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The flip side to the Restaurant Closures thread. www.chowhound.com/topics/383710

Two to report:

The windows of the late, lamented Les Chèvres are papered over. A sign says Le Joli Moulin, specializing in steaks and seafood, will be opening soon. It also says *Depuis 1971*. Say what? Google shows a resto of the same name on Sherbrooke East on the far side of the Olympic Village.

The formerly shuttered kitchen at Benelo (2145 Crescent, discussed under the Best Coffee thread), has been taken over by a young and enthusiastic chef from France, who's just coming off a stint at Aubèrge St-Gabriel and has worked with Eric Gonzalez (formerly of Cube, now at XO in the St. James Hotel). On Wednesday of last week, though he was apologetic about his offer ("I've only been here for three days; come back in a week or two"), it all looked good to me. Several types of pasta, vegetable, legume and fruit salads; pannini; small quiches; crème caramel. My quiche with tomatoes, artichoke hearts, onion and black olives was lovely -- the crust superb -- and the accompanying lettuce salad was impeccable. A take-home dish of pasta in béchamel with mushrooms, tomatoes and cheese was tasty and perfectly executed if predictably a little bland. In any case, a spot to keep an eye on. The chef says he'll be offering catering services too.

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  1. carswell

    Thanks for the update! Speaking of the late and lamented... any word on Anise - either the location or the staff?


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    1. re: toddmundt

      Walked by the location this evening. Windows papered over but no "opening soon" sign. Don't know what's become of the staff, though the chef-owner is surely taking a well-deserved vacation.

    2. New downtown pub- The Irish Embassy is opening on Bishop below St. Cath. Have been to the one in Toronto and they do pull a great pint. The food is above-average pub-fare, IIRC, with a definite Irish twist.

      1. This is not a restaurant, but the Bilboquet ice cream establishment recently opened in early-April a Westmount location on Sherbrooke West(just west of Victoria). This would be their second location. I was there on opening day. I found it a little funny, that while almost all their customers ordered in English, the menu on the board & etc was only in French.

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          1. re: lagatta

            Maybe it's the reality of Montreal(even in the West Island), but I still find it a little strange.

          2. again, not exactly a restaurant.

            Saum-mon openned a new counter on St-Laurent in a small space in "Le Sergent Recruteur" ( corner of villeneuve ).

            I have not tried it yet ( or even the original business )

            1. I have been to the Irish Embassy in Toronto, its quite good-same owners?
              In the West Island, in the Forty Westt complex they are opening what looks to be a large upscale bistro called Towne Hall.

              1. CDN update:

                Cafélix, on the east side of CDN between Queen Mary and Sewell, has reopened under new management. Little appears to have changed, including unfortunately the beans (Miscela d'Oro).

                The former Tentations Gourmets space has been taken over by Les comptoirs Bench & Cie and looks about ready to open. The blackboard menu is mainly devoted to pastries and sandwiches. Didn't see any mention of coffee.

                1. The Devi restaurant has just opened a location in downtown Montreal(Crescent street). Devi is the upscale Indian restaurant in NYC.

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                  1. re: BLM

                    I presume no relation to Dev on Victoria?

                  2. Anise will reopen as BAZaAR Anise in the same location Thursday May 17.

                    1. The very upscale Greek/Mediteranean restaurant Trinity Estiatorio located in downtown Montreal at 1445 Drummond(Drummond & de Maisonneuve) opened to the public tonight.

                      1. "The windows of the late, lamented Les Chèvres are papered over. A sign says Le Joli Moulin, specializing in steaks and seafood, will be opening soon. It also says *Depuis 1971*. Say what? Google shows a resto of the same name on Sherbrooke East on the far side of the Olympic Village."

                        You might of noticed Carswell, that Lesley C mentioned in her 'Critic's Notebook' column today(Saturday), that Le Joli Moulin is indeed a restaurant formerly located on Sherbrooke Street East that closed in 2005 after 34 years in business. Went by Saturday, & noticed the sign at the Van Horne location(specializing in steaks, seafood 'and' roast beef).

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                        1. re: BLM

                          Le Joli Moulin is scheduled to reopen at the former Les Chevres location next Monday(June 11th).

                          1. re: BLM

                            So, anyone went to that new incarnation of "Joli Moulin"? I remember that restaurant in their former location on Sherbrooke E. as one of the worst restaurant experience in my life. Food was barely ok, decor was completely outdated but it really was abysmal bad service that I will remember forever. This is still the only occasion in my whole life that I voluntarily left no tip.

                            1. re: Bryston

                              There's a rather positive review of Joli Moulin in this week's Voir.


                        2. I stopped by Benelo's for one of their delicately flavored espressos. I didn't try this: but I see they are offering gelatos and gelato-based desserts there now as well.

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                          1. re: Fritzy

                            What is this Benelo and why have Google Maps and Yellowpages.ca never heard of it?

                            Also, do they make their own gelato?


                            1. re: SnackHappy

                              Ok, I did some further internet sleuthing and found out that this is a hair salon and cafe at 2145 Crescent Street. I think i've walked by that place.

                              1. re: SnackHappy

                                It's also mentioned, with address, in the original post in this thread. ;)

                                1. re: SnackHappy

                                  Yes, it is hair salon with Italian food items and an espresso machine in front. It is extremely easy to miss unless you are looking for it deliberately. Once you get over the strangeness of the combination of the two enterprises, it is a delighltful, friendly little spot with excellent espresso.

                                  carswell has more details at the very top of this thread...

                              2. re: Fritzy

                                Funny. I was there yesterday afternoon and didn't see any gelati, though there were cards for the tartuffi on the tables. Am pretty sure the tarfuffi are brought in. The former owners of the cafe used to make their own gelati, so maybe Alexandre is doing the same thing.

                                A rectangular pizza with artichoke hearts, olives, peppers, tomato and cheese was very good. The chocolate mousse was excellent -- as dense as any I've had, though Alex said it was *plus allégée* (lower fat) than most. The strawberry tartlet had a textbook crust and smooth but barely sweetened pastry cream that would be a perfect vehicle for sweet local berries; with pretty but flavourless California berries, it would have benefited from a sweet glaze of some sort. The macaroons were dry and chewy on the outside, soft and melting on the inside. The display case contained a couple of attractive salad plates, one with organic chicken, the other with scallops and shrimp. Alex also said he's catered a few local events and has others lined up.

                              3. Vauvert - which has succeeded to Cube of the Hotel St-Paul

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                                1. re: jptimbaud

                                  I wonder who's the head chef at Vauvert? Could it be Stelio Perombelon? Before Les Chevres restaurant closed, Stelio kept denying at the other site, that he was going to be the new head chef at Cube restaurant.

                                  1. re: BLM

                                    It's Pascal Leblond, who used to be head at lunchtime only.

                                2. Just noticed over the weekend that the Portuguese grill restaurant Jano, has now opened a new location on Prince-Arthur with the name Le Barcelos(same menu as Jano). Jano is still going strong. Le Barcelos is at the former location of Pizza Mella. Just found out, that Pizza Mella also had a location in Laval(I'm guessing it has also been closed).

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                                  1. re: BLM

                                    Is Le Barcelos a BYO? Have never understood why there aren't more Portuguese restos that are.

                                    Though I don't think Jano is as good as it was, say, ten or 15 years ago, it's still a damned sight better than nearly everything on that stretch of Prince Arthur. Will be interesting to see whether it brings its neighbours up to its level or they pull it down to theirs.

                                    1. re: carswell

                                      Just checked. Le Barcelos on Prince Arthur, is not a BYO.

                                      1. re: BLM

                                        Le Barcelos is nothing like Jano – 10 years ago or now. It is not enjoyable. I work on the Main and a coworker suggested we eat there one day. Prices are high –as they are all along Prince Arthur – and food is sub-par: that ubiquitous iceberg salad , salty “restaurant rice” (aka. powdered chicken stock) . The chicken was decent but at about $10 for a ¼ bird – I’d pass.

                                        I have not tried but a new Mexican restaurant opened up on Prince Arthur – “Tamale” I think it’s called. They put a lot of money into that thing.

                                        1. re: Arktik

                                          Isn't the same people that run it(owned by Jano people)? From taking a quick glance at their menu only, it's the exact same menu, & might even be the exact same prices. The only difference I noticed is the name.

                                          1. re: Arktik

                                            I thought the food and menu was typical of any of the Portuguese "grillade" restaurants in the area, with the only real benefits being that it isn't yet another Greek restaurant on Prince-Arthur and that you can sit outside. Another nice feature is the two times I've been there they were nice enough to split the bill for the pitchers of beer evenly across our bills. I had the 1/4 chicken with lamb chops and was quite satisfied, but yes, iceberg salad means this is far from high brow.

                                    2. Café Sarajevo, an unclassable resto/café/bar/show venue etc, closed down a while back, is re-opening at 6548 rue St-Laurent, between Beaubien and St-Zotique.

                                      1. Was sad to note that a Subway shop is about to open on Van Horne in the former premises of Pendeli's Pizza, nextdoor to Le Paltoquet. Sad because I believe it's the first incursion of a globe-spanning fastfood chain into the rather long and restaurant-dense stretch of Van Horne between Park Ave. and Rockland. Similarly disheartening has been the steady flow of traffic into and out of the new Subway outlet on Park Ave. between Laurier and Fairmount, even as neighbouring non-franchise eateries are nearly devoid of customers.

                                        1. Just so you know, there's a new restaurant on Plaza St-Hubert. It's called L'étoile and its claim to fame is that it's co-owned by Garou. The place looks nice enough; a big, open, bright, informal space, but the menu is a mess. It's trying to be fancy without really being original, and aims at a very wide public. A mix of bistro fare and pizzas and maybe something else i forgot.

                                          Maybe i'll try it for lunch sometime I'm not feeling like pupusas and post an update.

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                                          1. re: SnackHappy

                                            Look forward to your review of the new place.
                                            Also, where do you go for pupusas? I'm totally envious, alas, no place for pupusas anywhere near where I work! I'm lucky to get to Las Palmas (on Jarry) every few months. I wish we trade work locations for a week or so ;)

                                            1. re: morebubbles

                                              Well, even though I most often end up at El Topical for reasons of proximity, I prefer Los Planes on Bélanger. They have the best curtido and the pupusas are always good. La Carretta is quite good, but it's also the most expensive. I guess those post-fire improvements need to be paid for. Las Palmas is ok, so are most of the other places. I've yet to try La Torre De Salvador on Rosemont, but I've been told its good.

                                              1. re: SnackHappy

                                                Great, hadn't heard of La Torre de El Salvador in Rosemont, will have to look it up. Good to know about the curtido, it is important, so thanks for that (I've been to Los Planes, but it's been a couple of years now). The pupusas de queso con loroco at Las Palmas are v. good, I find. Loroco is a must. Also the tamales and their breakfast combinations are good.

                                                1. re: SnackHappy

                                                  Haven't been to Los Planes.

                                                  Yes, La Carreta has gone up a bit in price, but is a fraction of the price of most establishments on this board, and it has become a very pleasant place for a leisurely evening meal. I haven't been back since all restos in Québec went non-smoking. There is a room in the back which used to be the smoking section - I think it would make a pleasant setting for a group meal (they don't just have pupusas, but several Central American and Mexican dishes).

                                                  Will try the other two, but if they have neon lighting, it will be as takeaway.

                                              2. re: SnackHappy

                                                The Holder brothers are also partners in the venture, fwiw. I'm curious as to what it's like. Please do post if you try it.

                                              3. I noticed today a sign went up in the former location of Papaye Verte on Bernard for a place called Mai Thai, advertising royal Thai cuisine.

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                                                1. re: andrewm

                                                  Does that mean upscale Thai cuisine(I noticed the sign earlier this week)?

                                                  1. re: BLM

                                                    I'm sure it just means they'll have little birds carved out of carrots.

                                                2. Second Juliette et chocolat on Laurier near Parc....
                                                  Mexicanerias(sp?) on Parc near Van Horne....
                                                  Tibet Libre "Pizzeria vegan and vegetarian" on Beaubien near St. Laurent....
                                                  Kagopa Korean BBQ on a strip mall-ish spot on St.Jacques amid all the bodyshops....used to be hole-in-the-wall Korean serving up homestyle bloodsausage......
                                                  Will investigate further.....

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                                                  1. re: chilipepper

                                                    Tibet Libre has been open for a while - it is surprisingly good - the pizza itself seems worked with a bit of sourdough. We had a fairly conventional topping with goat's cheese and vegetables. Nicely presented, not overdressed or any jarring vegetables.

                                                    By the way, just across the street, not a restaurant and definltely not vegetarian, a good Argentine butcher's and grocery's (Boucherie St-Viateur) - the one makes me think of the other simply because of the quality of the NAPO premade empanada shells St-Viateur makes, and making up a bunch of empanadas (classic, and vegetarian) and bringing them hot out of the oven. Very happy friends.

                                                    I haven't been to Mexicanerias - there is also a wee supposedly Mexican joint on St-Laurent in the last block of Little Italy between Mozart and Jean-Talon, west side. Oddly, owned by two Chilean brothers, and featuring Chilean as well as Mexican offerings.

                                                    Has anyone been to Villa España yet? Horridly kitchy décor and presentation but a good write-up in Hour, especially of the meal-sized tapas. Or to Nonno's Trattoria?

                                                  2. India's Oven at the space previously occupied by Sonam on Jean Talon in Park Ex....any buzz?

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                                                    1. re: chilipepper

                                                      In November, the owners of Moishe's will open M:brgr (2025 Drummond). As the name would suggest the specialty will be burgers from AAA, kobe, or organic beef as well as Angus beef hotdogs (which by the way are for sale at Costco under the Moishe's brand).

                                                      1. re: eat2much

                                                        When did Costco start selling those? I hadn't noticed them last time I was there, but that was a few months back. Has anyone tried them yet, and if so, what are they like?

                                                        1. re: cherylmtl

                                                          i've seen Moishes branded hamburger patties, but not the franks. I wonder who makes those. If the salads made by Cardinal are any indication, they should be pretty good.

                                                            1. re: eat2much

                                                              Now that I think of it, I can't remember whether I saw the burgers or the dogs at Costco.

                                                        2. re: eat2much

                                                          I'm guessing when Moishes says Kobe beef, they mean Canadian Kobe beef. I first heard they were planning this burger joint around 3 months ago(I posted on this board about it). Interesting about the Moishes branded Angus beef hotdogs & hamburger patties(also interested to know who makes these two product for them).

                                                      2. I've just read that Daniel Vezina, chef at Laurie-Rafael in Quebec City is to open a new restaurant in Montreal. It would be at Hotel Germain on Mansfield.

                                                        Could be interesting. I have found memories of meals at L-R.


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                                                        1. re: Bryston

                                                          Funny that she would put it that way since the news came out, a month ago.

                                                          1. re: SnackHappy

                                                            Humm... I did not see that one pass a month ago... Sorry if it's reposting.

                                                            1. re: Bryston

                                                              I'm not talking about here. I think It's the first time someone posted it here. I was talking about Marie-Claude Lortie saying it's fresh news when I heard it on the radio three weeks ago, and it was on the interweb a month ago.

                                                              I just like to nitpick at MCL's writing, 'cause I'm not really a fan.

                                                        2. Has anyone been to the new restaurant in little Italy (Ustica?) It has the look of a chain restaurant, but I'm hoping to be proven wrong!

                                                          1. Signs saying, "Bombay Palace, Opening soon" on Bishop next to Bishoku near Rene Levesque

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                                                            1. re: chilipepper

                                                              Yes, they moved recently from their Ste-Catherine street location near Atwater. I had the buffet to revisit childhood memories with friends - it wasn't extravagant, but we're talking about a buffet. The naan bread was good :)

                                                            2. The people behind Europea restaurant, are opening Beaver Hall(upscale bistro) in downtown Montreal at 1073 Cote du Beaver Hall. It officially opens tomorrow August 30th(its probably already open). Their website is at http://www.beaverhall.ca/

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                                                              1. re: BLM

                                                                Any word on if they'll be open at lunchtime? I wouldn't mind dropping by if they are.

                                                                1. re: phedre

                                                                  The website says they are: "Le Beaver Hall se fera un plaisir de vous recevoir tous les midis du Lundi au Vendredi"

                                                                  Hope their cooking is better than their website design...

                                                                  Wine-by-the-glass prices seem a bit high, though they don't specify the pour sizes.

                                                                  1. re: carswell

                                                                    Yep, it's a usability nightmare. A simple page with opening hours would have been nice!

                                                                    And yikes on the by the glass prices! the Coupe Roses for 9.50 a glass? Ouch! SAQ list price is $19!

                                                                2. re: BLM

                                                                  We hit Beaver Hall today for lunch.

                                                                  My companion described the decor as "very typical of upscale Chicago restaurants". it featured a number of booths with leather benches, globe lighting, and a fairly relaxed feel.

                                                                  We both ended up having the same appetizer, Millefeuille de foie gras poêlé en lasagne, crème de cèpes et morilles, which was good, but served in an extremely awkward deep dish. If you're getting this I recommend going light on the main meal because this is very filling, with a generous portion of foie gras. The mushrooms were gorgeous (I could be biased here, I love mushrooms), the foie gras nicely seared and melted in your mouth.

                                                                  For main courses, I went with the Tartelette de légumes grillés, mesclun de roquette et pesto, which was alright, but not overly impressive; the mesclun was piled on top, obscuring the roasted vegetables and really detracted from the presentation. My companion's Cuisse de canard confite maison, mousseline de céleri was much better - the duck had an unctuous texture and salty flavour but would have been too much for me after the foie gras appetizer. With the meal we had a bottle of Les Hauts de Força Réal (Côtes du Roussillon), which was fine with both dishes. I quite liked it actually, but it was served far too warm.

                                                                  We followed up with a cheese plate focusing on Quebec cheeses which we both enjoyed. The real weak spot here was the bread, which tasted like it had been picked up in bulk at Provigo.

                                                                  Total damage for two at lunch: $125 + tip. And be warned: their debit and credit systems aren't set up to add tips yet so you'll have to either ask for cash back, or bring some of your own.

                                                                  Overall it was ok, but nothing outstandingly original. The price tag just doesn't justify a return trip.

                                                                  1. re: phedre

                                                                    I should clarify that the bill reflects a shared bottle of wine, foie gras (an additional $10 per table d'hote menu), and the cheese plate, so really it's not THAT unreasonable. The food just wasn't quite the wow that I was expecting.

                                                                    1. re: phedre

                                                                      If you love mushrooms, you should consider going to La Table des Jardins Sauvage when they have their 7-course mushroom tasting menu. I reviewed my meal experience at this place there on my blog. But I can't wait until October for those mushrooms...

                                                                  2. Another Sushi Chef (chain) opening up - this one on Parc at Fairmount near Moka Danse...

                                                                    1. Cycling along St-Denis on this surprisingly steamy day, I spotted a sign: La Casserole - restaurant français - ouverture bientôt, on St-Denis just south of rue de Bienville (4621, to be exact). Door open, guys eating, lovely aroma. Went in, to ask for the proverbial business card. The chef didn't have any yet but the resto is almost ready and will open next week. Big Basque flag and other Basque items - mentioned that - got a dab of excellent ratatouille as a reward. Basque and Southwestern France cooking. And it is a BYOB. Confit de canard, cassoulet etc. They said table d'hôte starting from $15,95, up to quite a bit more - I was looking at a big pan of duck parts awaiting the oven or pot... But the friendly fellows assured me that there would be food for our vegetarian friends as welll; piperade, ratatouille etc. (My circle of friends includes an utterly carnivorous Argentine and a vegetarian couple).

                                                                      If this is good it will soothe my soul a bit over the loss of Berlin. I'd been studying German and of course a trip there was the culmination of a class... Very sad, and don't understand as it seemed very popular. I'll keep you posted.

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                                                                      1. re: lagatta

                                                                        La Casserole is now open, 4621, rue St-Denis, just south of rue de Bienville (one short street north of Mont-Royal). Sign said lunch from $7.95 (that would be some kind of light lunch, I guess).

                                                                      2. What used to be a pet shop on Monkland now has a sign up for "Vino- vins et terrace" I'm intrigued, but not too hopeful.

                                                                        1. New Korean fastfood in the Faubourg - "Kim Chi"
                                                                          Looks interesting, no typical bubbling mini-cauldrons of soups except for dumpling soup but kim chi fried rice! And jap chae! Plus usual kalbi and bibimbap.....
                                                                          Will investigate further.......

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                                                                          1. re: chilipepper

                                                                            It's a chain, which has sprung up all over the place in the past month or so. It's owned by the same people that run many of the food kiosks in food courts...and it was highly ordinary stuff (at least what I tasted). Looked promising, but unfortunately wasn't...Perhaps the Faubourg branch will be better than the one at Eaton Centre...I'd be interested in hearing if it is!

                                                                            1. re: cherylmtl

                                                                              I've been curious about it! Will report back if I decide to give it a go.

                                                                            2. re: chilipepper

                                                                              I checked out Kim Chi today and it's nothing special. Just the sort of stuff you'd expect from an MTY Group franchise. The mandu were made from very thick dough and the filling was almost non-existant. The broth they came in was pretty boring. The bulgogi came as a stir fry and was seriously lacking in sesame oil and garlic. The kim-chi itself was alright, although I don't know what kind of pepper powder they use because it wasn't very red. The girl at the cash was very friendly and helpful. The place seemed clean and everything tasted very fresh. I guess it could be alright in a pinch, but since Maison Bulgogi is only a few blocks away, I really don't see the point of going to Kim Chi.

                                                                            3. Les Brasseurs qui Fument opened last weekend in Lachute. Homemade craft brews on tap (and later in bottles) as well as in house smoker for homemade Smoke Meat, Sausages and other meats.

                                                                              As the kitchen was not operational yet, I only tasted the beer, a very good addition to the Quebec Beer Market. The Long Sault was particurily good.

                                                                              Disclaimer: One of the owners is a friend.

                                                                              1. (Re)Opening of the Pret a Manger Restaurant in Chinatown West on Ste Catherine W. that was heavily damaged in a fire seven or so months ago. It's now called P.M. (abbreviated) and was packed last night, the first day of its re-opening. Will investigate further to see if the quality remains the same......!

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                                                                                1. re: chilipepper

                                                                                  Same menu? They have some interesting items on their menu(the second menu that they have, when they were still Pret a Manger).

                                                                                  1. re: chilipepper

                                                                                    P.M. report:
                                                                                    The menu is the same, including the long, double sided chef's specials list.
                                                                                    The Japanese spicy tofu with pork on that very menu is still great: pillowy rounds of lightly fried tofu with bits of ground pork, dried red chili peppers, diced green and red peppers and onions ( the Beijing in Chinatown which originated the dish cooks it with fermented black beans, so depends on your taste...I don't like blackbeans so hooray for me!)
                                                                                    Salt and spicy squid were ok..a bit heavy and greasy on the batter, but was tasty spice-wise.
                                                                                    Stir-fried tong choy with garlic was good and a nice change from chinese broccoli or snow pea leaves.
                                                                                    Shredded meat chow mein was ok but tasted too much like bamboo shoots for my liking (it didn't even have any!) though my friend loved it since he loves bamboo shoots - go figure.
                                                                                    Seafood and tofu hotpot (from the regular menu) was ok - squids and fried tofus were a bit overcooked.
                                                                                    Hot pots from the chef's specials menu fared better: sizzling chicken and also fish hotpots were delish.
                                                                                    Beef with blackbean sauce over rice noodles was very good and a little spicy without us even asking.
                                                                                    Pork chops with Beijing sauce was quite good: fatty though meaty chops.
                                                                                    Spicy eggplant was the ubiquitous Yu Hsiang szechuan type eggplant and it was also good but the sauce was a bit goopy the first time we had it, better on the return visit, but both tasty...different chefs?
                                                                                    Service aims to please, with a busgirl running around refilling water, and friendly, chatty waiters.
                                                                                    Packed each time we went.
                                                                                    Happy to know it's still as good as I remember it.

                                                                                  2. Spotted just outside Laurier metro on the corner of Rivard and Laurier (formerly a Desjardins bank branch):

                                                                                    Le Boite Gourmand (I think?). Breakfast/cafe looking place with assorted take home foods. I was in a rush this morning so didn't have a chance to do more than take a quick peek inside, but I'll be sure to drop in on my way home and scope it out.

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                                                                                    1. re: phedre

                                                                                      La Boîte gourmande: - 514-270-5222
                                                                                      445, avenue Laurier Est , Montréal , QC H2J 1E6

                                                                                    2. Howdy!

                                                                                      Wandering around today I noticed two new places. If anyone has been inside (or better yet tasted stuff from) either of them I'd be very happy to hear reports.

                                                                                      Red, 4292 Saint Laurent - it appears to be some sort of generic Asian joint.
                                                                                      and the one that I want to try myself
                                                                                      Le Canard Libere, 4396 Saint Laurent. A Duck cafe. Why a duck? I don't know.

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                                                                                      1. re: zekesgallery

                                                                                        "A Duck cafe. Why a duck?"

                                                                                        Because it's owned and operated by the Brome Lake duck people. The cafe part is tangential to the store. See www.chowhound.com/topics/439548#2927124 and other posts in that subthread for a few more details. Haven't eaten there or heard from anyone who has.

                                                                                        1. re: carswell

                                                                                          Le Canard Libere maybe an hommage to Le Canard Enchaine, the irreverent
                                                                                          french newspaper ??

                                                                                      2. The former Hermes on Jean Talon near l'Acadie soon to be Delhi Bombay "opening soon".....
                                                                                        Also noticed a resto opening up next to Cafe Della Posto on Bernard but couldn't tell what from a distance....
                                                                                        Also noticed Chez Cora has opened up on Drummond in the hotel after moving from Stanley.....

                                                                                        1. Howdy!

                                                                                          For anyone who is interested the 'New' Delmo's is open in the same location as the old Delmo's. However since I had an absolutely horrible experience at the Holder brothers' other new restaurant - L'Etoile on Saint Hubert - I am not likely to step foot into the place.

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                                                                                          1. re: zekesgallery

                                                                                            What's the deal at L'Etoile? Why was it horrible?

                                                                                            1. re: mainsqueeze


                                                                                              Bad service that bordered on being painful. Bad music being played way too loud making conversation difficult. Lousy lukewarm food and a menu that had absolutely nothing interesting on it. Combine that with being WAY too far out of the way, and the next time I find myself up that far on Saint Hubert I'll go to the McDonald's at the corner - at least I won't be surprised when I find I have a bad taste in my mouth.

                                                                                              1. re: zekesgallery

                                                                                                Well, for me it isn't far away at all, as I live a bit north and west of there in Petite Italie. There is really NO need or excuse to go to a McDo around here - except to use the toilet when walking on a cold day, that is. The pupusa places aren't any more expensive, and the so-so Vietnamese byow restos scarcely so.

                                                                                                A pity, as that stretch of St-Hubert is starting to pick up some new life, and there are some new food places - a boulangerie, a charcuterie, an artisanal beer vendor... and Le Mangoustan is not as good as it used to be. A decent bistro would be nice.

                                                                                          2. La Casserole, the Basque/Southwestern-France BYOW I noticed a while back on St-Denis, got a good write-up in Hour this week: http://www.hour.ca/food/food.aspx - though it is odd that they were out of a staple like Poulet basquaise. Restaurant La Casserole
                                                                                            4621 St-Denis; 514-843-2152

                                                                                            1. BBQ Aseel (5327 Gatineau halfway between Jean-Brillant and Maréchal and cheek by jowl with UdeM's Hillel centre and Carcovie restaurant -- *vivre le multiculturalisme* -- 514 737-7474) has opened in the space formerly occupied by Marché Casablanca and Restaurant Le Saphir. The sign mentions charcoal grill, kebabs, fish, méchoui and *pain oriental*. An easel in the window listed today's special as mandi with rice, salad and humous for $5.99.

                                                                                              A stone's throw away, over on Lacombe between Gatineau and Côte-des-Neiges, Poisonnerie Oméga (3525 Lacombe, 514 461-9554) has just opened in the narrow space between the Frites Alors! shop and the new crêperie. The sign mentions *cuisine sur place* as well as take-out and delivery. From the outside I could see that the small display case had salmon, octopus, mussels and sardines among other things on ice. Most of the space was taken up by a big commercial range and tables. Looks like they're open late, though the place was deserted when I walked by at about 9:30 this evening.

                                                                                              And a few doors to the west of that, Al Amine (3549 Lacombe, 514 739-1817) is expanding (into the space that used to be the Fleur Sauvage natural foods store), proof that in university 'hoods, mediocre often sells if it's cheap and filling.

                                                                                              1. Walknig along Ave. des Pins this morning and noticed a new resto opening where Waldman's used to be (corner of Pine and Coloniale). Name: Sing Sing (sheesh, does one do penance by dining there? Thankfully there weren't any sings of penitentiary-themed decor...). Sign on the door said they were opening today, and the work crews inside looked fairly busy - lighting fixtures still lying around, artwork waiting to be hung. Craned my neck to try and read the menu cards in holders on the tables. All I could make out where bar snack items (crab cakes, mussels, fries, tempura veg...nothing priced over 7$) and a list of "shooters" (house cocktails).

                                                                                                There is/was a restaurant called "Sing Sing" in the St-Michel-Montreal North district (on Sauve, east of Papineau). Not sure if there is any relation.

                                                                                                1. Howdy!

                                                                                                  And two more new ones:
                                                                                                  Acento Mejicano - the latest tenant at 2 Sherbrooke E.
                                                                                                  Suco - the restaurant in the Opus Hotel (formerly the Godin) 2108 Saint Laurent.

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                                                                                                  1. re: zekesgallery

                                                                                                    The Opus/Godin finally got their liquor permit !!

                                                                                                  2. Howdy!

                                                                                                    La Sentence, 17 Notre Dame West

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                                                                                                    1. re: zekesgallery

                                                                                                      What an unappealing name. Chosen with the nearby Palais de justice in mind? If so, better than La Condamnation, I guess. I have a vague memory of an "opening soon" sign referring to souvlaki on my last espresso run to Veritas -- is this the same place?

                                                                                                      1. re: carswell


                                                                                                        No the souvlaki joint was across the street on the south side. An old Arahova that closed and is now becoming a Starbucks. This looks like a pretty standard bistro type of lunch joint.

                                                                                                    2. The blog in today's Voir reports that Continental will be reopening in temporary digs at 4007 St-Denis Street on or around November 15. www.voir.ca/blogue/billet.aspx?iIDBil...

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                                                                                                      1. re: carswell

                                                                                                        4007 Saint-Denis is the former address of Bistro Gourmet II. I went by there tonight and it looks like Continental is already open although there's no sign up, yet.

                                                                                                      2. Daniel Vézina's Laurie Raphael Boutique in the Le Germain hotel is still scheduled for a November 13 opening. According to montrealinfo, it will have lower price points than the original Laurie Raphael in Québec City.

                                                                                                        I want to try it, I received Daniel Vézina's cookbook when I got married and it was the first cookbook I had ever owned, well, apart from 365 Cookies and Brownies which I bought when I was 12 and still use to this day. I tried many recipes from his cookbook.

                                                                                                        1. Le Bisou, 4147 Saint Laurent

                                                                                                          1. Ella Tapas Lounge, 208 Saint Antoine

                                                                                                            1. The windows of the location that used to house La Loïe are papered up with signs that read "opening soon Kitchenette".

                                                                                                              1. Cambodian resto Chhouk Tep (I think that's the spelling) on Notre Dame West just east of Guy.
                                                                                                                Le Pois Penché at Drummond and de Maisonneuve, "Opening soon - Brasserie Parisienne".

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                                                                                                                1. re: chilipepper

                                                                                                                  We walked by Pois Penché during our Friday christmas shopping and I was a bit perplexed by the place. It looks like it belongs in Las Vegas. The decor looks like a set designer's idea of a 1920's Parisian brasserie. It's sort of surreal in an opulent, tacky way. I find it odd that, in a city that has so many modern French bistros, someone would open this sort of clichéd French restaurant. In Dallas or Tokyo maybe, but in Montreal?

                                                                                                                  Considering that and the places pedigree, I don't I think shall be going there anytime soon.

                                                                                                                  I didn't pay much attention to the menu, but it looked like your typical french menu with prices on the expensive side of moderate.

                                                                                                                2. Also passed by Sushi Shoten on Parc Avenue not far from the Uniprix.
                                                                                                                  And a cute looking cafe place on the other side near the fruit stores......

                                                                                                                  1. Also passed by San Remo Italian Restaurant, papered up, opening soon, I presume, on Stanley above Allo Inde in the old Boooooooks shop.

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                                                                                                                    1. re: chilipepper

                                                                                                                      Bistro Mahjongg on Decarie (in front of Orange Julep & next to Ruby Foo's)- Opened a few weeks ago, had a great diner there last Friday. It is Piment Rouge's answer to a casual, family-style resto. Same top-notch standards but more everyday style. The space is beautiful; dark wood floors, jewel tones, gorgeous lighting, very elegant yet unfussy. We saw couples and business men along with a table of women having a girls-night-out and families with children. We each sampled a martini to start, all excellent (I had the asian pear). The pu pu platter & dumplings were a fun appetizer. The garlic pepper beef was some of the best I`ve had and the greens with ginger were very fresh. They have the entire DLux dessert menu (the cafe is next door). Sky-high cakes and many types of cheesecakes available. Everything was soooooo easy and yummy. We had a great experience there.

                                                                                                                      1. re: fel

                                                                                                                        Just tried the new Majongg at Ruby Foo's Hotel tonight (and I'm new to this website too!).. wow, it was busy ... Service was a little slow, but the food and martinis were AMAZING! I remember going to Ruby Foo's when I was a kid with my parents, and we used order something called the Puu Puu platter all the time... well it's back! i don't even remember the last time I had a Puu Puu! Honey garlic spareribs, egg rolls and all with the cook it yourself flame stove in the middle! Piment Rouge's incredible peanut butter dumplings were on the menu (same owner, or copying the competition??)... and I think at about half price compared to them. Does anyone know when they opened and who the owner is (same owner as Piment Rouge?). My wife loved it and wants to know... that's how I found this website, to ask questions haha

                                                                                                                        1. re: food4thot

                                                                                                                          Yes, it's the same owner. They also own the next door, dessert/light meals establishment. As fel mentioned above, it opened a couple of weeks ago(maybe 3 weeks ago at the most). Majongg is not inexpensive, but maybe a little cheaper than Piment Rouge. I ate there Friday at lunch, & I was happy with what I tried. Their menu is pretty extensive, & has some interesting things(stuff you don't see in other Montreal Chinese restaurants).

                                                                                                                    2. I understand that Grazellia Batista will open Restaurant Grazellia at 116 McGill St with the backing of a couple of the investors behind Bronte. It will be located in the 116 Conference Center between Place d'Youville and De La Commune. No word on opening dates yet. A website has been reserved but is still under construction (www.restaurantgraziella.ca)

                                                                                                                      1. A new wine bar -- with a less than inspiring name -- opening on the evening of Wednesday, December 5, 2007:

                                                                                                                        comptoir à vin « bouchonné »
                                                                                                                        9 Fairmount East (just around the corner from BU!)
                                                                                                                        514 273-8846

                                                                                                                        The brainchild of La Montée de Lait owner Hugo Duschesne and chef Martin Juneau. Like all Quebec wine bars, it's actually a restaurant and so will offer food. No details on the wine lineup or menu but, given LMDL's track record, it should be interesting.

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                                                                                                                        1. re: carswell

                                                                                                                          after 2, 3 weeks of people making bad jokes about the wine they will serve, they probably will change the name of the place.!

                                                                                                                          1. re: Maximilien

                                                                                                                            I don't think they'll be changing the name any time soon. Actually the other wine bars in the city may need to change their names to keep up.

                                                                                                                            We walked in by chance and were more than pleased. Didn't know it was the same people from Montee de lait til now.

                                                                                                                            The food was at least as good as Montee. Great space and ambiance. They are open REALLY late. We finished at 1 am and there was a nice little crowd. Lots of wine by the glass. Looks like they will be doing some really neat stuff. Will definitely go back.

                                                                                                                          2. re: carswell

                                                                                                                            Is that what that was? I've been walking past that place for months now wondering what would open up there. I must go take a look!

                                                                                                                          3. Noticed Le Pois Penche on de Maisonneuve is open - more info on The Other Board, that it's a venture of Queue de Cheval owner and aims to be 24/7 French bistro.
                                                                                                                            Saw Tomato boite a pizza on St. Denis near Marie Anne - sister to Tomato on St. Viateur I guess.

                                                                                                                            1. Noticed M:Brgr (or Brgr:M?!) opened up in the space previously known as Eden on Drummond at de Maisonneuve - apparently the new Moishe's fancy burger bar.

                                                                                                                              1. Also noticed new branch of Santangelo's on de Maisonneuve near Alymer (and The Crack in front of the Bay).

                                                                                                                                1. We had dinner at Vauvert this past weekend:
                                                                                                                                  The food:
                                                                                                                                  presentation was very good
                                                                                                                                  flavour - some accompanying elements of the meal overpowered or did not compliment some of the other elements - the main elements were prepared very well in all aspects, and also tasted very good.
                                                                                                                                  portions were good, but not overly generous.
                                                                                                                                  The service was exceptional - the staff was very attentive, meals delivered professionally, requests accommodated diligently, and the host and serving staff were charming and charismatic - the restaurant was by no means busy, so I cannot comment on how the service measures up under pressure, however we were exceedingly pleased.
                                                                                                                                  the wine list stood out as excellent - many unique imports, however the diversity was the most accomplished aspect of the list - good selection at any price range.
                                                                                                                                  The ambiance and decor was very good - great as expected - new age, fusion of modern with nature (two trees having been assembled and erected in the restaurant), however the music, while being a nice choice of ambient jazz remixes, was a little loud at times.

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                                                                                                                                  1. re: beachdemon

                                                                                                                                    ...and you ate and drank what, exactly?

                                                                                                                                  2. The latest incarnation of the spot next to Caffe Della Posta on Bernard is now a Thai restaurant, Mai Tai....