Chef Claude Pelletier and maître d' Hubert Marsolais are the dynamic duo behind le Club Chasse et Peche, the venerable vieux port restaurant that serves market French cuisine in dimly lit surroundings. A favourite with the smoother sort of businessmen and “a must” for all Montreal foodies, the crowd here tends to be slick, sophisticated, and serious about food.
Although the menu is almost always in transition, make sure to try the classics; the scallops, risotto, and of course, the “chasse et peche” come highly recommended. Also, if you’re dining in the summer, try their terrasse, tucked in behind the Château Ramezay just across the street. With gorgeous garden views and a surreal sense of seclusion, you’ll quickly be transformed to what feels like a luxury dining experience in the heart of France. (Since last summer, dining at Le Club’s Terrasse has brought back fond recollections of my stay with family at the Chateau de Noizay in Loire Valley, which is funny, as I recently read a comparison of Chasse et Peche's Terrasse to another French Relais & Chateaux property, Le Vieux Logis).
Le Club Chasse et Peche has gained quite the reputation for excellent food with locals as well as foreigners, so make sure to book well in advance.
Le Club Chasse et Peche | 423 St Claude (near Bonsecours Market on Rue St. Paul E) | Montréal, QC, H2Y 3B6 |