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JOE BEEF, Montreal, Quebec
Chefs/owners: David McMillan and Frédéric Morin
Website: www.joebeef.ca. Cuisine: Steak, Seafood, French
Telephone: 514-935-6504. Twitter/Instagram: @joebeef
2015 Rank: 2; 2014 Rank: 10; 2013 Rank: 1; 2012 Rank: 3
Price Range: $31-$50 for main courses.
You Must Order: Anything and everything — even if it says it’s made with SPAM. But if the Double Down foie gras is on the menu, go for it.
Need to Know … from Ross Munro of PEI Culinary Adventures: “I literally have been going here since it opened. Every time I go it’s the same but completely f'in different. No pretensions, just honest hard work in one of the smallest fucking kitchens in the world! A wine list that is David McMillan's heartbeat. Fred's food ... it's classic, it's modern, it's jovial, it’s reflective of another time some nights. They kill it day in and day out!”
Vacay.ca and Top Restaurants in Canada Founder Adrian Brijbassi says: “Joe Beef is perfect because it embraces imperfection. A gravel parking lot in the backyard? So what, it makes a great place for a barbecue grill. A tangly garden in the way? Put a table in the middle of it. The dishes are incredible, the service is immaculate and the wines are stellar. But what makes Fred Morin and Dave McMillan's place a must-dine in North America is the absolute lack of pretentiousness. This is Fred and Dave, and their place is so brilliant and so important that Joe Beef can now be considered a Canadian dining legend.”
Fine-dining aficionado Ken Jerrett says: “It is all about the sensory experience of eating. Nothing is spared in the quest for a great dish. The staff all know the menu and the wines to match. The wine list, particularly the selection of Burgundy, is for those who wish to drink wine rather than simply brag about it.”
Food writer Taryn Hearn says: “Joe Beef takes quality ingredients and makes great food. It's about great taste, quality wine and great service. In the middle of every meal there, I pause to think about the flavours, calories and quantity of food ... and I dig in again. The atmosphere is wonderful because everyone is happy. That's a great place to be.”