Looking to enjoy a gourmet experience during the annual Montreal en lumière festival of high lights? Well, between February 15 and March 5, happy hours at LLOYD –the restaurant inside the Montreal Marriott Chateau Champlain hotel– will reveal champagne-making secrets with savoury and sweet appetizers for a perfect match.
The 3-week event will take place from Thursday to Saturday, from 5 PM to 7 PM. The offer includes 2 glasses of Deutz champagne with 5 savoury bites and 5 sweet bites.
But have you heard the good news? As part of a major renovation completed two years ago, the Montreal Marriott Chateau Champlain hotel, located in the heart of downtown, took the opportunity to refurbish its restaurant.
So new chef, new decor, new menu and new name. Lloyd is the perfect place to eat before a hockey game or a music show with its direct underground access to the Bonaventure station and the Bell Centre.
The 200-seat restaurant-bar, which includes a 60-seat private room, was named after architect Frank Lloyd Wright, who inspired architect Roger D’Astous to design the iconic hotel in 1967.
The space is divided into three sections: a lounge, a communal space with large convivial tables and a more formal dining room. You can move from one section to another during the evening to change atmosphere. The three spaces create a nice dynamic that makes the restaurant perfect for any occasion.
In continuity with the design of the hotel entrusted to Sid Lee Architecture, the decor of the Lloyd reveals the same soothing Scandinavian spirit and a hushed atmosphere with a touch of mid-century inspiration.
The space is soft and bright with light woodwork and a false skylight that simulates natural light that changes throughout the day. Rich color accents make the space warm and inviting.
Beautiful half-moon banquettes are nestled in alcoves to nod to the rounded shape of the hotel’s windows and allow you to enjoy a meal in peace.
Lloyd offers its clientele a unique culinary experience thanks to the originality of the creations of the executive chef and the pastry chef, which are off the beaten path.
Executive Chef Kevin Mougin, originally from Brittany, France’s northwesternmost region, was inspired by the unique flora and fauna of Quebec and its impressive variety of fresh products. Quebec’s local products are honoured as much as possible.
Straight from French Polynesia, the chef’s menu is tinged with his exotic influences, with dishes such as the vanilla shrimp tartar with exotic fruit gazpacho or the pressed foie gras with Tahitian chutney. More classic dishes, such as the greedy burger with caramelized onions and organic Comtomme cheese from Quebec, will please all palates.
The lunch menu changes weekly according to seasonal products and the chef’s inspiration, and breakfast is offered as a buffet ($28/person) or à la carte, including a decadent avocado tartine on country bread with fresh tomato brunoise and poached egg or the egg Benedict with blood orange and ratte potatoes.
The desserts made by pastry chef Sylvain Vivier, who studied with the best master pastry chefs in France, will leave no one indifferent. Whether it be the Pistachio or the Temptation or the delicious milk foam chocolate cake, even those who do not have a sweet tooth will be charmed.
The wine list was developed by Claude Laporte, a talented young sommelier who graduated from the ITHQ and worked in France as the first female sommelier at the three-star Michelins restaurant Le Bois sans Feuilles. The restaurant also has mixologists for a complete gourmet experience.
Here is what you need to know about Lloyd’s Montreal en Lumière Happy Hours
Date: Between Wednesday, February 15 and Sunday, March 5
Happy Hours: Thursday to Saturday, from 5 PM to 7 PM
Location: 1050 Rue De La Gauchetière O, Montréal, QC H3B 4C9
Dress Code: Casual
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