The first thing that catches the eye at Montreal’s Pullman is the large centerpiece – a wine grass chandelier. Quite a remarkable and clever design for wine bar.
While on first glance Pullman seems small and unassuming, it is largely due to the clever design of the space by Cabinet Braun-Braën. The restaurant is divided into small vignettes over its multilevel retro-futuristic expanse; Pullman is large enough to host 150 guests. All of whom are enjoying their lovely meals in tranquility!
The tapas menu is a simple check-box card to be filled in with the provided pencils; very practical and fun. The wine menu, however, is a bit overwhelming with more then 340 choices!
Pullman delights in all respects. I would say that the photos of the food do them justice. The dishes are as tasty as they are attractive!
A 52-meter long floating ferry, converted into a Scandinavian style spa by Sid Lee Architecture, on the St. Lawrence River provides perfect views of Moshe Safdie’s Habitat 67 and BuckyFuller’s geodesic dome; as well as a lovely place to grab a bit of hot and sun near old Montreal.
Go for a treatment, or simply take the Water Circuit – a three hour package that gives you access to saunas, steam room and the whirlpools, located on the third and fourth decks. If weather permits, you can also get nice lay-down outside for some sunbathing.
There is no photo taking and severely policed, no talking rules – you are constantly remained to be quiet. This is both nice and annoying depending on your state of mind & company! The restaurant is good enough with a health oriented menu. Interestingly enough, and quite intelligently, the price varies depending day and time.
The top floor Sauna is one of the most beautiful we have been to. It is spacious, with a panoramic view of old Montreal. Bota Bota is interesting place to explore and well worth a visit. You journey from the locker rooms – in the former engine room – up to the the therapy rooms on the next deck – along side some interesting resting areas, with hammocks reclining beds. Then as you climb you get to the aforementioned hot tubs and hotter saunas; culminating on the lovely roof deck. Even in winter – a great escape!
Open Hours: 7:30 am – 6:00pm Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 7:00pm Saturday 11:00 am – 5:00pm Sunday
The name De Farine Et D’Eau Fraiche translates to ‘Flour and Fresh Water’ and is an apt name for a lovely café located in the gay village of Montreal. The overall design is by studio Surface3 – including the branding, interior design, and custom furniture. Surface3 has synthesized a modern yet cozy vibe, by combining organic elements: distressed wood tables, with the logo tattooed on it’s surfaces, and hanging white gloss lathed table leg light fixtures. The use of general frieze molding as wall coverings continues the classic materials used in new ways.
Pastry chef Marilu Gunji is a queen of the aesthetics. All the cookies, cakes, pastries and candies are visually seductive. Everything is carefully displayed; the refrigerated cases with their vintage cake stands and on glass urns – with all the pretty pastries on coordinated doilies. The kitchen is open and visible to customers and adds to the impeccable feel.
The De Farine Et D’Eau Fraiche also serves crispy salads, savory soups and sandwiches. Most importantly, you can accompany your sweets with a good cup of coffee. Chef Marilu Gunji also creates just the cutest mini wedding cakes!
OPEN HOURS: 11:30 am – 3:00pm Monday – Friday 5:30 pm – 11:30pm Tuesday – Saturday
On one evening strolling through the charming streets of old Montreal, we had the luck of stumbling upon Accords. First the aromas filtering through the doors and windows pulled us in to to the street side menu. We were hooked upon reading the first item on the menu ‘The Fish That Came in From The Cold‘. As John Le Carre fans we just had to go in.
Accords is quite a beautiful restaurant, designed by Karim Zariffa. Who did the entire experience, including furniture and unique and experimental light fixtures resembling a chemistry lab.
The name of the restaurant ties right into their main theme of pairings. The menu offers you two pairings for each dish; either in Accord (agreement) as a classic pairing or in Dis-Accord (disagreement) in a nontraditional pairing. Accord is a place where the sommeliers – Philip Morisset and Lainie Taillefer – share center stage with executive chef Marc-André Lavergne and pastry chef Sayaka Omori. Applause are in order.
Our meal: QUÉBEC CHEESES PLATTER nuts, dried fruits and bread croutons paired with a primitivo lamie delle vigne 2009 THE FISH WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD* Stove mackerel, pickles, cucumber, dill, ratte potato chips and smoked mussels paired with Emilia «Notte Di Luna» 2010, Ca’ de Noci
Mushrooms cloud and ricotta raviolis, portobello, porcinis, shiitakes and wild mushrooms with paired Collio « San Lorenzo di Brazzano» 1999, I Clivi