The audacity to choose on behalf of clients what they will eat is a luxury very few restaurateurs allow themselves. But there’s at least one in Montreal, and he’s the real deal: Antonin Mousseau-Rivard, owner of the restaurant Le Mousso, the establishment he launched in 2015 as a gift to himself for his 30th birthday.
You will, of course, be given a menu when you take your seat in his restaurant. But it’ll only be to show you a list of possible dishes from which a selection of from nine to twelve will appear in front of you. While portions are modest, you won’t leave hungry. And don’t be fooled by the unadorned names; they offer little indication of the seriously sophisticated gastronomic delights that will be placed on your table.
That description is no exaggeration. Le Mousso’s accolades include being recognized as one of the best restaurants in Canada, according to the 2018 guide to Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants. It was also named Restaurant of the Year at the 2018 Lauriers Awards of Quebec Gastronomy gala. And in 2016, chef Antonin earned the title of “Grand de demain” from the famous French guide Gault & Millau, “for his dazzling creations.”
Le Mousso’s tasting menu has it all: meat, poultry and seafood, and more.
Among the dishes Antonin may decide to serve you are a plate of cotton candy made from beet sugar, with strawberry powder and a piece of melted foie gras buried in the centre. Or perhaps, in the middle of a large plate, an edible flower hiding a crispy scallop bathed in a divine sauce... You get the idea.
This unique experience can be enjoyed by reservation only, from Wednesday to Saturday, from 6 p.m. to midnight.