Traditional Christmas dining in Montreal

The holidays are approaching, and so is the desire to dine out to celebrate the season. Here are some suggestions for restaurants that will make your mouth water, whether you are the traditional type or more of the "reinvented" traditional type.

Restaurant au Pied De Cochon

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536, av Duluth E, Montréal, QC H2L 1A9

This holiday season, chef Martin Picard serves his traditional pig feet stew, pie and other holiday delicacies. Le Pied de Cochon truck will serve traditional dishes – some with a spin - during the Christmas Market at la Place des Festivals. They’ll also serve meatball stew poutine, pie dumplings and Christmas sausage croissants, not to mention the best pie in town, in my opinion!

La Binerie Mont-Royal

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367, av du Mont-Royal E, Montréal, QC H2T 1R1

The famous Binerie of Mont-Royal Avenue is a veritable Montreal institution whose popularity has grown thanks to the film based on the novel Le Matou by Yves Beauchemin. Come by for a traditional Christmas meal including the anticipated turkey served with stuffing, meat pie and other trimmings.

Le Montréalais Bistrot-Bar

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900 boul René-Lévesque O, Montréal, QC H3B 4A5

At this restaurant located inside the hôtel Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth, the chef honours classic holiday food traditions by offering us seared turkey breast with cranberry chutney enhanced with a lightly reduced jus, beef Wellington and the traditional Yule Log. They also offer brunch, tea with Père Noël and take-away service!

Europea Administration

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1065 RUE DE LA MONTAGNE, Montreal, QC H3G 0B9

Europea offers take-away items for the holidays: meatball stew from my childhood, deer stew braised in red wine, homemade duck confit and Europea pie. The restaurant's truck will be at la Place des festivals during the Christmas market and will serve hot chocolate old Liegeois style as well as blueberry pancakes with sugar and cream sauce, poutine with port wine and cranberry gravy, lobster cappuccino and truffle purée.

Osco!

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360 rue Saint-Antoine O, Montréal, QC H2Y 3X4

At Osco, the restaurant brought to us by the Hôtel Intercontinental, chef Mathieu Saunier acknowledges holiday festivities by offering the perfect foie gras in cranberry jelly, elk tartare with cranberries, turkey confit, quince and tomato ketchup, and gingerbread.

Renoir

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1155, rue Sherbrooke O, Montréal, QC H3A 2N3

At Renoir, part of the hôtel Sofitel Le Carré Doré, chef Olivier Perret has prepared a festive menu for the month of December - including the 24th and 25th – that includes a gingerbread granité that greatly intrigues me. You can also enjoy stuffed quail and the traditional Yule Log. Holiday season brunches are offered à la carte on the 25th and 26th of December and buffet-style on the 27th.

Maison Boulud

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1228 Sherbrooke St West, Montreal, QC H3G 1H6

At the Maison Boulud at the Ritz Carlton, executive chef Riccardo Bertolino has opted for an Italian-oriented Christmas, offering turkey stuffed with chestnuts and foie gras, tortellini in a parmesan broth and black truffles. There will still be a Yule Log for dessert!

Restaurant Laloux

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250, av des Pins E, Montréal, QC H2W 1P3

Chef Jonathan Lapierre-Rehayem revisits the Christmas classics by offering, among other items, Boileau deer, wild cranberry gel (think cranberry’s cousin), field peas, chanterelle mushrooms in crispy tubes and honey mushrooms!

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