Montreal, PQ, which is Quebec's largest city, is not only one of the most livable cities in the world, but also one of the top tourist destinations. Originally known as the City of Mary or Ville-Marie, it was named after the Mont Royal, which is one of Canada's famous tourist attractions located in the middle of the city. Aside from this majestic peak and a string of other beautiful attractions, Montreal is known for its excellent restaurants that serve local and international cuisines. BBonline recommends that you visit the following restaurants during your stay at a Montreal Inn.
Au Pied de Cochon
536 rue Duluth est
Montreal, QC H2L 1A9
Reservations are strongly recommended if you want to dine at this Montreal, PQ restaurant, because it's packed with people six days a week. According to locals, the place is a "cult favorite." The façade of the restaurant can be deceiving. You will be astounded with the selection of roasted meats. There's also a diverse assortment of seafood dishes, from softshell crab to oysters and lobster. Chef Martin Picard never fails to shine with the food masterpieces he creates for the patrons of Au Pied de Cochon.
2040 rue Peel
Montreal, QC H3A 2R4
Gorgeous young women in snug dresses and young hunks comprise the service staff of this glamorous eatery. Of course, the food is commendable, too. It's tempting to fill yourself up with the assortment of antipasti, but you should leave room for the main courses like the rack of lamb with oregano crust or the filet mignon. Prices are high in this ultra-swank Montreal, PQ restaurant that transforms into a lively bar after dinnertime.
1227 rue de la Montagne
Montreal, QC H3G 1Z2
Europea may look like your usual cellar restaurant, but don't be fooled. The interiors as well as the food are spectacular. Chef Jerome Ferrer wouldn't be named by the Societe des Chefs as Chef of the Year without a good reason. The lobster bisque with truffle oil, roasted Alaska crab legs and warm lobster salad are some of the standouts on the menu. If you're not willing to shell out the expensive cost of dinner, come here during lunch time when items start at C$17, as of 2011.
256 rue Roy est
Montreal, QC H2W 1M6
Pintxo is the Basque word for tapas, which are Spanish dishes usually paired with a bottle of beer or two. The cuisine revolves around Spanish Basque tradition, something that you'll want to get a taste of, especially if you're a fan of European fare. The restaurant features an open kitchen decorated with brick walls and antique wooden floors. Signature tapas include seared foie gras on a bed of lentils, white asparagus with Serrano ham, and braised beef cheek. Visit this place during your stay at a Montreal Bed and Breakfast.