Sure, Montreal may be cold, but at least it makes up for it with a huge choice of restaurants to help you put on some nice, insulating winter fat. And now that you've tried the finest ones to open in 2014, here are the best of the more recent ribbon-cutters...
In the heart of hipster heaven in Montreal’s Mile End lies Wilfred sur Laurier. Why does this new restaurant deserve a visit? Because every dish contains at least one ingredient that will make you ask "really?", like the albacore tuna with red beets, buttermilk, and caviar. Buttermilk with tuna, really? The answer, as with pretty much everything else it serves, is yes.
Having been open for a short period, Cirkus has been quickly gaining popularity -- especially for its plating. Dishes have never looked so artistic, whimsical, and yet so delicious. Who would have thought mascarpone ravioli with beet ribbons and pistachios would look like it should be in some kind of gallery? You'll almost feel guilty for ruining the creations by eating them.
Old Hollywood can now be found at the Old Port. Harlow, named after the glamorous actress Jean Harlow, is a slick mishmash of '30s elegance & modern dining. Fusing French w/ American gastronomy, it still nonetheless pays homage to classic dishes like the Waldorf salad.
Jatoba is the latest Chinese-Japanese fusion restaurant to open its doors in Montreal. Located in the Old Port, you'll find dishes like yellowtail tuna w/ Asian pear, jalapeño, and an ogo nori crisp courtesy of the head chef from Kaizen and Park.
Labelling itself as serving "anti-depressant cuisine," Les Cocottes is comfort food at its very best. Named after the French word for "casseroles," you'll find nourishingly appropriate dishes like braised deer cooked in amber beer paired with a homemade gingerbread sauce.
Let’s be clear about something: nothing is better than a good burrito. Now, if you could take a good burrito made with fresh ingredients and add killer BBQ flavour to it? You'd have Tejano. It's from the owners of Blackstrap BBQ, and they load their tortillas with ancho cumin BBQ beef and glorious chorizo-spiced pulled pork.
With a name that means "back alley" in Italian, Vicolo positions itself as an urban-meets-gourmet kinda spot. The resto and bar are serving up unique spins on classics; the humble Italian ravioli has gone from rustic to fresh with the duck confit blue cheese filling with walnuts, pears, and cranberries. And for dessert, order the Earl Grey Martini made with a homemade lemon and Earl Grey syrup. Yes, martinis can be dessert.
KYOZON is a new bar/restaurant located in the core of Downtown Montreal, serving what they refer to as "New-Asian cuisine" which apparently means a blend of Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese, and Japanese menu-fillers. Patrons are encouraged to sit by its kaiten conveyor belt, where appetizers race past on colored plates, each indicating a price point. The New-Asian flare is not limited to the food alone. Its Shojo Sour is a Midori, lime, and sesame oil wonder.
1. Wilfrid sur Laurier222 Laurier Ouest, Montreal
2. Restaurant Cirkus1481 Laurier Est, Montreal
3. Harlow438 Place Jacques Cartier, Montreal
4. Jatoba1184 Place Phillips, Montreal
5. Les Cocottes51 Beaubien Est, Montreal
6. Tejano BBQ Burrito511 Rue De Courcelle, Montreal
7. Vicolo1425 Rene-Levesque O., Montreal
8. KYOZON1458, rue Crescent, Montreal
In the heart of hipster heaven in the Montreal’s Mile-End lies Wilfred sur Laurier, a spot boasting affordable eats, unique items, and a quality weekend brunch.
Cirkus gained its popularity for a number of reasons, one of which is its terrific presentation of its food. The plating here is artistic and whimsical, and the tastes are just as good -- focusing on French and high-end dishes.
Harlow, named after the glamorous actress Jean Harlow, is mixing the elegance of the 1930s with modern dining. Combining French with American gastronomy while still paying homage to classic dishes like the Waldorf salad, Harlow will make anyone feel like a socialite from the era.
This Downtown Japanese-Chinese fusion eatery is a popular spot for business, lunches, and dinner dates thanks to its warm setting and original, unique dishes.
Serving "anti-depressant cuisine," this Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie resto features comfort food at its very best. Les Cocottes is French for "the casseroles" and that just screams happy days.
Nothing is better than a good burrito made with fresh ingredients. Now, if you could take a good burrito made with fresh ingredients and add killer BBQ flavor to it, it can only get better, and that's exactly what Tejano does.
This is not the average Italian restaurant. Vicolo is about urban meeting gourmet, and this Downtown restaurant/bar is serving up unique spins on classics, from entrees to desserts.
Locaed in the core of Downtown Montreal, KYOZON serves New Asian cuisine, which is a blend of Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese and Japanese. And its talents aren't limited to the food either, thanks to a tasty cocktail menu.