The new and delicious destination for seafood lovers that will definitely make it to your 2023 foodie bucket list.
Seafood lovers now have a new gourmet address to visit in the Old Port. It is the lobster bar Pincette, which occupies the premises of 94, Saint-Paul Street East. The warm decor with light touches of blue and gold, along with wood accents, automatically transports us to the seaside and creates the perfect atmosphere for the feast to come.
Inspired by Montreal’s dynamic culinary scene, Pincette‘s irresistible menu will satisfy the tastes and cravings of local and international lobster lovers. Executive Chef Khelil Ben Ammar is there to lead the team after his stint at Hotel Nelligan.
Bringing a modern twist to timeless classics, Pincette’s offers everything from lobster poutine, lobster skewers, lobster mac & cheese and the classic lobster guédilles, which is Pincette’s signature dish. This Old Montreal’s hot spot that will most definitely find a sport on your foodie bucket list for 2023 also offers a full raw bar, and a variety of delicious seafood dishes including clam chowder with focaccia croutons, mahi mahi tacos and clam linguini.
On the drinks side, organic and natural wines are featured, as well as all sorts of tasty cocktails. The Don Paloma and the Aperol Spritz (a now classic that no one seems to be able to escape) are particularly good, and we can’t forget the Bloody Pincette, which is topped with a snow crab leg and is as delicious as it is a show stopper. Honestly, the Bloody is so filling by itself that it could serve as an appetizer on its own, but that would be depriving you of the delicious options available to you.
To start your night, we strongly suggest you try their octopus dish served with a shaving of dried egg yolk, a popular Asian way to serve this delicacy. The lobster risotto is our favorite meal on the menu. Luscious and creamy, it comes with a generous portion of buttery lobster tail. Not feeling it? Go for the seared scallops served with Brussel sprouts, saffron panacotta and black mullet caviar. As decadent as it sounds.
Looking to indulte in a classic? Try their lobster roll, that can also be offered with a gluten free bun. It is without the doubt one of the best we had the chance to try in Montreal. The presentation and extra salad with French Fries is a must.
As for the people who frequent the restaurant, we noticed several groups that seemed in their late twenties celebrating in a festive (but not too loud) atmosphere, along with a few couples and tourists.
The staff was dedicated and friendly, adding to the overall experience and automatically putting us at ease, especially when came the time to ask for their wine pairing recommandation.
For those with a sweet tooth, make sure to indulge in their homemade cheesecake before leaving. But hey, it’s ok if you are not hungry since you’ll definitely want to come back as soon as you can to enjoy a true feast in the heart of Old Montreal.
94 Rue Saint-Paul E, Montréal, QC H2Y 1G6
Monday to Friday, 8 AM to 10 PM
Around $40 by person
No dress code (but if you drop our name, dress WELL ;)
Click here to book your table.
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