It’s almost fall and (thankfully) the Montreal restaurant craze is showing no signs of slowing down.
From pizzerias to taco joints, new foodie hot spots are opening faster than you can blink an eye. So to get you ready for the colder weather and cozy sweaters, we scoured the city and picked out 9 Restaurants – from Saint-Henri all the way to Outremont – that are sure to warm you up.
Ready. Set. Eat.
Le Fantôme (1832 Rue William)
Good luck grabbing a reservation the day of at this 30-seater restaurant in the heart of Griffintown. The menu is affordable and its main focus rests on market cuisine, meaning everything is always fresh and tasty. Full of small plates, this is the perfect spot to come and share an exciting menu that continues to gain positive buzz from even the toughest of critics.
Café Frida (4412 Rue Notre-Dame O)
Did someone say $2 tacos? Welcome to Saint-Henri’s hottest new taco joint. When you see a mom cooking things up in the kitchen, you know the result will be finger lickin’ good. Just a heads up, the place is tiny and always packed, so if a romantic dinner for two is on the menu, this is not your spot.
Bao Boys (4135 St.Denis)
New on St-Denis, offering a very cozy and relaxed decor, this is the perfect place to grab a bite and have a few drinks while enjoying the latest hip-hop and R&B hits. Their specialty is the Bao, a fluffy steamed bun shaped like a taco and filled with a variety of fresh ingredients. Don’t forget to also try their delicious kimchi poutine and tamarind glazed chicken wings.
Loïc (5001 Rue Notre Dame Ouest)
What happens when you combine a rocking concert venue and a wine bar? An epic new Saint-Henri spot called Loïc is born. Totally unpretentious and cool, this is a great spot to grab a glass of wine and some small share plates before heading upstairs to check out a concert at Turbo Haus. What’s even cooler is that this venue used to be the Molson Bank of Montreal (since 1905) giving it a beautiful vintage feel and décor. Don’t worry all you non-wine drinkers; they have an extensive drink menu for you too.
Les Fillettes (1226 Avenue Van Horne)
Iconic Outremont staple Paris Beurre may be out but it’s been replaced with Les Filettes, where you’ll find a strong focus on wine and a menu that features lighter dishes centered on vegetables and fish. Even though summer is pretty much over, their gorgeous outdoor terrace is definitely still worth checking out too.
Le Mousso (1023 Ontario Est.)
Although the MAC Museum lost their chef at Le Contemporain, Antonin Mousseau-Rivard’s new Village restaurant, Le Mousso, already has a huge following. The cuisine is North American and consists of a wide variety of products from the Quebec region. Wine lovers, you’ll be happy to know that most of their dishes come paired with wine. This intimate eatery seats around 40, is definitely on the rise.
Adamo (Notre Dame Ouest across from Campanelli)
Tony Campanelli of Campanelli, St.Henri’s local coffee-go-to, has literally just opened Adamo, a spanking’ new New York style pizza joint offering only three flavours: pepperoni, margarita, and cheese. Slices are huge, homemade, and just $3 a pop. Not quite a full restaurant, it’s definitely still worth your full attention.
L’Orignal Canteen (286 Notre Dame O)
From the acclaimed owners of Old Port staple – Restaurant L’Orignal – comes their brand new venture, L’Orignal Canteen. The Canteen features savoury ready-to-eat meals, an oyster bar, L’Orignal retail, and will be open for breakfast, lunch, 5à7s, and dinner. The Canteen’s menu changes on a daily basis, featuring a variety of ready-to-eat meals that will stay true to the overall concept of L’Orignal – comfort food, terroir-based, with an emphasis on local farms and produce.
Pizzeria Melrose (5799 Rue Sherbrooke O)
The Pizza craze keeps sweeping the city with Pizzeria Melrose opening its doors in the NDG hood recently and already garnering rave reviews. Complete with a full wine list and enough pizza choices to keep even the pickiest cheese lover satisfied, this new hotspot is keeping residents and visitors happy and filled.