Who goes to airport hotel restaurants? Usually no one except passengers passing through to someplace else or those who’ve been delayed or stranded at the airport. Foodies who give the Bijou Resto at the Marriott Montreal Airport Hotel a taste will be delightfully surprised by the excellence of the food.
Bijou Resto is an upscale restaurant offering everything from steaks to ravioli to huge salads. In addition to the regular menu, they offer a pre-fixe menu that allows diners to choose appetizer, entrée, sides, and desserts for a set price.
I opted for the New York steak and was delightfully surprised by the artful presentation, the generous portions, and the fresh and delicious quality of the food. My steak was big and thick, perfectly cooked and seasoned and came with beautiful grill marks and a hint of smokiness. It was served with a large pile of thin green beans cooked with just the right crispness and tiny fingering potatoes sliced in half and fried on each side.
I also ordered the soft greens salad, which came with sweated and peeled baby tomatoes, plenty of big shreds of parmesan, and slabs of paper thin, crispy pieces of cheesy French bread on top. It was served with a basket of rustic olive and wheat breads with unsalted butter and a little pot of sea salt. When I ordered the salad, I was expecting a dinner size portion, but the salad is so large I could have made a meal of the salad and bread. The portions of both the salad and the entrée were so generous, I couldn’t finish either and had to pass on dessert. And the food was so delicious, I wished I could have taken the left-overs.
Real bottom line: If you’re at the Montreal-Trudeau Airport, eat at Bijou Resto. Trust us, realfoodtravlers, the food here is worlds better than anything you’ll find at the airport cafes. And if you’re not at the airport, but you’re in Montreal, the Bijou Resto is a short 20-minute hop from downtown Montreal and it’s worth the trip. —
Marriott Montreal Airport Hotel Pierre Elliott Trudeau Airport