Le Richmond has been known to be one of the hottest restaurants in Montreal since its inception in 2013. It earned this status for two reasons: first and foremost, they offer delicious and fresh cuisine inspired by Northern Italy; second, this swanky industrial space is the place to be and be seen.
The duo behind Le Richmond, Luc Laroche and Paul Soucie, decided to further develop their venture when a 6000 sqf location became vacant adjacent to their restaurant. The two jumped on the opportunity to bring residents of Griffintown and customers alike a new gourmand experience with the launch of Le Richmond Marché Italien; a unique concept that seamlessly combines a market and bistro under one roof.
This gourmet market carries over 2000 imported and local products including those that Le Richmond uses to prepare their savoury dishes next door. At last, customers are given access to Le Richmond’s Italian pantry and the chance to purchase quality ingredients to create signature dishes in their very own kitchen.
In the center of the market are two tall glass cellars: one keeping the privately imported wines chilled and the other maintaining the freshness of the various selections of charcuteries and cheeses. Alongside these cellars are vibrant and bountiful prêt-a-porter food counters completed with ready-made meals for those who want to leave it to Le Richmond experts. This market-bistro hybrid is also the perfect place to grab a bite, or simply enjoy a glass of imported wine while munching on an antipasto platter (because drinking on an empty stomach is a definite no-no!).
At the tasting event, our palates were thanking us for indulging in the many morsels of goodness offered on the bistro menu. We began with antipastos including fresh mozzarella di bufala on a bed of juicy heirloom tomatoes and moist meatballs topped with grated Parmesan cheese. We then moved onto the primi section of the menu tasting, some of the most appetizing dishes including mouthwatering eggplant and smoked trout served with fingerling potatoes, crunchy string beans, and crisped bits of bread to scoop it all up. The secondi option followed with an ooey-gooey three-cheese truffle mac n cheese and very tasty and tender porchetta complemented by rapini sautéed to perfection.
Skimping on our meal to leave room for dessert was not an option when dishes this good kept coming our way (and saying no to dessert is not part of our dinning etiquette), so we took a little break to digest. Finally, our gourmet Italian meal was perfectly completed with an espresso and platter of traditional goodies: three mini cannoli (ricotta, pistachio, and chocolate) and a heavenly tiramisu served in a chocolate shell.
Le Richmond Marché Italien, opened 7 days a week, is the go-to-place to casually dine or do groceries and offers the most pleasant vibe to top it all off.
333 Rue Richmond, Montréal, QC H3J 1R4
Photos by Montreall.com’s Jenn Ruvo (@jennruvo) (unless otherwise indicated).