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Post on this thread for restaurant openings in 2010. McKibbin's Irish Pub is opening a new location(it's third) at St-Laurent blvd on The Main. I can't remember the exact address(something like 3600+ St-Laurent blvd).

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  1. Isn't this at the old "Shed" location ?

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    1. re: Maximilien

      Just checked. Yes, you are right(3515 St-Laurent blvd). They'e looking to open sometime later this month(no exact date yet).

      1. re: Maximilien

        They are putting the finishing touches on the front door of the new McKibbins' (St-Laurent) as I type this. It will be open at 5 today.

      2. Not a resto but Suite 88 Chocolatier has opened up a branch on De Maisonneuve inbetween Drummond and de la Montagne.

        1. If it hasn't opened yet, it will in a matter of days: the third Arouch outlet on Montreal island. 5216 Côte-des-Neiges between Queen Mary and Jean-Brillant (just north of ExoFruits/Au Pain Doré and just south of SAQ/Renaud-Bray).

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            1. re: tonbo0422

              Lebanese-Armenian. They only do manakish and lahmajoun, but they're pretty damn good.

              http://www.arouch.com/

              1. re: tonbo0422

                What SnackHappy said.

                They're still not open -- the renovations inside and out are extensive -- but it looks like they will be soon.

                1. re: carswell

                  Now open. Airy, clean and modern decor. Food up to the usual standards.

            2. The Fireside steakhouse/restaurant has reopened at same location & phone number, but under new management. They now also serve breakfast.

              1. I, with some friends, passed by the old Tong Por. We went in to check it out and saw that 'new owners' have opened the Tong Sing in its place with many of the same staff from before. I'll try it next week for dim sum.

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                1. re: JadeMyst

                  Did you end up trying it JadeMyst? If so, what did you think?

                2. For people in Laval, La Popessa is opening a location near the corner of Laval & St-Martin Ouest, next to the Lunetterie New Look, saw the sign today.

                  1. A new BYOW, Le Quartier Général, as opened in the Plateau. Anyone knows anything about it ?

                    1251 rue Gilford corner Brébeuf

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                    1. re: Glaff

                      Bob le Chef likes it in his blog; http://boblechef.com/lifestyle/le-qua...

                      $70 for two seems reasonable for such a meal, especially considering the saving of bringing a good bottle. Carswell, is the SAQ Sélection at the corner of Mont-Royal and Papineau (the closest to that resto0 still inadequate in terms of conservation?

                      A funny point is that a blog poster from France does not understand the Québec concept of "apporter votre vin".

                      1. re: lagatta

                        «is the SAQ Sélection at the corner of Mont-Royal and Papineau (the closest to that resto0 still inadequate in terms of conservation?»

                        Dunno. Sorry. After being burned several times, I stopped shopping there and haven't set foot in the place in two or three years. In any case, I've always found the Laurier, Beaubien and Rockland outlets superior in terms of selection and service (not to mention storage conditions).

                        1. re: carswell

                          Thanks, carswell. I was just thinking of proximity to Le Quartier général - it is a very short walk from there.

                          I live ten minutes' walk from Beaubien (and five from Petite Italie small branch that does have a thoughtful small selection along the side) and am often near the Laurier branch. Haven't been to Rockland in a while.

                          1. re: carswell

                            I have had +ve helpful experiences at Mt Royal/papineau.....would second choices on Beaubien, laurier, and add one across from Atwater market

                        2. re: Glaff

                          Excellent.....a bit noisy, so ask for table near window.........some apetisers (crab cakes) disappointing....good staff attitude

                        3. The italian restaurant (Tutto Bene?) that was next to Cafe Olimpico is papered up and a sign says that a restaurant named " B & M " will be opening soon.

                          Any idea what this is? Methinks it's probably another italian place, B& M probably standing for "Bere & Mangiare" (Drink and eat)?

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                            1. re: SnackHappy

                              Actually, looking at the pictures, i think you're spot on...the font for B&M is the same as what I saw walking by...

                              Is this a well known institution? Looking at the menu, it seems kind of all over the place...

                              1. re: alexthecook

                                Look is sterile/clean diner; menu is more expensive & slightly more expansive Momma's Pizza. This place has become a chain? Frig, this town is ghetto...

                                1. re: alexthecook

                                  B & M IS an institution. It has been around for over 40 years.....with the same family running it for over 25 years.
                                  Food is good and the selection is incredible.....

                                  1. re: ndg4ever

                                    any update on a mile end b & m? no sign on their website.

                                    1. re: bakersdelight

                                      Should be up and running in about 2 weeks or so......

                              2. re: alexthecook

                                So sad....I will miss Tutto Bene (great meatballs). B&M's other locations haven't impressed me thus far; I'm curious to see how they will adapt to the Mile End scene.

                                Can't remember which blogger it was that calls them Barf & Marmalade, but whenever I see those letters that's all I can think of. :-)

                                1. re: anachemia

                                  Not sure how the prices of B&M are in NDG, but I was there today at the one of St-Viateur. It wasn't bad, but I've had much better breakfasts for cheaper. I often get 2 eggs poached, baguette, bacon. It was only 8$, not bad since you`re pretty full upon leaving, but everything was so-so, and the coffee bad. The fruit was really fresh and sweet though, a nice plus.

                                  The rest of the menu has eggs benny, omelettes, etc., with some lunch foods like pizzas and burgers. Average price $13 for a main. The decor was fresh, clean, and well-designed. The food forgettable. And none of the servers could manage to smile once. If you`re in the Mile End, I wouldn`t make a special trip to this place. So many other choices!

                                  1. re: torontrealais

                                    B&M is overpriced for sure. Even Benedicts on Monkland is now $7-something for your basic eggs, bacon, toast brekky. Just a couple of years ago they had an early bird special for about $4.50 for the very same thing.

                                    In the NDG area, I go to the Belle Province on St. Jacques for a basic breakfast. The place is spotless, the service friendly and fast, and best of all, a basic eggs-bacon-homefries-toast-beans plate is $5.25 or so.

                                    1. re: C70

                                      compared to every breakfast joint in the neighbourhood - with the exception of beauty's, b&m's breakfast blows the competition out of the water. It is the only place around that doesn't completely ruin bacon - their bacon is out of this world! no where else gives you a huge fruit skewer either. I've been to just about every $10ish and under breakfast place in mile end and outremont and nothing compares to the breakfast standard at b&m. It's not overpriced at all - you can go to the plethora of terrible breakfast places and you will never find such a good breakfast.

                                      1. re: celfie

                                        Sorry to touch a sensitive nerve there. I guess $10ish and under breakfast places often serve the same thing: eggs, meat, potatoes, fruit, bread, and coffee. Which means that depending how you like your potatoes (I like mine really crispy on the outside, soft on the inside) or bacon or bread, you'll like a different place. My bacon was soggy today at B & M and that was sad.

                                        I prefer La Petite Ardoise down on Laurier - their potatoes are amazing, and their cafes au lait in a bowl are not only drinkable but enjoyable. That said, they have a distinct french flavour, e.g. buckwheat crepes with camembert instead of regular crepes with ____ cheese.

                                        -----
                                        La Petite Ardoise (Restaurant)
                                        222 Av Laurier W, Montreal, QC H2T2N8, CA

                                        1. re: celfie

                                          Exactly - those of us in that area are not exactly going to schlep out to lower NDG to save $3 on breakfast :-)

                                          I passed by just yesterday and was looking at their menu, it seemed shockingly reasonable - like, 1-egg with stuff for $5 or $6? Pretty incredible in this area. Hearing that this includes GOOD bacon (or just non-undercooked bacon, for that matter) is a huge plus.

                                          That said, if the coffee's bad that's a pretty big downside IMHO. Then again with Olimpico right next door, they probably don't want (or necessariy need) to compete on that front.

                                          1. re: anachemia

                                            also the staff are in complete contrast with the decor which adds a little bit of character .. so don't get mad when the service seems a bit nutty because these are definitely nutty characters. The coffee wasn't bad but it's nothing to write home about

                                            I also recently had their grilled chicken club on sour dough. the chicken was juicy and flavourful. the bread was excellent. great bacon. my only complaint was that the bottom slice of bread was soggy because it wasn't separated from the chicken. I will ask them to put a bottom lettuce layer next time. This sandwich was a bit pricey - $9 i think, +$3 for fries. I didn't get the fries but they look excellent. It's definitely a cut above club sandwiches at most places which are usually $9-$10 but with fries.

                                            1. re: celfie

                                              Here, from their website (posted above)

                                              2 eggs any style 4.75
                                              with bacon or ham or sausages 5.95

                                              is that really unreasonable?

                                              1. re: celfie

                                                not at all, but $8 plus tax is, for freakin' eggs.

                                                1. re: C70

                                                  Anachemia: good point, how far a restaurant is makes a difference. I don`t live in the Mile End so perhaps I`m expecting more since I`ve travelled farther. That said, there are a bunch of places similar to B & M in my area and I still don`t go.

                                                  Celfie: Their menu at the St-Viateur location is unfortunately a bit more expensive. Two eggs with 1 viande (bacon, ham, sausage, salami, or beef - that was fun) was $7, then $1 extra for the coffee. Which honestly speaking is not so bad considering you leave full, but here`s the expectation thing again: I had read reviews and was expecting a cheap brekkie. And a slightly more expensive brekkie with unimpressive food was my experience. It was not bad, I was just unimpressed and wouldn`t make my way out to it again.

                                                2. re: celfie

                                                  Thx celfie for the B&M recco - went there today and was really blown away. And that's saying a lot (breakfast is, after all, the crankiest meal of the day! ;-)

                                                  I ordered just a basic egg plate with sausage and coffee, and they just got all the details right - sausage was crispy and not overly salty, potatoes were all perfectly cooked with onions and peppers, bagel was fresh from St. V and perfectly toasted, eggs were done as ordered, decaf was good, fruit skewer was a nice touch...and the service was especially friendly and efficient (especially conscientious about the decaf, offering refills from the orange carafe - that *never* happens, usually I catch them as they're filling my cup with the wrong kind).

                                                  They've done a nice job of renovating the space - it was already quite nice as Tutto Bene but they made it brighter and livelier, opened up the wall between the two sections. The RQP as celfie said is indeed outstanding for the area. For two full breakfasts it was $17 plus tip which borders on the surreal - just compare with Fabergé (inferior), or Souvenir (equal), or tons of other places. I dare you to try to make it out of one of those places for under $20 before tip - won't happen!

                                                  As a caveat, I'd eaten previously at the other B&M locations in NDG and was not at all impressed with the food, service OR value. My gut was telling me all along to stay away from this one - but glad I didn't.

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                                                  Tutto Bene Restaurant
                                                  120 Rue Saint-Viateur W, Montreal, QC H2T2L1, CA

                                      2. re: anachemia

                                        My sis convinced the family to go to B & M for brunch and it was in 2 words - no value - we won't be found in their again. Neither the food nor the service merit the prices.

                                    2. A new place called BBQ is set to open soon (website says January 2010) at StewStop's old location, on St-Paul street.
                                      It belongs to the team behind Bar & Boeuf.
                                      www.bbqmontreal.com

                                      1. Georges Alexandre on Parc, across the street from Mythos http://restomontreal.ca/restaurants/i...

                                        I have not been yet.

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                                        1. re: jptimbaud

                                          Just checked this one out on Saturday - unfortunately not a good review. The food was lackluster, the service was very friendly but extremely slow considering we were the only two people there for the majority of the evening. The live jazz band that played was the best part of the night.

                                        2. Brasserie Japonaise in Le Pistol's old location, St-Laurent just below des Pins. No menu out front & was just passing by; I saw tempura on the tables though.

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                                          1. re: Shattered

                                            It's name: Big in Japan.

                                            Menu in the window: a hot pot, various brochettes, other bbq/grill type-stuff (think I saw burgers too). No sushi. Could be interesting...

                                            1. re: Shattered

                                              A true authentic Japanese Izakaya maybe?

                                              1. re: Shattered

                                                Correction: no burgers. Chicken wings is the pub grub I was thinking of (done Japanese-style). Also fried chicken.

                                                1. re: Shattered

                                                  Confession - I loved the old Pistol for it's comfortable atmostphere, however, as a big fan of most asian cuisines I went to Big in Japan with an open mind... I was VERY disappointed.. the brochettes/veggies/grilled type things were all really greasy, the dipping sauces were all terrible (think cinnamon + rice vinegar... exclusively), and the service was slow (although very nice!). I was horribly disappointed especially considering I wanted to like this new Pistol so badly! Can anyone confirm - I believe the management is the same?

                                                  1. re: TheBag

                                                    I highly doubt that. The location was empty for quite while, and they have different furniture. The early reviews were not encouraging; too bad they still haven't sorted it out.

                                              2. BYOB Yoyo has new owners and a new name, Humeur.

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                                                1. re: carswell

                                                  Is it a similar formula and cuisine?

                                                    1. re: carswell

                                                      I went there Feb 20th for dinner (I had previously been to Yoyo, prior to Aug 2009, approximately 10 times in the previous 5 years) and at the time, did not know or notice that it had changed owners and names. Everything appears identical. Similar menu (Fois Gras brulee still on appetizer menu; same price range for dinners; same Table de Hote option on some plates), cheese platter, desserts.

                                                      I'm a little worried, now, actually, since I took a date, kept referring to it as "Yoyo", and I didn't even look at the menu front or the store front -- and if everything said "Humeur", she might have wondered why I kept using the wrong name.

                                                2. Joliette et Chocolat has a new location on St Laurent and Prince Arthur, though I'm certain someone else must have mentioned it by now (forgive me if this is the case).

                                                  I think this changes that neighbourhood, if it succeeds as it surely will, hopefully a shift in the dynamic of that area isn't too unrealistic to hope for.

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                                                  1. re: Anth

                                                    Nope you beat me to it (pretty sure the banner just went up Friday, and opened doors Sat). I'm stoked! The one on St-Denis has a line out the door every evening.

                                                    Juliette et Chocolat, for anyone searching - here's the deets:

                                                    3600 St-Laurent (corner of Prince-Arthur)
                                                    Montréal, QC H2X-2V4
                                                    T 438.380.1090
                                                    F 438.380.1099

                                                    Open all week, from 11am to 11pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, from 11am to midnight on Friday, from 10am to midnight on Saturday, and from 10am to 11pm on Sunday.

                                                    http://www.julietteetchocolat.com

                                                    1. re: Shattered

                                                      I've only been to the St. Denis location but can sometime tell me if the St. Laurent Blvd. location gives better service. At St. Denis it took close to an hour for me to get a milkshake.

                                                    2. re: Anth

                                                      The new J+C location looks to be essentially a restaurant.

                                                      I didn't go in but glanced in and there's a sign saying 'Please wait to be seated' (en francais, bien sur), and the floor area is covered with booths. I always got the impression the St-Denis location was more take-out with minimal seating, but maybe that was an accident of function (long lines & fairly small floor space).

                                                      1. re: Shattered

                                                        Do they have anything not featuring chocolate? I know that is like asking for vegetarian offerings at APDC, but I might want to suggest it to chocolate-loving friends AS LONG as I can have something like a savoury crêpe.

                                                        1. re: lagatta

                                                          Limited selection of savoury crepes. You can see for yourself: www.julietteetchocolat.com

                                                          1. re: carswell

                                                            Their savoury crepes are quite good, IMHO. That's what I always order there.

                                                        2. re: Shattered

                                                          The St. Denis location has a fair amount of seating - but much of it is in the back. It's definitely more of a restaurant with some take out than vice versa (same with the Laurier location).

                                                          1. re: Shattered

                                                            everything that opens at this location goes out of business...its cursed

                                                        3. A new St Hubert location is opening in La Cite next to the organic grocery store Eden ...what an interesting juxtaposition

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                                                          1. re: kpaxonite

                                                            Another small opening on St-Denis just above Maisonneuve, across from the theatre.

                                                            1. re: Shattered

                                                              There's also another on Marcel Laurin near Thimens that I believe is set to open in the spring, if it's not open already.

                                                            2. re: kpaxonite

                                                              It's now open. Although called a St-Hubert express, it's got quite a bit of seating (it's in the old Boccacino's location with the windows facing Parc).

                                                            3. Seen in La Presse :

                                                              Toqué! will open a "lower" end restaurant later this year on Jeanne Mance St; looking at the map, I'm not certain in which are it could be located.

                                                              http://www.cyberpresse.ca/vivre/cuisi...

                                                              Interresting, not much info yet

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                                                              1. re: Maximilien

                                                                The only place I can think of on Jeanne Mance would be either those glass booths on the east side of the street, or (and this would be unlikely for a downscale Toqué!) in the Musée d'art contemporain. My first guess would have been that it would be part of the 2-22 Sainte Catherine E building.

                                                                1. re: EaterBob

                                                                  There's already a restaurant at the museum; that's why I questionned myself.

                                                              2. Not really an opening, and not super recent, Le pistou Déjeuner has changed name, it's now Au Pain Perdu, same owner, same menu. I ate there Sunday for brunch and can confirm the menu is the same, and did not notice any change in quality (and as a surprising plus, it was very quiet, we did not have to wai to be seated with a group of 7!).

                                                                1. Le Milsa's little sister resto in the old Curry House digs, Rodizio Milsa, appears to be open but what's it all about? Smaller, snacky portions of meat?

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                                                                  1. re: chilipepper

                                                                    montrealinfo.com reports that Le Milsa is opening a seafood resto next door to its Bishop Street churrascaria. No word as to whether the fish will be presented on skewers, too. Called Le Milsa Poisson, the resto is slated for opening in early May and will be located at 1433 Bishop, which, if I'm not mistaken, is also the address of Le Gourmet Burger. With indoor seating for 150 and terrasse seating for 50 plus three private rooms, it sounds like quite the operation. The article also says they plan to open a West Island operation this summer.
                                                                    www.montrealinfo.com/index.php?langua...

                                                                    1. re: carswell

                                                                      hi guys, its open, its all you can eat fish and sea food, Brazilian style, we ate there 3 times already, its really good and fresh

                                                                      1. re: DarillBrosseau

                                                                        what is good and what makes it brazilian?

                                                                        1. re: celfie

                                                                          the chef :) its a Brazilian concept, and the spices and marinations are south american, and what i believe makes it good is that they use wood charcoal to grill their fish, that's key in my books....

                                                                          1. re: DarillBrosseau

                                                                            I ask because my conception of brazilian bbq was overturned when I was in brazil.

                                                                  2. New Chinese resto Tan Tian on de Maisonneuve on top of Antep Kabab. Sign is up but don't know if it's open yet.....

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                                                                    1. re: chilipepper

                                                                      I just noticed that place yesterday on my way from Golden Stone to Supermarché Bonjour. Has anyone tried it yet?

                                                                        1. re: carswell

                                                                          Oups! I should have been more thorough in my search. Thank you, carswell.

                                                                    2. There seems to be a new resto in Parc-Ex on Jean Talon O and Outremont called "Tandoori King", where there used to be a cell phone shop. Strangely, under "Indian and Pakistani food", it twice mentions Chinese food? Rather confused and slightly intrigued...

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                                                                      1. re: reelection

                                                                        I'm going to take this back I think. I checked it out and was handed a menu for Al-Safa, which was the name on the sign that used to be there. I was mistaken, it is actually corner Bloomfield, and I guess they're just changing the resto name.

                                                                        Food was standard Pakistani fare, nothing extraordinary.

                                                                      2. In the ill fated space next door to the Monkland Taverne there is a new spot called Il Conte Lounge which features Kosher Italian fare. The menu looks interesting but the space looks cold and impersonal.

                                                                        1. If you go to Bottega's website (http://www.bottega.ca) they mention on the homepage :

                                                                          Bottega Laval
                                                                          Opening Soon : Spring 2010

                                                                          Anyone have any information as to where exactly in Laval?

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                                                                          1. re: Werzoth

                                                                            I heard about it on my last visit to Bottega several months ago. Don't know where it will be located.

                                                                            1. re: BLM

                                                                              2059 Boulevard St-Martin Ouest....where a lights store used to be, near boccacinos.

                                                                              1. re: humbert

                                                                                Thanks humbert! That's very close to where I live, good stuff =)

                                                                                1. re: Werzoth

                                                                                  The Bottega in Laval is now opened.

                                                                                    1. re: lagatta

                                                                                      I Googled 'Bottega Laval' (without quotes) and found this contact info:

                                                                                      Bottega
                                                                                      2059, boul. St- Martin O corner Le Corbusier
                                                                                      Laval-des-Rapides, Chomedey, Québec, H7S 1N3
                                                                                      Tel.: 450.688.1100

                                                                                      1. re: kpzoo

                                                                                        Yes that's right, just next to the corner of Corbusier/St-Martin Ouest (close to the Centre Laval Mall).

                                                                                        They have the same big oven, space is very nice.

                                                                                        1. re: kpzoo

                                                                                          That is only a few minutes' walk from the Montmorency métro station - info probably more useful for hounds living or staying in central Montréal and meeting friends or colleagues in Laval.

                                                                                          Nice to know that it is as pleasant as its city cousin - imagine it is a bit less crowded?

                                                                                          By the way, the Laval branch of Khyber Pass is not far from there:
                                                                                          1694 boulevard Saint-Martin Ouest, Tél: 450.688.5907

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                                                                                          Khyber Pass
                                                                                          1694 Boul Saint-Martin W, Laval, QC H7S1M9, CA

                                                                                          1. re: lagatta

                                                                                            Last time I passed in front of the Laval Khyber Pass branch, it had changed name. Looks like the same type of cuisine, and I have no idea if they only changed name, or owners.

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                                                                                            Khyber Pass
                                                                                            1694 Boul Saint-Martin W, Laval, QC H7S1M9, CA

                                                                            2. The cafe/bar beside Cafe Campus at 51 Prince-Arthur E (which was owned by Indians) is now Rajput Fusion Indienne. Menu here:

                                                                              http://www.restomontreal.ca/restauran...

                                                                              They also got a $10 lunch buffet.

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                                                                                1. re: Shattered

                                                                                  I went when it first opened. I really didn't think much of it, the chaat was nothing like what it ought to taste like but maybe it was just so new they were only getting into the swing of things?

                                                                                2. New in Verdun. 'Fromago Snack-Bar' 3341 Wellington
                                                                                  Went there on saturday with the family and friends. The place specializes in grilled-cheeses but they have more to offer. They ahve signature (fancy) ones. Or you can compose your own with choices of bread, cheeses, meat and extras (chutneys, confits...). I had the special brunch for 10.25 tx inc. which included yummy oatmeal to start, poached egg w/ spinach & mushrooms gratiné with a side of rasted potatoes and remoulade, maple syrup beans and fro dessert : bread pudding (all made on the premises) + coffee. The kids had a classic grilled cheese (came with the same sides) 3$.

                                                                                  The place is cool too, it's mostly a big u-shape counter. It was an old classic blue-collar coffee-shop. Now, the owner has remodeled it a bit. Two tables at the front. Terrasse thi summer. During the week they have a menu du jour (will have to try) for 10.25 $ tx incl

                                                                                  Great new place for the 'hood, but also worth the detour.

                                                                                  1. new isakaya opened in chinatown 2, corner Ste-Cath and St-Marc. Restaurant name is called Kazu. I only had their special of the day, Tuna bowl, but the tuna is really fresh and the price is amazing. It's a TINY isakaya, but it shows alot of potential. Sit by the bar, the chef is really friendly.

                                                                                    I'm going back this week armed with a digicam.

                                                                                    Restaurant Kazu
                                                                                    1862 Ste-Catherine W

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                                                                                    1. re: mak2k

                                                                                      Thanks for the tip, mak2k. Kazu is a great addition to the neighbourhood.

                                                                                      The place *is* tiny: if they can seat 20 at the tables I'd be surprised, and the bar can accommodate only another half dozen or so. It was hopping this evening (actually, both the chef and the waitress -- his wife? -- said they've been full since Monday, their first day of business), which meant that singletons like me were directed to the bar. Not that that was a problem; it was fun watching the dance that goes on in the tiny prep area and interacting with the young and affable chef, who hails from just outside of Tokyo and speaks passable English.

                                                                                      Started with goyza (good wrappers, tasty filling, properly cooked) and a plate of grilled vegetables (zucchini slices, two whole okra -- grilling turns out to be one of the best ways to cook those suckers -- and a marinated portobello mushroom cap) and followed with chirashisushi (plate of sushi rice topped with thick-sliced tuna and salmon sashimi and a lettuce-based salad and served with a pile of chunks of the fish in a light dressing and a small bowl of tobiko). That and a 330-ml Asahi came to $28, including tax, more than reasonable given the quality of the ingredients and care in cooking (everything is made to order).

                                                                                      There are also some off-menu specials posted on the wall. I didn't see them. Otherwise I would have ordered the grilled tuna belly ($10 IIRC), which looked fantastic.

                                                                                      Decor is rudimentary. Service is a little chaotic, though you soon come to realize it's controlled chaos. Mix 96, I believe, was the wallpaper music, yet somehow the feeling is Japaneser than any other place I've been in Montreal.

                                                                                      They're open for lunch except on Saturdays and Tuesdays and close at 9 or 9:30, depending on the evening. "See you tomorrow," the chef quipped as I left. Well, probably not. But quite possibly the next time I'm downtown.

                                                                                      1. re: mak2k

                                                                                        I went for lunch and had the tuna bowl which was very good. I also asked for the soup of they day which was a tomato soup with rice or barley. I will come back Monday night to try all the appetizers.

                                                                                        It's much better than Big In Japan

                                                                                        1. re: mak2k

                                                                                          Kazu is by far my favorite new resto. The chef (Kazu himself) is a real character and fun to watch so sitting at the bar was a fun experience. The food was totally scrumptious, had the 48-hour Pork which was melt-in-your-mouth delicious. My friend had the Japanese curry which was also unlike anything I've ever tried before in the best way possible. SO tasty. When I asked about the rice he said his sister grows it and sends it to him directly. Don't quote me on that one because I may have misunderstood, but it would certainly explain why it was so amazingly good. We had the ice cream for dessert which is made fresh in-house. It comes in a variety of flavors and was amazing as well. Even writing this is making me crave it so I will have to go back tomorrow!! Prices are extremely reasonable especially considering the freshness and quality ingredients. Closed on Tuesdays.

                                                                                        2. a couple new places:
                                                                                          there is like a little mini food court just opened today on st catherines and city councillors between kanda and champs sports goods. inside theres a Buns, another 2 dollar pizza slice place, and a bakery! didn't really check out the pizza place, but the bakery sells an assortment of ready made foods, plates of pastas/meats/entrees for around 5 bucks (good sized portions too!) sandiwches and wraps for around the same prices. they have baguettes, guava filled pretzel bread, cheese and onion bread, croissants etc among others.

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                                                                                          1. re: sharkbait88

                                                                                            buns being the cheap burger joint? They are up to 3 now?

                                                                                            1. re: mak2k

                                                                                              yes. checked it out today again. the pizza place seems to be run by non middle easterners, and they have a variety of other cheap italian food, a chicken pasty for 75 cents, some kind of wrap, spinach lasagna i think? and most of them are 2.25
                                                                                              the bakery offers assorted baked goods and prepared meals. one such meal was a veal and vegetable plate for 5 bucks, they had a salmon one for 6 bucks, they have pretty big sandwiches for 4.25, the wraps are a bit smaller portion sized and are the same price. they have some hot foods as well but didn't check them out. he seems to specialized in cheese infused breads, one of which i tried and was very good. fired cheese bread balls, baked pretzel style cheese bread, guava filed bread for 2 bucks, etc. but looks like downtown st catherines finally has a bit better cheap eats corner!

                                                                                          2. The current Aux amours des thés outlet on Monkland in NDG is moving to 781 Avenue Mont-Royal Est, and will be replaced in NDG by an "express" location with 50 of its most popular teas. The express location in NDG will be joined by another outpost of Petits Gateaux cupcake shop, supposedly opening by April 1.

                                                                                            http://www.petitsgateaux.ca/
                                                                                            http://www.amourdesthes.com/

                                                                                            1. My newest little Plateau find: Le Passé Composé, Roy et Mentana
                                                                                              www.passecomposerestaurant.com
                                                                                              Recently opened for supper as they finally got their liquor license is Le Passé Composé. I was jogging by on Saturday morning and it was packed for brunch. The plates looked wonderful from the window so I decided to make a reservation for that evening. Always up for a nice resto in the Plateau.
                                                                                              Food was typically French but thankfully not heavy and overloaded with butter. I had a starter of Carmelized Onion soup which was sweet and creamy. My friend had a fantastic Salmon tartar with an avocado top layer and accompanied by a small salad with fresh flowers in it. My other friends had the Smoked Salmon Ravioli which were hand-made pasta bits stuffed with whole pieces of smoked salmon and fresh clams. Delightful!
                                                                                              The main courses arrived and were spectacular to look at. You could tell the chef took a lot of time to arrange the plates for a beautiful presentation. I had a crusted Sea Bass in a tomato and basil sauce which melted in my mouth. One friend had the Ris de Veau which according to her was a bit heavy in the cream sauce. Good nonetheless. The others had the Magret de Canard which was stuffed(!) with carmelized apples. Their only complaint was that the duck was a little overdone.
                                                                                              Only 3 of us had room for dessert. The apple tart with the homemade basil icecream was a total hit, but the Soleil de feu was a close second. It was a fresh poached peach in a sweet butter tart and finished with a creme brulée-like crust served with Crème Anglaise. Very tasty and again the presentation was fabulous.
                                                                                              My only complaint was that we were only one of 2 parties in the place :(. I guess they are just starting and the restaurant business is a competitive one in Montreal. The service was excellent(but then again, the waiter didn't exactly have a lot to do....) and the chef came out to see us after our meal to chat about his creations.
                                                                                              A lovely little restaurant. Competitively priced and nicely situated in the heart of the Plateau. They obviously pay a lot of attention to details and the plates were really wonderful. 4 stars from me! I'll be going back.

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                                                                                                1. re: Mandarine

                                                                                                  I had brunch at Le Passé Composé earlier this year. It was definitely the best brunch I've had in Montreal and everyone was extremely satisfied with the interesting take on breakfast classics. I had an omelet packed with vegetables, served with a huge assortment of fruit and potatoes. It was less than $9 for my omelet if I remember correctly. Additionally, the little restaurant is mostly windows, all very bright and calm inside. The staff was extremely attentive and even though we had a large group and the place was packed. It's best to call for a reservation if you are more than 2-4

                                                                                                2. Accords, (Aszu resuscitated ) opened yesterday; a wine bar offering food pairing based on the wine, they say they will have 50 wines by the glass.

                                                                                                  They will also have a "weird" concept that will allow customers to have their own little cellar with their preferred wines ...

                                                                                                  " Dès cet été, Accords offrira aux amateurs tels que vous, des «condos à vin» pouvant être garnis à votre guise ou au gré des conseils gratuits de notre sommelier."

                                                                                                  http://accords.ca/

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                                                                                                  1. re: Maximilien

                                                                                                    Guess it's official then: the recession's over! lol

                                                                                                    1. re: Maximilien

                                                                                                      Anyone knows what's the situation with the coffee/sandwich place next door to now Accords? Is it the same owner? same chef? Anyone tried it? (the previous coffee/sandwich place located there belonged to Aszu, but closed before Aszu did).

                                                                                                    2. Any word on a new Japanese restaurant (which may be run by Korean people) called Mi Né, on avenue du Parc at the southwestern corner of St-Viateur (just south of the YMCA)?

                                                                                                      I just noticed it while going by. Looked in - modest but pleasant hole-in-wall setting. It is a byow (or beer). Open days and evenings during the workweek and on Saturday evening, closed Sunday.

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                                                                                                      1. re: lagatta

                                                                                                        It's not new. It's a sushi place that has been there for years. It changed names about a year ago (but not management, I don't think.) I've eaten there twice before the name-change and found the food to be good, but the vibe creeped me out.

                                                                                                      2. Opening on april 8, "L'un des sens" on Laurier st. west (at the old Bruno location), next door to Raza. With Chef Laurent Prosper at the helm.

                                                                                                        Menu looks standard french/québecois cuisine; no info on the wine list yet.

                                                                                                        http://www.lundessens.com/index.html.

                                                                                                        1. New Bofinger on Mont Royal, near Brebeuf I think it was....

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                                                                                                            1. re: BLM

                                                                                                              Man, someone must be eating at Bofinger contrary to board evidence.

                                                                                                          1. Opening soon - Ichiban (ramen), a few steps away from PM on Ste Catherine in Chinatown West. Oh, please, let it be good.....

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                                                                                                            1. re: chilipepper

                                                                                                              Sorry it say, it isn't. It wasn't BAD, but i've been on a hunt for japanese food in Montreal for a long time. I'm fed up of sushi being considered THE ONLY japanese cuisine. Italians can make more than pasta.

                                                                                                              I tried Ichiban last week, it was alright. But I went there cause I didn't have time to wait at Kazu which I wanted to try. I can't compare it to Kazu yet cause I still haven't been, but this wasn't a very good place. I had a super ramen soup with the pork. The pork was overcooked, and lean. Service was ok though.

                                                                                                            2. Aquetzalli (or something like that), the mexican place that replaces "Los Classicos" openned today.

                                                                                                              I only saw open, did not look for a menu, so I cannot comment on what they will offer food-wise.

                                                                                                              1. I heard rumours about a Vietnamese restaurant on papineau Near sauve. I'll keep you guys informed.

                                                                                                                1. Hereabouts (Petite-Italie, JTM etc) latest signs of restaurants opening. At the former Bistro (or Bar) St-Laurent - a dive -sign with dolphins announcing the opening of restaurant - fishmonger (poissonerie) Le Dauphin, on St-Laurent, between Beaubien and St-Zotique, east side of street.

                                                                                                                  And on the northwest corner of St-Zotique and St-Laurent, the former "Marys" (flashy restaurant and disco bar for kidz) is becoming a Vietnamese restaurant.

                                                                                                                  Vanier student, I'll be looking forward to your update.

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                                                                                                                  1. re: lagatta

                                                                                                                    It's open, it's named Saigon Palace, and the Pho is AWESOME.

                                                                                                                    It's on a Papineau a little bit south from the mcdonald.

                                                                                                                    1. re: vanierstudent

                                                                                                                      what pho did you have? did you try anything else on their menu? i'm looking for some good pho in the area, so this is good news!

                                                                                                                      1. re: kimberleyblue

                                                                                                                        I had the Cha Gio(spelling?) They were great and the Bun thit nuong(porc, vermicelli and salad), It was delicious.

                                                                                                                    1. re: Shattered

                                                                                                                      OKONOMIYAKI! Excellent, I can't wait to try this place. Hopefully they are not only open weekdays lunch (can't access Facebook at work - can anyone tell me the opening times?)

                                                                                                                      1. re: unlaced

                                                                                                                        They don't list their hours - kinda weird. Gonna hafta call or pm them thru fb I guess.

                                                                                                                    2. Saporoso!

                                                                                                                      Saporoso is a new market cafe/ gourmet italian deli on Prince Arthur Cobblestones at the corner of St-Urbain. They serve a variety of coffees, pastas, sandwiches, pizzas and daily items

                                                                                                                      I went with two friends for brunch/lunch.

                                                                                                                      I got the salad of the day, which was a salmon filet on mixed green salads. The balsamic dressing was perfect- not to strong but still interesting. Slices of fresh tomatoes made up for all the bad mid-winter produce I've been encountering in my own grocery shopping. Salmon was also good, simple, a tiny bit overcooked. It came with a lentil soup with chunks of zucchini. My meal was around $12

                                                                                                                      One friend got the pasta of the day, tiny raviolis in a tomato-sausage sauce. Can't remember the specifics but tried a forkful and her meal was definitely my favorite. Also somewhere in the $10-12 range

                                                                                                                      The other friend got a breakfast dish: some sort of bun, sliced in half and toasted, with pancetta on one half and egg and cheese on the other...again I don't remember the exact details of this dish but I remember it being quite good. Came with coffee and was around $10

                                                                                                                      Plus, the whole place seems to be run by one family plus friends, all very friendly. The place is small, and currently they have very limited seating, most table settings are just for 2. I believe they are open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner(?)

                                                                                                                      I recommend checking it out

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                                                                                                                      1. re: Zhuuls

                                                                                                                        I see the old macdonalds location on parc and mont royal has a sign on window that romacafe is opening soon..

                                                                                                                        1. re: wilmagrace

                                                                                                                          Is romacafé a chain? An existing restaurant?

                                                                                                                          1. re: lagatta

                                                                                                                            never heard of "romacafé" before, maybe it's a spinoff from some other café chain ? or with luck an independant coffee shop that will serve good brew.

                                                                                                                            1. re: Maximilien

                                                                                                                              The sign is down, and the location remains tenantless.

                                                                                                                        2. re: Zhuuls

                                                                                                                          Zhuuls: I looked for this place, didn't see it. The corner is 2 apt buildings, a hospital and a parking lot. Didn't see it on the block between-St-Urb & Clark - either you got the wrong address, or it's really, really easy to miss.

                                                                                                                          1. re: Shattered

                                                                                                                            if it's on the cobblestone part of Prince-Arthur, then it's east of St-Laurent...

                                                                                                                            1. re: Shattered

                                                                                                                              I gave the wrong address! So sorry. It's close to Caprice, across from that club Cafe Campus and the little Marche, at coloniale I think? (I never pay attention to streets in that area, I just go by landmarks)

                                                                                                                            2. re: Zhuuls

                                                                                                                              Saporoso is my new favourite place to grab a quick bite in the Plateau. It does seem a bit pricey at first for a cafe, but that's because it has excellent restaurant-quality food! The first time I went I had the egg-pancetta croque-monsieur which was delicious accompanied by a perfect balsamic-dressed salad. I don't usually have dessert with breakfast but I couldn't resist trying the homemade tiramisu which turned out to be incredible. I went back for a quick take-out dinner with my boyfriend, we picked up the lasagna and a sausage-burger. The lasagna was amazing with homemade pasta, meat sauce, ricotta and roasted vegetables (HUGE portion for 12$!!) The sausage-burger (homemade, not roma burger) was topped with rapini and provolone with aioli dipping sauce, yum! Everything is homemade and authentically Italian. The menu changes daily so just ask the super-friendly staff what's fresh. I really hope they make it!

                                                                                                                            3. Mess Hall in Westmount has reopened as Wellhouse. While I'm not hopeful, I'm curious as to whether anyone here has tried it yet, and if it's any better than its predecessor.

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                                                                                                                              4858 Rue Sherbrooke W, Westmount, QC H3Z1H1, CA

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                                                                                                                              1. re: cherylmtl

                                                                                                                                Openings in NDG:

                                                                                                                                In a tiny basement, close to Le Gryphon d'Or, a sign that says "New restaurant opening soon, caribean delicacies. Take-out and delivery.

                                                                                                                                In the old Zebre location, also on Monkland, a new corean restaurant is supposed to be opening soon.

                                                                                                                                1. re: Simon Patrice

                                                                                                                                  That sign in the window near Gryphon D'or has been there for ages with no sign of anything "happening" in that space.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: Simon Patrice

                                                                                                                                    Ya, the sign was out today : 5000 ans.

                                                                                                                                  2. re: cherylmtl

                                                                                                                                    I got caught in a rainshower last week and popped into the wellhouse for lunch. They have redecorated and the restaurant remains comfortable and loungey. the menu is very small and gastro pubby. The place kind of reminds me of a Burgundy Lion. I started with the leek and potatoe soup. It was very rich and topped with a creme fraiche. Lovely but small portion for 6.00$ next I had the turkey club that came with a side of onion rings. I love onion rings and these were definiately home-made and quite good. the batter was a little thick but might be being a bit picky. My turkey club was well made with fresh sliced tomatoe and real turkey breast. I thought the meal was good if not a little pricey. However you are in westmount where rents are astronomical and there are very few ie none good eating establishments. so a nice if not pricey addition to the hood. My husband had the turkey poutine and his only comment was that it had too much gravy and made the fries a bit soggy.

                                                                                                                                  3. Have you heard about Navarrete`s new place?

                                                                                                                                    1. Lots of new places opening in Verdun -

                                                                                                                                      just last night, Augusto Al Gusto
                                                                                                                                      4578 Wellington
                                                                                                                                      Gourmet Latin and Grillades is the slogan. No sign of a menu out the front, could see a display case of large cakes in the back. Looking forward to trying it out!
                                                                                                                                      http://augustoalgusto.com/

                                                                                                                                      opening May 1st
                                                                                                                                      Hecho en Mexico
                                                                                                                                      4816 Wellington (where Naked Lunch and Bisto Terre Ferme was
                                                                                                                                      )Mexican food, they had a blackboard sign up advertising lots of traditional foods that they would be serving

                                                                                                                                      not a restaurant, but a new gourmet epicerie and fruit shop has just opened too
                                                                                                                                      Pomme Verte
                                                                                                                                      I can't remember the exact address, it is on Wellington and either at the corner of Rielle or Gordon.

                                                                                                                                      and there has been a few in the past couple of months that I haven't seen mentioned

                                                                                                                                      Tire Bouch Bistro Gourmand
                                                                                                                                      5200 Wellington
                                                                                                                                      A bit out of the way, I have never seen it super busy. I haven't been yet. They are opening a little terrasse on the side though, which could be nice.

                                                                                                                                      Bistro Toi and Moi
                                                                                                                                      5153 Wellington
                                                                                                                                      Popular with people at work, I haven't been. They are open for brunch on weekends and also stock gourmet food products. Looks like they have a terrasse out the back too.
                                                                                                                                      http://www.bistrotoietmoi.com/

                                                                                                                                      A Portugeuse chicken place (Was originaly called Cafe Frango, I can't remember the new name, something like Cafe M____
                                                                                                                                      )4436 Wellington
                                                                                                                                      Great chicken, the squid is delicious, nice bread, the only let down was the accompanying salad. Very, very popular!

                                                                                                                                      Salon Rouge
                                                                                                                                      4616 Wellington
                                                                                                                                      An Italian place, also very popular, it is packed on Friday nights, I think you need a booking (I haven't eaten there, though I tried! No booking!) It is cash only I think. Bring your own. It is a sister restaurant to Luciano Ristorant 4609 Rue Verdun

                                                                                                                                      If anyone has tried some of these places, I would love to hear some reviews!

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                                                                                                                                      1. re: unlaced

                                                                                                                                        There have been some threads about Mozza in Laval on here, although I've never tried the place or had ever heard of it before.

                                                                                                                                        Either way, one will be opening up on St Jean Blvd in the West Island soon.

                                                                                                                                        This will be at minimum the 3rd "Italian" place at this location in the past 2 years or so. It's a fairly big location (which to begin is not a big turn on for me)

                                                                                                                                        1. re: ios94

                                                                                                                                          The new Enoteca Mozza pizzeria in DDO, is suppose to have a wood-burning oven(that's what I've been hearing)? I thought there's now a ban on new wood burning ovens in Montreal.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: BLM

                                                                                                                                            DDO not being part of the city of Montreal could explain why.

                                                                                                                                            1. re: westaust

                                                                                                                                              Maybe your right. Pierrefonds would be part of Montreal(they voted not to de-merge several years ago)?

                                                                                                                                        2. re: unlaced

                                                                                                                                          Hecho en Mexico
                                                                                                                                          4816 Wellington in between 3rd&4th on the south side. Open noon to 10pm .
                                                                                                                                          514 439 3868

                                                                                                                                          I just tried it today and what a find. Authentic Mexican done with love and care. All the ingredients were fresh and high quality. The owners are very friendly and really cared about putting out a great plate. I had their soup and tacos. The soup was this wonderful black bean broth with tortillas and cheese,sublime. The tacos came two ways one was a slow cooked lamb stew falling of the bone yummy.Both came with three small tacos,fantastic. Then the pork tacos.These really stood out,very slow cooked fork pulled pork perfectly spiced,outstanding. They are waiting for a alcohol permit so they can open up the terrace in back :)
                                                                                                                                          Thanks for the tip unlaced.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: kiss

                                                                                                                                            Hecho en Mexico is reviewed in today's Mirror - a mainly positive review.

                                                                                                                                            I have been there twice now - the first visit was amazing and I couldn't believe how good it was. We had the place to ourselves, had a lovely chat with the owners and chef (though in broken French, since they didn't really speak English) and the food was outstanding and exceptional value. We had quesadillas (with black beans and feta), a salad (mango and what I think was jicama, dressed with lemon, so refreshing), the lamb (cooked in leaves for hours, meltingly soft, though a small portion), the steak "burritos" and then flan. Oh, and horchata! That was as part of a table d'hote, of which there was a 13/15/18 dollar option

                                                                                                                                            The second visit the menu had changed so that there were starters and mains. The prices had increased and the restaurant was full. We waited a long time for our food, though the chips and salsa kept us going. The food was delicious still, but there seemed to be an issue with portion size and perhaps advising people on ordering. We had the quesadillas again, and the beef tartare. The tartare portion, for a starter, was *huge* (at least 200g of meat) and it would have been better if the waiter has advised us to share it. Again, our mains were delicious - steak tacos, and then an enchilada dish with mole sauce and (supposedly) chicken. It came with bacon instead, which really made the dish too rich. It was also a big portion and whilst I loved the mole sauce, the flavours became a little bit to same-y after awhile (so much so that I couldn't finish it, something I rarely do!) The quality of the food was still good, but we realised we needed to change our ordering strategy on the next visit.

                                                                                                                                            We haven't gone again but I have noticed a sign up now for $9 table d'hote, so we should go back! It definitely seems that they are tinkering with the format. Also, not sure if it helps or hinders them, but they are changing the menu almost daily to reflect the produce (great!) but it means if you have a favourite (that mango and jicama salad....) you might not see it again!

                                                                                                                                            I should note too, both times we have been served tortilla chips and salsa when we were seated (and we received extra salsa and chips on request) The reviewer in the Mirror notes he didn't receive any salsa, but I think this would have been an oversight. Make sure to ask if you don't receive any! It really is a family run little business and there are definitely some issues with the service (on our second visit we were given the wrong bill twice - both times it was a cheaper bill. If we had been less honest they would have lost money and I am sure they can't afford to do that early on) The food definitely makes up for it though!

                                                                                                                                            I would definitely encourage people to visit, just go with a bit of a gentle attitude!

                                                                                                                                        3. Also there's a new Japanese fusion place in the Plateau called Toroli.
                                                                                                                                          It is a cozy little BYO place with Japanese ingredients (mostly seafood and steaks) prepared in a very French style (richly seasoned reductions and sauces). The chef is from Japan but trained in a high-end French restaurant in Tokyo. The table d'hote is $35 for 4 courses and they have a great collection of Japanese teas too. It has become increasingly difficult to get in on weekends, probably because it is such a good deal right now. Can't really go wrong here.
                                                                                                                                          www.toroli.com

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                                                                                                                                          1. re: edhazer

                                                                                                                                            Thanks, edhazer! That sounds lovely! Extremely close to the métro (orange line) as well. And the teas really appeal.

                                                                                                                                            1. re: lagatta

                                                                                                                                              If you go, try the tuna tartare with truffle oil and fine herbs for an appetizer. Yum.

                                                                                                                                            2. re: edhazer

                                                                                                                                              If you read French, Toroli just got an excellent write up by Montreal food critic Robert Beauchemin in La Presse. Very romantic little spot with great sake and green teas to accompany the tasty main dishes.

                                                                                                                                              http://www.cyberpresse.ca/vivre/cuisi...

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                                                                                                                                              Toroli
                                                                                                                                              421 Rue Marie Anne Est, Montreal, QC H2J 1Z9, CA

                                                                                                                                            3. They are opening a second branch of the chinese bakery Harmonie in Chinatown 2. This one is located on the guy side of the guy concordia metro in that little commercial area right after the turnstiles. Concordia students can rejoice as it is located right next to the new tunnel that connects the metro to the Hall building.

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                                                                                                                                              1. re: blond_america

                                                                                                                                                AWESOME!

                                                                                                                                                Randomly, are there any other Chinese bakeries in Chinatown 2? It seems like there are about 5 per square foot in the original Chinatown but none (so far, that I know of) near Concordia...

                                                                                                                                                1. re: janetmweiss

                                                                                                                                                  None that i know of either. I think this one will do brisk business from both the chinese community in the area and also the student population looking for something to snack on in class. It doesn't say when it will open but construction is underway.

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: blond_america

                                                                                                                                                      all the chinatown 2 places are great and all, but harmonie is just what this student was waiting for. Being able to get a fresh fresh fresh pork bun for $1.29 is a goddsend. I will never eat pizza again. I wish they had more non-cake items and I wish they had steamed pork buns but maybe some chinese entrepreneur will notice how many white people like asian treats and will open and even better non stirfry chinese fastfood place.

                                                                                                                                                  1. Restaurant/Foodie related ...

                                                                                                                                                    12 degré en Cave, Wine accessories and cellars and wine storage is opening a (second?) shop on St-Laurent Boul just a little bit north of Mont-Royal, east side.

                                                                                                                                                    According to their webbie, they already have a store on St-Paul E.

                                                                                                                                                    M.

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                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Maximilien

                                                                                                                                                      Nice people.....they have subcontracted their "cave" on St Paul....new storeon St Laurent is bright with interesting stock....worth a visit

                                                                                                                                                    2. A branch (unless they moved) of that Korean restaurant, 3000 ans, opened up on Monkland, corner Wilson (under the Subway's)

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                                                                                                                                                      1. re: TheSnowpea

                                                                                                                                                        I think you're missing a couple of thousand years...isn't it 5000 ans? :)

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: stak

                                                                                                                                                          Ha, you're quite right: I was driving by quickly and did not quite get the name right. I could not find it in the online phone book, which was bugging me; 5000 ans does indeed yield much more info. Thanks for spotting that.

                                                                                                                                                      2. Ichiban Ramen on Ste Catherine a couple of doors down west of St. Mathieu (close to PM Resto) open for business and offering 15% off for the rest of the month...Too crowdy today so will wait a bit.

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                                                                                                                                                        1. re: chilipepper

                                                                                                                                                          I went to Ichiban Ramen in the hopes of finding authentic Japanese Ramen but was slightly dissapointed. Don't get me wrong, the soup they serve is very tasty and I like the fact that you can even choose your broth (soy based or miso). Having travelled to Japan however, I can firmly say that it is really not that authentic. Nevertheless, the decor is very nice and the ramen itself is VERY tasty.

                                                                                                                                                          I have had the Ichiban (basic soup with 2 pork slices, egg, tofu skin and of course the noodles), the Super BBQ Pork (same as Ichiban but with 4 pork slices) and the Fujisan (a heap of mildly spicy ground pork meat with the egg and tofu skin). All three soups are good but if I have one complaint, it would be for the Fujisan which was VERY greasy.

                                                                                                                                                          All in all, it's a great place to warm up on a chilly day and boasts good prices (under $10 and if you are really hungry, pay only 1$ extra for more noodles and broth) especially for the month of May 2010 where they are offering 15% off. If you want real ramen however, the only place to get it is in Japan.

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: chilipepper

                                                                                                                                                            I had the bbq pork ramen and was sorely disappointed. The soy broth was meh and the pork was chewy. Couldn't they re-roast it right before serving ?

                                                                                                                                                          2. The paper has been removed from the windows of 365 Laurier West, the space most recently occupied by the late, lamented Bazaar, and a sign on the door says "ouverture bientôt." Name is Il Pagliaccio. Though there was little illumination, it's clear the interior has been completely redone, and a front-and-centre staircase implies there'll be dining on the second floor (including, perhaps, on the recently renovated balcony?). No menu posted but restojobs.ca has a listing for a cook/chef that says "Experience in Italian cuisine is a must! Experience in Portuguese cuisine can be an asset."

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                                                                                                                                                            1. re: carswell

                                                                                                                                                              it looks very swanky. No menu displayed yeté

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Maximilien

                                                                                                                                                                Swanky indeed. Yesterday evening there were people dining next to the front window, so I guess that means it's open for business.

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: carswell

                                                                                                                                                                  The Montreal Info site, says Il Pagliaccio has opened as of this week.

                                                                                                                                                            2. I tried Tian Tan atop Antep Kebab on Maisonneuve today and the owners are two former chefs from Lao Beijing. There's a steam counter from which you can pick three dishes for $8 (includes rice) and +$1 to include one of the fish dishes. I had some sort of spicy & sour fish filet, spicy beef tripe, and tofu, bok choy, and chinese sausage. They make noodles too and I even saw some century eggs as well. Delicious food, good spice too. Not a pretty place, three tables in the whole restaurant but definitely worth a try. Bring Chinese friends to decipher some of the menu offerings. And of course, just like at Lao Beijing, you can speak French, English, or Mandarin.

                                                                                                                                                              1. Not sure if it would qualify as a restaurant, but I was walking on St Catherine near the 3 Amigos and noticed a Yeh! frozen yogurt coming soon (I believe in the old American Apparel location).

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                                                                                                                                                                1. re: foodie_mtl

                                                                                                                                                                  So this would be their second location in Montreal?

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: BLM

                                                                                                                                                                    Yes, the first is on St-Laurent near Pine Ave.

                                                                                                                                                                2. Ridi, a new mediterannean restaurant, located on Sherbrooke street in place of the former Brönte

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                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: westaust

                                                                                                                                                                    Finally tried Chien Fumant and really don't get he buzz - food was uninspired and poorly presented - one of our dishes was inedible - chef was there didn't say a word or care. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone!

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: euryleia

                                                                                                                                                                      I saw sign on muvbox that it is reopening for summer season tomorrow-- cant wait to have some more lobster from the islands. I think the location is unique and restful watching the boats go through the locks and further from the touristy part of old montreal.

                                                                                                                                                                      http://www.muvbox.ca/

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: euryleia

                                                                                                                                                                        I had the opposite experience very recently at Le Chien Fumant - good food, good service, loved the atmosphere. Tried the calamari, the horse tartare (which was what hubby ordered - I only got to try it, and it left me with a major case of food envy) and rabbit with polenta. And I'm still drooling over the dessert of beignets with butterscotch. It's definitely a place I'd happily return to. I only wish there was some place like this in my neighbourhood (fat chance of that ever happening...)

                                                                                                                                                                    2. New on Notre-Dame, just west on Des Seigneurs - next to Ambiance , still no name on the façade. I was told it would be a smokehouse (and that they have a terrasse in the back). Was closed when I passed by. Bristro menu with a twist from what I saw/remember. Casual decor with rustic touches. Anybody knows what's it gonna be called ?

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                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: ManuelF

                                                                                                                                                                        I think it will be called Boucane, i passed in front yesterday, noticed the new place, however, there was some letter missing from the sign they are installing, so i don't remember perfectly.

                                                                                                                                                                        But from the name it seemed like a smokehouse, can't wait to see when it opens

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: ManuelF

                                                                                                                                                                          It's called "le Boucan" and is opening this week.David Adjey was filming his new show"the opener"there last week and on the weekend.I can't wait to try it.

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: mofonator

                                                                                                                                                                            Thanks for correcting me

                                                                                                                                                                            I really can't wait to try this place, and it would ne nice to have a BBQ place like this not too far from home, and hopefully better than bofinger

                                                                                                                                                                        2. Caravelle Pho (like the one at PVM I guess) replacing The de Logis on Crescent - when the heck did that happen?

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                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: jocampo

                                                                                                                                                                            Nice to know that. I endured that pit of horror at 2020 many times to have a lovely light Vietnamese lunch if I was working or doing university research nearby. Caravelle also had a branch at the more attractive PVM food court. Does it still exist?

                                                                                                                                                                            2020 food court always reminds me of the Québécois hit song "La serveuse automate" from the musical Starmania. Glad to hear that she is finally "au soleil"...

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: lagatta

                                                                                                                                                                              La caravelle has an amazing lunch menu, definitely worth the try. The owners told me that they've sold the PVM location and opened their new location. Ambiance seems ok, but I always order take out anyway.

                                                                                                                                                                          2. The depanneur beside the Subway on St. Laurent above Prince-Arthur renovated and re-opened with an ice cream/gelato bar, counter and stools (& still some dep shelves in the back). It was open when I walked by past 11 on Saturday, so nice to have a late-night ice cream place in the area.

                                                                                                                                                                            1. There is a sign in the window of the former Telus boutique on Monkland indicating that Yeh! will be opening soon. The sign is up for the new Rockaberry across the street next door to the Monkland Tavern.

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                                                                                                                                                                              5390 Ch Queen-Mary, Montreal, QC H3X1V3, CA

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                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: eat2much

                                                                                                                                                                                Thanks for the info. Apparently Yeh! is a frozen-yogurt place http://www.yehyogourt.com/

                                                                                                                                                                                Is it true that another pie place is opening on Queen-Mary where Rockaberry was? What's the deal, anyone know?

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: kpzoo

                                                                                                                                                                                  Answering myself, thanks to a puff piece in The Suburban, I've gleaned that another pie place is opening in the old Rockaberry location on Queen-Mary. It's called Jam Rock Café and the menu seems similar to Rockaberry's.

                                                                                                                                                                                  http://jamrockcafe.ca/

                                                                                                                                                                                  If anyone tries it, I'd be interested in reports.

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: kpzoo

                                                                                                                                                                                    "jam rock?" what a stupid name.

                                                                                                                                                                                    and 8.25 for a Heineken?? Not the kind of place you'd go for a beer, but still...

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: C70

                                                                                                                                                                                      «"jam rock?" what a stupid name. »

                                                                                                                                                                                      Agreed. A pun on shamrock? An attempt to hitch a ride on Hardrock's and Rockaberry's collective coattails?

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: carswell

                                                                                                                                                                                        You can check out the article here, bottom left - you'll need to zoom in for it to be legible.

                                                                                                                                                                                        http://www.myvirtualpaper.com/doc/The...

                                                                                                                                                                                        The current "JamRock" owner is mentioned as Rockaberry's former "landlord" - it's a bit odd.

                                                                                                                                                                              2. La Fabrique on St-Denis will open a new place (couple of steps north-ward).

                                                                                                                                                                                Not much information but it will probably be some kind of "rotisserie" if the hints on the windows are to be believed :

                                                                                                                                                                                "Tout coq qui chante le matin a souvent le cou cassé le soir"

                                                                                                                                                                                or roughly translated

                                                                                                                                                                                "a Rooster that sings in the morning will have its neck broken by evening"

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                                                                                                                                                                                306 Av 4E, Saint-Paul-De-Montminy, QC G0R3Y0, CA

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                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Maximilien

                                                                                                                                                                                  I was speaking with one of the waiters last night post-shift and it will be called ''Au cul de poule'' if I am not mistaken, should be opening anytime this week.

                                                                                                                                                                                  They had their first evening yesterday, but more as an hors d'oeuvres/cocktail kind of party for a private group. They do not have their liquor license yet, so I think they are waiting for that situation to clear up before officially opening.

                                                                                                                                                                                  And yes it will a rotisserie.

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: demoiselleN

                                                                                                                                                                                    What kind of rotisserie grill do they have? At the Montreal Info site, they say it's a new type of rottiserie grilling(at least new to Montreal).

                                                                                                                                                                                2. I passed a new BYOW Italian place on Duluth called Spaggio's. From looking at the menu and peering inside it looks like a lot of food for very little money-- most expensive pasta was $17 and most pizza's in the $13. Wonder if anyone's heard anything about it?

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                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Zhuuls

                                                                                                                                                                                    the journal of montreal in todays edition had a list of new restaurants opening this summer including Kitchen Galerie Poisson on Notre Dame, Old montreal around June 5

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: wilmagrace

                                                                                                                                                                                      Passed by today, the new Kitchen Galerie is opened, but I think I saw Kitchen Galerie Huitre, not poisson. An open space, not too big, it looks inviting. The menu has the Kitchen Galerie staples (Foie Gras choices and Super size me option). It did not exclusively consist of fish, saw some meat choices as well.

                                                                                                                                                                                      Hopefully, I'll get to try it out soon.

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: eat2much

                                                                                                                                                                                          Just East of McGill (between McGill & St-Pierre). North side of the street

                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: sweettoothMTL

                                                                                                                                                                                          Would anyone happen to have contact information for this new Kitchen Galerie? I'm googling but I can't find anything. Cheers!

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                                                                                                                                                                                          60 Rue Jean-Talon E, Montreal, QC H2R1S5, CA

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: mainsqueeze

                                                                                                                                                                                            I went for a walk after lunch and stopped by to pick up a card. It is named Kitchen Galerie Poisson, says so on the card, but I didn't see it on the windows. It says Kitchen Galerie and Bar à Huitre, hence my earlier confusion.

                                                                                                                                                                                            399, rue Notre-Dame ouest, H2Y 1V2
                                                                                                                                                                                            514-439-6886

                                                                                                                                                                                            The guy (either Jean-Philippe St-Denis or his clone) confirms they are not on the web yet, they opened last Friday.

                                                                                                                                                                                            But from the menu posted outside, I miss the Poisson concept, because except for the bar à huitre part, it did not strike me as a fish centric menu. In fact, for all I know, I could have been at the Jean-Talon location, menu-wise. Maybe they had a special menu inside with daily specials.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            60 Rue Jean-Talon E, Montreal, QC H2R1S5, CA

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: sweettoothMTL

                                                                                                                                                                                                Tried Kitchen Galerie Poisson for lunch last week. They had three varieties of oysters on offer, including Raspberry Point, French Kiss, and Kusshi. They fixed us a plate with one of each for each of us to try. The kusshi were interesting to try since I hadn't had them before. The freshness and quality of the oysters were quite good (for Montreal).

                                                                                                                                                                                                I had a lunch table d'hote with carrot and ginger potage as an appetizer and crab spaghetti with baby spinach and cherry tomatoes as a main ($18 or $19). For dessert I had a mini lemon-meringue square dipped in white chocolate ($3). One of my lunch mates had a simple salad appetizer (baby greens and parmesan shavings, I think) and a main of seared halibut served on a bed of gnocchi with greens and a cheesy cream sauce ($24).

                                                                                                                                                                                                There were two other fish options (salmon and bass, I believe), a couple of meal-sized salads (one had crab), and a handful of other options on the menu. Overall it seemed pretty fish-centric to me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                The service was casual but very friendly and efficient.

                                                                                                                                                                                                9 oysters, a bottle of prosecco, three table d'hotes, one dessert, and two coffees came to about $150 after tax and before tip.

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: mainsqueeze

                                                                                                                                                                                                  .....just went in and out....a loud noisy group of 5-6 people seemed to think they had a private party.....poor welcome & intro service...were happy to be out of there

                                                                                                                                                                                        3. re: Zhuuls

                                                                                                                                                                                          Hi Zhuuls,

                                                                                                                                                                                          Spaggio's used to be on Sherbrooke and Langelier a few years back. They're gnocchis were yummy! I'm so happy it's back!

                                                                                                                                                                                        4. Through the grapevine:
                                                                                                                                                                                          Lallouz Café
                                                                                                                                                                                          69 Saint-Zotique East (next door to Bottega)
                                                                                                                                                                                          514-439-6969

                                                                                                                                                                                          Said to offer baked goods, espresso, Ottolenghi-ish salads, kabobs, etc. Am hoping to visit in the next week.

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                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: carswell

                                                                                                                                                                                            I saw this new restaurant advertised in 5 saison beer area today, that brasserie de montreal 1485 rue Ottawa (east of Guy ) has opened a resto-bar with their beers (Griffintown Montrealaise; Black Watch Ecossaise/Scottish; Rebelle Quebecoise; Van der Bull Belge, Chi Orientale, London Ruby Anglaise--neat names!)
                                                                                                                                                                                            http://www.brasseursdemontreal.ca/bie...
                                                                                                                                                                                            According to handout they have salads, sandwiches, paninis, smoked meat, comfort food such as pate chinois, macaroni, chili, jarret de porc braise, steak frites and other grilled meats . I will give their products a try for the st. jean baptiste holiday coming up. I am not usually a beer regular but have enjoyed the various ones I have tried out in other microbreweries in montreal.
                                                                                                                                                                                            http://www.brasseursdemontreal.ca/car... could not find an English version
                                                                                                                                                                                            hours: http://www.brasseursdemontreal.ca/con...

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: wilmagrace

                                                                                                                                                                                              FYI that place has been opened for 2 years already, I remember going there to watch a playoff game 2 years ago.

                                                                                                                                                                                              Although, they now have a terrasse outside to enjoy both the food and beer

                                                                                                                                                                                          2. What looks to be yet another upscale food shop - this one called Garde-Manger Italien/The Italian Pantry - is opening next to Café Wild Beanz on Monkland in NDG, near Beaconsfield. They were stocking it up yesterday - not sure when it's opening but looks like it could be soon.

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Checked out a new place , Bistro Duo D on Notre-Dame next to Griffintown Cafe which I'm pretty sure opened this year. Never saw anyone in there but was intrigued by their menu, particularly the house smoked salmon. Am pleased to announce that it is delish. The salmon and pretty much everything else I ingested. I tried everyone's plates. It's all French nouveau cuisine with some fun elements. Ex: caviar yoghurt sauce on top of my baked salmon, appetizer of mushrooms, beans and warm paillard chevre, a french take on babaganouj, an amuse-bouch of duck breast and celery remoulade, and the most amazing chocolate mousse I've ever encountered. Oh - and no entree was more than i think $24'ish. Very reasonable menu and wine list. Nice ambiance, big windows, lots of light, lots of wood, open kitchen with a one-man chef show and just a quiet and peaceful feel. 1380 Rue Notre Dame Ouest - www.bistroduod.com

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Milsa Poisson has opened on Bishop next to the all you can eat meat Milsa. I've been in and looked around, but haven't eaten anything except the crabcakes, which were fine but not mind blowing. It's lovely and fresh and clean, the menu is all fish and seafood (not all you can eat like the other Milsa). The service is a bit green but earnest.

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Spoke briefly with the owner of Kaza Maza on our way out of a post-tasting dinner yesterday evening, er, this morning. He mentioned that he's about to open a second restaurant. The cuisine will be more upscale Syrian and, though he's a little vague right now, a more serious wine list heavy on "vins nature" and private imports. Location will be on Parc near the corner of Fairmount (I wonder if it's not the place -- Mezze? -- located on the west side of Parc just north of the dépanneur). The chef will be the same one who oversees Kaza Maza's kitchen. ETA is late June or early July.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: carswell

                                                                                                                                                                                                    had a feast at kaza maza thursday night
                                                                                                                                                                                                    it's hard to believe such a small kitchen can produce such amazing food
                                                                                                                                                                                                    everything was delicious - i woke up craving it

                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. On St. Laurent corner Marie Anne, north-east side of the street: Omnivore.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Lebanese salads, sandwiches and grill. Five different kinds of kefta, chicken, fish and assorted meats. Tried some of their white beans and okra and their stuffed vine leaves, thumbs up all around. They should be open for dine-in and take-out come Monday.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    I've seen a lot of shops open and close in that spot over the past couple years. Hopefully the restaurant can do better!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: thebenc

                                                                                                                                                                                                      I certainly hope so - that is such a pretty spot, facing Parc du Portugal, but several businesses have failed there. Parc du Portugal can be a lovely spot for an impromptu picnic, though at certain hours there can be aggressive beggars. Perhaps if more people use it in other ways the dynamic of hte park can change and become a pleasant dining spot, between Omnivore, the Latino grocery (used to be Andes) for empanadas etc and le Canard libéré. Not to mention Le Chaînon charity shop for cookware finds!

                                                                                                                                                                                                      I'll definitely be checking out Omnivore. Thanks.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: thebenc

                                                                                                                                                                                                        I hope they survive, too, and not just because they've actually got some great, unique decor (love the plants in the window, hope they survive winter). The omnivore plate is amazing, though I've only tried it with cubed chicken. But overall it's very tasty but also non-greasy, which can be hard to find. The rice and lentils is addictive, and every salad tastes different (unlike some places where it seems they use the same spices on everything).

                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Don't know much about it, but the name (at least in french) is kind of funny :

                                                                                                                                                                                                        "Chez ma grosse truie chérie"

                                                                                                                                                                                                        "...Le 30 juin, Harold Coté ouvrira deux autres restaurants au coin des rues Papineau et Ontario dans Centre-sud en même temps que Chez ma grosse truie chérie, soit L'Effet boeuf et Le trottoir. Il s’agit d’un concept branché dans un arrondissement parfois chaud de la métropole."

                                                                                                                                                                                                        more : http://lcn.canoe.ca/lcn/infos/regiona...

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Walking to the metro after an evening of pupusas and telenovelas at El Tropical, I noticed a new (to me) Mexican place on Plaza St-Hubert north of Belanger. The place was closed but the posted menu was run-of-the-mill Mexican including tacos, burritos, fajitas, pozole, menudo... etc.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Charro's Restaurant
                                                                                                                                                                                                          7002, St-Hubert
                                                                                                                                                                                                          514-271-2223

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Also, on Ontario and Joliette something called Azteca Mexican Grill. The menu looks like typical Mexican restaurant stuff with some BBQ items like ribs thrown in.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Will try to get around to checking those two out soon and post my impressions here.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          6794 Rue Saint-Hubert, Montreal, QC H2S2M6, CA

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: SnackHappy

                                                                                                                                                                                                            The place on Ontario is actually called Casa Azteca. I stopped in on Saturday for a quick taco al pastor. It was not cheap, $3.25 for one taco, but it was pretty good. Certainly not worth the price, though. I reckon this is not the place to get a take-away taco, but since the menu looks good and the people there were quite nice, we'll be going back for a full meal, soon.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. If it hasn't already been mentionned, Chez Victoire opened up recently, replacing Le Pistou. 1453 MtRoyal (a little west of Papineau).

                                                                                                                                                                                                            http://chezvictoire.com/

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            1453 Avenue du Mont Royal Est, Montreal, QC H2J, CA

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. There's a place that opened a couple of months ago where my favorite sushi place in Montreal used to be (Masako). It's on that little loop just off Cote des Neiges at Queen Mary. Replaced some ridiculous café (Simply Delicious? Whaaa?) and appears to pretend to be Caribbean.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              If I'm not wrong, it got firebombed a couple of weeks ago.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Off with a bang, at least.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              5504 Ch Queen-Mary, Montreal, QC H3X1V6, CA

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. 2 new restaurants opening at Place des Festivals. Toque`s little brother opening June 25th and F Bar (Fereira`s new concept) opening June 28th

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Les iles de Catherine closed on Notre dame near Charlevoix. A new restaurant opened in its place. Anyone know where Catherine went and when it closed? I loved that little boite with her Guadeloupean cuisine. Simple and tasty.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. New steakhouse called Grillades Phénix in the exact location of the Le Biftheque in Cours Mont Royal. According to the seating hostess it opened June 1 with the same staff and "almost" the same menu. Looks a whole lot fancier to me! They claim it's part of a larger U.S. chain. I have not (yet) eaten there.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: rwarren

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Same franchisee from before when it was Le Bifteque. Just a name change with some menu additions.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: rwarren

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          never mind, I passed by this morning and saw the bankruptcy sign on the door. Boy that was fast! Then again it seemed to be closed more than it was open.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Another new one in Verdun -
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Malewa 514 at 4844 Rue Wellington.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          It is an African restaurant, fairly bare bones and it almost looks like it just sprung up as a venue to watch the world cup! A couple of pictures and descriptions of the food on the window - it sounded like a strange mix to me - samosas, braised chicken, baguettes. They do have manioc on the menu though....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Lustucru opening next week on Park, north of Laurier on the east side of the street. I think they will specialize in tartares

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: isa1

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              here is update (albeit only in French) on 2 new restaurants (owners of toque and ferreira fame) opening soon in place des arts area beside contemporary art museum and overlooking the dancing waters: Bistro T (kitchen built underground) and Bar F, There is a plan for terraces that will be sheltered/heated so can you can sit on terrace in winter! They even plan to grill whole pigs during highlight festival in winter. The latter opening on June 29 but liquor license will take longer. This is a wonderful addition to the chain restaurants in that area.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              http://www.cyberpresse.ca/vivre/cuisi...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: wilmagrace

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Lesley Chesterman did a very similiar story in the Gazoo on the same day.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: wilmagrace

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  i got reservation for brasserie T for tonight. I'll write a review over the weekend!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Marche St-Jacques (Ontario & Amherts) which was closed for over a year is reopening this summer. It is the 1st LEED market in Quebec and so far it looks great. They have a huge Premiere Moisson and soon these other places will open as well:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Milly coffee shop
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Pates et compagnie
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Fruiterie du marche
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Olives & Olives
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Fromagerie Atwater
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Poissonerie (not sure the name)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Butcher
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Crepanita
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                and a sushi restaurant/take-out

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                This is a great addition t this neighbourhood and for Old Mtl residents

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                3515 Av Lacombe, Montreal, QC H3T1M2, CA

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. In case no-one had noticed, a couple of Montreal area Tim Hortons are now Tim Hortons / Cold Stone locations. We don't have to feel left out anymore.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I also noticed that my hometown Dairy Queen is now a Dairy Queen / Orange Julius.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  That's all I have to say about that.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: SnackHappy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    What is Cold Stone? Is it a Canadian chain of some sort?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: kpzoo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        You can read more about the Cold Stone Creamery empire on the Chains board. It doesn't make me that excited to try it, I have to say.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/381262

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: SnackHappy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      OMG!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Where can I find a COLD STONE location? I just saw their website and they're products look amazing!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Yummylicious

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Use their store finder to find the exact locations. I know there's one on lower St-Denis.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Yummylicious

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          there is also one in brossard/greenfield park (on Tachereau next to the 4 glaces ice rinks)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Up Noodle
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1681 Rue Saint Denis
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Montréal, QC H2X 3K4
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        (514) 282-8885

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The sign out front says "Pho Chinois". I believe they serve Yunnan style rice noodle dishes amongst other things.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I haven't checked it out yet, but it's at the top of my list.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: SnackHappy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          There's a Milsa opening soon in the West Island, located in the same strip mall where Bombay Choupati is located. (Sources/Gouin).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          As for Cold Stone, I tried the one on St Denis, not my cup of tea.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. TUCK SHOP

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Opened a couple weeks ago in St-Henri - Notre-Dame corner de Courcelles
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Monkland Taverne crew lauched this 'Market Fresh' resto a few weeks ago.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Clean look with rustic touches

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Blackboard menu lists 6 entrées and 6-8 mains

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          We had:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Beef Tartare (standard caper cornichon, with radishes and parmiggiano vinaigrette (aioli?)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Grilled Octopus Salad

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Artic Char - pan-seared (crispy skin goodness) sitting atop veg in (cocnut milk-less) thai red curry broth.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Loup de Mer - also pan seared, Med-vibe cannelini bean salad

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Other menu items -

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Lobster Caesar Salad

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Roasted Hen (Cornish or guinea, not sure)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Hangar Steak
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Filet Steak

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Wine list features maybe 10 wines, nothing terribly exciting although I'm not sure if this will be expanded. Markup of around 2.5x

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Entrées 8-13 (18$ for lobster caesar)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Mains 17-28

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          With the exception of one dish (Loup de Mer) that was a tad too salty, and given that the place opened a couple weeks ago, this is worth trying.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. The space occupied by the Westminster Bistro (no love lost there!) has been taken over by the owners of La Louisiane...another Bofinger outlet?!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. There is a new ramen restaurant opening soon near the Atwater metro station . Its called Godzilla ( I am not joking). Ill give it a try once it opens up and keep you guys posted.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. We tried YEH! Yogurt the other day. Nice concept. However, we are lactose intolerant for milk (we can digest yogurt easily) and we thought, naively that a yogurt ice cream place would serve yogurt ice cream, but the results in our digestive system indicates there is milk added to the yogurt, so we won't be trying YEH again, or will bring our pills!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Does anybody know anything about a restaurant called Le Narly, I noticed it on Beaver Hall Hill below Rene Levesque

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1073, Cote du Beaver Hall, Montreal, QC H2Z 1S5, CA

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: duckiedmud

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ooooops it is Le Marly not Le Narly

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. At the corner of Centre and Shearer in Point St Charles a taqueria opened just before July first. It is owned by a very nice guy from france and his wife from Quebec City. He owned a taqueria in France.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Very good food and reasonable prices for what you get. That is large portions. The meat burrito was $8.95, but it was definitely a two hander. They also make fresh juices.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The only problem is that they show that they are open to 6pm on their sign, but they seem to close anywhere at around 4:45 to 5 pm every day.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Do you know if it's open on weekends?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: BrentMTL

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Its called Cafe Cantina Taqueria and they are open on Saturday, but not Sunday according to the sign. Remember they seem to close about 5 pm.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Not sure where this should go. Maybe we need a restaurant moves thread?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Anyway, Rôtisserie Mavi, the Côte-des-Neiges Portuguese grill whose chicken, on a good night, ranks with the best, will be moving into the premises most recently occupied by BBQ Aseel (5327 Gatineau), next door to Cracovie Restaurant and about a block north of their current location. Advantages will be a much larger and cheerier dining space (including a terrace), a much bigger kitchen and a refreshed decor (the current locale is looking very hole-in-the-wallish these days). They're aiming to make the move in late August or early September, just in time for the new school year.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: carswell

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Glad to hear that, carswell. That is a nice place in that area, good to keep in mind for anyone living there or doing research/attending events at Université de Montréal.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Looks like Mario Navarette's *third* place - called "A Table" - has opened (at least that's what the email and website say).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        A bit of a departure from his Nuevo Latino focus at Raza/Madre and the location (124 Fleury west) is also somewhat off the beaten track, at least for me (I think the last time I was in the neighborhood was when Les Tresors de ma Cuisine had their closeout sale). It appears to be a Momofuku ko-style service (the brigade also serves) doing market cuisine and "classics", so I'll assume that it'll be somewhat eclectic (do I call it Québeçois Latino?).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I'm somewhat busy in the southern apple fields so I'll let the early adopters report first before doing the detour to Ahuntsic..

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. There's a construction permit for a restaurant at the old "Saum-mon" on St-Laurent (corner villeneuve), don't know who's behind it (or if it will take over the old Sergent Recruteur location, but I don't think so).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Maximilien

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Seems the place will be called "Le Comptoir".

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Maximilien

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Le Comptoir is now open. - 4807 Saint-Laurent.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Seems quite interesting considering they will be serving house-made charcuterie and organic wines.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: alixium

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I personally love charcuterie and enjoy the fact that I can readily get a fix of snouts and hooves, but how different will Le Comptoir really be from the other places that have opened which also serve house-made charcuterie and organic/biodynamic wines? Did you spot something quirky menu-wise?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: alixium

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I only went in for wine and a plate of charcuterie. Good selection at a great price, adorable presentation, and a great red recommendation from a casual-yet-attentive waiter (who let us in even though the place was only opening for dinner in 10 minutes – it was cold out!). I'll be back for dinner.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Fabergé seems to just have opened on 25 Fairmount Ouest. Breakfast only, with all the usuals, around $5-$15. I haven't been yet and can't vouch for the food, but have passed by it several times when it was under construction and they have a pretty fabulous mural. Nice, hip addition to the scene.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                http://restofaberge.com/

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                http://www.behance.net/gallery/Mural-...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: torontrealais

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  in this months e-newsletter L'Actualité gourmande par Jérôme Ferrer restaurant Europea:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Birks Cafe by Europea in downtown store with lunches (Isabelle Huot nutritionist consultant , Christophe Morel for exclusive chocolates theme of precious stones, Rolande del Monte pastry chef) to be open in September, lunches and all day tea/dessert salon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Great location!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  They also announced there is a new 2nd chef at europea Julien Boucher previously 6 years with Alain Ducasse at Hotel de Paris at Monaco
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  http://twitter.com/groupeEuropea/

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Not really a new restaurant but a new location - just noticed last night that Amelio's has opened a second restaurant on Bernard at Bloomfield. It's slightly below street level (I believe this is the old Delices d'Orient location). I didn't stop in, but it looks bigger than the resto in the McGill Ghetto, and there are tables outside in the little courtyard. I also noticed that it closes at 22h most nights, welcome news for those of us who always seem to make it to the Ghetto location too late (they close at 8:45pm for some reason). It's not fancy, but I love an Amelio's pizza every once in a while - hope to be able to report back that the new place is just as good as the original.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: GreyPoupon

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Whoops, my bad - Delices d'Orient is still there, and Amelio's has just moved in underneath. And another thing - unlike the original location, this place is not BYO.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: GreyPoupon

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Yes I saw that, prior incarnations of that place were the fresh pasta store, and the video store. I can't remember what was there last however. Not BYO, but they boast private import wine at $28 the bottle, 7$ the glass. Haven't been, saw it passing by, curious on the wine situation as well. The wording suggested they have a few choices, but all bottles at $28.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Kaza Maza's upscale sibling has a name (Damas), a sign and an "opening soon" poster in the window. I believe the address is 5200 av. du Parc (west side, a few doors north of Fairmount). From the outside, at least, the interior looks ready to roll. Too bad the city's beginning to tear up the street for 18 months.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Also, the À LOUER signs have been taken down from 5179 Côte-des-Neiges, the space formerly occupied by La Fiesta restaurant, and windows have been papered over. Closer examination reveals that the paper is printed with Eggspectation logos and, IIRC, the words "Resto, Café, Bar." Eggspectation Bar? Yikes!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: carswell

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I really feel for restaurant (and other) owners and workers along avenue du Parc - quite a few went under during the endless rue St-Laurent tear-ups. I hope the work is better organised on this street.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: lagatta

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Assuming I heard correctly (we were at a rather boisterous wine tasting), the owner of one of the spots on the stretch between Fairmount and St-Viateur said that his business was down by about a third and that customers who used to drive there don't, leaving him only with foot traffic.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: carswell

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Went to Damas last week with a large group of friends. I've never tried Kaza Maza before, but if it's anywhere near as good as Damas then I'm definitely going. Here's my review from another thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7342...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. NEW Portuguese Grill Place taking over the Lebanese fast food spot. They opened less than a month ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Rotisserie Piri Piri
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          416, avenue Du Mont-Royal Est,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Montreal, QC H2J 1W1

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Had the half chicken plate and it was delicious. Fries weren't crispy enough to my liking.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          They serve all the usual portuguese plates and sandwiches.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: maj54us

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Interesting - that is right at the northeastern corner of St-Denis and very close to Mont-Royal métro. Too bad about the frites though.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: maj54us

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Ate there a couple days ago, very good. The friendly little old lady who worked for ages at Romados is only at Piri Piri now (I went in when I saw her thru the window and we waved). Saw one of the older kitchen guys on the grill, too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              She also gave me a slice of the roast pork (for the sandwiches) when I asked about it. Very cool. Fries were fine by me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              They have a wider menu than Romados (I saw whole grilled sardines and different kinds of pork) and serve for sit down on real china. Not nearly as rushed, better presentation, but that's not what draws at Romados anyway. Alas, Romados is closer to my place by 15 mins, so I'll still eat there to satisfy most of my portugese chicken cravings... but when I'm on Mt-Royal, this will be my go-to place.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. don't know if it's worthy of CH ... but anyway, if you like your drinking simple and party like ...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              "La Commission des Liqueurs" will be opening a new "store" on St-Laurent, just north of Mont-Royal.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              M.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Marc-Andre Jette and Patrice Demers opening their own restaurant in October. It will be called 400 coups and will be in the old Le Resident location in Old Montreal.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    http://www.les400coups.ca

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The sommelière from Newtown is joining them as well in the project.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    It will be great to see them in a small restaurant again. Going on Crescent was kinda horrible. Once was enough for me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. A friend reports on a new homestyle Chilean restaurant, Araucana, at 5607 avenue du Parc near St-Viateur. I haven't passed by, as there is so much roadwork there. Poor Café in Gamba!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Another Chilean, Le Coin du Canard, at 1995 rue Masson, near de Lorimier. If this is where I think it is, a horrid greasy spoon was there before - and not in a nice way.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: lagatta

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Araucaria is decent food but mostly for day eating with empanadas and a Churrasco sandwich. I had the daily special "Fritos de Porotos Verde" dish for $13 and added a side of Churrasco meat for $3 extra. The alfajores is good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I wish they had a full menu.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: marblebag

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Perhaps when they have their beer and wine licence they'll expand their evening menu a bit.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I did have coffee there with two friends on Sunday. It was good, but not outslanding like Café in Gamba - nice friendly place to hang out.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Coasters On Parc and Prince arthur is closed. I spoke to a guy who took it apart over the weekend and apparently the kitchen was FILTHY as in your hand would stick to the wall if you touched it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Opening: Hielo which means ice in spanish
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Apparently on Thursday.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Yeah, I saw that. I didn't ever order food there as it seemed to be badly managed, from what I saw of the front of house. I think that this would be the perfect location for something all year Oktoberfest with dirndls and all... The terrace is perfect for that and I would actually frequent that.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Tagada bistro, at the old Bistingo location on Van Horne.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        They have added some more variety to their menu recently, seems to get more people as it gets later in the night.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Mamie Clafoutis has apparently just opened a second location, at St. Denis and Cherrier.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Yes, I spotted the Mamie Clafoutis shop in progress a week ago and saw lights on last night. Exciting, as this one will be within walking distance of my house. Hoping to get our brunch pastries there tomorrow . . .

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Anyone knows when/if Trinity will re-open ?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. I noticed 2 new indian restaurants in Parc-ex. Curry & Naan on Jean-Talon just one door down of Pushap and the other one is on Jarry , Dera.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Plaisirs Coupable, a new restaurant by Jean-François Plante in the former location of l'Aromate on Peel street

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Jérôme Ferrer associated with Francis Reddy (Des Kiwis et des Hommes) open Birks Café (as in Bijouterie Birks) soon inside the famous Downtown Bijouterie. with lunch and high-tea ($26).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Don't know what is the demographic target, but it's surely not me, but at least they are opening something that is different than a wine/charcuterie/comfort food bistrot.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                http://www.cyberpresse.ca/vivre/cuisi...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Maximilien

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Looks like a lady who lunches' dream come true.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Maximilien

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    That sounds cheaper than high tea was back in the day at the Ritz-Carlton. I can already visualize the crowd.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Maximilien

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      It's only $6.50 more than Gryphon d'or's afternoon tea - I'll have to try it and see how it compares.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      According to the article (for folks who can't read French) the "Five O'Clock Tea" includes: a selection of teas, two scones, Devonshire cream and Roland del Monte jam, "verrine gourmande" (some goody in a glass?), macaron, Christophe Morel chocolate, three canapés: fois-gras, caviar and smoked salmon, a prosciutto sandwich, and you leave with a bundle of candies.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: kpzoo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        That is a heck of a lot more than what was served at the Ritz. I remember butter sandwiches, cucumber sandwiches and smoked salmon spread. for the solitary scone. And no takeaways.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: Maximilien

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Hours: open at 10 for coffee, lunch from 11-2, then til 5:30 as a tea room, except Fridays til 8:30.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      3. Nouveau Palais, the 24hr diner at Bernard and Parc, has allegedly been purchased by the wonderful folk behind Le Pick-Up dep (home of the city's most unexpectedly delicious sandwich - the faux pulled-pork). The rumours I've heard say slightly more emphasis on booze, and a revamped kitchen - with a "US diner" vibe. But, alarmingly, steamés are out!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        No idea on when all this goes into effect.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I’m very excited about this! I’ve heard great things about Le Pick-Up and the Nouveau Palais location seems perfect (if only because it’s close to my place).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I’ll be sure to report as soon as I see any movement there.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: alexthecook

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Sign on the door says it's reopening tomorrow (October 5) after being closed for maybe a week or two. Through the window, not seeing any changes to the decor.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: alexthecook

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              True to their word, they opened yesterday evening.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              They are currently only open for dinner and do not offer takeout (which means I did not get to try out the food). It seems both of these policies may change if the demand is there.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Menu is presently pretty short and prices ok (most expensive dish was around 11 or 13$ if i recall). I saw chicken soup with matzoh ball(4-5$), fried clams with tartar sauce (8$), spaetzle with tomato sauce, fried chicken and crudites, homemade chips, pork chop with apple, mac & cheese, fries with cheddar sauce, "peppettes" (guessing some kind of cold cut/dried sausage?), Montreal or NY style coleslaw, chocolate pudding and cookies with a glass of milk.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              All I know is I could go for a lot of these dishes on a cold, rainy night...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              If anybody tries this place out, please give us your impressions...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. There is a new BYOW opening on Masson street in Rosemont. It is in the old space where Le zeste de Folie used to be. It is called La Presqu'ile. It is opening tomorrow. I peeked in the window today and they did a nice job with the small space. It is not an extensive decor by any means, but they have nice wine glasses which is now a must in BYOW especially with the prices they are charging.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The menu is not very long but has nice choices. You get a soup or a salad with the entree and they go from 25$ to 33$ (around that price range). I saw gravlax as an appetizer. They have sweetbreads for an entree and a "selle d'agneau" which I do not know how to translate in English...I don,t know which part of the lamb it is.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Hope to hear from people who try it!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: cricri7

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            "selle d'agneau" - apparently means "saddle of lamb"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: cricri7

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              selle d'agneau = saddle of lamb

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Speaking of Masson Street restos, partners from M sur Masson and Bistro Roger have taken over the place on St-Hubert formerly known as L'Étoile. The imaginative new name is Le Plaza. According to today's issue of Voir, they've left the decor as was, are offering a bistroish menu with retro diner touches (smoked meat Ruben, anyone?) and have been open since the beginning of this week.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              www.voir.ca/publishing/article.aspx?z...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: carswell

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Ah, more upmarket diner food.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                And the review in this week's Hour was for some gussied-up comfort food joint in Little Burgundy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                http://www.hour.ca/food/food.aspx?iID...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Seems that nowadays, you can't throw a ball of deep-fried white truffle mac 'n' cheese without hitting one of these places

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: SnackHappy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Thank dawg for Kazu and its ilk is all I can say...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: SnackHappy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    So they are common... but I'm starting to think that a) if it tastes good, b) it's quality, c) you had a nice experience, a restaurant is worth it. Even if it's a cliche.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Note, my opinion is slightly biased in that I live in the area and am glad to see ANY sign of edible food in the area. There can never be too many options in lonely St-Henri/Little Burgundy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: torontrealais

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Hear, hear from a St. Henri neighbour....let's encourage the tasty food dispensers (the bad ones will die off)!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: carswell

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Le Plaza opens tonight.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    http://www.restoleplaza.com/

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    EDIT: Official Grand opening, tonight.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: SnackHappy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Just read their menu. Looks like they will be hawking every food trend of the last 5 yrs. I actually yawned as I read it

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: celfie

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        If it's any good it'll be a welcome addition to the area, regardless of the clichéd menu. My concern is that the hood is thick with greasy spoons... will a high-end greasy spoon be able to attract enough traffic?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: SnackHappy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        So Voir got it wrong by a month. Imagine donc...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Since you never miss a grand opening, be sure to report back!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: carswell

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I just checked their facebook, they've actually been open for about a month, but tonight is the official grand opening.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Anyway, the day you'll see me at a grand opening of a restaurant will be the day I'll hang up my Chowhound hat.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: SnackHappy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            or button up your chowhound pants ;)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  3. Jacks on St-Jacques has been replaced by a Korean BBQ/Golf simulator funhouse. if the food is good i don't think i'll ever leave!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Arktik

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Hilarious! What's the cross-street?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: kpzoo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        dunno exactly -i would guess Oxford or Harvard (somewhere between Girouard and Cavendish...)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Arktik

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          IS that the place that tried to be a peel pub?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Arktik

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            OK, thanks - will have to look for it. Assume the south side of St-Jacques?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: kpzoo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              yes south side and I think the old sign is still up Jaks....so look hard. I think someone said that it was next to the Classy Car Wash in that strip...so who knows but it is somewhere there.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Not brand new... L'emporte-pièce on Gilford just east of St-Denis. Super charming place. Went there 'cause a collegue wanted to go at Pizzaiole (urgh). Had a fancy Mamirole grilled-cheese. The rest of the menu looked yummy too. Plus wine bottles sold to take home.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        www.lemportepiece.com

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. The now-defunct (and unlamented) Sirène de la Mer location on St John's is being repurposed as a concept called "MeZZamis", with an opening soon tag underneath the name.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I was driving by and obviously didn't stop but I'm presuming that it's going to be an attempt at serving meze. I'll let someone else try the food first.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: wattacetti

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Scratch MeZZamis. Location now reads "à louer"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. looks like there's a new crudescence on mackay by concordia

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The decor is nice and minimalist, more spiffy than their original location. I went there last week and had the chocobanana crepes. They were amazing! The texture of the crepe was so light, I had a hard time believing it wasn't made with flour. And the chocolate was so rich, smooth and creamy. I'll be heading back to try more.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. the newish chicken place on bernard, "poule" is opening a 24 hour counter in the coming months
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              and will also do breakfast

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                passed by http://www.les400coups.ca/ today but papered windows only lower half now, but still looks like work going on and no sign of being ready atleast from street level, they had an opening date around now if i recall.....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. The team behind Le Local as opened a new place called Le Hangar.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The only informations I found was the address and some pictures :
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                http://foursquare.com/venue/9739143
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                http://www.flickr.com/photos/43569141...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1011 Rue Wellington, Montréal, QC H3C 1V3, CA

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Glaff

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Ha! The "pâtes" section of the menu lists a risotto and a pizza. Period. Who knew?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: carswell

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Haha! Either it's some high-concept thing or the person who wrote the menu is all sorts of dumb. I vote for the latter.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: SnackHappy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Prosciutto is spelled wrong too, it reads proscuitto. A menu with bad spelling usually raises a red flag for me. You have to know how to spell what you're cooking. If you're sloppy in the menu, I always fear it will carry over in the kitchen.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Campofiorin

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Interesting. What do you do about Chinese restaurant Engrish?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: wattacetti

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          That's a good one, but I was mostly referring to mid to high end restaurants where the main language is either french or english or say an italian restaurant that can't even spell prosciutto or bocconcini right. That tells me that details aren't that important to them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Campofiorin

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Bad spelling of english is very common in Montreal restaurants(even in mid to high end)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. There seems to be a huge sign up for a Dubai Subs on the south side of de Maissoneuve between Pierce and St Mathieu.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    dubain subs and yogurt that is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    and they have blatantly reappropriated the heineken logo LOL

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. The Plateau's Bistro Bienville is expanding into the Marché Central 'hood. Don't know if it's open now but do know that events are planned for next week. Initially serving only lunch.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Bienville sur Chabanel
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    235 Chabanel
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    514 507-1235
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    www.bienvillesurchabanel.com (like Bistro Bienville's website, this one is useless for anything other than obtaining the contact information)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Thumbnails of the interior here: www.humadesign.com/_news/bienville-su...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. There's a new Indian Buffet on Jean Talon E Street. It's called Buffet Marhaba.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. surprised this hasn't been mentioned yet but i'm new to chowhound! apparently the sparrow is moving to a new location on fairmount? i understand there was some separation between the day restaurant and the bar at night. anyone know if the restaurant is going to continue in the same style? i will die without their english breakfast!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: righterous

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I understand that Marc (the chef), Ethan (the host) and Sefi (waitress in chief) are opening a new restaurant around the corner, but that the Sparrow will continue to offer food with a new kitchen staff. Not clear on whether the menu will travel with them or if something new is being devised. Marc's extraordinary, and Ethan too; I think this is entirely for the best. (If nothing else: DINNER!)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: nikkori

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I also heard the same thing. Hope the change means more Sparrow goodness.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Restaurant Jane
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1744 Notre-Dame W.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Dined solo and had a lovely time tonight. While I don't eat pizza that often nor am I an expert, this was one good pizza. Thick, rustic crust that was just crispy enough outside and chewy inside. The one I had was called the Bianco ($18), with buffalo mozarella, porcini bechamel, pesto, and truffle oil. Indulgent and great for these cold winter nights. I`d also heard about their cocktails and the Dixon Cider ($10) I tried tonight is becoming a new favourite. It was a mix of sparkling cider, ice cider, and "apple pie" puree - what I gather was homemade apple puree mixed with a bit of spice. Autumn embodied in a drink.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The atmosphere was cozy yet swank with its dark woods, the crowd ranging from twentysomethings to fiftysomethings. Staff were friendly and music okay. Great for eating alone and with a small group of friends. Highly recommend!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. More of a warning than a heads-up: new chicken joint at 285 Beaubien East, M Poulet, was thoroughly unimpressive on a first (and most likely last) try. Fast-food rotisserie bird at its worst... chicken tasted like it came from the warming table at Provigo, sauce was nasty goopy beef gravy [sic] from a powder. Fries were about the best thing, though nothing special.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Mr F

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              weird. i had a completely opposite experience. did you go near closing ?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                No, around 1 p.m., about two weeks ago or maybe a little less.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Noticed last week that a second Panthère Verte has opened in the old Riz en Folie location next to Crudessence on Mackay. I've never tried the place, but I've read good things about their Israeli-style falafel. I can't wait to give them a try.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              http://thegreenpanther.com/

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: SnackHappy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Never heard of this place. Where is their original location? How are israeli-style falafel different than other falafel?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: 3adas

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  their falafels are large and fluffy. their falafel pita's are a ginormous leap above the run of the mill lebanese joints. they have fresh thick pita, loaded with veg and a great tahinish sauce

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: celfie

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Just looked at their website. They actually refer to their falafel sandwich as "Yemen style falafel". I'm curious to go and try it out. My only frame of reference for a good falafel sandwich in and around Montreal is Freiha Falafel out in Laval. While the trip out there costs me more in gas than the sandwich itself, it's always worth it! Panthere Verte might be a good, closer to home, alternative.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: celfie

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Yep, they are awesome. Fresh made as reported below, and loaded with vegs that you don't usually get. Really tasty (& filling). Also pretty pricey - almost $7 if memory serves. But you get what you pay for.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Shattered

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        went to the mackay location today and was pleasantly surprised. 6$ for a huge fresh falafel, less dense/dry than what i've had elswhere and for the month of november they're buy one get one free!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: 3adas

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The other location is on St-Viateur. I don't know the exact details of the Panthère Verte falafel since I've never eaten it. They claim to make Yemenite falafel. I believe this is the same as what others refer to as Israeli falafel. The balls are smaller than Lebanese or Egyptian falafel, served in a pocket bread that is smaller and thicker than a Lebanese pita or in a laffa.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: SnackHappy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        What really sets PV falafel apart is that the balls are made to order, not fried in big batches and reheated as needed. They're most likely not made from an industrial mix, either.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Any style of falafel benefits hugely from that treatment, but few places bother.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Mr F

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I just called them up, and will try to get there later on today and report back.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    3. re: SnackHappy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I haven't tried the new location, but I'm a fan of the falafel sandwiches at their St. Viateur location. (Featured them recently on my Montréal blog.) The falafel balls are fresh and light, lacking the leaden heaviness some falafel sandwiches can have, the pita is soft and fresh too, and the salad tucked in with the falafel isn't just filling--it's tasty on its own. I also had a pea soup there last visit. I feared it might be bland, but it was very flavorful. Close quarters if they're busy, but if they're not, the window tables are a nice place to watch the St. Viateur world go by.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    4. Voro has just opened in the former Tredici (13) diggs, corner of Fairmount and Jeanne-Mance. Kitchen & bar was extended a little bit into the dining area. Seems they are still serving Italian inspired food.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: sweettoothMTL

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          there is a new greek byob restaurant delphi opening very soon (decor looks complete) just next to mikes on vanhorne (corner cote des neiges). Mikes pared down in size giving up space to this greek restaurant. Cant recall other byob restos nearby so might well succeed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: wilmagrace

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            It's not on Van Horne but rather Cote-Sainte-Catherine and Cote-des-Neiges (kitty corner the Jewish General). I tried it yesterday and it was decent but they are still working out service issues so our lunch lasted way longer than it should have.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Voro (Old Tredici 13) has new owners, new concept.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The grand opening is at the end of the week I've heard
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            with a full menu and weekend brunch starting on the weekend.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: sweettoothMTL

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Looks like a whole new team is in place. I plan to check it out this weekend and apparently there's an opening do tomorrow night (Thursday).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Little Edie

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                From what I've heard, an entirely new team for VORO. I've heard very good things from people who've tried food during the past week during the soft opening. Excited to taste things tonight,