The Montreal culinary scene certainly doesn’t lack spice or energy and during the Spring season, it truly booms and this year things are really heating up.
Here are 7 new Montreal foodie hot spots you need to check out asap!
This restaurant is the first Montreal (and Quebec) establishment of the Oliver & Bonacini group from famed Canadian chef Michael Bonacini. Located in the posh Mount Stephen Hotel, Bar George serves British specialties such as scotch eggs, Yorkshire pudding, haggis & kidney pie in an eccentric and classical decor. The menu was created by Anthony Walsh (Canoe) and Kevin Ramasawmy (Maison Boulud), both bringing a wealth of experience. What’s unique about Bar George is that it’s a heritage building and once was a private gentleman’s club. Every vintage and opulent historical detail has been preserved making you feel like you just time traveled into a different era.
Address: 1440, Drummond
Opened by Chef Medhi Brunet-Benkritly (Au Pied de Cochon) and his wife Molly Superfine-Rivera (Minetta Tavern, M. Wells) has had quite some buzz since its opening. Marconi is composed of seasoned professionals who have chosen the Mile-Ex area to open a neighbourhood restaurant designed by none other than Zébulon Perron. With a menu that changes seasonally, you can find interesting dishes such as brussel sprouts with mozzarella di bufala and kimchi, a toast of sea snails with bone marrow, and many more unique flavour combinations.
Address: 45 Mozart W.
The team behind St.Henri’s Ludger, recently opened Magdalena wine bar next door. Here you’ll find the same ‘neighborhood restaurant’ vibe that Ludger offers however, the primary focus here is on wines by the glass and small sharing plates. Menu items include banh-mi, fried tofu, eggplant purée, and other satisfying bar snacks.
Where: 4005 Notre-Dame W.
Libertine is above all a pastry shop however they do have a small “savoury” menu to accompany the several desserts. The concept is jointly created by Nick Kemball (Patrice Patissier) and Michael Ayoub, owner of the bicycle shop where the bakery is located. The ‘boho’ ambiance fuses perfectly with the desserts that literally look like they were pulled from Pinterest. We recommend the following: Paris-Brest with Massawippi miso, rice and pandan leaf flan, and any of their insanely yummy custom-made cakes.
Where: 806 Atwater
This brand new address in Griffintown is inspired by traditional French Bistros. The chef, Darryl Crumb, who learned the French language and cuisine in Paris, features some European classics on his menu such as “parmentier de veau” and “salade frisée”. The gorgeous decor was inspired by Moulin Rouge offering a truly “Parisian” experience.
Address: 1524 Notre-Dame W.
After the success of their first location in Old Montreal, owner Charles Manceau (also of Nini Meatball house) has recently opened a second location on Beaver Hall. What we love about Venice is that it transports you to a Californian vibe through its original and funky decor. Popular for their healthy food servings such as the avo toast, acai bowls, seasonal salads, as well as various Poké bowls, this second location also offers a large 50 seat terrace which will be perfect once the sun decides to finally join us.
Address: 1045 Côte du Beaver Hall
If you’re seeking an adventure this summer, take a ride to Boucherville. This greenhouse concept designed by Amlyne Philips is a bar with a menu created by Julien Messier (Quai Roulant) full of sharing plates (popcorn shrimp tacos, snow crab croquettes), tartares (five varieties), and snack-bar items (burgers, poutines, chicken wings). The space also includes pool tables and a cool karaoke room making it a full night out for you and your friends.
Address: 20 Boulevard de Mortagne, Boucherville, QC