In the last 6 years, St-Henri has become rich with dining options; from a flurry of casual taco joints to a handful of fine dining restaurants – the southwest has something for everybody! And in this vast spectrum of choice, leading the pack of modern French fine dining is none other than H4C Place St-Henri.
At the crossroads of St Jacques and Place St-Henri, you will find a beautiful grey stone building (once a post office and bank) that H4C calls home. It is immediately clear when walking into the building that the design team has taken great lengths to thread the extraordinary craftsmanship of this heritage building along its inside walls. The impressive restoration is thanks to co-owners, Marc-André Vallée and Chantal Paradis of D3 Architecture + Design, who converted the interior space just three years ago. No expense was spared with a stunning main dining room, private dining quarter in the basement, state of the art kitchen (I mean really one of the nicest I’ve seen) and a former safe-turned-cellar. It is a beautifully elegant and modern space.
The architectural duo opened H4C with co-owner and Chef Dany Bolduc and after a meal at H4C you can quickly understand the harmony that lies between his cuisine their design style. Bolduc’s plates are not only beautifully presented, but also made only from the best local, seasonal, and when possible, organic ingredients.
His menu is a mix between contemporary French and new Canadian, with splashes of cultural influences from past travels. A tandoori octopus with red onion, basmati rice, cashews and coconut adorns the current menu, alongside a halibut served with artichokes, fiddleheads, Champagne-lemon sabayon and crab butter. And, I should disclose here, that I have tried both and would blindly pick anything off Bolduc’s menu. Actually, without piecing it together beforehand, I had been a longtime fan of Bolduc’s. Years ago, when Dany was the Chef at Reservoir (a brasserie on Duluth), I would make a weekly trek there to have his breakfast – without fail! So, upon my recent visit, when I realized the meal I was having was in fact his – I gasped, smiled and suddenly all of the pieces began to fit together.
Amazing food and design transcend into service and this domain is run by the incredibly charming Directrice, Andrée-Anne Nolin. Not only well versed in all things wine related, but she is also great at communicating important details about ingredients and techniques used in the kitchen. No fine dining restaurant would be complete without an in-house sommelier and here Pascal Gerrits has curated an expansive wine list that appeals to wine geeks at different price points.
In the summer months, H4C boasts a large terrace outside the main entrance and as if this deal couldn’t get sweeter, they also serve brunch on weekends!!! If you haven’t had the chance to visit H4C I highly recommend you go. Seven-course tasting menu also available – a great way to explore Bolduc’s creative talents. Dinner is served Wednesday through Saturday starting at 6:00pm so have a look on DINR for any same-day availabilities.