three great places - Montreal

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Montreal has more restaurants per capita than any other city in North America. From high-end French restaurants to authentic ethnic fare, when it comes to eating out, Montreal does it best.


Damas Syrian Cuisine

Damas is definitely one of the best Middle Eastern restaurants in Montreal. The Arabic-inspired décor, rich with oriental tapestries and intricate motifs, transports you instantly to an exotic, faraway land.

The varied menu includes classic and traditional hot and cold mezes and grilled meats. The fattoush salad, with crispy pita bread, tangy sumac, and sweet pomegranate seeds, is seasoned with a delicious pomegranate molasses dressing and is an absolute must-have.

Damas also offers a few rare Syrian specialities, such as cherry kebabs, freekeh and fattet makdous, which is one of my favourite dishes to order. End your meal with a rose-water-scented halawet el-jebn, a cheese and semolina roll stuffed with cream and topped with pistachios.


Icehouse is one of those fun restaurants that you want to keep going back to again and again. Judging by the nightly queue, I’m obviously not the only one to think so.

In the summer, the lovely terrace is especially coveted by Montrealers seeking dinner under the stars on a warm night. This little gem with a big attitude, by Texas-born chef Nick Hodge, is an absolute favourite when it comes to comfort food. With items such as fish tacos, fried chicken, home-made barbecue chips and lobster burritos on the menu, the food is as fun as it is delicious.

This is the kind of place where eating with your hands and licking your fingers is encouraged. Don’t miss out on the chicken-fried peach pie à la mode for dessert.

Les 400 coups

Les 400 Coups’ dream team – made up of chef Marc-André Jetté, pastry chef Patrice Demers, and sommelier Marie-Josée Beaudouin – has been delivering some of Montreal’s most creative dishes for the past two years. The swanky Old Montreal spot’s dark and chic décor is contrasted at the rear by the brightly lit window from which you can watch the kitchen team in action. Les 400 Coups’ season-driven fine cuisine focuses on fresh flavours and local produce, executed with a flawless technique. For a complete gastronomic experience, the five-course tasting menu showcases the team’s talent and beautifully plated creations. Marie-Josée’s wine pairings are always inspired and will make the experience even more unforgettable. Patrice Demers’ desserts have earned a well-deserved reputation as the best in town.

Montreal, Canada
Distance: 10,414 km
Flight Time: 13 hours, 40 mins
Frequency: 3 flights a week

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