So far this year, 179 new restaurants have opened in Montreal; this translates roughly to a new place every two days... so it鈥檚 amazing you look as svelte as you do. But it also means there鈥檚 some cutthroat competition out there too, so we took a look back, and figured out which ones truly were are the top of the food chain...

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Restaurant Manitoba

Park-Ex
Manitoba has been piling on the accolades since opening in April, and shows no sign of stopping. Taking its cues from Quebec鈥檚 natural bounty and the traditions of Canada鈥檚 indigenous people, diners are invited to sample heart, liver, and lichen courtesy of a seasonally changing, and pretty adventurous menu. To fill it, they employ a team of experienced foragers, and some extensive in-house curing and preserving. Expect big things in 2015.

Junior

Junior

Griffintown
Though it鈥檚 only been open for a short while, Junior is already making big, impactful waves in Montreal. The resto brings fine-dining attention to detail and an extensive list of natural wines to authentic Filipino food, and the delivery feels effortless and fun. Judging by its first few steps, great things are in store for these guys...

Majestique

Majestique

The Main
When Charles Antoine Crete, the foodsmith behind two of Montreal鈥檚 most vaunted dining establishments (Toqu茅! and Brasserie T!), paired up with bar juggernauts David Page and Richard Holder (of Bar Waverly and Brasserie Bernard), the resulting place could only be ground-breaking. So when Majestique opened its doors in March and began to proffer fresh oysters, an excellent Sunday brunch, and masterfully crafted late-night eats to the masses, the people came a running, and for good reason.

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Ma鈥檛ine

Gay Village
Though Montreal has no shortage of quality weekend brunch places, Ma鈥檛ine stands out for the fact that they take it so ridiculously seriously -- their unwavering commitment to high-quality ingredients and meticulous execution has raised the brunch game for the entire neighborhood. Come early for the house-made pastries and granola, lunch on the chef鈥檚 terrine or boudin, or enjoy selected wine and oysters during happy hour.

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L鈥橤ros Luxe

Plateau and Mile End
This popular eatery makes the list because it was one of the first in Montreal to offer up the revolutionary concept of high-quality eats for affordable prices. With two branches, a menu of breakfasts and main courses ranging from $5 to $9, respectable-sized portions, and good, fresh ingredients, L鈥橤ros Luxe isn鈥檛 cutting any corners.

Patrice P芒tissier

Patrice P芒tissier

Griffintown
Chef Patrice Demers is a master when it comes to French cuisine, and Patrice P芒tissier is where you鈥檇 go to sample his creations. So it's no surprise that it's made a splash. But sweets are not the only thing on offer here; a lunchtime menu and a weekend wine bar serve soups, salads, and a variety of small plates for sharing. And if you鈥檙e so inclined, you could even take a course and learn how to make French pastries yourself.

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Dirty Dogs

Plateau
What started as a pop-up dinner venture between friends has quickly evolved into a hugely successful restaurant that offers a new spin on hot dogs; they use house-made sausages, throw in veggie options, and then top them with creativeness like mac & cheese and fried eggs -- the noble dog had been vastly underappreciated until this spot came along.

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Mes贸n

Villeray
Montreal鈥檚 diverse population means there鈥檚 probably a restaurant for every world cuisine, and there is no shortage of Spanish influence in the city. But Mes贸n makes this list for offering the honest, straightforward food of the Iberian Peninsula in generous portions in a laid-back atmosphere. This is real Spanish food, done well, and (gasp!) without any small plates. It's only been open a couple of months, but it looks like it's here to stay for a long while.

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Sa-Fran

Plateau
Sa-Fran is the result of a fortuitous collaboration between Japanese Chef Satoshi Matsumoto and Montreal native Chef Fran莽ois Leleu, and possibly the first restaurant in Montreal to offer both sushi and bistro fare on the same menu. Ever. French and Japanese cuisines may seem like unlikely bedfellows, but their union proves to be seamless thanks to Leleu and Matsumoto鈥檚 meticulous execution and spot-on flavors.

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Sumac

St-Henri
Another relative newcomer, Sumac has already garnered a steady following for its family-style plates and easy lunchtime atmosphere. A fresh Israeli-style falafel is hard to find in North America, and Sumac turns its over quickly enough that they maintain their perfectly soft interior and crispy skin.

Sel Gras

Sel Gras

Plateau
Though Portuguese food often shines in its simplest, street-food versions, Sel Gras proves that this high-protein, high-flavour cuisine also lends itself perfectly to high dining. Though Sel Gras is definitely an indulgence, when Portuguese food and drink are as good as this, they鈥檙e an experience all in their own right, and Sel Gras has eared its place on the list for doing just that.

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1. Restaurant Manitoba 271 Saint-Zotique O., Montreal, H2V 1A4 (Parc Ex)

If you're looking for fine dining in the Park-Ex area, look no further than Restaurant Manitoba, which has an ever-changing menu loaded with rustic wild game options that often include heart and tongue.

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2. Junior 1964 rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montreal, H3J 1M8 (Griffintown)

This Griffintown Filipino spot garners plenty of attention because of its upscale fare, attention to detail throughout the menu and decor, and extensive list of wines.

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3. Majestique 4105, Blvd Saint-Laurent, Montreal, H2W

Majestique is a terrific choice when it comes to seafood (snow crab and freshly shucked oysters!), and the decked-out interior that screams Canadian-style kitsch just makes the experience that much more enjoyable.

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4. Ma'tine 1310 Maisonneuve Est, Montreal, H2L 2A5

This Ville-Marie spot features cafe fare in the morning, bistro/takeout at lunch, and 5 脿 7 snacks with natural wines and a gorgeous terrasse.

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5. L'Gros Luxe 3807 Saint-Andr茅, Montreal, H2L 3V9 (Plateau)

This bistro, coffee shop, and bar offers up high-quality eats at affordable prices, and with multiple branches, it's easy to satisfy your cravings for breakfasts and main courses that are cheap and come in large portions.

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6. Patrice P芒tissier 2360 Notre Dame Ouest, Montreal, H3J 1N4 (Saint Henri)

This jack of all trades is a pastry shop, wine bar, and dessert bar AND they also host cooking classes if all the good food and drink gets you in the mood to try it yourself.

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7. Dirty Dogs 25 Ave du Mont-Royal Est, Montreal, H2T (Plateau)

This Plateau shop doles out a wide range of 'dogs, from your standard hot dog to some more unique options like their Pouzza dog, which is poutine on a hot dog.

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8. Mes贸n 342 Rue Villeray, Montreal, H2R

This Villeray resto offers honest, straightforward food from the Iberian Peninsula in generous portions in a laid-back atmosphere. This is real Spanish food, done well, and (gasp!) without any small plates.

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9. Sa-Fran 3979 rue Saint-Denis, Montreal, H2W 2M4 (Plateau)

Japanese sushi bar meets French bistro cuisine at this Plateau spot, and it goes beyond 鈥渇usion鈥 -- downtempo music included -- while offering contemporary dishes from both cultures, in separate menus, that pair well following each other, courtesy of Chefs Fran莽ois Leleu and Satoshi Matsumoto.

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10. Sumac 3618 Notre-Dame Ouest, Montreal, H4C 1P5 (Saint Henri)

Sumac has quite a following thanks to its family-style plates and easy lunchtime atmosphere. A fresh, Israeli-style falafel is hard to find in North America, and Sumac turns its over quickly enough that they maintain their perfectly soft interior and crispy skin.

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11. Sel Gras 5245 St-Laurent, Montreal, H2T 1S4 (Plateau)

Though Portuguese food often shines in its simplest, street-food versions, Sel Gras proves that this high-protein, high-flavour cuisine also lends itself perfectly to high dining.

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