Renowned chef opens fine-dining brasserie inside new Four Seasons Hotel Montreal

Jun 26 2019, 8:51 pm

As a city prone to the extreme of all four seasons, it’s only fitting that a luxurious new Four Seasons Hotel popped up in downtown Montreal.

Located inside the shnazy new hotel is MARCUS, the newest restaurant from award-winning Ethiopian chef Marcus Samuelsson.

The fine-dining spot, besides being right smack in the middle of downtown, focuses on local seafood prepared with seasonal vegetables and fresh flavours. Spearheaded by Samuelsson, the teams leading the dining room and kitchen “pair their passion and precision to offer guests memorable and delicious experiences.”

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MARCUS is split between a bright open concept dining room with 200 seats, a sparkling terrace that overlooks Crescent Street, and a 130-seat lounge/bar section.

 

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Samuelsson was born in Ethiopia and raised in Sweden. His culinary reputation was launched in New York City through his Michelin-starred Scandinavian spot called Aquavit and his Harlem spot, Red Rooster, which he owns.

“Montreal has an incredible food scene, which is something that attracted me very much,” he tells Daily Hive. “I have a lot of respect for the chefs here, that have now become my friends. Montreal reminds me of home for many reasons, such as the cooking techniques, like preserving, smoking, and pickling, or even the climate, which is similar to Sweden.”

 

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Designed by ZĂ©bulon Perron (of Montreal Plaza fame), MARCUS was styled after “the great mom and pop shops and restaurants” around the city, as per Samuelsson.

“There are so many great restaurants in Montreal, both that the world outside of the city knows about, but also the great mom and pop shops and restaurants that the locals know about but maybe not the tourists,” continued Samuelsson. “To find a space in the market in between all that is really something we had to think long and hard about, especially because it’s such a great hospitality community.”

Chef Samuelsson concluded that MARCUS focuses on “seafood, a lighter cuisine with a grill, and an open kitchen” to bring back some of “the theatre into dining.”

 

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The restaurant is open every day from 6:30 am to 10:30 am for breakfast, 11:30 am to 3 pm for lunch and 5:30 pm to 11 pm for dinner. The adjacent bar/lounge is open from 9:30 am to 2 am from Sunday through Wednesday and stays open until 3 am on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.

MARCUS prides itself on offering its guests everything from “power breakfasts” to late-night cocktails and everything in between.

Visit the restaurant’s website for more details, full menu, and reservations.