I mentioned that I went to Montreal about a month ago. One of my favorite things to do when exploring a new city is to try some of the local eats. I love seafood so I had fun sampling oysters with my friend Elissa at several different restaurants. They all happen to be in the Plateau-Royal neighbourhood. If you’re ever in Montreal here are three restaurants I’d recommend if you have a hankering for shellfish.
Majestique : Whenever I travel somewhere for the first time I always ask friends and family who’ve been there before where they would recommend to eat. My friend Elissa does the same. This wine bar was recommended to both of us. While in town it was also recommended by every local we asked. So we knew we had to try it. On Friday night of our trip is was packed, but on Saturday we lucked out and sat with no wait. They don’t take reservations so you have to try your luck. The oyster menu changes based on what’s fresh and in season. The menu mostly consists of small plates and they have an impressive wine list to accompany your selection.
Le Filet: This seafood restaurant wins the prize for unique oysters. The half dozen appetizer was served with three oysters in a jalapeno vinegar and three with a maple glaze that was more like a brulee. They were out of this world. The rest of their menu is a mix of cold and hot plates, mostly seafood. I enjoyed one of their signature cocktails, a Camila which consists of aperol, citron, egg white, and vodka.
Maestro SVP: Elissa and I wandered into this Oyster bar for a nightcap. We ended up getting to sample some oysters when the bartenders asked us to join them in some oyster shots. Elissa had a coriander lime oyster shot while I tried the jalapeno vodka and horseradish oyster. While we didn’t have dinner the menu has dozens of oysters to choose from so we’ll definitely return there on our next trip.