Co-owned by Morris and Kabir Kapoor; Restaurant Pastel is one of the hottest spots in Old Town Montréal serving complex and layered dishes that are sure to impress.
Walking into the space you’re greeted immediately by the open space kitchen with a complete view of the staff likened to a theater performance while you watch preparations and plating. You can sit right at the bar and view into the kitchen and catch all the action or you can head to the back dining room.
The dishes are aesthetically pleasing and interesting sometimes giving you a moment to think about what you’re eating and what flavors you might be pairing together on your plate. Although some of the flavors may be considered simple you will be certain to experience it in a different way with many dishes being served in a deconstructed fashion.
Some photos courtesy of Restaurant Pastel.
What I Ate:
Scallop served in a reduction
Rib Eye served with squash and bone marrow
Vanilla Ice Cream with pastel chocolates (complimentary for my birthday)
Quince with granita
Head Chef Louis Deligianis brings an impressive background and experience to Restaurant Pastel. Previously having worked at the renowned St. John (ranked in the World’s 100 Best Restaurants) before he returned to Montreal to work at the infamous Joe Beef. He was also an instrumental part of the creation of the menu and opening at Restaurant Pastel.
They offer/ an ever-changing menu dependent on the season and local offerings and you can choose between the 9-course tasting menu ($120) or a 3-course menu ($59) with the option to add a wine pairing ($80). My friend and I opted for the 3-course menu as we had just arrived in Montréal and planned to go to another spot after dinner (unfortunately I can only fit so much food in my stomach at a time!).
Pro Tip: Do not skip the bread in the beginning or the chocolates at the end. To.die.for.
Restaurant Pastel prides itself on the customer experience by creating and cultivating personal connections and I have to say, this is what impressed me about the restaurant the most. From the hostess, to the kitchen staff to our serve they made a point to get to know us as guests. Even down to letting us come back and buy chocolates before they were even open for the day we were greeted with smiling faces and kindness. I’d definitely go back and order just as many desserts!