Located less than 15 miles away from cultural heavyweight Montreal, Laval offers a mix of long-standing restaurants serving up exemplary representations of traditional French cuisine, along with a few contemporary and internationally-inspired restaurants proving that visitors don’t necessarily need to make the journey to Montreal to enjoy an excellent meal. Check out ten of the best restaurants in the area.
À L’Imparfait serves a menu of classic French cuisine in a relaxed setting. Nestled in an unexpected residential location, this restaurant is well-worth the effort to find. The interior is welcoming and sophisticated, decorated with hard wood floors and crisp white table linens. The menu emphasizes local and seasonal ingredients, featuring dishes such as a rack of lamb with roasted garlic and rosemary, and Albacore tuna steak grilled with olive oil. The prices are surprisingly reasonable considering the high quality of the meals, with the restaurant’s BYOB policy helping to make it an affordable night out.
Charme Cochinchine serves up affordable, authentic Vietnamese and Thai cuisine. Set in a strip mall, this restaurant’s interior is unassuming and the service is down-to-earth. The menu features a mix of soups, sushi and combo options, along with beef, chicken, fish, and vegetarian entrées. Go for the hot and sour lemongrass shrimp soup, or the sautéed tofu with peanut butter sauce. All meals are best finished with the restaurant’s popular deep fried ice cream and although no wine or beer is offered on the menu, diners are welcome to bring their own bottles.
Chez AlexSim is a family-run restaurant specializing in innovative French cuisine. The restaurant’s interior exudes a rustic-chic ambiance with stone walls, low lighting and intimate seating arrangements. The menu is small, but well-chosen, featuring dishes like beef short ribs with roasted garlic mashed potatoes and market vegetables, or Shepherd’s Pie made with duck confit, leeks, and sweet potatoes. The name ‘Chez AlexSim’ combines the names of owner Alexander and his younger brother Simon.
Located in Laval’s Old St. Rose neighborhood, La Vieille Histoire offers fine French fare in a historic setting. The restaurant is set in a 19th-century home, which has been carefully restored to preserve its beautiful, traditional details. Tapestries, wood accents and a cozy fireplace create an elegant atmosphere. The menu, which changes every three months, aims to present imaginative, new flavors, while also remaining true to the fundamentals of classic Quebecois cuisine. À la carte, table d’hôte, or menu dégustationare offered, featuring veal, duck, rabbit, lamb, and fresh fish as main courses.
One of Quebec’s few Four Diamond restaurants (CAA-AAA), Le Mitoyen exudes old-fashioned French charm. A local favorite for more than 35 years, the restaurant offers a menu of traditional French cuisine. Set in an elegant former home, the restaurant’s interior features inviting countryside décor, with seating spread across three dining areas. Seating is also offered on the restaurant’s pleasant outdoor terrace. The atmosphere is completed by the wine menu, which features an excellent selection of French labels in a variety of price ranges.
Le Pirate de Lavalis an upscale restaurant that serves a mix of Italian fare and seafood. The interior is uniquely decorated to resemble a chic pirate ship, complete with oil paintings, plush fabrics, and plenty of wood. Opened in 1976, this family-owned restaurant has established itself as a mainstay of Laval’s dining scene. The portions are generous and the sophisticated setting is ideal for a casual business lunch, date or dinner with friends. The menu offers a selection of pastas, meats, and seafood entrées, along with traditional Italian appetizers. Go for the chef’s cannelloni, fresh grilled lobster, or fish of the day.
Table 51 is a trendy restaurant serving up a menu of re-imagined comfort food dishes. The menu is upscale bistro, featuring homemade soups, salads, sandwiches and steaks, prepared with seasonal ingredients and hormone-free meats. Try the restaurant’s popular signature dish, braised short rib served with herb-roasted root vegetables; or snack on one of the hearty appetizers like poutine or chicken wings. The interior matches the hip menu with its warm tones and seating offered at sleek banquettes.
Tandoori Palace is one of the best places to go in Laval to satisfy a craving for Indian food. Specializing in North Indian cuisine, the menu offers a selection of soups, tandoori specialties, Indian breads, rice and biryanis, along with plenty of vegetarian options. Go for one of the house specialties like the Butter Shrimps, shrimp cooked in a tandoori oven and mixed with a creamy tomato-based sauce. The restaurant’s interior is traditional, decorated with dark woods and deep red tones. In addition to the à la carte menu, the restaurant’s weekday lunch buffet is particularly popular.
Trattoria Bellamore quickly turns first-time diners into regulars with its genuine service and cuisine aiming to replicate the warmth of a Sunday family dinner. Owned by a dedicated father and son team, the restaurant’s menu focuses on authentic, home-style Italian fare. The menu changes every two weeks, but you can expect dishes like risotto with pancetta and basil pesto, as well as fresh pasta stuffed with spinach and ricotta in a gorgonzola sauce. The restaurant’s décor is bright and elegant, with contrasting black and white colors inside and a pretty terrace found outside.