Montreal’s biggest weekend is here, and while tourists and Grand-Prix goers will hit the streets during this four day madness, the after parties and industry dinners are likely where you’ll have the best time.
From newly opened hotspots to some of Montreal’s nightlife classics, here are the best places to dine, see and be seen during the F1 weekend.
The French bistro Licence IV will serve a special Grand Prix menu on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The menu will feature an “Alain Prost” seafood platter and a “Didier Pironi” cured meats platter at 125$ for two, which includes two flutes of champagne and an St-Honoré dessert. The restaurant will also be televising all the races.
Where: 1524, Notre-Dame W.
The chic Montreal restaurant of international star chef Daniel Boulud will be serving a high-end menu in a Grand Prix mayhem kind of night. Boulud is in town and will be cooking for the guests that were lucky enough to get a reservation at the hottest restaurant of the Grand Prix.
Where: Ritz-Carlton Montréal
For the hottest weekend of the year, the chic Asian restaurant Jatoba will serve a sharing style menu that includes tuna and beef takakis as well as maki rolls created by talented chef Olivier Vigneault. Located a few blocks away from busy Peel Street, Jatoba and its gorgeous terrace is the perfect hideaway during the Grand Prix frenzy.
Where: 1184 Place Phillips
Chef Guillaume Daly will prepare a “wildlife” menu to remain in the theme of F1 weekend. Grilled Wagyu Beef, AAA Beef T-Bone and a decadent seafood platter will be served at the underground supper club, located in the heart of the action. In addition, special out-of-town guest DJ’s will be playing from June 8th-11th, so you can enjoy your ‘wildlife’ menu in a fierce ambiance.
Where: 1106 De Maisonneuve Blvd.
The new chef at EAT, Stefan Gadit, will prepare a tasting menu centered on “madness”. The menu will feature a palate cleanser, an amuse-bouche, a 30-day dry aged beef topped with foie gras, and an “Alinea” inspired nitro ball dessert. The dinner is expected to lasts roughly two hours, so be ready! A six-course menu ($100 per person) as well as a six-course vegetarian menu ($75 per person) will be featured.
Where: 901, Square Victoria
Located in the center of the Peel street festivities, this casual address by the Ferreira Group will be serving a fresh & affordable menu for Grand-Prix goers. For this special occasion, the Portuguese brasserie will double their terrace capacity; so let’s pray for good weather in order to enjoy a Mediterranean tapas menu while people watching throughout the weekend.
Where: 1472, Peel St
Located underground, this Japanese supper club by renowned chef Antonio Park is the perfect place for a Grand Prix worthy night while enjoying great food and taking in the speakeasy vibe. Their Grand Prix menu will include: oysters, an extravaganza sashimi platter and a $150 “surf & turf” platter.
Where: 417, St-Pierre
With four locations on the island of Montreal, Les Enfants Terribles are following the lead of the Grand Prix pandemonium by offering a special menu all weekend long that includes a two-storey seafood tower, charcuterie platter, foie gras, and oysters. The Place Ville-Marie location is sure to be ultra busy therefore make sure to reserve in advance.
Where: 4 locations
The signature restaurant of the Montreal Casino just launched a brand new menu in addition to a newly open terrace that offers an unbelievable view of the racetrack. The “Experience” tasting menu created by Michelin star chef Joël Robuchon and executed by local chef Eric Gonzalez is 150$ per person. This very elegant high-end restaurant is the perfect location for a Grand Prix indulgence.
Where: 1, rue du Casino