Alain Ethier

Chef Concierge, Le St-Sulpice Hotel Montreal

  • Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Alain has more than 25 years of experience in the Montreal hotel industry and has been a member of Les Clefs d’Or Canada for 12 years. He is driven by his passion for Five-Star service and a strong desire to exceed guests’ expectations. Alain was chef concierge for six years at Le St-James and has been at Le St-Sulpice Montreal since 2009, where, as chef concierge, he has to try about 100 Montreal restaurants, attractions and events every year. Alain is the editor of Les Clefs d’Or Canada’s newsletter as well as the group’s blog manager and Facebook administrator.

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    What are the best Montreal food experiences?

    Lobster capuccino at Europea! Montreal is on most foodies’ list of cities to visit because of its French heritage of great food. Here are five must-do experiences if food is the purpose of your trip to Montreal:

    1- The tasting menu at Restaurant Europea A feast for all your senses as you are guided through this 10-course dinner which usually ends up being a 12 or 14 courses experience, depending on the inspiration du moment of their two celebrated chefs, Jérôme Ferrer and Patrice De Felice!

    Amazing delicacies are brought before you, each one in a different manner and with great creativity, by the professional and highly skilled staff. You will never see the same plate twice, as your food  will be displayed, once on a plate, a slate, a cone, under a glass bell, on a river rock, in a treasure chest, on a mini-clothesline along with mini-clothespins, in a crockpot on a bed of hay , on a stick, in a shell of clay that you will break with the provided hammer, even inside a book!

    2- Poutine: The now worldwide known dish was invented here, in the province of Quebec, and has recently evolved into a gourmet dish. First, there are the basic three ingredients: Fries, brown gravy and squeeky cheese curds. Then you have the modern gourmet versions that may include, pulled pork (My favorite!), foie gras, lobster, bacon, steak, General Tao chicken, chorizo, merguez and, of course, smoked meat! Coming up soon is Poutine Week in Montreal, from February 1st to 7th.

    For the classic, no-nonsense type, you may go to La Banquise, Patati-Patata, Lafleur, Paulo et Suzanne, Poutineville, La Cabane, Montreal Pool Room or any place known for great fries. For the gourmet or high-class poutine, you should try Au Pied de Cochon, Garde-Manger, Mechant Boeuf, Brouhaha or Frites Alors.

    3- Smoked Meat:  Montreal style smoked meat is cured in seasoning with cracked peppercorns and aromatic spices and much less sugar than the New York style Pastrami and it is made with brisket. The best delis pride themselves in serving traditional smoked meat, cured, smoked and sliced by hand. The smoked meat sandwich is served on rye bread with yellow mustard. The best and most authentic experience is found at Schwartz Deli, where there is a waiting line all day long and you are seated next to strangers, at long tables of 6 or 8 people. The classic order there is a smoked meat sandwich (Medium is strongly suggested but I prefer Lean), French fries, a dill pickle and a Black Cherry Coke! Some people will tell you that the best smoked meat is found at Main Deli, Reubens, Dunns or Briskets... and they may be right!

    4- Bagels: Again, there is a debate between Montrealers and Newyorkers about who has the best bagels. I’ll let you be the judge of that but the city is known for great tasting fresh bagels. Another age-old debate is about the best place to buy bagels: Fairmount or Saint-Viateur. Both of them are pick-up and go places where the hot bagels go directly from the huge open-fire wood-oven to your bag. Both are open 24 hours a day and have been there for ever! Saint-Viateur recently opened a café on Mont-Royal Avenue, where you can actually sit down and eat your bagels with a nice coffee.

    5- Jean-Talon and Atwater Farmer’s Markets: Open all year-round, 7 days a week, you will find amazingly fresh products from the Province of Quebec, brought to you directly from the farmers and producers themselves. Quebec maple syrup, ice ciders, Quebec cheeses, arrtisan sausages, fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices. Small shops cook traditional Quebec recipes with local products. It’s a great place for foodies to spend an afternoon of discoveries.
  • On September 9, 2013
    Alain Ethier posted:

    Congratulations to Rosewood Hotel Georgia who became the first and only Forbes Travel Guide's Five Star rated hotel in Canada!! Let's hope more hotels will achieve this level of excellence in the near future! To see the full list of Forbes Four and Five Star rated hotels, restaurants and spas: http://blog.forbestravelguide.com/the-2013-forbes-travel-guide-star-award-winners