As a former Montreal Canadien and Mr. Morin, Brandon Prust spends more than his fair share of time in la belle province. Here, he shares some of his favourite spots. Over to you, Brandon!
Sarto makes the best suits I’ve ever worn and for that reason they make up 75% of my suit closet—including my wedding tux.
I met Mark Patrick, the founder of Sartorialto, when I first came to Montreal in 2012. He designed two suits for me and after I put them on, no other suit ever felt the same. Not only does he put the best colours and patterns together but the suits are tailored to perfection. Nothing compares! Whenever I wear one of my many Sarto suits, I always get compliments. Which is the best part of wearing a suit, right?
Whether you’re looking for a winter cashmere wool suit or light linen for summer, they’ve got you. The next time you’re in the market for a new suit, you may as well get the best. Mark will take great care of you and make you the best-looking and most comfortable suit you ever put on.
Chuck Hughes and Danny Smiles are my two favourite Quebec chefs (possibly worldwide chefs!) and this is their joint. The feel, look and vibe are amazing. The staff is incredible. The drinks are delicious. The food is up there with the best, if not the best in the city.
Keep in mind that the menu is dominated by seafood, which works for me as I am a seafood lover. Some of my favourite mains are the hot lobster sandwich or the walleye with artichoke and rapini. The oysters are always fresh and served with a variety of tasty sauces. The scallops are also a must!
Finally, even if you think you’re full, order the pancakes for dessert. There is no dessert I look forward to more than the pancakes at Le Bremner. Trust me, you will leave very happy.
My friends Nick and Joe impress with a fun, friendly and intimate establishment. They really know how to work the room, and there’s never a dull moment when these guys are taking care of you.
And then there’s chef Ari, another one of my favourites. I actually don’t even look at the menu anymore: I just tell him to surprise me. One thing that I have to have, however, is the octopus appetizer, which is braised in red wine and finished on the grill. Nobody can make it as good as he can!
For a main, try the shrimp risotto. The veal osso buco is also to die for, as is the pork. Then there’s always the special, which always changes but is always good, plus a dessert that also changes with the seasons.
Can you tell that I really, really love this spot? If you’re ever in Montreal’s Plateau neighbourhood, check it out and tell them Brandon sent you. I’m sure you’ll get a shot of Jameson!
This tequila and mescal bar is brand new and one that I recently discovered. The first thing I thought when I walked in was that I was walking into a New York City speakeasy. You enter in thru Boho Bar in Old Montreal and over to the side there is a black secured door.
Walking downstairs I was actually blown away by it all. It was nothing I’ve ever seen before in Montreal. It’s pretty small and very intimate with a unique, Mexican-influenced decor.
Now, onto the drinks. I’m a fan of nice tequila and mescal so I was very clearly in the right spot: They have almost 100 bottles, so lots to choose from! If you don’t know where to start, try the tasting menu that lets you sample three types.
If you’re feeling adventurous, the dehydrated grasshoppers and ants are very tasty. Yes, really. And rumour has it they may be getting some dehydrated scorpions coming soon as well. I look forward to trying those, too!