La Maison Pierre Calvet was built in 1725. It is a heritage site and one of the oldest buildings in Old Montreal. It was the home of Pierre Calvet, a Montreal trader in the eighteenth century. The building is home to Les Filles du Roy restaurant.
The restaurant and the inn opened to the public in the sixties. The small nine room hotel has 18th Century decor complete with authentic period furnishings. It has been one of my favourite restaurants for over twenty years for its consistent quality of traditional, but updated French cuisine.
The house has great significance to establishment New France and Quebec. Official visitors to the home have included Louis XIV and Benjamin Franklin. Franklin visited the home during the American Revolution of 1775 to collaborate with Pierre du Calvet.
Calvet was declared a traitor by the British for this and sentenced to several years in prison. Learn more about the home by clicking here: Maison du Pierre Calvet.
The interior reflects the French architecture and furnishings in Montreal during the American Revolution.
Les Filles du Roy is classical French and French Canadian cuisine. Traditional dishes like the torchon de fois gras is updated with apples and ice cider. Locally grown Quebec ingredients have always been part of the menu. (Scroll over images for descriptions)
Mains are quite hearty. The Veal Osso Bucco is fork tender and vegetables are steamed and fresh and crisp.
The Walleye is a large flakey fillet accompanied with a mushroom purée.
The traditional Duck Confit is enhanced with a Maple sauce.
The service remains as it has always been, excellent. The outdoor terrace is walled and serene with only the sound of the fountain.
Les Filles du Roy has a long history in Old Montreal and for good reason. It’s an interesting restaurant to visit and explore a bit of French history through its food and decor.
If Old Montreal is part of your travel plans, Les Filles du Roy is a destination that you won’t want to miss. Bon Appetit, friends.