Le Bremner has been open since 2011 and its co-owner, chef Chuck Hughes, is a well-known TV personality. Chuck has also launched a few books and is often seen participating in events connected to Montreal’s ‘foodie’ scene. We love Chuck!
Following the undisputed success of his first restaurant, Garde Manger, this chef opened a second restaurant with his associates Mike Bukacheski, Tim Rozon and Kyle Marshall. Le Bremner’s location is somewhat aside from all the culinary competition in Vieux Montréal, and had mixed reviews in the early days, however, since Chuck’s friend – and talented chef – Danny Smiles took over the kitchen, it has quickly become a destination restaurant for dining. Le Bremner is a great restaurant and charms its patrons for a number of good reasons.
One of these charms is the unique atmosphere. It is not common to find a restaurant like Le Bremner in the basement of a building. There is no signage outside this St-Paul Street East building, yet when inside, the place is very welcoming and lively. The decor is rustic but you will also notice hints of humorous decor throughout the space, and the abundance of candles make it all feel particularly intimate. The locale seems to be full of people at all times, and the sound system plays catchy classic tunes throughout the evening which makes you feel relaxed. Everything put together makes for a very enjoyable experience, and you will likely find yourself planning your next visit before you even leave.
Like at so many other places, we find ourselves sitting at the bar where we get the full-on Le Bremner experience. This allows us to chat with chef Danny and the bartenders, who are super-busy and super-competent. If this isn’t for you, then there is always the cozy main dining area with its comfortable chairs and tables. The dining room offers around 40 seats, including a dozen at the bar and in the summer, the superb terrace holds another 20 people. This patio, one of Montreal’s most beautiful, was designed in part, by Zébulon Perron and is well-hidden in the back.
Le Bremner’s menu is concise and very well thought through. The dishes all have Italian influences as well as a touch of Middle Eastern flavours, and the ingredients used are as local as possible. The outcome is a combination of many creative flavours and aromas. These are not overly complicated dishes yet the quality of the products and the level of preparation (plus generous portions), result in very good and tasty food. If you are a fan of seafood, order one of the seafood dishes here, because they are renowned for being some of the best and freshest in the city… plus the care that is given to the presentation will not disappoint. We also love the pasta dishes inspired by Danny’s original recipes but don’t overlook their dessert offerings because they are also really worth ordering!
Co-owner Mike takes care of Le Bremner’s wine list that is mostly made up of private imports, ranging from $45 to over $400. There are many classics, but if you like, there are also several new, small and interesting labels to discover.
We love the intimate and festive atmosphere at Le Bremner. The quality of the food and the friendliness of the staff are also highly appreciated. This address is even featured on our list of the best restaurants for a ‘Boys Night’, as well our list of the best addresses for a Monday date night!