There is a stunning historic building in Old Montreal that used to be wine bar Accords, which is now the new home of a chic Italian restaurant 212. The owners are no strangers to the F&B scene in Montreal, with Brooke Walsh owns club École Privée (previously Le Belmont) and Trevor Coulton brings experience with A5 Hospitality (Kampai Garden, Apt 200) and Griffintown’s Lord William Pub.
The restaurant’s concept is to bring together a cast of accomplished figures in food, beverage, photography and art. For the culinary experience, chef Patrick Marion will be in charge of the kitchen. Marion was previously at Noma, a two-Michelin-star restaurant run by chef René Redzepi in Copenhagen, and has worked at the renowned Pilgrimme in British Columbia, as well as at the 2 Hat restaurant, Guillaume, at Bennelong in the Sydney Opera House. You can be expecting world class local cuisine at 212.
“I want to create moments for our guests from when they first walk in right until they leave. I live for that. From the delicious food and the wine selection, to the design of the room. I want people to indulge and enjoy themselves.” said Brooke.
Patrick, also part-owner of 212, has developed an Italian inspired menu made of local and artisanal ingredients where everything will be made by hand, including fresh pasta! The menu will follow the seasons in order to serve ingredients that are always fresh and flavourful.
The 212 is hoping that the destination becomes a place where people opt to linger after dinner, so to that end, they summoned the best: Alexis Demers, head sommelier of Le Mousso, for the wine list and Kevin Demers, of nearby Cold Room, for creative cocktails.
“The entire space has been designed with influences from both photography and installation art. In aiming to design a space that transforms over the course of the day, the team headed out with the goal of innovating beyond instagrammable moments to create an immersive experience from start to finish.” – Scott Pilgrim
The space was inspired by the work of Californian light artist James Turrell.
212 is open at 212 Notre-Dame West from Thursday to Sunday, 5 to 11 PM
Photos courtesy of 212