A fine dining experience, Le Mousso opened in 2015, and then moved next door to its new location. The first location now houses Le Petit Mousso and offers a more casual 4 course menu. Le Mousso, located at 1023 Ontario Street East, on the edge of the east end neighbourhood of Montreal. It was voted number 6 on Canada’s 100 Best restaurant list in 2019 and dropped to number 16 in 2020. I’m not sure why, because it was a spectacular meal, and number 16 is still no slouch of a number anyway.
A small 48 seat spot, and in Covid, serving half of that number, in a spare, minimalist, earthy space. Cracked concrete floors, white walls, dark bare wood Scandinavian style tables, grey porcelain water cups, grey felt upholstered chairs, you get the idea. The thing that shines here is the food. The open kitchen is at the back, beside a bar that seats a few patrons as well. They have sound dampening tiles on the ceiling. There is background music, not my favourite selection but that could be an issue of my age.
An elaborate eleven course menu is served to all, although they will accommodate allergies. Different members of the staff present a dish at your table if you don’t speak French. They also describe each dish in French before the entire restaurant and do the same for people having the wine pairing.
The menu is seasonal and challenges all the senses. Ours had a focus on seafood, which I was very happy about. We only had one meat course of duck, prepared two ways. Each dish is painstakingly creative. The entire evening takes about 4 hours, so be prepared.
This new Nordic style cooking honours Canadian products. Under chef Antonin-Rivard , and executive chef Massimo Piedimonte, the menu plays brilliantly on flavours, textures, mouth feels and visual perception of food that engages all the senses, uses beautiful plating, and is well prepared. The restaurant also received a 17/20 in Gault & Millau.
The staff was so warm and accommodating. This is a must try dining destination. The dinner is $150 per person, and a wine pairing is an additional $90. We chose to just order a cocktail and then a glass of wine, and we got great recommendations.
It was an insane, exquisite, 11 detailed courses.