May 19, 2010

Top restaurateurs Normand Laprise and Carlos Ferreira open new places in Montreal

By Alexandra Forbes

It's no secret to Montrealers that there's been lots and lots of construction going on at the Quartier des Spectacles, the area where most of the city's festivals take place. The crews have been working for a long time, and many streets have been blocked to traffic, so I was very glad to find out that all the disruption will result in a few great additions to the public entertainment complex.

Among them, restaurants run by two of Montréal's top restaurateurs: chef Normand Laprise (Toqué) and Carlos Ferreira (Ferreira Café, Vasco da Gama), who held a joint press conference this week to announce the news:

I haven't received any info on Laprise's restaurant yet (which is still unnamed), but I really like the concept of Ferreira's new place. 

The F Bar will be a Portuguese brasserie, with 50 seats indoors and another 70 outdoors. Specializing in stews served in cute little cataplanas (copper casseroles), which Ferreira himself is buying in Portugal and bringing back to Montreal, its kitchen will be run by executive chef Gilles Herzog, voted  Meilleur Ouvrier de France (France’s Best of Trade) in 1995.

Judging by how popular the flagship Ferreira Café is, it won't surprise me if this becomes another instant hit....

Both restaurants are slated to open in June.

F Bar, 1458 Jeanne-Mance

Ferreira Café, 1446 Peel, tel. 514-848-0988

Vasco da Gama,
1472 Peel, tel. 514-286-2688

The Quartier des Spectacles is delineated by City Councillors Street, Saint-Hubert Street, Sherbrooke Street, and René-Lévesque Boulevard and takes up 1 square kilometer. It encompasses 80 cultural venues, totalling 28,000 seats. 

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