MONTREAL — Oliver & Bonacini’s Montreal project is now open. Located at Le Mount Stephen, in the heart of downtown Montreal, Bar George honours the rich history of the building that houses it.
Chef Anthony Walsh has been working closely with chef de cuisine Kevin Ramasawmy (formerly of Maison Boulud and Daniel) to develop playful takes on traditional fare from the British Isles, peppered with Québécois humour.
“Returning home to open Bar George in a building of such beauty and historical significance is really a dream come true,” says Walsh. “The Montreal food scene is buzzing with so many talented chefs and fantastic restaurants. I’m both excited and humbled to be a part of such a vibrant community.”
Serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, late night bites and weekend brunch, Bar George highlights seasonal ingredients from trusted suppliers in the region in every dish. The menus feature innovative twists on U.K. classics, such as Scotch Eggs with St-Canut porcelet and turnip rémoulade ($9); Smoked Fish & Crumpet with Earl Grey salmon, kipper butter and rollmops ($16); and Veal Cheek & Kidney Pie with stout, wild mushrooms, sweet peas and kohlrabi ($35).
The beverage program focuses on classic English cocktails, a curated selection of beers and ciders, as well as a small but robust collection of whiskies, gins, Sherries and ports. The bar team includes notable Montreal mixologists Maxime Boivin and Drahos Chytry, who will be shaking up cocktails such as the Golden Square Mile Sour with gin, St-Germain elderflower, liqueur, cider, lemon and egg ($13); and the Boulevardier du Baron with Canadian whisky, Campari, Vermouth Rouge and maraschino liqueur ($14). The approachable wine list offers a variety of minimal intervention wines, leaning on a large Old World presence, as well as a selection Champagne and sparkling wines.