Montreal is seeing new restaurants open in every corner of the city – and we can’t wait to try them all. From new Vietnamese soul food to Mexican-style tapas, gourmet burgers to seafood brasseries, we have a lot to look forward to.
Here are 10 notable new Montreal Restaurants to look for in 2015.
Plaza St-Hubert has a new player on the block. Mee-Ho brings a new form of tapas and Mexican fusion that is a refreshing touch to this corner of La Petite-Patrie. Expect Mexican-style cocktails with their long list of tequilas and an out-of-this-world Mexican brunch menu that’ll make you salivate just by reading it.
2. Le Red Tiger
Spring can’t come any sooner in Montreal. Le Red Tiger is set to open up in March in Montreal’s ever-changing Village. This new venture is brought to us by the guys over at Kaiji Resturant in Villeray, which will focus on Vietnamese soul food. Expect real Vietnamese street food such as grilled skewered meats, braised caramelized pork, and eggs and tamarind sautéed sea snails – all meant to be eaten with your fingers, just like in Vietnam.
From the guys that brought us mouthwatering oysters and lobster rolls in the Monkland Village comes their all new soon-to-be hotspot in Westmount. Brasserie Lucille’s will be a more upscale outpost of the Lucille’s brand with emphasis on fish, steaks and fresh pastas. But don’t worry, oysters and seafood platters are still on the Brasseries menu for all you sea lovers.
Gourmet burgers are making a meaty debut in N.D.G. with the all-new Notre-Boeuf-de-Grace (N.B.G.). The owners describe N.B.G. as a “compromise between the likes of Burger de Ville and M:BRGR. By the sounds of that alone, we can’t wait to kick back our carnivore cravings.
The boys behind Downtown Montreal’s popular Biiru Izakaya have another restaurant in the works. Escondite will focus on very affordable Mexican tapas with a cool selection of tacos and cocktails. The location is still in the works, but if it’s anything like its big sister restaurant, Biiru, expect the all-new neighbourhood taqueria to be somewhere off the beaten path.
6. Le C
Centre-Sud welcomes a new concept to its hugely popular and artistic Usine C Theater with a new Cafe and wine bar called Le C. Expect top-notch coffees and wines alike with an equally pleasurable food menu to boot from Catalan chef Luis Leon Tigreton.
Projecting to open in late summer, Monarque will be housed in the new Penny Lane development in Old Montreal. The “haute gamme” tavern-style space from the team of Lemeac will offer up French-influenced cuisine in a 100-seat locale that will have a separate bar area of 70 seats. This will be a hot addition to that corner of Old Montreal’s restaurant scene.
The much-beloved izakaya that brought us sake bombs is opening its second venture in the Plateau. Ichi Go Ichi E will be taking over a spot on Rachel Street between St. Denis and Drolet. The all new pub Japonais is expected to open within the next couple weeks, and if it’s anything like Imadake, it will definitely be notable.
Mile End does it again; it seems like everyone and their neighbour is setting up shop in this booming quartier. The major player behind the likes of Le Mal Necessaire, Thazard and Mais, is opening this all-new social club in the old Green Room space. Expect nothing but a formidable vibe and great cuisine as the experienced chef from another Mile End gem, Hotel Herman, moves on to Maison Sociale’s kitchen.
The highly anticipated new “bistro du terroir” in the old Copacabana spot in Downtown Montreal is arriving this April. The concept and design behind Soubois is of an “underground enchanted forest,” which promises to bring a new flavour to the financial and high-end clothing district. With partners from Flyjin and Les Enfant Terribles, Soubois will no doubt deliver. French-Canadian bistro fair with market fresh produce is their aim. The best part: they will be open on Sundays for brunch. Now were talking…
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