|Deep in the heart of Old Montreal lies a romantically elegant restaurant known as Chez Queux. As though stepping back in time, perhaps to 1862 when it was built. Velvet curtains, crimson carpeting, high wooden beamed ceilings and archways, stone walls and old candle lit chandeliers, we sit in high back velvet chairs warmed by an open fireplace listening to gentle live piano music. The tables are adorned with fresh orchids, crystal and sterling candlesticks, glassware and polished silver.
We begin with a glass of Pinot des Charentes and are offered a small plate of smoked Mackerel canapés garnished with thin slices of orange and grapefruit. Our taste buds are enticed as we peruse the menu and choose from both the à la carte and table d'hôte sections. We begin with goose rillet pâté surrounded by a swirl of caramelized pear, pistachio and pine nuts. My guest orders the sweetbreads atop an endive salad with bits of orange and truffle oil, divine! Our Maitre d'hôtel Mr. Koubaa suggests a glass of Sancerre, a wonderful white wine to accompany our chosen entrées.
Chez Queux offers a wine list of 300 labels and has won the Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator since 1996.
Grilled Arctic Char in lobster tarragon and caviar cream sauce is served with seared scallops wrapped in sea lettuce and lightly sautéed vegetables. Our second choice, the Filet Mignon and Shrimp flambéed in whisky, is prepared at our table. The tender filet and subtle flavour of creamed whisky sauce covering the shrimp is exquisite. Our wonderfully attentive waiter and table chef Leon suggests a glass of Macon la Roche Vineuse (a white wine) to accompany the grilled char and a Chateau Ramafort (Medoc) for the filet mignon and shrimp, both superb choices.
Chez Queux has several possibilities for dishes prepared at your table including Chateaubriand for two. It is recommended to try one of these while you are here.
For dessert we chose crème brulée and sorbet.
The well-informed staff is very helpful and make it a wonderful dining experience. There are several rooms available for intimate or large gatherings. Reservations are recommended.