Ice Restaurant Pommery

  • 01 of 05

    Montreal Ice Restaurant Pommery

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    Photo courtesy of Snow Village Canada

    Ice Restaurant: Montreal Fine Dining à la Subzero
    Written by Evelyn Reid - A key attraction at the Montreal Snow Village, in addition to the latter's ice hotel and ice bar, is Montreal's very own ice restaurant, Pommery, the only one of its kind in North America and just like the rest of the snow village, requires rebuilding on a yearly basis in time for the winter season, part of an up to $2 million annual investment.

    • View photos of what to expect at the Montreal ice restaurant.

    Pommery Ice Restaurant Menu
    With a seating capacity of 60, Pommery's Michelin star chef Eric Gonzalez WAS succeeded by Montreal InterContinental Hotel executive chef Matthieu Saunier in 2013. The 2012 menu featured vodka and lime Atlantic salmon prepared Gravlax style, a Gonzalez signature dish, Norwegian vanilla and raspberry omelette flambéed at the table, and “Chantilly” butternut squash soup with hazelnut truffle and crispy bacon garnish. But Saunier proposeD a slightly different menu for 2013. Three-course dinner menus were $69 ($20 per child). Prices and menu items are subject to change without notice. Note that 2012 prices were $59 for a three-course meal, $69 for a five-course meal and $16 for lunch.

    • Consult the 2013 Pommery Ice Restaurant menu.
    Dress Code?
    In theory, no. Considering the ambient temperature of the ice restaurant is -5°C (23°F), coat check won't be necessary. Guests should dress as if they were spending a winter evening outdoors, so bundle up. But don't worry too much about your backsides. The ice chairs are covered with fake fur for warmth and comfort, though I found that part of my anatomy cold without snow pants, a coat that covered it completely or a pillow for extra padding. For those not accustomed to living in cold climates, consider dressing as follows AND make sure your rear end is covered:
    • if wearing a down-filled parka, note that down feathers are incredible at insulating, so with an ambient temperature of -5°C, you'll be fine wearing as little as a t-shirt underneath. I've personally found myself sweating at times in -5°C weather wearing a down-filled coat. Gloves, a scarf, winter boots or rain boots with thick wool socks are also important. Hat, tuque or earmuffs necessary for children, recommended but not absolutely necessary for adults.
    • a wool coat with a wool, cashmere or acrylic sweater underneath should be fine as well. Don't forget gloves, a scarf, winter boots or rain boots with thick wool socks. Hat, tuque or earmuffs necessary for children, recommended but not absolutely necessary for adults.
    • even an affordable polyester-filled coat can work, provided you layer it with a preferably thick wool, cashmere or acrylic sweater and a t-shirt/blouse underneath that as well. Keyword with polyester? Layer. The cheaper the coat's innards (polyester being the most affordable), the more you'll need to compensate with multiple layers. Gloves, a scarf, winter boots or rain boots with thick wool socks also a must. Hat, tuque or earmuffs necessary for children, recommended but not absolutely necessary for adults.

    Opening Hours
    The ice restaurant is open Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. for dinner and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for lunch. The 2013 season ran in tandem with that of the Montreal Snow Village. Season may be extended or shortened, depending on the weather.

    Reservations
    Reservations are required: call (514) 788-2181 (toll-free 1-855-788-2181), email restaurant@snowvillagecanada.com at any time of the week or reserve online. Note that customers with ice restaurant reservations as well as ice hotel guests do not need to pay snow village admission fees for access to Pommery.

    DECEMBER 6, 2013 UPDATE: Due to what Montreal Snow Village founders say is the result of a lack of funding assistance and support from City Hall, Tourisme Québec and Tourisme Montréal, the Montreal Snow Village will not be open for business in 2014. No word for 2015 either. Join my community on Facebook and sign up to receive the About.com Montreal newsletter to stay in the loop. As for other seasonal activites, here's what else to do in Montreal in the winter.

     

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  • 02 of 05

    Ice Restaurant: Montreal's Pommery Ice Restaurant Menu - 2013 Season

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    Photo © Evelyn Reid
    Three-Course Dinner Menu: $69

    Jerusalem artichoke and cauliflower cream soup with stewed wild boar and fried artichoke ravioli

    Or

    Duet of fresh and maplewood smokehouse sea trout tartare with blinis, yuzu and tobiko mayo, chiogga beets

     

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    Stewed Cornish hen stuffed with mushrooms and morels, served with “coq au vin” sauce, croutons and pearl onions

     

    Or

    Squash, sweet potato and lemon confit, southern style broth (vegetarian dish)

     

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    Caramelized cakes with hot chocolate, candied pear, maple pecans and Amarula caramel sauce

     

    Kid’s Dinner Menu: $16

     

     

    Cheese tortellini with tomato sauce

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    Mac & cheese

    Two-Course Lunch Menu: $22.50

    Soup of the Day

    Or

    Appetizer of the Day

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    Pulled pork burger with cranberry, Granny Smith apple and barbecue sauce

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    Cajun salmon naan bread with lemoned avocado and crunchy romaine

    Or

    Grilled chicken wrap with spicy mayo, sweet pepper and melted Swiss cheese piperade

    Or

    Risotto à la Osco! With mushrooms and parmesan

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    Chocolate fondant with chestnut English cream (+$5)

    Kid’s Lunch Menu: $16

    Cheese tortellini with tomato sauce

    Or

    Mac & cheese

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    All prices are in Canadian dollars, do not include taxes and are subject to change without notice.

     

    *The price of the dinner menu includes an entrance ticket to the Montreal Snow Village. The price of the lunch menu does not include an entrance ticket to the Snow Village.

     

    *A deposit of 50% is taken when reserving. The deposit is non-refundable.

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  • 03 of 05

    Ice Restaurant: Montreal's Pommery Ice Restaurant

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    Photo courtesy of Snow Village Canada
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    Ice Restaurant: Montreal's Pommery Ice Restaurant

    ice restaurant montreal le mont blanc snow village canada
    Photo courtesy of Snow Village Canada
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  • 05 of 05

    Ice Restaurant: Montreal's Pommery Ice Restaurant

    ice restaurant montreal le mont blanc snow village canada
    Photo courtesy of Snow Village Canada