Le Blumenthal sits in one of Montreal’s Quartier des spectacles best vantage points. Looking out over the sprawling grounds that is anchored by the MAC and Place des arts, this is one of the busiest areas of the city all year round. With festival season quickly approaching the QDS is about to be inundated by thousands of tourists and visitors to our city, all hungry for jazz, laughs and of course great food.

18485672_1667121076646436_6871053327998632558_n18519828_1667156126642931_8964028335277538577_n071a2739At Le Blumenthal’s recent opening, Montreal’s media, VIP guests and celebrities (including Gilmore Girl’s actor Yanic Truesdale) were treated to the first look at the gorgeous new 80-seat restaurant that features giant windows that will look out over the festival. Beyond the windows a large 150-seat terrasse will keep patrons basking in the summer sun all season long all.

18447220_1667120573313153_1379354358727125000_n18486172_1667156519976225_1201391464726948153_na54i5200Though we haven’t yet sampled much of what the restaurant will offer its guest other than cocktails, bubbly, wine and a few canapés, chef Remi Brunelle (Leméac, Albert Bistro) promises a top notch menu filled with classics such as pasta & cheese, tartares and more. We hope to get back again soon to try more.

18557086_1667118599980017_495323829969745703_n18527997_1667156279976249_8094789246275627867_na54i5459Housed in the same space that was once home to le Balmoral, le Blumenthal is a bright addition to downtown Montreal’s ever growing and evolving restaurant scene. le Blumenthal, like the restaurant that came before, will  continue  to operate as a non-profit restaurant, with surplus proceeds helping finance the many free activities associated with the Maison du festival.

Stay tuned.