There are few things as satisfying in life than a good burger. Of course, my idea of a good burger is far from the greasy artificial stuff you’ll find at most fast-food restaurants. I would much rather indulge in quality meat, fresh ingredients and a delicious cocktail. You know, make the meal into a delicious experience. A few weeks ago, I was invited to the opening of 155 Fahrenheit, a new Old Montreal restaurant that specializes in gourmet burgers, fresh seafood, seasonal dishes and cave-based cocktails. Burgers, seafood and cocktails? How could I say no!
The vibe at 155 Fahrenheit is comfortable and laid back. You feel like a neighbourhood regular from the moment you walk in. On the wall is a hydroponic herb rack that grows the rosemary and thyme used in many of the dishes served. By summer, there will also be mint, oregano, verbena, anise, dill, lavender, tarragon and sage. The herb rack is the owner’s way to remain as sustainable and local as possible. “It’s only a small step, but we remain committed to urban gardens, as a way to contribute to the well-being of our ecosystem,” says Raphaël Roussel, co-owner of 155 Fahrenheit.
As for the food, 155 Fahrenheit is first and foremost a gourmet burger joint, offering burgers for everyone from the meat lover to the vegetarian and everyone in between. In case you’re not in the mood for burgers, the eclectic menu also includes seafood dishes and seasonal options, so you can indulge in homemade gnocchi, lobster salad, tartars, charcuterie and oysters (which, might I add, are phenomenal). Everything is made fresh in-house, including the burgers, bread, pickle and even the ketchup, and all ingredients are locally sourced. A bubbly cocktail menu offers beer, cava and prosecco-based cocktails made with homemade simple syrups that pair perfectly with the gourmet burgers and fries.
The combination of Champagne, cocktails and burgers is a recipe for a fun time with friends or a casual date night (especially when paired with an after-dinner walk through the Old Port). I can’t recommend 155 Fahrenheit enough!