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In 2003, Martin Eberhard and Marc Tapenning founded Tesla Motors. Their inspiration: inventor Nikola Tesla. Interested in electricity, he was the first to design an efficient way of using alternating current in an auto and to patent the induction motor in 1888. Inspired by this technology, in 2008 the American automaker put it at the heart of its first car, the Roadster. Tesla’s story is just beginning, but it looks promising.


Electric cars are gaining ground, but they are far from catching up with sales of cars with conventional engines. Yet they weren’t just invented yesterday! These sales only represent 0.02% of all sales of passenger cars. According to the International Energy Agency, however, the number of these vehicles on the road is expected to climb from 180,000 in 2012 to 20 million in 2020.


That’s a huge potential for Tesla, whose two founders had an initial project in mind, to build a high-performance electric car with emissions lower than those of a Toyota Prius, already low, and faster acceleration than a Ferrari.


There was nothing new about the idea: AC Propulsion was already working on a concept car, the tzerotm, with much faster acceleration than cars like the BMW Z8 and McLaren F1. Eberhard’s test convinced him. In 2004, Elon Musk joined the business of which he is now the public face. The young billionaire, who owes his fortune to cofounding PayPal, has big ideas.


From the Roadster to the S

The Tesla Roadster is really what got things started. The powertrain consists of an AC induction motor and lithium-ion battery good for 394 km on a single charge. Figures for acceleration are impressive: 0 to 100 km/h in 3.7 seconds. From 2008 to 2012, some 2,400 of these cars were delivered all over the world.


In 2012, the American automaker, headquartered in Silicon Valley, California, launched a car that would marry all the characteristics of a high-end vehicle to the performance of a sports coupe: the Model S, the first all-electric high-end sedan in the world.


Automobile critics gave it high marks for having the best technology, and the S became the brand’s standard-bearer. A national survey even named it America’s favorite vehicle! Well-known magazine Consumer Reports, which is not given to flattery, gave it a score of 99% on its tests, stating that not only was it the best electric car it had ever tested, it was the highest-scoring car it had ever tested.


The flagship sedan

Superbly designed, the five-door Model S comes in four configurations: the 70D, 85, 85D and P85D. The number corresponds to battery power: 70 kWh for the 70 and 85 kWh for the 85 models. Their range varies from 385 km for the 70D to 435 km for the 85D. The letter D means that the car has all-wheel drive, a technology added in the latest model years.


Tesla has also launched an electric car with electrifying performance: the P85D. By combining front and rear motors, the brand’s engineers have put 691 horsepower at the driver’s service. According to the automaker’s data, the car can go from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.3 seconds. The brand calls it the fastest five-door car in the world. In comparison, the Mercedes-Benz S63 4Matic, the most powerful S Class, does the same thing in 4.0 seconds, while consuming a lot of premium gasoline. The P85D only needs electricity. And what about range, the bête noire of these engines? The best-performing cars in the S family have a range of 405 km, besides not emitting any pollutants. Nyet. Zero.


Recharging, like range, is a major concern for consumers. In Québec, for example, Hydro-Québec’s electric circuit is making recharging easier and easier by installing charging stations at strategic spots around the province. Tesla pays very close attention to the owners of its cars and has installed charging stations in strategic places, some of which are here in Québec. But there is still much work to be done to increase the number of superchargers. Tesla has even invited owners to write in to suggest locations. In the meantime they have access to ultra-fast recharging: 30 minutes will give them 270 kilometres.


A unique car

The cabin has a number of special features, including the ability to add two rear-facing child seats in order to carry up to seven passengers. You can also replace the rear bench seat with captain’s seats. The 17-inch touchscreen is definitely one of the masterpieces of the car. Like a giant iPad, it allows the driver to control most of the sedan’s vital functions.


Like other luxury cars, the Model S offers its passengers a high level of refined comfort. However, you’ll have to loosen your purse strings to add accessories like a panoramic sunroof, leather seats, Alcantara trim, a high-quality audio system or the automatic control set, including adaptive cruise control, a lane-maintenance system with automatic steering, and automatic parking. The price of the base model, the 70D, jumps from $86,000 to over $105,000 fully loaded. The P85D costs up to a little over $147,000. Compared to other cars with comparable performances, isn’t a Tesla S a… bargain? If you compare these prices with those of cars like the Mercedes-Benz S63AMG 4Matic ($156,400) or the Porsche Panamera hybrid ($110,000), one would think so, especially considering that the costs of electricity will never match those of premium fuel.


No matter how happy we are to see electric cars on the market, it’s still true that the idea is nothing new, as witnessed by Nikola Tesla’s invention from over 100 years ago! Happily, this technology is regaining its popularity and high-end automakers are starting to show an interest. Who will compete with Tesla Motors? Right now, Porsche is working on being among the first. Keep your eyes open.



Text: Jean-Pierre Bouchard

The Paton1 prestige real estate complex will soon be constructed at the cape on Île Paton, beside Rivière des Prairies. One hundred and two luxury condominiums and penthouses will be built on a huge forested estate crisscrossed by walking trails. Each one will enjoy a spectacular view over the water and the natural surroundings.


In 1880, Hugh Paton, a rich businessman from Scotland, bought Île Paton. He quickly transformed it into an enchanting estate, building a bridge and a luxury villa that included a park, a green house, stables and a golf course. Montréal’s rich bourgeoisie were welcome guests. Today, the Paton1 project continues the tradition.


The Paton1 Signature collection of condominiums and penthouses was created for a select clientele seeking exceptional luxury in majestic surroundings. All the apartments will look out over the water and most will be floor-through, receiving light from both their front and rear façades. The condominiums will vary in area from 1,200 to 3,200 square feet.


The leader in Québec prestige residential sector, the Jadco Group,and its partner Magil Laurentienne, are behind this major project, which required an investment of $125 million. Paton1, which is unique in Laval and is the first in a new class of real estate boasting unmatched luxury, had such a successful launch that two thirds of the properties were sold within the first two weeks.


Serenity paired with elegance

With its prestigious roundabout driveway, private majordomo services, sumptuous front entrance and elegant lobby, Paton1 will offer its residents the luxury and comfort of a five-star hotel.



Each unit will be suffused with light thanks to its full-length windows and majestic ceilings up to 14 feet high. Sophisticated materials and contemporary design combine in the rooms to create perfect harmony and offer an ultra-refined living space. The luxury continues outside, where spacious balcony-terraces give a spectacular panoramic view of the immensity and beauty of the surroundings.



Residents will also enjoy a heated indoor pool with privatecabanas, a sauna, a fitness centre, a private reception room and even a guest apartment. Avid boaters will be delighted with the private wharf where they can dock at the marina.



The most sought-after address on Île Paton is currently available in a limited edition and a few units are still available. Sign up today to be on the VIP list of the first purchasers!

For more information

Presentation Centre
4400Promenade Paton, Laval
Tel.: 1 844 4PATON1

Mitch Garber, the CEO of Caesars Acquisition Company and of Caesars Interactive Entertainment – one of the largest gaming companies in the world of hotel-casinos and the Internet – is the new dragon on Dans l’œil du dragon, the French-language version of Dragons’ Den playing on Radio-Canada, and was recently appointed Chair of Cirque du Soleil’s Board of Directors. Luxe met this extraordinary businessman.

Why did you agree to become a dragon? What is it about this new challenge that attracts you?

At first I wasn’t interested. I thought recording the show would take up too much time. Then I changed my mind when I realized that it would be a wonderful opportunity for an Anglophone to appear on Francophone television. Right now there’s a wall between the two communities and I think that’s a pity. Also, my wife and I do a lot of work with non-profits. For instance, I’m on the Board of Directors of Fondation, Montréal inc., which awards grants to young entrepreneurs from Québec. This makes participating in Dans l’œil du dragon a natural progression from what I was already doing. Lots of young people leave Québec because they don’t think they have a place here. We have to change that and giving them a chance to express themselves in front of over a million people every week is a great way to do it! I’ll funnel most of my earnings from the show to Québec charities. Also, my children are fans of the program and encouraged me to participate. Dans l’œil du dragon is also educational, because they don’t teach you in school how to manage your money, your credit card, etc. It shows young people how important it is to manage your finances properly.

You’re a great lover of bilingualism. How did you learn French?

My grandparents lived in the Eastern Townships and I visited them every weekend. My grandfather was a doctor, and his practice was 50% Francophone, so I heard a lot of French spoken. Later I studied law in French at the University of Ottawa. I used to host a radio show on sports and I interviewed many Francophone guests. Finally, my wife of 23 years is a Francophone. I believe in preserving the French language and Québec culture, but also in the importance of being bilingual or even trilingual. Unfortunately we’ve allowed politicians to separate the two communities and it’s time for them to work together more closely!

In 2009, you agreed to head up Caesars Interactive Entertainment on the condition that you could have your offices in Montréal. Where does this attachment to Montréal come from?

I could have stayed in Europe or moved to Las Vegas to take advantage of more favourable tax systems, but I chose to stay in Québec because I like the culture here. I want my children to grow up in this rich culture the way I did. My family has had its roots in Québec for 108 years. I didn’t want to give up the culture for money.

What’s the best advice you could give to today’s young entrepreneurs?

An entrepreneur has to show tenacity and be able to survive the setbacks that occur when you’re creating a business. You have to work harder than your competitors. Also, it isn’t enough just to have a good idea: you need good people around you, the right attitude and the ability to carry your idea out. That’s what I look for as a dragon on Dans l’œil du Dragon.

As a sports fan, do you see any connection between playing sports and managing a business?

Most of the people I spend time with have one thing in common: they’re very competitive. Personally, I don’t think
I am competitive, but I do think I’m passionate. I play several sports, but just to keep in shape and for fun. Having passions and being active are part of life for a good entrepreneur, but not necessarily being competitive. It’s more about participating, being in the right place at the right time and feeling comfortable.

You are at the head of a business that is part of the gaming industry. Does this make you feel any social and moral responsibility?

Yes, totally. Playing responsibly is one of Caesars’ central values. We work to keep minors from playing and to steer those who can’t play in moderation toward help centres. We have specific links on our online gaming sites.

TPG Capital has just acquired Cirque du Soleil and you’re the new Chair of the Board of Directors. How do you see Cirque du Soleil’s future as a result of this transaction?

This investment fund shares the same values as Guy Laliberté and Cirque du Soleil. As well, its global network and its partnership with the Chinese firm Fosun are a winning combination. The Cirque’s head office will remain in Montréal. The creativity that makes the Cirque so valuable is here, in Québec, along with the leadership of Daniel Lamarre and his team. Finally, it’s an honour for me to be one of the Cirque’s investors and Chair of its Board of Directors. I have unlimited admiration for Guy Laliberté and the business he has created.


The fourth season of Dans l’œil du dragon is shown on Mondays at 8:00 p.m. on ICI Radio-Canada Télé.


Text: Diane Stehle

A mythical modern luxury house atop a cliff. An absolute beauty where Caribbean magic happens. The northern part of the Dominican Republic hides one of the true gems of luxury living: Casa Kimball. Out of her portfolio of amazing properties, Lauren Berger Collection selected this villa for Luxe Magazine. The house took us beyond our expectations.


Located in a gated community on the pristine north coast of the Dominican Republic, Casa Kimball stands on a cliff out of reach of common mortals. From the brand new Samana Airport, the western roads along the coast offer breathtaking vistas. Landscapes are largely untouched in this part of the island. The fine sandy beaches succeed one another all the way up to Cabrera, where the house is located.


Experiencing modern sublime

The absolutely sublime Casa Kimball overlooks the Atlantic, its beauty matching the regal expanse of the ocean. Three acres of luxuriant tropical vegetation tamed by an army of gardeners surround it. In front of the villa, an elegant infinity pool bridges the gap between sea and sky. A Jacuzzi completes the whole, at the edge of the cliff. From there nobody can see you, but you can see the world. Island living has never been made so luxurious, exclusive and delightful.



The large modern villa once belonged to one of the founders of Google. Rangr Studio conceived it for aesthetic pleasures, leisurely living and bringing people together. The architecture studio worked to create beautiful modernist lines and vast yet light geometrical volumes, then dressed them in wonderful organic materials. The three parts of the villa are oriented to capture the splendor of the outdoors. Casa Kimball combines impeccable perspective lines, elegant materials and sophisticated details.



The house is very cool for such a tropical location. The many French doors invite the wind in and a system of interweaved stones creates architectural screens against the sun. All of the design elements, inside and out, embrace a tropical climate esthetic: local woods and stones, four-poster beds draped in linen. The breeze coming up the hill from the ocean eases the heat of the day and makes the nights lovely in all of the eight rooms with their en suite modern bathrooms. All of the suites open on terraces with stunning views of the Caribbean’s luxuriant vegetation and waters.

Invitation to relaxation

A full trilingual staff makes sure all desires are fulfilled. A concierge is at the guests’ disposal to organize pick up from the airport and facilitate all activities and outings. Anything can be accommodated at home: spa services, Yoga instruction, dance classes, swimming lessons for the children. Your desires will prevail. Kindness and efficiency are always the staff’s philosophy.


When it comes to food, Casa Kimball’s chef prepares the most delicious meals based on local produce and fish. The comfortable bar lounge is typically where it all starts. The bar is the place for appetizers, coffees and drinks. Fresh juices are morning delights; cocktail hour is on a vacation schedule and the barman takes all personal music requests.


Food and drinks can be served anywhere, by the pool, in the lounge or in your room, but the attractive dining room displays an impressive custom designed table for 20. It’s just the spot for fabulous parties! The wooden ceilings and the large pivoting glass doors made of Brazilian hardwood create an elegant framework for the room, which is open on three sides. The dining room offers stunning 270-degree views of the ocean and the pool. An outdoor bar joins the pool and the indoor entertainment and media center. Sip your drink on one of its high stools while enjoying the wonders of the day!

Contemplative places

During the day, the poolside allows for full sun exposure. Nearby, the house’s breezeways offer cooling shade. The three-edged infinity pool, 156 feet long, is stunning and features a particularly enchanting detail: an elegant rectangular platform, detached from the edge and jutting out into the water, serves as a tanning island within the pool. Two long reclining chairs just fit. At night, the sleek plane of the pool becomes luminescent, very inviting for nocturnal swims and volleyball parties.



The hot bubbling Jacuzzi, below the dramatic end of the pool, is right above the cliff facing the open view of the sea. This is a particularly attractive place from which to watch the sunset. Many places at Casa Kimball compete with each other for the title of best spot for contemplation. The roof terrace, a simple minimalist platform, offers a mythical modernist lookout over the Atlantic. With its low edges, the terrace is just barely separated from the expansive open view. Its spareness inspires peace.



The cliff path to one of the three private beaches also leads to a hidden terrace carved out of the rocks. This is the house’s most private terrace. The sun seems to salute you alone on its way up or down. The ideal place to meditate, it is also a testimony to the philosophy embodied by the house: always getting you closer to the magic of the world.


There is something to be treasured about a villa that can offer such heightened connections to the elements. Casa Kimball succeeds in preserving moments where architecture and the world merge to manifest essential beauty and peace.


Text: Barbara Stehle

It has chic villas, three world-class golf courses, boutiques, a marina, a spa, a cultural village and, of course, the Caribbean at its feet. The Casa de Campo resort, at La Romana on the Dominican Republic’s south-eastern coast, has been around for forty years but it doesn’t show any signs of aging!


The immense private estate (7,000 acres) is there to discover… little by little. Casa de Campo was born in the head (or the heart) of Alvaro Carta, owner of a Puerto Rican sugarcane firm and of the parent company behind American cinematic giant Paramount Pictures. He already owned a sugar mill at La Romana, and nearby he found an untouched shoreline on which to build the most all-inclusive of all-inclusive resorts.

Country or Seaside Villas

Casa de Campo’s rental villas are the stars of the resort! They are all different, except for different numbers of bedrooms (ranging from three to seven) and for the indispensable pool. Décor varies. Some are real country houses, like the very colonial Villa del Campo, the warm and very contemporary Villa los Triangulos or the four magnificent waterfront residences, and all are truly private. Blended families or intergenerational vacationers will want to consider the option of renting a villa. Children, parents and grandparents can all find their own space, as well as their own outside activities.


Of course, couples or small families will probably find that a room at the hotel or the warm, elegant golf lodge is a better fit.


World-class Golf Courses and Marina

In fact, Casa de Campo has not one but three golf courses, including Teeth of the Dog. Designed by architecte Pete Dye, it is ranked number one in the Caribbean and 47th in the world by Golf Magazine. The marina’s design is inspired by old Mediterranean villages, but it’s outfitted with the newest technologies and trends in pleasure boating. The sailing school has a reputation for excellence, and if you stay in one of the 105 marina apartments or villas it’s right at your doorstep. Nearby you’ll find a number of restaurants where you can have a great Spanish or Asian meal in a “marine” atmosphere.


Sports and Fitness

The resort doesn’t just have a spa specializing in treatments using local products, like sugar cane or coffee, but it offers all the possible watersports, like deep-sea diving, free-diving, fishing, kayaking… Casa de Campo has a shooting club, a tennis club known as the Wimbledon of the Caribbean, and an original polo and equestrian centre. Created by an Indian maharajah, it’s one of the most popular clubs in the Caribbean, with matches nearly every week!


Art and Culture

It’s fairly uncommon to find a real cultural village inside a resort, especially one of this quality! With its picturesque streets and its church, Altos de Chavon is a neighbourhood out of time, like a replica of a village from the Middle Ages on the shores of the Mediterranean.


Surrounded by the scent of bougainvillea, you can stroll to the museum (which offers children’s activities), stopping at the shops of local potters or the workshops of resident artists for a chat. And of course there are nearly a dozen boutiques and, above all, the magnificent Greek-style outdoor amphitheatre used for major shows. It was inaugurated by none other than Frank Sinatra and seats 5,000.


And let’s not forget the showpiece of the whole resort: the beach! There are a number of splendid, isolated beaches to discover at Casa de Campo. A new adventure every day!


1410, rue Stanley, Bureau 409
Montréal, QC H3A 1P8
514 284-3366


Text: Anne Pélouas

Westmount, a charming little city in the very heart of the Island of Montréal, mere steps from downtown, lies on the western flank of Mount Royal. This mainly Anglophone city of over 20,000 residents still has the wealthiest population in the country. LUXE takes you on a tour of the community formerly known as La Petite Montagne. 

A bit of history

When the downtown began to expand into the Golden Square Mile, Montréal’s former upper-crust neighbourhood, Westmount started to transform into the posh bedroom community we know today. From the Victorian gingerbread trim on its row houses to the splendid architecture of the larger estates (ex-Prime Minister Brian Mulroney bought a house there for two million dollars) lining its winding, shady streets, most of Westmount’s development took place between 1910 and 1930. Architect Robert Findlay designed a number of landmark buildings during this period, such as the library, City Hall and a number of other public buildings, all in the typical English national neo-Tudorstyle. Strolling through Westmount is like taking a magic portal to Great Britain. Along with the luxurious residences we find smaller houses and condominiums that have attracted large numbers of middle-class residents and families, Anglophones as well as Francophones.

A garden city

The City of Westmount’s heritage is not defined solely by its distinctive architecture. Nature is there in all its glory, notably in the unspoiled woodlands on the top of the hill, to remind us of what the site used to look like. Westmount was originally covered by forests and occupied by Aboriginal peoples, as witnessed by the traces of a former cemetery found on the mountaintop. Westmount, known at the time as the Village of Côte-Saint-Antoine, was for a long time a rural village and home to the Décarie, Hurtubise and Leclerc families, among others. Over time it flourished into a city where urban convenience, a country atmosphere and the community values shared by all of its residents coexist.


Today it is home to an urban forest, numerous parks (the loveliest of which is certainly Westmount Park) and playing fields, a bird sanctuary and a lookout with a breathtaking view. With its 11,000 trees and innumerable manicured lawns and gardens, Westmount’s greenery is by no means confined to its public green spaces. It also has a brand-new sports complex housing two underground skating rinks and a magnificent swimming pool.


In short, Westmount is a true jewel set in the heart of the metropolis. It offers an exemplary quality of life and its wealth is measured not by the size of some of its estates but rather by the spirit of its community.

Greene Avenue

Greene Avenue, an essential stop for anyone who wants to tour Westmount and take a pleasant stroll, is the city’s commercial artery. This quintessentially English-Canadian street is lined with attractive boutiques, art galleries, antique shops and bookstores. How can anyone resist the treasures in La cache, home to the cutest of tablecloths, dishtowels and table accessories? And what can you say about the Oink Oink toy store and Coral jewellery store, places whose magical atmospheres, a thousand leagues from your typical mega-department store, immediately conquer our heart? Between visits to boutiques you can raise a glass on the patio of Taverne sur le Square.


Hurtubise House

Hurtubise House, built in 1739 and located at 561 Chemin de la Côte-Saint-Antoine, is the oldest house in Westmount. It is the sole survivor of the farms built on La Petite Montagne in the early 18th century. It has changed very little since it was built. Inside, the old partitions with low doors are intact and the interior woodwork is attached with hand-forged nails.


Westmount Square

Westmount Square is a multifunctional complex consisting of four buildings in the heart of Westmount. Designed by American architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, it is made up of two residential towers, two office buildings and a shopping centre, all connected to Place Alexis Nihon through a tunnel.

Westmount Park

Westmount Park is a 26-acre multi-purpose space with fields that provide the illusion of the countryside in the middle of the city. A walk through this green space takes you to unexpected oases of tranquillity beside its ponds, trees and small waterfall.


The park’s greenhouses regularly play host to floral exhibits and the gallery in the Victoria Hall, a former performance venue erected in 1924, houses exhibits by local artists. The Westmount Library, located in the park, was the first municipal library in Québec. Its frescos and stained glass are worth the side trip.


Text: Diane Stehle
Photos: Ville de Westmount

Designed by the Jadco Group, Québec’s gold standard in prestige real estate, and decorated by renowned design firm Andres Escobar et associés, Quintessence’s penthouses and signature condominiums offer exceptional living in a sumptuous environment in Laval, near the main arterues to downtown Montréal and the Laurentians. LUXE takes you on a voyage of discovery to one of these prestigious sites.



Nestled in one of the three buildings making up the Quintessence residential complex, this 11-room, 2,361 square foot apartment includes 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms and reflects a modern, sophisticated lifestyle. Its clean lines, muted decoration, contemporary furniture and omnipresent white show off the owners’ reliance on chic simplicity to create their own relaxing universe for today’s living.


As soon as you cross the threshold, you are struck by the amount of light that enters the living room, kitchen and open plan dining room through the huge windows. Nine-foot ceilings also make the space larger. In the background, the city and its surroundings stretch as far as the eye can see in a breathtaking panorama. Noble materials like the stones in the mantel and the hardwood floor lend their own cachet to the vast living space. On the walls, carefully chosen works of art add spots of attractive colour, personality and warmth.


The modern ultra-functional kitchen features custom furniture and wooden cabinets. The island with its quartz countertop is a convenient place to prepare meals, while the multiple storage spaces with self-closing drawers make daily life much easier to organize.



The grey-and-white-toned bedrooms have the same quiet atmosphere as the living spaces. Each has an adjoining bathroom equipped with a magnificent glass-walled shower and contemporary square bathtub. The master bedroom has a large walk-incloset and a small sitting area, the ideal place to read at bedtime. In the summer, the owners enjoy breakfast on their broad terrace while taking in an unbeatable view of the city.


Magnificent landscaping

The Quintessence style expresses itself both indoors, in a condominium like this one that marries design with timeless elegance, and outdoors, in the magnificently landscaped central courtyard.All year round,residentscan take advantage of a fitness centre, private spa, guest suite and reception area. Once the nice weather arrives, the heated outdoor pool surrounded by private cabanas is an incomparable oasis of relaxation.


Naturally, an electronic access control system ensures maximum security. Travelers to Florida or abroad can leave with a tranquil mindbecause security staff are on duty 24/7. A number of businesses (café, bistro, bakery, delicatessen, cleaner), international-class boutiques and fine restaurants complete the enchanting surroundings. The construction of two commercial buildings will put the crowning touch on this five-phase project.


The luxury condos making up the first two phases have all been taken and half of those in the third phase are already sold. In other words, buyers have recognized that Quintessence is a unique, innovative project that is redefining luxury in Laval and on the North Shore.

Sales Office

3730 Saint-Elzéar Boulevard West, Laval

QC H7P 4J5

Monday to Friday 12:00 noon to 7:00 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m.

1 855 5LIVING

When restaurant specialists partnered with personalities from Montréal nightlife, they created two ultra trendy restaurants that are rapidly making a place for themselves in the hearts of gourmets. Welcome Flyjin and Jatoba!

Flyjin: two restaurants in one

A dynamic team, a very talented chef, a chic, mysterious location and a hellish atmosphere: these are the ingredients one needs to set the standard for gastronomy and entertainment in Montréal. Nicolas Urli (Restaurant Hà, Jatoba), Alexandre Brosseau (Le Sous-Bois), Marco Benatar (Jatoba), Alexandre Besnard and Patrick Hétu (A5 Management) understood the concept perfectly when they created Flyjin two years ago.


Nestled in a basement in the heart of Old Montréal, this magnificent Asian venue is designed with a unique two-for-one concept: on the one hand you have a restaurant-bar with Asian influences, on the other a festive night club with excellent DJs. The stroke of genius is that neither one sacrifices anything to the other. The menu, from famous chef Antonio Park, melds creativity and originality into subtle flavours. On the stroke of midnight, furniture, lighting, music and even staff undergo a metamorphosis, giving way to a dance floor to welcome night owls. Suddenly we understand why Flyjin’s motto is: Things are not what they seem…



Those who, like Guy Laliberté or Hugh Grant, like to celebrate in an incomparable atmosphere, certainly won’t be missing any of the special events. The next ones are during the Grand Prix on June 5, 6 and 7. Reservations are a must!


1184 Phillips Place, Montréal
514 871-1184


Jatoba: an incomparable gastronomic experience

After the success of Flyjin, the business partners decided to maintain their momentum by opening Jatoba this past January. Located in the former Phillips Lounge in the heart of downtown, this establishment is dedicated to a culinary experience with a Japanese influence. Whether for a business lunch or a late supper with friends, chef Olivier Vigneault imagines extraordinarily refined dishes. This young man, who used to be the co-owner of Yuzu in Québec City, executive chef at Marabout and Miso and chef at Kaizen and Park, is once again proving that he has amazing talent. The menu includes dumplings, albacore or beef tataki, black cod, seafood and other reinvented dishes.


Comfortably installed on the patio under the skyscrapers or seated in the huge dining room with its warm and sophisticated décor, you’ll experience a moment of pure pleasure.



Flyjin and Jatoba both have multifunctional rooms that are large enough for groups at corporate or other special events.


417 St Pierre Street, Montréal
514 564-8881


Text: Diane Stehle