The Saint-Henri neighbourhood is a very special place for many reasons. Besides the cultural diversity & holistic vibe, it is also home to the first KA Magazine Montreal Headquarters. And, with a natural enchantment to this area, our latest fascination is with a place that has victoriously combined fine food with remarkable architecture, embodied in a restaurant called H4C.
Open since 2013, H4C occupies a historic post office building located directly on Place Saint-Henri. Conceived by Marc-Andre and Chantal Paradis of D3 Architecture + Design and Chef Dany Bolduc, the partnership was inspired through their shared gusto for gastronomy. Following suit of the organic and local movement, H4C prides itself on its seasonal menu offerings with a focus on local products. For instance, their coffee comes from St-Henri Torrefacteur, the fish is from Norref, cheese from Fromagerie Atwater & Le Formentier and the fruits & veggies from Birri fruits & legumes. The menu is perfection with something for everyone, vegetarians, pescetarians and meat-eaters alike. Some of the most note-worthy items on the menu include octopus with green pea falafel, yogurt, cucumber, chayote and Espelette pepper; ricotta gnudi with mushroom broth and sauté cauliflower and duck magret and gizzards with black trumpets, fennel and cherry. Down to the detail, they’re even famous for having the best sweetbreads in Montreal, leaving little to be desired.
Everything about this place spells modern fresh, with an otherwise historic and romantic building exterior. Walking up to the establishment, you feel as though you’ve approached a members only club, privileged to those “in the know”. But low and behold, the restaurant welcomes all food lovers. The interior is slick with the use of natural materials such as stone and wood, accented with black and white decor. The terrace is cozy & charming and the space includes a private room of 45 square meters, accommodating up to 20 people, with a private bar – ideal for an exclusive intimate affair.
More info at leh4c.com
Written by Diana Eskander, CITYGUIDE/KA Magazine