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Restaurant Openings - 2009

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Use this thread for any interesting restaurant openings in Montreal for 2009.

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  1. Apollo Bistro, coming up in Spring 2009, on St-Laurent, just a little north of the actual restaurant, on the other side of the street. Saw the signs posted on the windows of the new place.

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    1. re: plumeria

      The somewhat desolate area from just north of the railway viaduct that is the border with Plateau/Mile End, to St-Zotique, where La Petite Italy "officially" begins, seems to be picking up, despite many false starts.

    2. Arlequino 1218 drummond next week.

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      1. re: MartinSLR

        What kind of food? Does it look high end or casual?

        1. re: Shattered

          The sign says pizzeria and it's a pretty fancy sign.....guessing it wants to compete with Medusa and Queue de Cheval et al....

            1. re: chilipepper

              I see the write-up. As eat2much says, it's the same owners as Medusa(which is next to it). Wood burning oven pizza. Lunchtime delivery in the neighbourhood.

          1. re: MartinSLR

            Reviewed by Robert Beauchemin in La Presse: http://www.cyberpresse.ca/vivre/cuisi...

            He makes it sound like it's the real deal i.e. Neapolitan pizza, although the picture alongside the article would lead me to think otherwise.

          2. Do reopenings count?

            Restaurant Delhi Bombay (1010 Jean Talon West) was open last night. No indication as to whether it's under old or new management.

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            1. re: carswell

              An enthusiastic hurray from me! Is it at the same location, i.e. a few doors down from Moti Mehal?

                1. re: hungryann

                  For your information, I also saw this restaurant in Marche Hawaii and when I asked one lady at the casher and she was very helpfull not as you mention. Besides, this restaurant is not a sandwich stuff but real Vietnamese food. By the name, you can guest this is wrap. All the rolls... For those that are curious, well, this restaurant will be open tomorrow on march 28, 2009. (when I spoke to people in this market) I went tonight, and their menu look delicious by seeing all pictures on the wall.
                  I will certainly come and try to taste their food.

                  1. re: picsou

                    Umm....I think you replied to the wrong post. This particular part is about Restaurant Delhi Bombay. What you're looking for is down below.

                    1. re: picsou

                      You mean opening March 27th(Friday)? March 28/2009 is Saturday.

                  2. re: carswell

                    Re-openings definitely count when it's somewhere yummy. I loved Delhi Bombay!
                    My other favourite in Park X is Bombay Mahal

                  3. Had wondered what would happen with La Montée de Lait's old space and now we know:

                    Monsieur B.
                    371 Villeneuve East, corner Drolet
                    514 845-6066

                    Yet another addition to the Les Infidèles, À l'os, O'Thym empire. Yet another "contemporary" bistro menu <yawn>. At least it's a BYO. Not off to a good start, though: even the terminally chipper Voir can't find much positive to say about the food. http://www.voir.ca/publishing/article...

                    1. (as seen on facebook, well, I get my info whereever I can!)

                      Grange (vin+bouffe) openning feb. 12th, 120 McGill (old montreal).

                      from the description it looks like a cross between Local, Garde Manger, Bouchonné, Pied De Cochon, La Fabrique, ...

                      "La cuisine du chef Tommy Matteau (Resto de l’ITHQ, Aquaterra, Molotov traiteur) plaira par sa fraîcheur et la sélection de produits saisonniers qui y sera utilisé. Bar cru avec huîtres et crustacés, gamme de fromages et charcuteries ainsi qu’une sélection de plats favorisant le partage entre les invités à été élaborée. Tartares, mini burger, salades originales, carpaccio, plats mijotés, rillettes & raclette sont quelques exemples qui vous procureront réconfort hivernal tout en accompagnant votre vin préféré !"


                      1. Resident just did a soft opening today (Thursday, January 5th) in an old antique store at 400 Notre Dame East (corner of Bonsecour) in Old Montreal. It's being run by Voytek Korab and Mark Dufort. Kevin Lang, formerly of Nantha's Cash & Curry (and also a member of band The Besnard Lakes) is cooking there, as well.

                        I haven't had the opportunity to go yet, but it's upscale diner food - off the top of my head, I can recall there's a mini-thanksgiving dinner, banana split, roast beef hash, and a substantial brunch menu. They also have a liquor license: you can order from the bar, no food necessary.

                        The place is gorgeous - extremely high ceilings covered in copper, rich wood floors, extremely bright with large windows.

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                          1. re: Shattered

                            Karpati must have been drunk - I have been for lunch 5 times now - I will start a post

                        1. I am not sure this applies as it is not an opening per se, but Pullman Bar à Vin just hired a new chef. It is the former sous chef of Le Local. I hope he will be able to instill life and taste to Pullman's currently lackluster menu...

                          1. I noticed 2 new places opening on CDN corner Cote-Sainte-Catherine: India Mahal and a small mexican place Cafe Frieda. They are opposite the CLSC CDN.

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                            1. re: hungryann

                              Do they spell Frieda the German way, or in Kahlo's Hispanised spelling?

                              1. re: hungryann

                                I had a better look and it is actually Indienne Mahal and Cafe Frida.

                                1. re: hungryann

                                  Had lunch at Indienne Mahal (Next door to "Delicieux"), and it was awful. The naan was fried and tasted like donught. The thali was also bathing in grease, and not very generous in portions (not that you would want more anyway...). They charge 11 $ for their lunch special which is kinda ridiculously expensive considering the options around the area....

                                  1. re: MtlChris

                                    Thanks for the feedback. I will stick to the Parc-Ex restos for indian.

                                    1. re: MtlChris

                                      Are you sure the bread you got wasn't bathura?

                                      1. re: SnackHappy

                                        On the chalkboard, it was annonced as Naan... Whatever it was, it was no good !

                                    2. re: hungryann

                                      Was on a mission to try Nhu Y (vietnamese on another thread), but being Tuesday, it was closed. So tried Pho Lien...also closed. Tried another spot...closed.

                                      Ended up at Pho 198 (only due to pure frustration) and wasn't inpressed, but I'm just airing my gripes.
                                      After eating, we stopped in at Frida's, just to have a peek at their menu and look around.
                                      Its a basic Mexican restaurant with two good aspects: the aroma was very nice, bringing me back to Mexico, and the staff are Mexican (probably family).

                                      Menu is very basic. 2 soups, a menudo and a corn soup, tacos, mexican style, not a la taco bell, and 3 other items. The staff were preparing to eat sandwiches (tortas) and I asked if they were on the menu, No, but they'd make them for us if we wanted.
                                      Prices seemed a tad high ($8 or $9 for soup and a bit more for plates, if I remember) but since we did not order anything (wasted good belly space on mediocre pho) I'd be cautious to nail this down, as perhaps its great value.

                                      Its on our list.

                                  2. Got invited to the Facebook-group for this new place:

                                    The Sparrow
                                    5322 boul. Saint Laurent

                                    "The Sparrow is a new bar and restaurant slated to open very soon (( it opened yesterday )) in Mile End. As we await our liquor permit, we are pleased to announce that we will begin serving lunch during the week, and breakfast at weekends.
                                    Lunch: 12pm to 3pm (Wednesday to Friday)
                                    Breakfast: 10am to 3pm (Saturday and Sunday)"

                                    Menu as an image, attached.

                                    I'll respect the people-involved's privacy, but let's say this place is "related" to Cocoa Locale...

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                                    1. re: bopuc

                                      Tried out Le St-Urbain after Lesley's Chestermans review in the Gazette, on saturday nite.
                                      The place is a bit far for us (mile end) but worth the trip, had to wait for a table for a bit , we arrived 9h30 into a packed restaurant...Buzzing was a well chosen word by Miss Chesterman.
                                      Food and service excellent very fun place. A real open kitchen lwith lots of action. We had brioche crusted halibut with confit fennel and meyer lemon , fresh and delicious, also roast veal with confit mushrooms , vidalia onion and cauliflower purée. for apps house smoked salmon and also a great tuna tartare with lime soy foam and radish salad....great place to discover. a bit far from downtown but i guess its worth the trip.

                                      1. re: planabc

                                        are you referring to this place?
                                        That's Ahuntsic, not Mile End. Waaaay far for sure! Sounds good though. :)

                                        1. re: bopuc

                                          10 minutes drive from downtown it took us
                                          its almost on the corner of st laurent

                                      2. re: bopuc

                                        Tried the Sparrow today (thanks to bopuc for pointing it out).

                                        I had a delicious and sizeable burger on a fresh bun with lettuce and I think tomato too. It came with a modest portion of fries and mayo for dipping. I also ordered a green salad on the side.

                                        Everything was quite enjoyable and obviously fresh. The fries were soft and tasty. The burger was very juicy. The salad was a mix of greens and radiccio, with I think some endive as well, topped with a mostly oil-based dressing.

                                        My dining partner had the hot dog which came with fries and a small portion of sauerkraut. He said it was very enjoyable

                                        For dessert we tried both the chocolate cake and the maple cake. Both were topped with cream (different styles) and both were exquisite. If only there was more!

                                        Service was as expected. A bit too slow for someone aiming to get back to the office within an hour, but perfectly acceptable otherwise.

                                        Overall a pleasant experience! The menu is diverse, the quality is high, the prices are not cheap, but reasonable. Will definitely go back.

                                        1. re: Joel_L

                                          If you go back try the Beef Stew !

                                          1. re: Alyson777

                                            They might not always have it. They change their menu slightly on a weekly basis.

                                      3. Noticed for the first time, L'Art à Tatouille, a French (Niçois?) restaurant on St-Hubert, south of Bellechasse...

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                                        1. re: plumeria

                                          Interesting that. I do want to report again that two friends and I had a most satisfying casual supper at Zitto e Mangia, 6660 Clark - a lovely corner space opposite le Parc de la Petite Italie, right by the 55 bus stop south. phone: 514.544.9397 Run by an Italian/Salvadorean family. Nothing cutting-edge but nice - I had lovely, non-greasy pupusas. It is a Bring your own wine.

                                          Hope someone tries out L'Art à Tatouille - I'll definitely look in on it one of these days. There is a tiny boom at the lower part of St-Hubert above the viaduct, and think this will increase with the building of the housing and community site at the corner of Rosemont (accessibly-priced condos, co-op housing, a swimming pool, a library/community centre).

                                        2. Café Momo "Sacred Ground"
                                          Duluth corner of DeBuillion (just east of St-Laurent)

                                          1. I was in Marche Hawaii today and a vietnamese restaurant will be opening inside of it: Saigon wrap. The cashier wasn't too helpful when I asked what type of Vietnamese food would be on offer. To quote her: "come and see for yourself, it will be open within one week". My guess is probably a bahn mi joint. The other stalls will be turning into "asian food " places (as you can see she was a wealth of information) but she did not know when. There are also 2 shops in the front: a travel agency and a spa. I am intrigued to see how this will turn out.

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                                            1. re: hungryann

                                              Ah, another savvy businessperson grasping just how important customer service is in these recessionary times!

                                            2. Noticed Le Biftheque signs at site formerly occupied by SAQ on de Maisonneuve at Metcalfe - anyone know when it's opening?
                                              Also noticed sign for new Korean resto on Rene Levesque near Mackay next to the old Henri Club. Went by kinda fast and couldn't really make out its name in funky letters: "Jeanvius"?? or "Jea 'n Vius"???

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                                              1. re: chilipepper

                                                Le Biftheque downtown location is suppose to be already opened.

                                                1. re: BLM

                                                  It is open, I ate there earlier this week.

                                                  1. re: bigfellow

                                                    How was it? I looked at the menu outside, prices look very reasonable.

                                                    1. re: Shattered

                                                      It is still new and I would say from my meal that they are still having teathing problems. The other locations seem nice for a steak.

                                                2. re: chilipepper

                                                  I walked by there today and also noticed this Korean restaurant!
                                                  Has there been any reviews on this new place yet?
                                                  The lunch menu seems attractive to my eye..

                                                3. P.S. New bakery/resto opening in Chinatown where the old Pavillon du nord used to be on de la Gauchetiere a few doors down from the Beijing.

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                                                  1. re: chilipepper

                                                    Callia, the new bakery-restaurant on that strip, is open and bustling. They have baked goods and pastry/drink counters in the front section, and tables with a full food menu in the back.

                                                  2. Spotted today, on Mont Royal, just a little east of St Denis and on the south side of the street (upstairs the tiny crepe kiosk): Tam Tam d'Afrique (if I recall the name correctly).

                                                    The table d'hote is $20. Was rushing, so didn't gather more information, but might be interesting.

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                                                    1. re: emerilcantcook

                                                      Went there. Do not be fooled by the look of the place, that is to me a whole in the wall but they just opened, so lets give them a chance. Food is great ! Very friendly staff and a unique experience. African music playing, they have a nice balcony terrace that overviews Mont-royal and St-denis action. The food looks 100% authentic. By that I mean not modify to suite Quebecer's taste. All we ate was absolutely awesome. Especially their plantain and a peanut sauce beef ragout hummmm ! I definitely recommend Tam Tam d'Afrique. Try it !!!!!

                                                    2. Thali - Indian eatery and takeout.
                                                      Promises to open soon on St. Marc above Ste Catherine in the old Kalinka space.

                                                      1. Tokyo Sushi open on Ste Catherine near St. Mathieu near the PM Resto.

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                                                        1. re: chilipepper

                                                          I tried Tokyo the other day and I wouldn't recommend it to anyone. Don't waste your time or money there. The sushi is as mediocre as any of the other all-you-can-eat sushi places around town, but the service was unbelievably bad. Our server started off okay but after bringing out the first set of orders, he decided to ignore me and my dining partner. After waiting for 20 minutes for someone to take our second order, we decided to give up and just pay our bill and leave. But that took another 20 minutes to show up. Overall horrible dining experience. 20 minutes to eat and 40 minutes before we left. A wasted hour of my life.

                                                          1. re: WhiskeyCat

                                                            The one time I didn't research and decide where to go to eat through decent sources such as chowhound (my b/f's birthday, had to let him make some decisions today...) ended up going to tokyo on st catherine's and wow JUST WOW. Worst "asian" food ever. Disgusting stir fry with tough chewy seafood and raw veggies with a sticky, gooey sauce and uninspired sushi. The "chef" decided to pass 3 tomago pieces, cut up the size of a pinky, and count it as pieces of sushi! The worst part is how many young Asians there were there, I just didn't get it...........

                                                            1. re: humbert

                                                              because its cheap and all you can eat of course. thats whats most attractive about it for me at least. not that i'd go there again -_-

                                                        2. Rumour is that a locally owned Portugese chicken place will be opening April 20 on Westminster Avenue in Montreal West.
                                                          Secondly, Cafe 92 on Sherbrooke opposite Trenholm Park is expanding next door as the chicken wing place closed last fall. Plans to open expanded face in a couple of weeks. Great place for coffee, lunch and friendly conversation. Can even practice your Spanish.

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                                                          1. re: williej

                                                            Portugese place opened. Piri piri like grilled chicken. Caldo Verde, peppery fries. They have several TVs on the walls and some jarring radio on the speakers. But the food was excellent and reasonable prices. I shall return there. No liquor license yet, but I guess that is coming.
                                                            Cafe 92 expansion is to be open in about a week or two.

                                                            1. re: williej

                                                              We finally checked out Cafe 92 yesterday for breakfast. I'm now sorry we didn't go sooner! It was great, the people who run it are so nice. The coffee was fantastic. We had an apple/cinnamon muffin that was fresh out of the oven (actually had to let it cool down!) It had big chunks of apple and it wasn't too sweet. We also had an "omelette sandwich" which had egg, peppers, cream cheese, fresh tomato, and thinly sliced zucchini on rye bread. It was perfectly seasoned and not too heavy. We can't wait to go back and try more things!

                                                              Also, with the new expansion, they are going to be serving ice cream and frozen yogurt with assorted toppings. I think that part is opening today.

                                                            2. Some competition for Buns:
                                                              Picks - "burgers and kogos" on St. Marc above Ste Catherine right next to Thali, the new Indian joint.
                                                              What's a kogo?

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                                                              1. re: chilipepper

                                                                "What's a kogo?"

                                                                Maybe it's a Pogo made from kangaroo meat.

                                                                1. re: SnackHappy

                                                                  The signage had a picture of a pogo on it... maybe it is a brand name issue? But there are plenty of other colloquial names for a hot dog on a stick!

                                                                2. re: chilipepper

                                                                  Korean Pogo... hence: Kogo!

                                                                  Homemade batter made by Eddy's mother... with little potato cubes.

                                                                3. It's not an opening per se, but venerable Ontario street institution Chez Clo have extended their opening hours past lunchtime. They are now open until 8pm from Sunday to Wednesday and until 9pm Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

                                                                  1. 35 Av. du Mont-Royal Est (where

                                                                    Les épinards traiteur

                                                                    Quick glance on the menu and it looks like another fast/healthy/geographically non denominational cuisine place. They had some vegetable heavy pasta dishes, salads and sandwiches. The sign stated "pret a manger" but there were a quite a number of tables.

                                                                    1. Not a resto per se, but the Cafe Noir at St-Lo & Guilbeault (opp. Second Cup) is now open. Has the exact same lay-out as the previous cafe, but, judging from a glance from the outside, looks alot cleaner. The new tables in particular are a major upgrade. Just realized I forgot to look towards the back to see if they still have public computers for the net-cafe set-up. Next time I walk by...

                                                                      1. Another new player in Chinatown 2, Restaurant Saveurs de / Flavour Restaurant in the location that used to be Bangkok 2 and more recently Damao, right across from the Faubourg. Looks like another Northern Chinese place. Menu looks interesting with hot-pot and clay pot dishes, and intriguing offal offers.

                                                                        Also on Ontario just west of Place Valois a place called Patate & Ciboulette. Fancy stuffed baked potatoes at 7$ a pop. Looks like a western spin on kumpir.

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                                                                        1. re: SnackHappy

                                                                          Hey, what neighborhood is Chinatown 2? I'm coming for the jazz festival and I find that the newer Asian enclaves tend to have the better restaurants. Based on a search on Damao, we're talking about the area around the Guy-Concordia metro?

                                                                          1. re: Peter Cherches

                                                                            Yes, that is the area of Chinatown 2. By the way, Damao is no longer around.

                                                                          2. 2 Sherbrooke (where MAP used to be). Windows are papered, and an opening soon sign. Tequila Taco and Bar, or something like that. Perhaps some glitzy Mexican is coming to the lower Main?

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                                                                            1. re: emerilcantcook

                                                                              This place looks like it's been doing solid business since it opened about 2-3 weeks ago.
                                                                              Anyone tried it yet? I'm thinking it may be a good rec for our student friend...


                                                                              1. re: Shattered

                                                                                I tried it a little after it opened. The ceviche was questionable, the guacamole was decent. Heaps of house made tortilla chips came with everything we ordered. Didn't make the greatest menu choices and ended up saturating my stomach with masa and oil. The fajitas and such that were coming out of the kitchen looked pretty good.

                                                                            2. Bar & Boeuf is now officially opened on McGill street in Old Montreal, in place of the old Wilson. Same property owners, with Alexandre Gosselin (formerly of Le Local) now as chef.
                                                                              What a steep hill to climb up! Can't be much worse than Wilson...

                                                                              1. Los Clasicos Express (which looks like a cafeteria version of the namesake restaurant) is open on St Catherine, just east of St Laurent. Menu includes tortas and tacos mostly

                                                                                1. Bouchonné will re-open (i assume it's now closed for the moving) on the 28th at their new location on St-Laurent Blvd (5171 st-laurent).

                                                                                  Will probably not be able to make it until next week, waiting for review/reports in the meantime.

                                                                                  1. Taco place opening up on St-Denis. Las Matracas or something like that.

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                                                                                      1. re: hungryann

                                                                                        It's La Matraca...not open yet...near Mont-Royal... east side of the street.

                                                                                        1. re: hungryann

                                                                                          They have an internet!


                                                                                          Uh oh, if that place is where I think it is, that newish building just south of Villeneuve, we better not delay checking it out. That building seems to be cursed.

                                                                                      2. The sushi place on Parc at St. Viateur near the Y has changed names and perhaps changed hands but certainly has a swankier sign....

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                                                                                          1. re: Alyson777

                                                                                            It's the place that used to be Kotori Jepanese Cafeteria.

                                                                                        1. New restaurant on Notre Dame next to Burgundy Lion (where the cassoulet restaurant was) called Pizzeria Geppetto

                                                                                          It looks like an upscale pizza place

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                                                                                          1. re: westaust

                                                                                            Ended up here last night after finding out McKiernan was closed - definitely a cool-looking space. My recommendation would be to give this place some time to get started - still a little rough around the edges, from service to food.

                                                                                            Expect to pay Bottega-esque prices; 12-18 for pizzas; 7 bucks a moretti; chalkboard wine menu with a limited selection of bottles.

                                                                                            The pizza itself was acceptable, and will certainly improve with time - the oven looks to be the real-deal. I'm hoping that this works out as it's a welcome addition to the neighborhood.

                                                                                            1. re: westaust

                                                                                              My gf and I went to Pizzeria Geppetto and were sorely disappointed. I know they've just opened, but they are plagued by some serious problems both on the food and service end of things. First the food: it doesn't bode well that the best dish of the night was the bruschetta (very fresh, but could've done without the parmesan which seemed like a bit of overkill). We decided to share a pancetta pizza and while it was a good-sized pie, coming from what seems to be a decent wood fired oven, it was one of the blandest pizzas we've had in a while. If there was sauce on there it had no presence at all: so spice, no kick, no freshness, nothing.

                                                                                              As for the service, they are clearly operating which far too little staff. When we were there it was 9 o'clock and the restaurant was, at best, three-quarters full, but they had only two waitresses handling both terrasse and the tables inside. It took over an hour for the pie to come to the table and never once did we get asked if we were enjoying out meal or if we needed another drink. By the end of the meal, we had decided to bail on dessert and just get out of there. On our way out, we heard another patron complaining "Did they forget about us?"

                                                                                              Pizzeria Geppetto are lucky in that they are opening in a growing strip of bars/restos, but they won't last long with this level of food and service.

                                                                                              1. re: jagbbq

                                                                                                M husband and I had the exact same experience. The place had been open two weeks and they had 4 servers on... Other than one really hard working guy the other 3 seemed more interested in chatting with friends than serving. One pizza was burnt and the other was ok but just ok. With the bad and very slow service (over an hour to get the pizza) I was hoping that at least the food would be good. Given that Geppetto's is owned by the same owner as Limon it isn't a surprise that the quality of service and food is the same as Limon's (slow and bland). I am really disappointed as it would have been great to have a little pizzeria on this strip. Oh well, I will be sticking to the Joe Beef 3 and the Burgundy Lion instead!

                                                                                            2. Guy and Maisonneuve, the building east of the new business school building of Concordia, a new sign: Antep Kebab Cuisine Turque. Windows are papered, there is a permit but no other sign/note on the door. The sign looks rather old, so perhaps this is a transplant?

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                                                                                              1. re: emerilcantcook

                                                                                                Guy and Maisonneuve, underneath the new business school tower "opening soon": Arouch.

                                                                                                They are opening right across the new "fancier" Al Taib (which has three other branches within the same block-radius), and right next to Antep Kebab, which looks like they are open now. This is getting crazy, but I heard their lahmajouns will be better than Al-Taib's.

                                                                                                1. re: emerilcantcook

                                                                                                  Excited about Arouch.

                                                                                                  Have been eyeing Antep every time I walk by, waiting for them to open. Will have to try it next week.

                                                                                                  1. re: mainsqueeze

                                                                                                    Antep Kabab has opened(opened a couple of days ago). Ate there yesterday. Apparently the only Turkish grilled kabab restaurant in Montreal(that's what the owner told me). The other grilled kabab establishments in Montreal are Lebanese or Persian. The one noticeable difference is his use of the home-made Turkish bread(he claims the only one making it in Montreal), compared to the Lebanese & Persion grilled kabab restaraurants. I tried his grilled lamb sandwich(pretty good, but not better than the best grilled kabab establishments in Montreal).

                                                                                                    1. re: BLM

                                                                                                      There has been a turkish kebab place on the corner of Allard and Hurteau across from Dilallo's, next to the turkish mosque for quite a while now.

                                                                                                      1. re: bigfellow

                                                                                                        I'll tell the Antep Kabab owner this information the next time, I dropped by there. Just relaying what the Antep owner told me.

                                                                                                        1. re: BLM

                                                                                                          Until about 3 years ago there was a great Turkish place on Bleury south of Ste. Catherine that made the mose fantastic pides (Vieux Istanbul). Do either of these places mentioned make pides? Where is Antep?


                                                                                                          1. re: Peter Cherches

                                                                                                            The brand-new Antep Kabab has pides(when I was there last week, they didn't have it yet, but they're suppose to start serving it this week). Antep is located on Guy & Maisonneuve.

                                                                                                            1. re: BLM

                                                                                                              Update, Antep Kabab still not serving pides yet. I was there again Saturday(July 4th).

                                                                                                              1. re: BLM

                                                                                                                Another update, none yet as of Friday afternoon

                                                                                                              2. re: BLM

                                                                                                                Antep Kebab finally had pides, only the sojouk variety. I tried it and thought it was very good. Arouch also is open as of today.

                                                                                                                1. re: hungryann

                                                                                                                  Will they have it on a regular basis from now on? I tried their pides several weeks ago(they happen to be making it that day).

                                                                                                                  1. re: BLM

                                                                                                                    I believe so since they have a screen displaying the various types, next to the regular menu of sandwiches and plates. From memory, the types are: minced meat, spinach, sojouk, meat and chicken but only the sojouk were available yesterday and they were making plenty.

                                                                                                                    1. re: hungryann

                                                                                                                      I'm going to go and try them tonight.

                                                                                                                      1. re: bigfellow

                                                                                                                        The food was great as always. He does run out of pides early in the day he was saying.
                                                                                                                        I like the fact that he does not rush cooking the kebabs. But he waits until they are done to perfection.
                                                                                                                        I would suggest that you call and order a head if you are rushed. He does take phone orders for pickup or if you will be in a hurry.

                                                                                                          2. re: bigfellow

                                                                                                            Bigfellow, do you know the name of the turkish place on Allard and Hurteau?

                                                                                                            1. re: hungryann

                                                                                                              short answer, no. It is right next to the Turkish Mosque.

                                                                                                                1. re: MartinSLR

                                                                                                                  A man of few words - thanks! And believe it or not, they have a site:


                                                                                                                  2830 rue Allard

                                                                                                                  1. re: kpzoo

                                                                                                                    Wow, they have gozleme. I should check it out.

                                                                                                                    1. re: hungryann

                                                                                                                      I "found" another turkish restaurant this weekend, Restaurant SU, 5145 Rue Wellington (coin 6ieme), Verdun, Quebec, H4G1Y2 514-362-1818.

                                                                                                                      It was recommended by a Turkish friend. I had the Kuzu pirzola and my date had the Karniyarik. Both were excellant!

                                                                                                                      1. re: bigfellow

                                                                                                                        Su has been mentioned positively on the board in the past, and we also had a great meal there back in May or June, but didn't get a chance to post on it. I had the manti which I loved, and also tasted other dishes. Everything was really delicious! I'm looking for a time to go back soon.

                                                                                                                      2. re: hungryann

                                                                                                                        Avesta has tasty gozleme too; I like seeing them roll it out in front of the window.

                                                                                                          3. re: emerilcantcook

                                                                                                            I went by Arouch today and peeked in; I was told it would open next Tuesday!! Can't wait!

                                                                                                        2. New opening restaurant Papas tapas-martini. Portuguese restaurant specialized in guess what .. tapas and martinis! On the haute-cuisine section of St-Laurent St Haven’t try. 3547 St-Laurent (formely the Glamour)

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                                                                                                          1. re: eatkat

                                                                                                            "On the haute-cuisine section of St-Laurent"


                                                                                                          2. I was speaking to a guy at Portugalia on Rachel (he's a relative of the cook - cousin I think) about 6 weeks back. He said he was opening a similar restaurant on St. Jacques. Passed by the other day and the sign says OPEN.
                                                                                                            Its also called Portugalia at 6710 St-Jacques West, kinda across from Harley Davidson. Haven't tried yet, but the location seems clinical, housed in a blue glassed building perpendicular to the street. The building also contains a Subway restaurant.

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                                                                                                            1. re: porker

                                                                                                              Ooooh nice - Portuguese chicken in NDG, woo-hoo! Thanks for the news.

                                                                                                              1. re: porker

                                                                                                                Oooers! I have to give that a try!

                                                                                                                1. re: TheSnowpea

                                                                                                                  Has anyone tried this location? Is the chicken as good as at Rachel?

                                                                                                                  1. re: davyboy

                                                                                                                    I'd like to go there for my birthday tomorrow night. So, if you have any info, please share.

                                                                                                                    1. re: naturelle

                                                                                                                      Did you end up going, and if so, how was it?

                                                                                                                      1. re: davyboy

                                                                                                                        I called Portugalia on Rachelle, and was informed that the restaurant is not yet open to the public.

                                                                                                                        1. re: naturelle

                                                                                                                          The restaurant is indeed open. I did some take out the other day and there were customers eating at tables. They are waiting until their bar is set up before advertising, etc. Amongst the items sampled were chicken, chorizo, and ribs all of which were very good. The fries were somewhat of a let down (especially compared to Romados) but fries generally don't fare too well with take out. This is a welcome addition to the NDG food scene and they deliver!

                                                                                                                          1. re: eat2much

                                                                                                                            «The fries were somewhat of a let down (especially compared to Romados)»

                                                                                                                            That's also true of the original store on Clark and Rachel. Too bad, especially now that they have a dining room.

                                                                                                                            1. re: eat2much

                                                                                                                              Do they deliver as far north as Monkland? That is where my friends in NDG live. One of them is Française de France and not very fond of most "exotic" foods (except Vietnamese), but she loves Portuguese grilled or roast chicken.

                                                                                                                              1. re: lagatta

                                                                                                                                I asked if they would deliver to Monkland near Decarie and they said yes.

                                                                                                                              2. re: eat2much

                                                                                                                                Couple of quickie questions. This location is much larger than the original location? Like at original location, you should call them beforehand if a person wants a whole grilled chicken for take-out as it takes 30 minutes to grill? They also offer steak on their menu(like the original location)?

                                                                                                                                1. re: BLM

                                                                                                                                  Fairly large space..Yes, call 1 hour ahead. I can't remeber if they have steak but they do have, pork, chorizo, and ribs.

                                                                                                                        2. re: davyboy

                                                                                                                          The owners bought a franchise from the Rachel location. They told me they now have a liquor license and are building a bar. They are so nice ...when we ordered wine they sent someone out to buy wine glasses and brought them back and served us the wine! Great food too. Well presented, tasty, choice of spicy or not spicy chicken. Mixed grill was also very good.

                                                                                                                          We went about 4 30 pm and it was very quiet. It's hard to find ..it is in the strip mall with Subway.

                                                                                                                          1. re: williej

                                                                                                                            It appears to be closed for construction holidays, because when we went by there earlier this evening, it was very definitely closed, even though the posted hours indicate it should have been open. Which is too bad, because I really felt like Portuguese chicken...

                                                                                                                            1. re: cherylmtl

                                                                                                                              Finally made it there a coupla weeks ago (don't know if they're closed for vacation now). The food was quite good, almost a match to the Rachel location.
                                                                                                                              The girl who served us was very nice, but they are still trying to get on their feet service-wise; warm white wine, no ice in the restaurant, only huge plates available, and totally inflexible on menu requests.
                                                                                                                              They also had a carpenter who was starting to work on their half-finished bar. I had to ask them to please stop work (hammering, drilling, sawing etc) while we were eating.

                                                                                                                              Not big issues, but rather start-up problems I think.
                                                                                                                              Like I say, the food was great.

                                                                                                                    2. MarchéVicMarket (that's the name), a new "fancy gourmet" store on Victoria at the old "Cantor" location.

                                                                                                                      Big loft space, sparsely "stocked" with stuff like épices de cru (Vienne), Terra chips, expensive olive oil.

                                                                                                                      They also have take out; on display today, there was whole roasted chicken, marinated salmon, salmon sandwich, ...

                                                                                                                      There are some tables outside.

                                                                                                                      1. The Newtown got a nice "Voir" review. (http://www.voir.ca/publishing/article...


                                                                                                                        Good for the 'hood me think.

                                                                                                                              1. re: kpzoo

                                                                                                                                There's a big banner on the storefront saying Bofinger opening soon, for what it's worth.

                                                                                                                                1. re: everyonelovessushi

                                                                                                                                  I confirm the storefront is there with a banner saying "Bofingers", with a nice deck up front for street dining. As of Aug 22nd, not open yet.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: poutineguy

                                                                                                                                    I can now confirm that this Bofingers is open for business (ate there tonight).
                                                                                                                                    The front deck is nice!

                                                                                                                          1. Went to lunch at Tasso Bar a Messe on St. Denis just below Duluth. Very good messe, you get two messe with the table d'hote; great waiter. Beautiful relaxed interior. The main dish wasn't great, but the messe made it worthwhile.

                                                                                                                            The restaurant used to be symposium up the road; there is a new owner now and new renovations done. Just re-opened in April.

                                                                                                                            1. I don't know if it's been mentioned yet but there's an opening soon sign for an Indian restaurant on the East side of Park Ave., south of Van Horne. Selfishly, It would be nice to have the Jean Talon scene spread a bit closer to mile-end. I forget the name although it's on the signage.

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                                                                                                                              1. El Mundo on the corner of Park avenue and Milton. It may be the same owner as the previous establishment but now you have more food choices and business is picking up. They close at 11pm.

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                                                                                                                                1. re: marblebag

                                                                                                                                  I went to Cafe el Mundo last week for coffee and breakfast. The woman working there thought it was a good idea to clean the tables adjacent to us with Lemon Pledge while we sat there--it was disgusting.

                                                                                                                                2. The new Kam Fung restaurant location on Taschereau blvd in Brossard has now opened. Although at this point they don't serve alcohol, take credit cards & don't offer interac. The space is pretty large & nice.

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                                                                                                                                  1. re: BLM

                                                                                                                                    Thanks. Do they do dim sum? What's the cross-street?

                                                                                                                                    1. re: kpzoo

                                                                                                                                      It's around Panama street(get off the Champlain Bridge exit). It's the other side of the bridge exit in relation to the South Shore Brossard bus terminus. Yes, they have dim sum I was told. Yesterday, I just checked if they were opened yet mid-afternnon, as I live not too far way(waiters were cleaning out the tables from serving their dim sum service). The space could be more than twice as large as their Chinatown location(I just took a quick glance inside).

                                                                                                                                        1. re: kpzoo

                                                                                                                                          Apparently opened 2-3 weeks ago.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: kpzoo

                                                                                                                                            To be more specific, when you get off the Champlain Bridge exit & reach Taschereau, make sure to turn right(left side is Panama street & South Shore bus terminus).

                                                                                                                                            1. re: BLM

                                                                                                                                              I don't think you can turn left off Taschereau into the Kam Fung parking lot - you have to go a bit, U-turn (or take a sidestreet and get back on Taschereau the other way) and backtrack.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: porker

                                                                                                                                                I told the kpzoo, to make sure to turn right(not left side). Yes, you then have to take a bit U-Turn, as Kam Fung is the other side.

                                                                                                                                                1. re: BLM

                                                                                                                                                  I was just adding a bit of further directions - but re-reading it I can see how "I don't think..." seems like a correction :/)

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: porker

                                                                                                                                                    Thanks, both - is it the one at 7209, boul. Taschereau? Maybe Mapquesting it would be safest for me since I'm somewhat navigationally-challenged. ;-)

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: kpzoo

                                                                                                                                                      It's in the new Asian mall with the new Kim Phat. Just go East on Taschereau and take the U-turn just before the light.

                                                                                                                                    2. Something called Le Gourmet Burger set to open on Bishop next to Le Milsa. Trying to cash in on fancy expensive burger trend, I guess.

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                                                                                                                                        1. re: MartinSLR

                                                                                                                                          Gourmet Burger was open this week so I popped in to try it. Would definitely rank it above Buns but the price is moving towards M:Brgr territory (burger, two toppings, a small portion of fries and a drink came to $14). They are still getting organized as they didn't have a number of items listed on the menu like the sweet potato fries.

                                                                                                                                          When one of the owners came around asking for feedback, we mentioned being happy that the burgers were not well-done but stayed a little pink in the middle, and from his reaction that didn't seem to be planned.

                                                                                                                                          I can't say I like the presentation with the burgers being served on a narrow, rectangular ceramic tray that is hard to carry with the fries perched in a cone on a stand. You get a little tray for condiments, which are self-serve. It was all a little awkward. But I'd probably put it on my list of places to hit occasionally around Concordia.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: FoodNovice

                                                                                                                                            Wasn't going to comment, since I don't like too much knocking down new establishments. Yeah I was there yesterday. Very very disappointed with their burgers. Firstly they pre-cooked the burgers(did they pre-cook your burger?) early in the morning. Only put back on the grill to finish cooking & heat it up a little. Secondly, when I first placed my order, they finished my burger on their gas grill(not wood charcoal grill). As they told me, their wood charcoal grill wasn't hot enough yet. Plus I asked for my burger medium, but what I got was a well-done burger. Finally their burgers to me tasted mediocre.

                                                                                                                                            People place their order a la Pick's(checking off what you want on their small paper sheet), & their burger options are like what M:brgr offers.

                                                                                                                                            1. re: BLM

                                                                                                                                              I also had a pretty bad experience at Gourmet Burger. Tiny burger overcooked and placed on an oversized bun to compensate. Not well seasoned, probably pre-cooked and reheated, and twice the price of Buns or Picks. McKibbons across the street is much, much better.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: Anth

                                                                                                                                                I also had a terrible experience at Gourmet Burger. I ordered my burgers to go and it took nearly 40 minutes for them to prepare them. Overall the burgers were lacking in seasoning and there was no taste of the charcoal grill... Too expensive for what you get. I'm not going back...

                                                                                                                                      1. Sumo Ramen, in Chinatown, on St-Laurent just south of De La Gauchetiere, on east side.
                                                                                                                                        Definitly chinese run (the way they write "japanese" in kanji is chinese).

                                                                                                                                        Menu looks interesting enough. Chashumen!!! Hoping it's good. :)

                                                                                                                                        Sumo Ramen
                                                                                                                                        (514) 940-3668
                                                                                                                                        1007 St Laurent

                                                                                                                                        open every day except tuesday IIRC.

                                                                                                                                        the banner outside said they are on Facebook (heh) but I couldn't find em.

                                                                                                                                        1. mongolian hotpot in brossard (near the new Kim Phat) is open

                                                                                                                                          1. Peeked inside a tiny place on Notre-Dame Street in St-Henri. (1 street east of George-Etienne Cartier park) Menus on the table were written LeBoucanier on them so I am thinking it's going to be creole food? Looks very close to opening, all tables were set, and seats were cute logs.

                                                                                                                                            1. As seen on Facebook.

                                                                                                                                              L'Assommoir will open a new location in Old-Montreal on Notre-Dame... no exact date or address

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                                                                                                                                              1. re: Maximilien

                                                                                                                                                L'assomoir is now open in Old Montreal on Notre Dame, across the street from Aszu

                                                                                                                                                1. re: isa1

                                                                                                                                                  It's located in the former Delmo location, 211 Notre-Dame

                                                                                                                                                  Went last week for drink during one of their pre-opening night, didn't sample the food, but they definitly needed some tweaking in the kitchen and behind the bar as service was really slow, hadn't received their credit card machine (and the staff had no idea how to use the manual swiper)

                                                                                                                                              2. The team from Europea have a new restaurant called Andiamo. They’ll be opening in 2 weeks at 1083 Beaver Hall. Fish and seafood will be the specialty.

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                                                                                                                                                1. re: eatkat

                                                                                                                                                  There some texts on it on cyberpresse ... looks to be an expensive seafood place, they will fly "specialty" fish and stuff directly from Rungis (the big food market )in Paris ...


                                                                                                                                                2. Broadway Cheesecake has a new location at the corner of University and President Kennedy (Ontario). Caffe Art Java and Subway are nearby. I had 6 random mini cheesecakes - too sweet for me. $3.50 each or 6 for $18.

                                                                                                                                                  1. Something called Mezze on Parc near Fairmount in the old La Belle Province

                                                                                                                                                    1. Restaurant Andiamo (mediterranean cuisine) will be opening in September 1083 côte du Beaver Hall. It's from the same team that brought you Europea and The Beaver Hall bistro, Jérôme Ferrer will be chef, I guess.

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                                                                                                                                                      1. re: siatris

                                                                                                                                                        here is the website, but not yet active, to be opening around sept. 15

                                                                                                                                                        1083 Côte du Beaver Hall, Montréal
                                                                                                                                                        Métro Square-Victoria
                                                                                                                                                        (514) 861 2634

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: wilmagrace

                                                                                                                                                          Just a heads up - the place will only be open for dinner Friday and Saturday night. The rest of the week its lunch only.
                                                                                                                                                          And here I was so excited to give it a try on this lowly Tuesday night...

                                                                                                                                                      2. Sumo Ramen, a new ramen joint has opened in Chinatown (the original one) at 1007 St-Laurent. Has anyone tried it? How does it compare to Ramen-ya?

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                                                                                                                                                        1. re: hungryann

                                                                                                                                                          I'm a big fan of Ramen and I've tried both. I find the broth at Sumo Ramen more flavorful compared to Ramen-Ya but the noodles are not as nice and the contents of the soup fall short. I'd still pick Ramen-Ya over Sumo.

                                                                                                                                                        2. It is official. Korean is the new sushi. There is yet another Korean place opening up on St. Catherine St. West, on the south side of the street, just east of the MCH. It is where there used to be some kind of a pub. It looks like it is a second branch of 5000 Ans, the place on St. Denis.

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                                                                                                                                                          1. re: moh

                                                                                                                                                            Oh, yeah. Forgot to mention that. It's been open for at least a couple of weeks and is, indeed, a branch of 5000 Ans.

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: carswell

                                                                                                                                                              That's the one that has a banner that says "Korean BBQ"? I passed by it yesterday, and was wondering about when it had appeared - couldn't see any restaurant name from across the street. Will have to check this one out...

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: cherylmtl

                                                                                                                                                                Yep. Didn't see a name either but press reviews of 5000 Ans are posted in the windows along with a business card, menu or some other document (excuse my early onset Alzheimer) that listed both addresses. Would also be interested in checking it out, as well as nearby Towa, which no one ever seems to mention.

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: williej

                                                                                                                                                                I assume she meant the Montreal Children's Hospital?

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: kpzoo

                                                                                                                                                                  oh yeah, sorry, Montreal Children's Hospital...

                                                                                                                                                              2. re: moh

                                                                                                                                                                moh, guess you are right. The former "Tibet libre" organic pizza place on Beaubien near St-Dominique is also becoming a Korean BBQ place.

                                                                                                                                                                Also in my hood, the former very strange bar and grill at the corner of St-Dominique and Bélanger (which west of Drolet is the short block between Dante and Mozart) is becoming Ristorante Babbo.

                                                                                                                                                                Still no really decent, but affordable Italian resto in la Petite Italie...

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: lagatta

                                                                                                                                                                  Do you know if it bears any coonection to NYC's Babbo? I've had some of the best meals of my life there and would be thrilled to see Batali open up shop in Mtl.

                                                                                                                                                              3. Burger de Ville on Westminster in Montreal West opened last Friday. Just ate there, the burgers were excellent, freshly handmade, almost too filling! The fries were excellent...freshly done. They even have Paul Patate Spruce Beer. Also Stewart's soda. The price seems right and there is a variety of toppings and selections (including grilled vegies, chevre cheese, st. paulin cheese, etc.) for the burgers. I looked at their steaks, too; 14 oz which should be plenty large!

                                                                                                                                                                Wish they had desserts, too, but hey it's been open only a week!

                                                                                                                                                                They are open from 11am until 9 pm 7 days a week.

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                                                                                                                                                                1. re: williej

                                                                                                                                                                  You got their exact address(list the cross-street if posssible)? Last time in the area, I had tons of trouble trying to find a establishment on Westminister, without their exact address.

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: BLM

                                                                                                                                                                    I Googled and found this:

                                                                                                                                                                    Burger De Ville
                                                                                                                                                                    59, avenue Westminster Nord, Montreal-Ouest, QC H4X 1Y8
                                                                                                                                                                    Tel: 514-564-9902

                                                                                                                                                                    You can get the cross street by plugging that into MapQuest or Google Maps. A quick peek shows that it's not too far north of Sherbrooke W.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: BLM

                                                                                                                                                                      Sorry, Westminster in Montreal West is such a short street I thought it would be evident it is in the blocks just north of Sherbrooke. My apologies.

                                                                                                                                                                      FYI there these restaurants in that area:

                                                                                                                                                                      Patisserie de la Gare: bakery, good sandwiches, cheap lunches
                                                                                                                                                                      LTs: Portugese: hasn't had good reviews lately
                                                                                                                                                                      Bistro Westminster: pretty reasonable prices at lunch. Good food.
                                                                                                                                                                      Burger de Ville: see above
                                                                                                                                                                      Trattoria Spano : italian deli. excellent salads. good desserts; paninis, etc.
                                                                                                                                                                      So in that roughly two block area quite the selection.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: williej

                                                                                                                                                                        I also thought it's a short street, BUT it's not. I found out the hard way, the last time when the establishment I was looking for, was the part of Westminsister I didn't know about(Westminister is a long street). It took me forever to find the establishment(when I eventually found it, it had just closed for the night). The part of Westminister you refer above I knew before(my friend use to work in that exact area).

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: BLM

                                                                                                                                                                          I meant it is a short street in Montreal West. There are no other restaurants in Montreal West above the hamburger joint. The other end of Westminster is in Cote St. Luc.

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: williej

                                                                                                                                                                            I don't live in the area. I didn't know the other part of Westminster is CSL.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: MartinSLR

                                                                                                                                                                        re the and?....I ate at Parc-O-Metre today as Cherz Cora was standing line only, revamped coffee shop of quality hotel on parc just above sherbrooke, restaurant pleasant,convenient, attractive menu with breakfast, sandwiches, pasta, etc. I chose 3 egg omelette containing brie and it came with all the usual extras, my only complaint was that service was nonchalant, i only saw the waitress when she took my order and collected money and it was difficult to get her attention. I really think montreal restaurants could give a little oomph to their breakfast if they served more country style bread than tastless grocery store standards and the jam in those little packets is like liquid sweetened coloring, such a missed opportunity when you consider the array of quebec artisanal jams. The restaurant has a couple of raised portions which seemed to me a possibility for accidents. Bright pleasant ambience and in summer they have that terrace on the side. I think it used to be called the noname restaurant but maybe i made that up, this was my first time there and we certainly need more restos/breakfast bistros in the Parc ave. neighbourhood. This restaurant did have some tables full but it struck me as a place where you could hear conversations and select more separate areas on those raised sections in front and side for smaller grouping. There was also a bar area. I liked the vibrant green walls with treeboughs for decoration.

                                                                                                                                                                      2. There is a breakfast place opening up on Cremazie just east of Casgrain where Sur Le Pouce briefly existed. It will be called Eggsclusif.

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                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: blond_america

                                                                                                                                                                          Oh man, do I ever love egg and œuf-based puns.

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: SnackHappy

                                                                                                                                                                            I told my GF the exact same thing when we drove passed that place last weekend.

                                                                                                                                                                        2. For those interested in African cuisine, there is a new restaurant in Parc-Ex, on Ogilvy (near Bloomfield?), named Ranks that advertises African cuisine. It did not specify which region or country.

                                                                                                                                                                          1. On the way home from a great meal at Golden Stone we noticed a seemingly new place on Mackay called Chili Hamburger Bar Grill. Looks like this burger thing has officially become a trend. Does anyone have any info about this place?


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                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: SnackHappy

                                                                                                                                                                              The sign has been there for a few weeks now. I'll stop by tomorrow and see if I can get any information.

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: bigfellow

                                                                                                                                                                                Al-taib on Maisonneuve

                                                                                                                                                                                the new one- opposite Antep kebab/Araouch
                                                                                                                                                                                food and service is good- eaten there for the last 3 months.
                                                                                                                                                                                Platters ~9.99/10.99 incl. lentil soup/salad and main dish: 2 pices of Kobbeh/rice/1 tomato

                                                                                                                                                                                Yesterday- went there and was told: salad is NO MORE incl., even though the menu shows it. The rice quantity is lesser, I know because I have a photo of my first plate , 3 moths ago- (was so excited , had to mail it to friends)

                                                                                                                                                                                I am upset. (is this a strategy by rest. to cut costs) >>>>>>>>>

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: divya

                                                                                                                                                                                  What does that have to do with my post or Bigfellow's reply to it?

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: SnackHappy

                                                                                                                                                                                    i thought i culd post reviews of specific rest. here.
                                                                                                                                                                                    i was not replying to a post, just adding a review

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: divya

                                                                                                                                                                                      In that case, you should use the "Reply to original post button" at the bottom of this page or under the original post. You could also have replied to a post about Al-Taib like this one ( http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6490... ) or start a new thread. This thread isn't really for reviews though. It's for pointing out restaurant openings.

                                                                                                                                                                                      Sorry for being a bit dickish about this, but a lot of people reply to comments when they should be replying to the original post and it makes the conversation a tad confusing. It was unfair or me to single you out. My apologies.

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: SnackHappy

                                                                                                                                                                                        thank you for clearing things up. actually i was ever confused what is the difference between 'reply' and 'reply to 'original post'. i agree that the title of the thread does not justify my response of the review. And yes, I do get cheesed of with people mixing up the comments which does make the conversation confusing, as u pointed out.
                                                                                                                                                                                        keep up the good work, and leave room for the less detailed oriented . LOL

                                                                                                                                                                            2. Flap-Flap will be officially opening at 1575 Fleury east (between Papineau and Christophe-Colomb) on November 4 2009. They've been unoficially opened now for a few weeks. They serve Carribean food. http://www.flapflap.ca/ I tried the griot (or gryot?), the best I've had in Montreal so far.

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                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: panchulita

                                                                                                                                                                                Same owner as Kalalu on St .Denis. Kalalu is pretty good food so Flap Flap should be too?

                                                                                                                                                                              2. Picked up some beans at Caffè In Gamba (which, btw, was robbed twice last week; one night the thieves emptied the cash, the next night they returned and emptied the safe, effectively walking away with a week's worth of income) and noticed that the recently closed cafe next door is being transformed into -- hold onto your hats -- a sushi bar. The windows were papered over but the door was open and a worker -- the owner? -- was taking a smoke outside; he looked more Vietnamese than Japanese. Based on the peep at the interior I got, opening should be soon.

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                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: carswell

                                                                                                                                                                                  I'm very sorry to hear that about Caffè in Gamba. Che stronzi, questi ladri. Infuriating.

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: carswell

                                                                                                                                                                                    Stopped by Caffè In Gamba Friday to pick up some beans, and the restaurant next door was open. I can't say more, as I was in a hurry, and didn't think to take a look, I just noticed it as I was driving off.

                                                                                                                                                                                  2. A new Korean barbecue place has opened near Beaubien and St-Laurent:

                                                                                                                                                                                    Hiko Sun: bbq coréen

                                                                                                                                                                                    57, rue Beaubien E.
                                                                                                                                                                                    coin St-Dominique. (one street east of St-Laurent)

                                                                                                                                                                                    phone: 514.564.4888

                                                                                                                                                                                    This is in the small space formerly occupied by Pizza Tibet Libre; it is next to Itacate Mexican resto.

                                                                                                                                                                                    They have :

                                                                                                                                                                                    Sandwiches, salads, and "repas" (meals, but meaning main dishes).

                                                                                                                                                                                    Prices are not high, though might be small plates. Full licence.

                                                                                                                                                                                    No website as of yet. Their flyer only mentions the hours for delivery, not the opening hours. Delivery hours are: Mon-Fri: 11 am - 9 pm
                                                                                                                                                                                    Saturday: 5 pm - 9 pm

                                                                                                                                                                                    I'll pass by and check the restaurant hours. Sounds like they are closed on Sundays.

                                                                                                                                                                                    By the way, I happened to cycle past Miga, a Korean restaurant on Rachel some people have written about and saw that they are a byow now.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: lagatta

                                                                                                                                                                                      We moved some replies about Korean BBQ in Montreal to its own thread so it won't get lost here under Restaurant Openings. Feel free to add your thoughts:


                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Fancy Caribbean joint Ibiscus, 343 St. Paul in Old Montreal, across from Marche Bonsecours.
                                                                                                                                                                                      Anybody been?

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                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Mikasa on Peel is open again (it's been a couple weeks).

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                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Shattered

                                                                                                                                                                                          I noticed that as well. We'll see how that flies. The food was over priced to start with. Now it has baggage. Thank god for tourists.

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: everyonelovessushi

                                                                                                                                                                                            Overpriced? $30 for the dinner maki/sushi/sashimi plate and $20 for same at lunch. That's overpriced compared to all the (mostly lousy) take-put joints, sure, but for a proper restaurant (& the best sushi I've found in Mtl, tho I can't claim to have tried them all), that seems pretty cheap, actually.

                                                                                                                                                                                            Edit: good point below, Hala.

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Shattered

                                                                                                                                                                                              I should have said not worth the price. I recognize built in economics. The place is in a downtown hotel. This equals tourists and business accounts.
                                                                                                                                                                                              I've only eaten there once, about a year ago. Had the lunch special. Tuna and salmon nigiri plus 2 maki rolls. The nigiri was a healthy cut of each, but no melt. It wasn't bad but it just had no melt, just bite. Came with a nice shrimp/veg tempura maybe 3 shrimp and 3 veg can't remember exactly. That was a lunch special that rolled in at 18 bucks before tax and tip.
                                                                                                                                                                                              Juni-I chalks in at just over Mikasa prices for something really special if you want to go that route. Juni's worth the money (if you have it), Mikasa for 10-15% less isn't.

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: everyonelovessushi

                                                                                                                                                                                                Juni is one of the ones I haven't tried, and I know its a fave of 'hounders. It's on the list.

                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: everyonelovessushi

                                                                                                                                                                                              yeah, but as my husband pointed out, it's probably one of the safest places to eat in the city right now. The facade has been properly inspected and the street was cleared to open. You can't say the same about any other terrace resto in montreal.

                                                                                                                                                                                          2. MBCo on Stanley just reopened after an almost 2-3 month hiatus. i've never been there though. anyone with some feedback?

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                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: sharkbait88

                                                                                                                                                                                              I've never been to the Stanley location, but I've been to a few of their other ones - the sandwiches are fairly good, although not inexpensive (then again, their prices aren't much different than those of most other "gourmet" sandwich places).

                                                                                                                                                                                            2. on the sushi note, (coming form an ex-vancouverite)

                                                                                                                                                                                              good rest. specially for things different than the regular fare (shumashi soup rather than miso), wakamme salad with grilled octopus.
                                                                                                                                                                                              not cheap. (perhaps similar to Mikasa prices as one of the posts states)
                                                                                                                                                                                              if you go- ask for the head chef-Van (creative/talented)

                                                                                                                                                                                              Tokyo Sushibar
                                                                                                                                                                                              185 St Paul W, Montreal, QC H2Y1Z5, CA

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                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: divya

                                                                                                                                                                                                just to make sure, there is tokyo sushi bar the restaurant and tokyo sushi bar the all you can eat one near conU. Are you talking about the one in the old port?

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: mak2k

                                                                                                                                                                                                  the one i mention is in old montreal on st paul street.. ( as the address states)= NOTall u can eat. hence the difference in price/service etc.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  thanks for the update on the all u can eat near concordia univ.
                                                                                                                                                                                                  i think this is the one which is the all u can eat.for $~30
                                                                                                                                                                                                  1805 Rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest, Montreal, QC H3H 1M2, Canada‎ - (514) 670-0068‎

                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Passing by in my car, noticed a new 'anjou-québec' on Notre-Dame just west of Guy (Next to the salvation army). Not yet open. But fridges were in. Looks like a take-out meal /traiteur place. Is it the same Anjou-Québec people from the Laurier location ? All of a sudden Little Burgundy is happenin'. Gotta find myself an appartment there.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: ManuelF

                                                                                                                                                                                                  The Laurier outlet closed a few months ago. Since we never heard of them until now, I half expected them to be completely closed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Maximilien

                                                                                                                                                                                                    They were going to relocate to somewhere else in Montreal. I don't seem to recall it was the area where ManuelF saw the new 'anjou-quebec.' I thought I heard Old Montreal.

                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Restaurant Gò Công just opened next door to Bánh Xèo Minh. The menu offers a bunch of bánh mì, some soups, rice and noodle dishes and there's a Vietnamese only menu section of speciality dishes. Based on the name of the place I reckon it's pretty safe to assume they specialize in dishes from the city of Gò Công and its vicinity. I didn't recognize many of the names, but then again I'm not a Vietnamese food aficionado. The special bánh mì (đặc biệt) is the only thing I've tasted from there, but the sandwich was so fresh and tasty that I've put the place on top of my short list.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Restaurant Gò Công
                                                                                                                                                                                                  1310 Bélanger Est.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Sorry, I forgot to note the opening hours.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. There are signs of life at the former location of the ill-fated Stew Stop on St-Paul. The sign says BBQ Montreal and gives a website bbqmontreal.com. According to the website the restaurant will open in January and is a project by the same folks behind Bar & Boeuf on McGill.