As soon as I walked into Harlow and was greeted by two hostesses wearing fur jackets, pearls, and silk mini dresses, I knew I was in the right place. Two words instinctually popped into my mind: modern decadence.

Tucked away in Montreal’s Place Jacques-Cartier amongst romantic cobblestone roads, Harlow is a perfect blend of old world charm and modern sensibility. The restaurant “combines elements of 1930’s Old Hollywood and art deco to create a unique fine dining experience.” As the media and fashion crowed flocked to it’s official opening, we were all proven that it was, indeed, a unique experience. Designed by Philip Hazan, the restaurant includes a dining room, well-stocked bar, cozy living room, and terrace.

Guests were offered mouthwatering canapés by head chef Jason Bivall, who mixes nouveau American cuisine and French classics to create the perfect blend of modern flare. While guests snacked on hors d’oeuvres, a free flowing selection of their delicious signature cocktail – called Jean Harlow, of course – ensured that Montreal’s fashion crowd stayed warm on the frosty winter night. For the time being, I think it’s safe to say that Harlow deserves the accolade for sexiest new restaurant in Montreal.