Flank Steak and Cod brandade. Dinner for 2 will be about 60 dollars, without wine.

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