It’s common knowledge that Montreal has more than a few world-class restaurants, which is reaffirmed time and time again by critic’s and publication’s Top 100, Top 50, and even Top 10 lists every year. But it’s sometimes even more rewarding to be honoured by those who aren’t obligated to give their feedback, but do so because they genuinely enjoyed themselves at one of our city’s fine establishments.
Well, it looks like the people have spoken, and they’ve once again placed a Montreal eatery amongst the world’s best. The results of TripAdvisor’s annual Travelers’ Choice Awards for 2015 have been announced, and downtown Montreal’s Restaurant Europea (1227 rue de la Montagne) has been named #2 on their list of top 25 eateries from around the globe.
“A masterpiece. Four hours of food, wine, creative food presentation, great atmosphere and a dining experience we will always remember.” — TripAdvisor review
As CTV News reports: “The awards are based on the millions of reviews the site receives from travelers worldwide, using an algorithm that takes into account the quantity and quality of feedback gathered over a 12-month period.” Meaning that, to the best of their abilities, this is pretty much the People’s Choice Award of the restaurant world. And considering how frustrating/nerve racking it probably can be to pander to food critics, it must be nice to hear from everyday customers for a change!
Europea, led by celebrated chef Jérôme Ferrer, offers “inventive French plates & tasting menus in an urbane townhouse setting.” First opened in 2002, the upscale three-storey restaurant has since made a name for itself as an elegant, reliable place for locals and tourists alike to dine.
Here’s who made TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice Awards Top 10:
- Martin Berasategui – Lasarte, Spain
- Europea – Montreal, Canada
- Maison Lameloise – Chagny, France
- Adam’s – Birmingham, England
- Restaurant Sat Bains – Nottingham, England
- Geranium – Copenhagen, Denmark
- PIC – Valence, France
- NARISAWA – Minato, Japan
- Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons – Great Milton, England
- Epicure – Paris, France