Maison Publique - Where Chefs Eat in Montreal when Welsh Rarebit and an all Canadian wine list seems like a good thing
This Jamie Oliver backed pub is a popular weekend brunch spot for local hipsters and Brit-food fans alike
Jamie Oliver's tentacles spread far and wide - far beyond the UK certainly, as the food-loving, Maison Publique-visiting residents of Montreal might tell you.
This neighbourhood pub-restaurant’s British connections stretch beyond its slicked-up boozer aesthetic - it’s backed by Oliver and the gutsy menu is very much the work of local chef-owner Derek Dammann who is a Jamie Oliver alumnus.
As the latest edition of our global restaurant guide Where Chefs Eat reveals, "His love of seasonal gastropub cooking is evident in the likes of Welsh rarebit, Charlevoix pork with salsa verde, and fried rabbit.
There’s an all-Canadian wine list, a line-up of ciders, and a popular weekend brunch featuring an English breakfast loaded with blood pudding, bone marrow, and pork chops - variety meats (offal) is a specialty here. Maison Publique (geddit?) doesn’t take reservations, so pitch up and grab a seat at the long counter where you can watch the chefs at work.
Chef John Horne recommends it for breakfast and brunch in the latest edition of our global restaurant guide, Where Chefs Eat, praising its “really good, simple, brunch classics, executed well, with a French, West Coast feel."
Maison Publique is just one of 4500 recommendations in our new guide on where to eat around the world from 650 chefs who make it their business to know what to eat where. And while the cover has changed, the idea behind Where Chefs Eat is exactly the same as it was when we published the very first edition back in 2012.
The premise is that the modern chef is a fantastic source of guaranteed good meal recommendations, from humble holes-in-the-wall - to the most luxurious places around - and every dining experience inbetween the two. And this time there are a third more recommendations than ever before.
So whether you desire just a late-night snack from a burger van, a 400-year-old clam in an art-filled restaurant or a fabulously fashionable start to the day, you’ll find it in Where Chefs Eat. 570 destinations. 70 countries. Across six continents. It's no idle boast to say that this edition has the most wide-ranging and eclectic set of listings we’ve ever researched and published.
We’re only focusing on one restaurant per city in our Phaidon.com series but the book contains countless recommendations in each city around the world. We’ve also launched an app for this third edition which features all the places in the book in an on the go format for when you’re out and about. Head into the store and snap up your guide to great eating now. And if you pre-order here you'll get the app free - but for a limited time only.