It is a pleasant summer afternoon in Montréal. We have an appointment to meet with Maxime Perrault. As we get into Griffintown, things get a little looser, and fresher. The sides of post-industrial buildings seem to reflect the sense of the Canal, and the sensibility of the easy-going professionals and creatives, making their way through this vital neighbourhood. We are meeting one of Perles et Paddock's owners, Maxime Perrault.
We park off Notre-Dame, in front of a cream facade, still evocative of of its past as a commercial garage. The restaurant is immaculate, and is reincarnated from a mechanic’s shop. A life or two before that would have been a meadow for horses. The building stands alone, a hundred feet from the bustle of the main street. We enter, and Maxime greets us in a smile, in a space that is filled with air, and light; and blurs the interior and nature, through the glass ceiling.
We are seated with Maxime, under the impressive vaulted atrium, and after pleasantries, we comment.
Maxime tells us: “We worked closely with our architect, Maurice Martel, on this feature. It was the biggest design addition to the original space. It completely opens the dining experience to the feeling of sunlight, or starlight, and nature. The epicureans in our neighbourhood enjoy the fresh ingredients, the purity of our flavours, and the natural setting and ambiance.”
The crisp whites, and warm woods, of the interior, well balanced, give us a feeling of comfort, and the feeling that we are in sure hands.We converse a little further on a few topics of personal interest, and exchange philosophies of design, and lifestyle, before we circle back and ask Maxime how he came to establish Perles et Paddock in Griffintown. He tells us that four years of development went into the decision, and that Griffintown had not always been the obvious choice.
“Griffintown became the obvious choice, though a bit of a surprise, only once we started to seriously scout neighbourhoods for locations. We were excited to discover the lively area, and the vibrancy that is so fully a part of life in the neighbourhood; the active and healthy mentality of Griffintown are thoroughly stitched into the fabric of life. The icing on the cake was when we were shown this location. Finding a building, without attached neighbours, with the opportunity to create an intimate setting, uninvaded by whatever might be behind one wall or another, in a neighbourhood known for taste, and innovation; amazing.”
We love our neighbourhood. We found someone who loves it as much as we do. We hope you find your way to Perles et Paddock, and enjoy the good fruits of good hard thoughtful labours.
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