Old Montreal has a few hidden rooftop bars above their cobblestone streets! One of these gems is Terrasse Nelligan, located atop the Nelligan Hotel, on St-Paul street. And since summer doesn’t seem to be going anywhere, you need to get on this roof before it’s too cold for fun in the sun!
What’s sexy about the view is that it doesn’t sit above everything but instead its roof level with Notre Dame Basilica and other buildings. It’s the perfect spot for a 5 à 7 where you can watch the sun set all while enjoying fabulous cocktails. Besides making the usual classics, Terrasse Nelligan also has a cocktail menu with their own twist.
Terrasse Nelligan isn’t open all night, it’s truly a 5 à 7 bar, as it closes at 10 pm, perfect for lingering, boozy gals like us. With retractable awnings, the show will go on during most of the summer, a little drizzle never hurt anyone! And if you’re feeling peckish they have a simple menu so that the cocktails don’t hit you too hard and you have to stumble all the way home.
We’ve had their cheese and charcuterie platters on previous visits, and this time, . we opted to share the burrata, salmon tartare and the mango lobster rolls. We ordered the full plate of salmon tartare as we were three hungry ladies, it’s a larger portion than the appetizer and it comes with a delicious green salad and fries. The salmon tartare was refreshing with shallots, granny smith apples and lemon zest for that citrus finish. This was our favourite of what we ordered!
The burrata was served on a bed of sliced tomatoes that were perfectly ripe and drizzled with a fresh basil emulsion. It wasn’t the best burrata that we have ever had as it was a little dry but the tomatoes and basil emulsion were much better than expected. Usually a burrata plate is 100% about the cheese but the tomatoes and basil exceeded expectations with their freshness.
The mango lobster rolls came three to an order, it’s as if they were made for three boozy and hungry girls! The lobster salad was seasoned with tarragon and marinated bell peppers on a brioche bun. The bun was fresh, and the lobster salad as expected. The mango wasn’t very apparent but it was tasty enough without the addition of mango.
Terrasse Nelligan is a fabulous spot for a cocktail in Old Montreal, especially if you love the ambiance that a bustling rooftop bar and terrace brings to your night. The food is secondary here, this spot is really about the view and cocktails. With a cabane à sucre in the spring, and brunch on summer weekends (weather permitting), it offers a little escape from the busy world below.
Our Rating: As Expected
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