By MARCELLA DEVINCENZO
When it comes to wooing that special someone or charming the love of your life, there are many marvelous places to choose from in Montreal. Here is a sample of the city’s romantic restaurants that will surely spice up your evening.
The owners of this quaint restaurant in the Plateau area must have had romance in mind when they created their menu. Every carefully envisioned dish is made specifically for two and is perfect for sharing. The juicy and tender Angus beef dish with Béarnaise sauce is a must.
This Vieux-Montreal restaurant is truly marvelous, beginning with the extravagant entrance with its large sculptures and impressive stone wall. Each dining room is different: bright red stools line the bar in one area and long communal type tables fill another room. Chef Eric Gonzalez creates masterpiece dishes and the impressive fireplace adds comfort and coziness to a wonderful evening.
There’s no need to book a flight to Europe, this bistro has Paris charm in the heart of Montreal, with its long narrow space and many tables just for two. The tartars are fabulous and the fries are some of the best in the city. Start your romantic evening by sharing the excellent artichoke appetizer accompanied with seasoned mayo dip.
For a fancier evening, Ferreira Café is where you need to go. The haute nouveau-Portuguese restaurant in the downtown core is warm and elegant, and serves extraordinary fish dishes, such as the seafood bouillabaisse. For a sweet ending, try the traditional pasteis de nata, or custard tarts, with a side of caramel ice cream.
This dim sum restaurant (map) is perfect if you want to keep things low-key. Each of the endless, made-for-sharing options on the menu is made with love. What better way to stare deep into someone’s eyes than over a bamboo steamer filled with soup-filled dumpling and other delicious pockets of goodness?
Rich, dark furniture, Baroque-style flourishes, brick walls and warm candlelight create a seductive mood at Barroco in Old Montreal. The menu is comprised of meat (beef short ribs and bison tartar), fish (ricotta-and-truffle-stuffed sea bream with a lobster Bordelaise sauce), and house-made pasta. The wines, small-quantity imports, are something special.
Café Via Dante
This charming, family-run Little Italy restaurant has got the perfect romantic evening down to a science. From the time you arrive until your last bite of tiramisu, you’re treated like royalty. Classic Italian music in the background sets the mood, and every item on the menu—the signature stuffed gnocchi and the octopus salad to mention two—is delicious.