LISTEN: GQ food critic Alan Richman LOVES Montreal

photo: James Beard Foundation

"Montreal is one of my favourite places in the world to go eat. I'm not saying it's as good as Paris, but it's more fun than Paris!"

I had a chat with one of my favourite writers this evening on The Exchange: Alan Richman, restaurant critic with GQ and, as of Friday, winner of 16 James Beard Awards for excellence in culinary writing. As expected, he didn't hold back.

He pointed recently to Vin Papillion (by Joe Beef) and Maison Publique as a couple of Montreal's best new restaurants and describes our food scene as one of the most interesting and dynamic in the world. 

"There's a lamb sausage," he remembers from his meal at Vin Papillion, also one of my favourites. "I think it was the size of a battering ram. It's the largest sausage I've ever seen in my life."

But even Dave and Fred couldn't escape scrutiny; the consummate critic complained Vin Papillon was too dimly lit (great for first dates ;). More controversy: He didn't love one restaurant's wine list, warns us all about the perils of street food, takes shots at celebrity chefs and, best of all, joins me in stating without prejudice that poutine is kind of gross.  

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