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Montrealers can be wary of celebrity chefs, but Daniel Boulud’s Maison Boulud has received a warm welcome from this foodie city. Located in The Ritz-Carlton Montreal, which reopened after a $200 million renovation in 2012, Boulud leaves his contemporary market-fresh menu in the very capable hands of executive chef Riccardo Bertolino, who is in almost daily contact with Boulud. Far from intimidating, the upscale restaurant manages to create a beautiful balance between luxury and comfort. You’re just as likely to find local artists and fashionistas gossiping over lunch as wealthy businessmen making million-dollar deals over dinner. And is there anywhere more romantic than dining beside The Ritz’s famous duck pond?

The menu itself is inspired by Boulud’s European background with the boldness of his famed New York City location merged with the panache of Montreal. Expect high-end ingredients prepared with creativity and a touch of whimsy (dive into the DBGB Burger with rillons, Morbier cheese, arugula, tomato compote and, of course, served with crisp fries). Diners can order à la carte, choose from the seasonally inspired daily menu that features locally sourced ingredients or put their meal in the hands of chef Bertolino’s five-course tasting menu. You can also choose your preferred atmosphere, from the sunlit greenhouse to the cozy private booths. Either way, be sure to order dessert. No one tastes the Chocolate Coulant with liquid caramel, Fleur de Sel and caramelized milk ice cream without raving about it for weeks.

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