Here's Our Travel Guide to This Nation of Over 7,000 Islands
1. Chez Sophie1974, rue Notre-Dame O., Montreal
2. Ma'tine1310 Maisonneuve Est, Montreal
3. Pizzeria GEMA6827 St-Dominique, Montreal
4. T & T tacos and tortas51, rue Rachel Ouest, Montreal
5. Tapas 24420, rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montreal
6. Sa-Fran3979 rue Saint-Denis, Montreal
7. Foyer3532 Notre Dame Ouest, Montreal
8. Spoum6631 Jeanne-Mance, Montreal
After years abroad and many successful restaurants later, Chef Sophie Tabet brings her elegant French cuisine (with Italian influences) to the city that saw her career debut. If dinner prices are a little too steep for your budget (mains between $29-$36), go for lunch (table d’hôte, $25), brunch ($15), or for a drink and order from the bar menu.
This Ville-Marie spot features cafe fare in the morning, bistro/takeout at lunch, and 5 à 7 snacks with natural wines and a gorgeous terrasse.
This 50-seater in Little Italy offers pizzas ($13-$18) cooked in an electric deck oven imported from Northern Italy (no fire!), classic Italian starters like fried calamari, meatballs, as well as frozen custard from Laiterie Chagnon for dessert.
As its name indicates, partners Alberto Rivera and Chef Demetrio Vasquez bring you classic Mexican fare like well, tacos and tortas (Mexican-style sandwiches), and make all of their tortillas, buns, and churros in-house.
This Old Montreal spot is perfect to indulge in a menu loaded with classic Spanish tapas, as well as an extensive wine list put together by leading sommelier, François Chartier.
Japanese sushi bar meets French bistro cuisine at this Plateau spot, and it goes beyond “fusion” -- downtempo music included -- while offering contemporary dishes from both cultures, in separate menus, that pair well following each other, courtesy of Chefs François Leleu and Satoshi Matsumoto.
Located in the booming food scene of St-Henri, Foyer swears by its wood-burning oven to deliver classics, as well as comfort food options (onion soup pizza, anyone?). They also compose market-fresh dishes, daily, except Sunday when they are closed.
Located in Restaurant Mile-Ex, this ice cream bar serves sorbets, milkshakes, ice cream sandwiches, and "spoum", which is a British-style ice cream that has the consistency of a mousse. Plus, you can also get pastry chef Valentin Wajda’s bite-sized treats AND dog ice cream. Seriously.