Walking into the entrance way of the Maggie Oakes Brasserie in Old Montreal Quebec from our suite at the Hotel William Gray next door I knew that THIS was going to be my favourite restaurant during our visit to the city.
Read our hotel review: Hotel William Gray – An Upscale Boutique Hotel in Old Montreal Quebec.
My travelling companion laughed out loud at the sight of my eyes wide as saucers and my big grin as I stood there like a kid at a toy store, drooling over the glass room of dry aged beef — good eats were definitely on the menu!
The restaurant with elegant décor is large with a full-length bar on one side of the restaurant and a large outdoor patio at the main entrance facing Place Jacques-Cartier, both perfect spots for cocktails.
One especially eye-catching piece of décor is the living micro-green garden on the wall. We watched one of the chefs harvesting fresh greens one morning so it isn’t just for looks. Stunning and practical, if you have a green thumb, I think this would look stunning on the wall of a kitchen.
Now, back to the food, Maggie Oakes menu features fresh delights and adds some French classic twists to modern fare. As should be expected, grilled meats feature heavily but there is plenty from the garden for those who don’t eat red meat. There is also a raw bar with oysters, shrimp, crab, and lobster.
Here’s what we ate at the Maggie Oakes.
Maggie Oakes Brunch
– Two eggs, bacon, sausage, baked beans, roasted potatoes, creton, fresh fruit, toast and homemade jam.
– Definitely, try the French Canadian classic “creton”; freshly made in-house it’s a spiced pork blend that you spread on toast similar to liverwurst.
– Decadent and rich French toast – the bread is dipped in egg, grilled and topped with an egg, lobster, seared mushrooms and hollandaise sauce.
Maggie Oakes Dinner
– Beautifully presented on a wooden platter, Maggie Oakes charcuterie platter features prosciutto, soppressata, and copa
Rack of Lamb
– Perfectly grilled and served with sautéed kohlrabi, broccoli, green grapes, and a sumac sauce
– Served with red quinoa, acorn squash, sautéed green beans, fennel and sopressata salad
– Passion fruit crémeaux, mango, pineapple, lime and vanilla salsa
I highly recommend the charcuterie platter and of course, if you love red meat then this is the place to eat it since it’s one of their specialities. Portions are large (between 16-ounces and 32-ounces) and are perfect for sharing if you both love your meat cooked the same way.
Featuring AAA Canadian beef cuts, Maggie Oakes dry ages their beef in-house for a minimum of 35 days before grilling.
Unfortunately for us, I prefer my steak on the rare side, and my travelling companion prefers her steak well, so sharing a steak wouldn’t have worked out, and we opted to order individual selections from the menu. I wish they had smaller portions, but that’s okay. It just means that I need to return to Maggie Oakes again with husband Ray so that we can order the 32-ounce porterhouse steak for 2!
We dined at the Maggie Oakes for both breakfast and dinner and found the service and food to be top notch. The menu combines French Canadian classics with modern bistro flair and is a great upscale place to dine in Old Montreal Quebec.
Maggie Oakes Brasserie
426 Place Jacques-Cartier, Montréal, Québec
Have you dined at Maggie Oakes in Old Montreal? What did you have?
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