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Helena Loureiro s (chef of portus calle) second restaurant on McGill (?address) in Old Montreal will be opening in February. I emailed them as wondered if it would be opened for the holiday period. For future info there is a twitter and website
http://twitter.com/#!/helenamtl

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  1. While technically it still is 2011, today. I nominate Poutine en Folie at 4147 St Laurent as the first restaurant to open in 2012. I also wish them lots of luck, because that location has not worked out for Basha, Cafe Midani, Bisou, Kandybar and probably a couple of others that I missed because I blinked.

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    1. re: EaterBob

      That cursed corner of Parc and Mont-Royal is going to see a "traiteur/lunch to go" place opening soon. Goosto is the name and I hope they will actually open unlike the previous coffee joint.

    2. Galanga Bistro Thai opened on Lajoie where the old Justine used to be. I haven't tried it yet, but my collegues who have were very satisfied.

      1. There's a new place called Epiphanies opening up between Hingston and Beaconsfield on Monkland. They label themselves as a Food Emporium, Caterer and it looks like they will serve lunch. The sign says they will open on January 6th. It's in the basement of a fairly non-descript building so would be easy to miss.

        1. New frozen yogurt joint replacing Dubai Subs on de Maisonneuve. Passed by quickly but the sign looked like it said, ie! (take off on Yeh!?). Also noticed 'burgers' on the sign. Still papered up though...

          1. This project is slated to open early this year, maybe February? http://1tableasthenri.com/
            In the same area a Fresh and Fabulous pizza joint is well on its way to opening its doors and I've heard rumors of a take out sushi shop opening near Courcelle on Notre Dame.

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            1. re: montrealwaitress

              This is all fantastic!

              It's interesting to see what gentrification has done to this area of the South West in the short seven years that I've been living here. There was relatively little in the way of any "culinary scene" when I first moved, and it's always exciting to hear of new and interesting places opening up. I used to visit the Atwater Market seasonally as a kid overt wenty-five years ago and it's amazing how drastically different things are. The continuing expansion of St. Henri and Little Burg is really going to transform the neighbourhood into an entirely different place in ten-fifteen years time, and it's all for the better!

              1. re: montrealwaitress

                The place now have a name: Le Smoking Vallée and is scheduled to open mid-february, it will be a BYOB type of place

                From their twitter post:
                L'équipe de Une Table à St-Henri a choisi comme nom "Le smoking Vallée" ! C'était le surnom qu'on donnait à St-Henri à cause de la fumée des tanneries et du canal...

              2. Korean BBQ place on Cavendish just below Sherbrooke is slated to open...on the opposite side of the current awful Korean place.

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                1. re: Arktik

                  im pretty sure its the same place moving across the street. thats what it says on the door

                2. I stopped by Le Cristal Chinois to take a gander and it is is definitely swanky. I didn't eat, but it looks like Dim Sum would be slightly more expensive than Ruby Rouge or Kam Fung. But it is by order, and not brought around on carts. Their address is 998 Saint Laurent, and they are on the 6th floor.

                  The only thing that really jumped out at me was that they have a Shark's Fin dumpling in soup. Although on their "feast" menus for 10+ there is a Shark Fin, vegetable soup, Shark Fin and Chicken in soup, and a Ginsing Shark Fin soup.

                  They also have a deep fried pigeon.

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                  1. re: EaterBob

                    There will be a new Portuguese rotissery on Masson, no idea when, called Piri Piri.

                    1. re: cricri7

                      piri piri was suppose to open on cote des neiges near Cote ste Catherine, there was a sign up for months that they were opening soon, finally sign was removed and I dont see it listed on their location list or soon to be location list, seems to be be franchises.

                      1. re: mangoannie

                        I think Piri Piri is opening a few branches it seems. I saw one place with the sign on St-Catherines street in the "village" east of ahmerst. Don't know if they opened yet.

                    2. re: EaterBob

                      I tried Cristal Chinois for dim sum for the first time today. Definitely a swankier dim sum place compared with Ruby Rouge, Kam Fung, and Tong Por. For one, there's more elbow room between tables, the tables have real table cloths (not plastic sheets), and the noise level from chatter is much lower (maybe better soundproofing? or higher ceilings?) The difference with this dim sum place is that there are no ladies pushing carts; instead, you order off a paper menu (written in English, French, and Chinese). But because there are no pictures, and the descriptions in English aren't always accurate, it's sometimes difficult to find your favourite dishes. If you ask, they'll bring you a book that has pictures associated with the plate numbers on the menu.

                      As for the food, there are some different dishes that you wouldn't necessarily find at other dim sum restaurants. The food was fresh, tasty, and good, but you can get equally good dim sum in Chinatown for cheaper, as well. If I'm going for dim sum, I'm so used to sitting down, and being able to pick a dish off a cart almost immediately. The draw back about this place is the slower than usual service for a dim sum meal.

                    3. Baxo is a new restaurant that opened up in Old Montreal across from the Marché Bonsecours. I haven't tried it yet but it looks interesting. Website here: http://www.baxocuisine.com/

                      1. It's been opened for a few months, but I haven't seen or found any mention of it on this bar:
                        Quai No.4, a new brasserie (good choice of food and booze concept)opened on Masson street:
                        http://www.quaino4.ca/
                        Apparently opened by the gang of Rhumerie Barraca. Very curious if anyone has comments.

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                        1. re: sweettoothMTL

                          It's a nice enough place. I haven't had food there, but drinks seem decent. The place feels pretty generic, though. The decor is ok modern, but not that inspired. The crowd is a strange mix of CEGEP age kids, Plateau expat twenty-somethings and douchebags.

                          1. re: SnackHappy

                            Sounds like it really is a neighbourhood place...thanks for the comments.

                            1. re: SnackHappy

                              SnackHappy, that is one middle-of-the-road review!
                              But reading ".....and douchebags." almost had me spitting up my wine. Laughing, I read the post to Mrs. Porker. Her reaction? Hold hand over mouth to keep from spitting out wine.
                              BTW, she wants to know your definition of "douchebag".

                              1. re: porker

                                What can I say? iI's just one those perfectly alright places with no particular personality. I'm glad you and the Mrs. got a kick out of my description.

                                As for my definition of "douchebag", I'd say they're the ones who look greasy even when they've just bathed.

                          2. Not an opening per se, but Coin Méchoui, in Châteauguay will be moving into the premises recently vacated by Bouffe & Cie – a restaurant and gourmet shop that never really got off the ground. They'll only be crossing to the other side of St-Jean-Baptiste, but the space is about four times the size of their current strip-mall location. Good luck to them.

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                            1. re: SnackHappy

                              Good to know, thanks! Do you happen to know when they'll be moving?

                              1. re: kpzoo

                                Nope, I only saw the sign up in the papered up windows of the new local, but finding out for you is certainly a good excuse to pop over for some take-out.

                                1. re: SnackHappy

                                  We have a brunch scheduled for next weekend, I'll call them first to check it out and will report back, thanks!

                                  1. re: kpzoo

                                    Coin Méchoui is now located in their new digs. We had to postpone our brunch to this weekend cause of last week's Mercier Bridge closure so I haven't seen it yet.

                                    77B St-Jean-Baptiste, Châteauguay

                                    1. re: kpzoo

                                      They worked lightning fast! They took the papers down a few days ago and the place looked ready to go. I can't wait to visit.

                              2. re: SnackHappy

                                "Good luck to them"
                                I agree. I'm afraid the old Bouffe&Cie location might be cursed

                              3. Oh, and another one I had forgotten to post. Patisserie Harmonie in Guy-Concodia metro has changed names to Cocobun.According to Eve Martel on Facebook, another Cocobun is opening in Plaza Alexis-Nihon. http://www.facebook.com/lapantry/post... . I have no idea whether the Harmonie in Chinatown has also changed names or if this is the result of sort of schism.

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                                1. re: SnackHappy

                                  Cocubun is now open in Alexis Nihon - it is near the Tim Hortons at the Metro level. I was wondering what the relationship was with Harmonie, as their drink cups were branded Harmonie!

                                  1. re: SnackHappy

                                    As of yesterday, the sign still said Harmonie.

                                    1. re: chilipepper

                                      Look again. The signage inside still says Harmonie, but the big sign above the entrance says Cocobun.

                                      1. re: SnackHappy

                                        I meant the one in Chinatown actually...sorry for the confusion.

                                  2. Ooh, forgot to mention, whilst whizzing by on Jean Talon near l'Acadie, spied "Ram's Sweet Shop" in the basement under the old Greek steam-table place whose name escapes me. Hope to try it soon...

                                    1. Le Saint Cyr opened in the 2-22 building on the corner of Saint Laurent and Sainte Catherine (although their actual door is on the corner of Saint Dominique and Sainte Catherine). Glanced briefly at the menu, nothing jumped out at me as being particularly different or new.

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                                      1. Le Smoking Vallée, a BYO in St-Henri will open mid-february
                                        4370 Notre-Dame Ouest
                                        http://fr-fr.facebook.com/pages/Le-Sm...

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                                        1. re: Glaff

                                          It's is from the L'Emporte Pièce (and O'Thym?) team.

                                        2. Gumman 78 is opening a place in the Faubourg in March.

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                                            1. re: Arktik

                                              can't wait, I dont like anything in Faubourg but will certainly line up for Gumman's food

                                              1. re: Arktik

                                                This is really good news, but I wonder if the prices they charge will go over well with Concordia students. I don't think many kids will be willing to pay $4-6 for a single taco on a regular basis. And that's what they charge for food coming out of a truck.

                                                1. re: SnackHappy

                                                  I'm a Concordia employee and am so excited for this!!!

                                                  Keep in mind, above and beyond the 43,000 (ish) students, there are approximately 7000 employees at Concordia.

                                                  YAY!!!

                                                2. re: Arktik

                                                  Looks like Grumman 78's Faubourg food-court stand is slated to open Sunday, April 1.

                                                  https://www.facebook.com/permalink.ph...

                                                  1. re: kpzoo

                                                    I hope they're not playing an April Fool's Day joke on us and pray this begins a revitalization of the Faubourg.

                                                    1. re: RhondaB

                                                      Like Snackhappy said, I hope they are planning on changing their price point. No chance I'm paying $6 for a taco with 1oz of meat like I did during the Festival des Lumieres.

                                                    2. re: kpzoo

                                                      It's been a while but we can do a Chow meet up this Sunday. If you don't like Grumman there are other choices like Yuki Ramen.

                                                      I didn't like Grumman's "banh mi" pork taco last year but I will give it another try.

                                                      1. re: kpzoo

                                                        I just checked out Grumman 78 in the Faubourg (where they were setting up wiring, etc., and had no food yet). They had prices posted. Most tacos were $4 and there were a few more expensive ones at $7. They also had things like cornbread.

                                                        1. re: kpzoo

                                                          And they succeeded. They've been posting photos on FB, and the Satay Bros even sent them a good luck flower arrangement. Classy all 'round.

                                                      2. A Tim Horton's recently opened in the Quality Hotel on Parc between Sherbrooke and Milton, open 24/7. It has a street entrance.

                                                        Sure, there's a 24/7 2nd Cup just up the block, but it's nice to have options, since the 2nd Cup is a squatters camp of under-sexed students staring at laptops, esp at night during the winter; Tim's has more varied and cheaper food; and the only Timmy for miles in this area was a counter in the Esso station at St-Lo & Sherbrooke that closes at 10 or 11.
                                                        (p.s. Yeah, not a resto, but it seems worth mentioning.)

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                                                          1. re: Shattered

                                                            there's also a tim hortons at jeanne mance and de maisonneuve

                                                            1. re: BarackHObama

                                                              Right, forgot about that one. It's fairly new, been open about a year. Not open 24 hrs though, I'm pretty sure.

                                                              1. re: BarackHObama

                                                                It's actually on Bleury and de Maisonneuve, under the new Louis Boheme condo.

                                                            2. Noticed that the macaron bakery thing on Bernard, west of Hutchison, is now a new outlet for Patisserie 3M (Mont Royal westish). Maybe it's a good thing - but although I had heard delicious things about 3M, the canélés I bought at the original location were nothing special.

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                                                              1. re: nikkori

                                                                Been there since last summer though so not really new...

                                                                1. re: Glaff

                                                                  er - i'm pretty sure it was a macaron-dedicated bakery thing until recently...?

                                                              2. Antonio Park's new restaurant is now open in Westmount.

                                                                Restaurant Park
                                                                378 Victoria ave

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                                                                1. re: Glaff

                                                                  LOL, I walked in front of the place (to go to Myamoto ) today , and did even took noticed.

                                                                  1. re: Maximilien

                                                                    Don't know if it is officially opened, but the old "Vic-Market" banner is still up; that confused me yesterday.

                                                                    No more info avail.

                                                                    1. re: Maximilien

                                                                      Yes it's opened since last friday. That's what he announced on Twitter https://twitter.com/#!/ChefAntonioPark

                                                                      1. re: Glaff

                                                                        Well, his twitter feed is wrong. I walked by today and it was still papered over. It looks like it's ready to open, but it certainly wasn't open this afternoon.

                                                                        1. re: cherylmtl

                                                                          I think those were drapes (?); there was a small paper in the window saying the entrance was inside the Park building, not on the street (temporary?)

                                                                          Anyway, will check that out, especially if it is open at lunch time.

                                                                          1. re: Maximilien

                                                                            Here's the number he gave for reservation/more information : 514-750-7534

                                                                            And yes, with a message like this I'm pretty sure it's open : https://twitter.com/#!/ChefAntonioPar.... I don't think he was waiting alone in his restaurant with the windows papered up!

                                                                            1. re: Maximilien

                                                                              I was in the building itself, and could see clearly into the restaurant - it looked almost ready, but not open at all. There were people working inside, so perhaps it was opening later that day, or is only open evenings - but it certainly wasn't open Tuesday at noon.

                                                                    2. re: Glaff

                                                                      So is it going to be a sushi joint?

                                                                      1. re: EaterBob

                                                                        I think it's some sort of Korean-Japanese fusion deal.

                                                                        1. re: SnackHappy

                                                                          Snackhappy, did you mention about a new grilled cheese sandwich shop that recently opened in Montreal? I can't locate the information at this moment(did a search with no luck so far).

                                                                          1. re: BLM

                                                                            I had mentioned L'Emporte-Pièce in a recent grilled-cheese thread that seems to have been deleted. It's not that new. It think they opened in 2010.

                                                                            http://www.lemportepiece.com/

                                                                            1. re: SnackHappy

                                                                              Thanks. Did you eventually go there? Is it good, if you did go there? In your original posting, you were asking for feedback on L'Emporte-Piece.

                                                                              1. re: BLM

                                                                                I happened to have tried l'emporte piece today for the first time, had the Appenzeller et Epaule de boeuf grilled cheese, and it was simply delicious, good bread, nice amount of both the beef and cheese. I had an asparagus salad on the side, which was with a sesame oil vinaigrette, but not too powerful of a flavor which was perfect, the whole thing for 12$ tax in

                                                                                1. re: westaust

                                                                                  Thank you for your feedback. This place sounds very interesting.

                                                                                2. re: BLM

                                                                                  Sorry, I haven't been yet. but I do hope to try it some day.

                                                                      2. Le Chien Rose in Ahuntsic officially opens today. They have a menu on their web site. Mains look a bit same old same old, but apps and desserts look interesting.

                                                                        http://lechienrose.com/

                                                                        1. maybe it was the alcohol but I could have sworn I saw a glimpse of a Patisserie Harmonie on Darlington on the hill below the Wilderton shopping center. I will drive by at some point later.

                                                                          1. I doubt that this is interesting for anyone here (because of the location), but Mamie Clafoutis will open a new bakery in l'Île-des-Sœurs in june.

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                                                                            1. re: Glaff

                                                                              Why is IDS a no-mans land? lol
                                                                              I work on the road and I have to go on nuns-island 4-5 times a year.
                                                                              So this is great news to know that. thank you.
                                                                              Actually you make me thing of an interesting thread subject to start.

                                                                              1. re: Glaff

                                                                                Actually I find it a good new, as I live in the sud-ouest borrough, going to IDS is closer than going on the plateau! (And easier to park)

                                                                              2. chef Helena Loureiro was on clodine television show feb. 7 and did mention her new resto Helena is opening very soon, I think she said around time of Montreal Highlights festival and if I heard correctly she gave address as 435 McGill, on her website she did say it was just below Rue Saint Maurice on McGill. She said the decor will be different than Portus Calle, more traditional Portuguese as befitting of Old Montreal area. It will be great to have more variety down there.

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                                                                                1. re: mangoannie

                                                                                  no such address, probably across the street in papered up place, nothing visible from street

                                                                                2. after a fire it looks like a new pastry-boulangerie is opening in a few days: Olivier Potier at 1490 Sherbrooke Ouest . They will have some tables to enjoy the pastries on site. More details were in the journal de montreal food critic section.

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                                                                                  1. re: mangoannie

                                                                                    Cool! Let us know if you try it. I never go to that neighbourhood but I will probably go just for that. Seems like he was at the Sofitel before, so it will probably be high-end pastries.

                                                                                    1. re: Glaff

                                                                                      drove by it today but sign on window says it will be open March 5

                                                                                        1. re: mangoannie

                                                                                          I loved the desserts at Sofitel so will definitely give it a try next week, has a name now...Aux Gourmandises
                                                                                          http://www.radio-canada.ca/emissions/...

                                                                                    2. The Keg will open a location at the Carrefour Laval (mall), sometime in 2012.

                                                                                      1. Chez Bouffe in Hochelaga is now open : http://chezbouffe.ca/

                                                                                        Patrick Plouffe is the chef. He was at Le Quartier Général before.

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                                                                                        1. re: Glaff

                                                                                          Chez Bouffe replaces le Morgan which replaced La Bécane rouge.

                                                                                          Anyone been yet?

                                                                                          Do you know what the menu looks like?

                                                                                        2. Just drove past a new upcoming opening-- Grille Glace (I think)-- on St. Denis @ Cherrier. Anyone know anything about it/

                                                                                          1. Café Sardine opened recently at 9 Fairmount est. (at the old Bouchonné location), between Lawrence and Guillaume.

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                                                                                            1. re: Maximilien

                                                                                              They have a Facebook.

                                                                                              https://www.facebook.com/cafesardine

                                                                                              Is the canned sardine motif just for æsthetics or do they actually serve sardines? As a big fan of the canned sardine I would be greatly disappointed by the former and would call for a boycott until they rectified the situation.

                                                                                              1. re: SnackHappy

                                                                                                I passed by it a couple of days ago and it was packed like a can of sardines, hence the name I suppose, kind of small place it seems from outside
                                                                                                fromFB JOUR: café - beignes - sandwiches

                                                                                                SOIR: bouffe - cocktails - vins

                                                                                                1. re: SnackHappy

                                                                                                  they do NOT sell sardines

                                                                                                  it is a travesty.

                                                                                                  tasty $6-$8 sandwiches and good fresh donuts at $1.25. excellent coffee (though a bit pricey for the neighbourhood). haphazard service.

                                                                                                  but what they're really missing - for the sake of buzz, reputation, and just plain legitimacy, is a simple cheap sardine sandwich, even canned w lemon and tomato, for "the workers".

                                                                                              2. Apparently Le Bouddha d'Cuisine, a raw food restaurant is open in the corridor between Place Ville Marie and the Eaton Centre.
                                                                                                http://lebouddhadcuisine.jimdo.com/

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                                                                                                1. re: EaterBob

                                                                                                  It's been open for a while now: http://www.sweetspot.ca/SweetLife/Mon...

                                                                                                  The chocolate cake and lemon pie are amazing, as is the African soup.

                                                                                                  1. Spice Station has opened a branch of their bulk-spice emporium at 5610 Monkland. (Their other branch is in Mile End.) Have yet to check it out but would be interested in any reports on selection, price & service.

                                                                                                    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Spice-...

                                                                                                    1. When I saw that the space on Monkland previously occupied by Mommy's Fish & Chips had been taken over by a Chinese restaurant and "épicerie" - I had cautiously high hopes. Could it be that NDG would finally be graced with an authentic Szechuan place, à la Verdun or Chinatown 2? I had a chance to go in and grab menu today, and sadly it's just another "suburban" Chinese, full of the usual suspects. On the other hand, if it's a *good* rendition of suburban/Canadianized Chinese, that would still be a welcome addition to the 'hood. I'll report back if I try it and would be interested to hear from anyone else who checks it out.

                                                                                                      The core of the menu is mix & match - choose the style (stir-fry, noodle soup, salt & pepper/crispy, stir-fried noodles, "gong pao" fries, fried rice, red curry, black bean sauce) and your protein (shrimps, beef, chicken, tofu, vegetable, and some with fish or mixed seafood) for a $7-9 main dish. They also have lunch ($8-10) and dinner ($12-14) specials that come with a soup, rice, spring roll & veggies - as well as the ubiquitous combos, including the aptly named "classic" - chicken chop suey, dry garlic spareribs, chicken soo guy & chicken fried rice ($26 for 2).

                                                                                                      There are a few small tables and chairs inside, but it mostly looks suited for takeout & delivery. Not sure why "épicerie" is on the sign outside as I couldn't see any grocery items, just a fridge for drinks.

                                                                                                      Menu is attached - don't know how legible it'll be.

                                                                                                      M. Wok
                                                                                                      5976 Monkland (corner Hampton)
                                                                                                      514-484-8888
                                                                                                      Tues-Fri, 11 am - 10 pm
                                                                                                      Sat & Sun, 12 pm - 10 pm
                                                                                                      Closed Monday

                                                                                                       
                                                                                                       
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                                                                                                      1. re: kpzoo

                                                                                                        5976 Monkland has an interesting history in NDG. It was occupied by "New Gen" for much of the 1990s as the local video game hangout. There wasn't much in the area that was quick and cheap save for Van Horne bagel to the west and a large dep to the east. Those were the days. I'm sad to see the Fish and Chips gone; but, it's a bad area-- there's another chinese restaurant just near by, as well as Tchang Kiang to the south. It probably won't last in that area.

                                                                                                      2. the location 5655 cote des neiges where piri piri was suppose to open now has a sign up Rotisserie Poulet Technique, looked close to opening a week ago

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                                                                                                        1. re: mangoannie

                                                                                                          It should be open now, there was a banner saying "Grand Opening" today. Let's hope it's good

                                                                                                          1. re: artstate

                                                                                                            sign is up but as i was across street I checked it out and it was closed, no posted hours. According to inside chalkboard there are a few salads, sandwiches, poutine regular and chicken and of course different chicken combos with whole one costing $11+. Small place with a few small tables and counters but will likely have small terrace in front in summer.

                                                                                                        2. There will be a new burger joint called "Giuseppe Burger" at the corner of Pierce and Ste-Catherine West. Could not find anything official online. From what I could tell, they could be ready to launch the restaurant within a month. Place has been vacant for a couple of years and is located between Onoir and Yeh/3 Amigos so it could do fine (nevermind "Octopussy" upstairs).

                                                                                                          http://maps.google.ca/maps?q=pierce+a...

                                                                                                          1. in the Dinner Rush cjad food show one of the guests was owner of Olives & Olives and besides talking about quality of olive oils, fraud, choices in cooking etc she mentioned they have a new location at 1226 Bernard in Outremont, and will be expanding into Ontario. http://www.oliveolives.com/fr/a-propo...
                                                                                                            They also have started cooking classes with olive oil at Masson branch

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                                                                                                            1. re: mangoannie

                                                                                                              They already have a location in Toronto & it's doing well(that's according to the owner).

                                                                                                            2. Not quite an opening, but Tian Tan on Maisonneuve has changed hands and is now called Shi Tang. Everything else remains the same. I had lunch there today and the food seemed just as good.

                                                                                                              1. There is an opening soon sign on the east side of Parc between Bernard and Van Horne for "Mi & Stu" a gluten, peanut, and dairy free bakery. Website is www.miandstu.com

                                                                                                                1. There is a sign for an 'opening soon' Brit and Chips on Côte Des Neiges where there used to be a Nouilles Depot. It's between Édouard-Montpetit and St-Kevin.

                                                                                                                  It is a second location of the Brit and Chips located in the Old Montreal area.

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                                                                                                                  1. re: NickinMtl

                                                                                                                    Is it a franchise location or not? I see one source call this location at 5536A CDN "The new Brit & Chips franchise...."

                                                                                                                    1. re: BLM

                                                                                                                      No clue as to whether it's a franchise or not, only saw the sign in the windows, but it is advertised on the brit and chips website.

                                                                                                                    2. re: NickinMtl

                                                                                                                      Great news, thanks for the heads-up, NickinMtl!

                                                                                                                      A little more info about the new Brit & Chips location:

                                                                                                                      5536A Côte des Neiges

                                                                                                                      Opening in April and it'll have 50 seats plus a terrasse - will be nice not to eat in a cramped, bowling-alley-like atmosphere anymore. Good for them!

                                                                                                                      1. re: kpzoo

                                                                                                                        Just to let you know, they're open. I ate there yesterday evening.

                                                                                                                    3. The owner of Keung Kee opened a Hong Kong style kind of eatery in the location where Sun Sing Lung use to be. Basically Keung Kee is upstairs, and the new location right underneath. From what I was told, it's called Ethan?

                                                                                                                      My parents purchased some bbq pork from there, and tried it at their home. The skin was crispy, but not as flavourful as it should be. They have only been open since Monday, so I would give it a bit more time.

                                                                                                                      1. Movida Bar Tapas is doing a soft open tonight and tomorrow (16-17 March)

                                                                                                                        3991 boulevard St-Laurentt
                                                                                                                        514 419 5634

                                                                                                                        That's all I have.

                                                                                                                        That location has gone through a lot of restaurants in the past few years. I wish them better luck.

                                                                                                                        I'll try to check it out as soon they've open for real.

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                                                                                                                        1. re: SnackHappy

                                                                                                                          Checked out Movida, last week. As I expected, it's not really a bar, but a sit down place. Portion sizes tend to be larger than tapas size. Food is generally good and prices are decent. The menu is mostly tapas classics like you'll find in most other Spanish tapas places in town. Service is friendly and efficient. Ambiance is ok. We could have done without the flamenco music and the guitar player who came in a the end of our meal. Overall, I found it enjoyable and will probably return for nibbles and a glass of wine.

                                                                                                                        2. not sure if anyone mentioned traiteur goosto at corner parc and mont royal is now opened-- lunch to go, coffee area, some groceries--maybe being near park could help, but macdonalds in same location closed.

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                                                                                                                            1. re: maj54us

                                                                                                                              Salads, sandwiches, "tartines", salads, soups, quiches, pastries. The usual fancy take-away stuff. They're up and running, but the gourmet boutique part of the store is still quite bare.

                                                                                                                          1. A Southern BBQ place looks to be opening on St-Denis - Diablos BBQ - 1693a St-Denis

                                                                                                                            https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?...

                                                                                                                            1. I recently heard that Pf Chang is opening in the strip mall across from Namur metro. While their food is inauthentic, it is a guilty pleasure of sorts (at least for me). They also mix a decent selection of cocktails. In the US, their cocktails are rather strong --- I wonder if that will be the case here (I hope so). I am not sure when they are opening but it will be this year.

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                                                                                                                              1. re: catroast

                                                                                                                                It would be plausible as they announced last year that they will be opening locations across canada starting 2012

                                                                                                                                1. re: westaust

                                                                                                                                  I would say it's the worst Chinese food I have ever had, except to actually call it Chinese food would be an insult to the cuisine. Disgusting, flavourless stuff. I am always amazed that people like it (and that includes most members of my family!). Not that I'm biased or anything...

                                                                                                                                  1. re: cherylmtl

                                                                                                                                    "disgusting" and "flavourless" seem at odds...I'm just sayin...
                                                                                                                                    {;-/)

                                                                                                                                    1. re: porker

                                                                                                                                      Depends on how much you value texture...

                                                                                                                                      1. re: EaterBob

                                                                                                                                        True.
                                                                                                                                        Now that I think about it, another angle; the menu item can be disgusting yet have no flavour...

                                                                                                                                    2. re: cherylmtl

                                                                                                                                      Come on, I've had it once, and it's not great, but I've had WAY worst ''chinese food''. Just starting with the buffet I used to go to when I was a kid, but even since. Unless they have a large variance between branches, and the one you ate at was way worst than mine.

                                                                                                                                      1. re: cherylmtl

                                                                                                                                        I'd go so far as to say that most "chinese" in Montreal is much worse than Pf Chang and I'd also say that in the so-called chinese bistro category, Pf Chang is better than Mahjong. Having said that, there is no doubt that Pf Chang is inauthentic but for an 'upscale' chain restaurant, it is no better and no worse than the likes of baton rouge. It is what it is and I personally think it is kind of a fun place --- and I say that as someone who regularly goes out of my way for authentic asian foods.

                                                                                                                                  2. next to la moulerie entrance in outremont is papered up place with sign La Murphy- Boire et Manger, checked online and the dining room is currently undergoing renovations for overhaul of resto with complete change in menu (best mussels dishes will find place on menu which is secret until opening in May), there will also be focus on improving coffee and 1000 bottle wine choice be offered to clients, according to outremont paper. The section around entrance is still open for business. They have already been approved under new name for terrace.

                                                                                                                                    1. Speaking of Namur, 'nuther Kanda opening next to Dunn's Decarie-good grief...

                                                                                                                                      1. Does anyone have any info on new openings in the Pointe:
                                                                                                                                        1) The Indian restaurant/cooking school on Centre near Shearer? Their website doesn't offer much info, other than the cooking class - but walking by, it appears they're open for lunch.
                                                                                                                                        2) The portuguese chicken place slated to open on the same block? Heard about it first from the Cantina owners, and it was mentioned in the article in The Mirror this week (cute piece on eating in the Pointe - I had no idea you can get a beer with your breakfast at La Fine Pointe!).

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                                                                                                                                        1. re: deadchildstar

                                                                                                                                          To answer my own questions -

                                                                                                                                          1) They've since updated their website, added the menu and added a facebook page: http://www.masalacuisine.ca/
                                                                                                                                          They're both a cooking school *and* restaurant, that seems to be about it.

                                                                                                                                          2) The chicken place seems to be opening soon - their signage is up. Obico - the site is listed as www.obico.ca but currently seems to be inactive.

                                                                                                                                          3) Also just down the street on Centre heading another block west - a new ice cream shop (possibly Italian). They just opened in the last day or two. Coccinelle - no other information, but I might have to try it.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: deadchildstar

                                                                                                                                            Masala cuisine used to be located on Wellington and Ann in Griffintown. I remember seing the owner once or twice at a l'épicerie TV show back then.

                                                                                                                                        2. Rumors are there's a pastry/bakery opening up on Sherbrooke Ouest corner Prud'homme (the old bed mattress place next to Esso) in NDG. I've seen no signs up and can't find any information anywhere yet. Anybody know about this?
                                                                                                                                          Also, The Bilboquet ice cream shop in Westmount on Sherbrooke has partnered up with Les Glaceurs' cupcake shop and are set to open for Easter weekend!!! yay!

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                                                                                                                                          1. re: meringues

                                                                                                                                            Are they planning on sharing the Bibloquet location or opening another store front? There's a place next to Dagwoods and the book store that is suppose to be a cupcake shop but is taking forever to open. They had signs on the front since before Christmas. One temporarily said Ina's cupcakes but that sign was soon taken down. They repainted the insides a couple weeks ago. Is that where they were planning on opening up?

                                                                                                                                            1. re: causeimhungry

                                                                                                                                              Les Glaceurs plans on sharing the original Bilboquet location on Sherbrooke, therefore the other mystery shop will likely be the new competition. I had as well noticed the covered up window for the cupcake shop . All I could find was this http://inniyascupcake.com/ except not much information is given! Hopefully they don't wait too much longer!

                                                                                                                                            2. re: meringues

                                                                                                                                              Hmm... Walked by the former mattress place on Sherbrooke W this weekend and saw a sign for Boulangerie Artisanale Chez Fred posted.
                                                                                                                                              A quick Google search led me to a Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Boulang...
                                                                                                                                              Apparently, some guy named Fred MacGuire is behind this.
                                                                                                                                              Interesting.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: daniel_ndg

                                                                                                                                                Hmmmm... I wonder if Fred is related to James MacGuire.

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: SnackHappy

                                                                                                                                                    If I don't forget it, I will try it tomorrow ( close to work).

                                                                                                                                                    Thanks.

                                                                                                                                            3. i didn't go but i noticed the grumman truck is outside of the faubourg so i assume they are now open or gearing up. their renovations are really nice

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                                                                                                                                              1. re: catroast

                                                                                                                                                Yes they opened today. If you look above you'll see Thesnowpea's post about it. Can't wait to try it out this week.

                                                                                                                                              2. Bishoku has been replaced with Chop, an "Asian Barbeque". They still have sushi but their wonderful lunch special is (mostly) gone.

                                                                                                                                                1. I went to the new Rotisserie Poulet-Technique in CDN (near Van Horne) already mentioned above and whole experience was disappointing, for $11+ I had a very small 1/2 chicken with spicy sauce incredibly dry meat even on leg, insipid green salad with thin slice of tomato and the sole employee in resto was frowning, looked annoyed when I spoke (I switched to French as I thought it was linguistic tension but no improvement). She also spent time on phone, counting/handling money without any washing of hands in between serving food.Floors were covered in debris, newspaper bits and pieces in front of and behind counter and appliance, milieu just didnt look immaculate for a new opening. The plus, I liked having choice of roast potatoes than just rice or fries options.

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                                                                                                                                                  1. re: mangoannie

                                                                                                                                                    sorry to hear. so basically their name should be "Rotisserie Poulet-Technique Not Yet Mastered"

                                                                                                                                                  2. A new café called Le Couteau is now opened on St-Denis (and Bienville). Looks really nice : http://www.lesgrignotines.com/post/21...

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                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Glaff

                                                                                                                                                      ah montreal is becoming a yuppy coffee town and we are better for it!

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Ghostquatre

                                                                                                                                                          no, it's a good thing! i am grateful that good coffee doesn't always require a trip to mackay and st-catherine ;) --- finally, there are options. the one thing the food scene in montreal was missing 10 yrs ago was diversity and options.

                                                                                                                                                    2. Mâche, a new confort food place opened on St-Denis near the Quartier Latin cinema. After looking at the menu... couldn't be more uninspired than that : http://restaurantmache.com/

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                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Glaff

                                                                                                                                                        In general I agree with you - although I don't think I've ever seen six different Pâté Chinois on a menu before, and I don't think that's enough of a draw to get me in the door.

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Glaff

                                                                                                                                                          Ah, fantastic! More pulled pork!

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: SnackHappy

                                                                                                                                                            i wonder if it's just me or is the puled pork in this city on average terrible. i tried the grumman bahn mi taco the other day and thought it was mediocre at best. the pork was mushy and i felt like i could do better at home.

                                                                                                                                                        2. Rawsome, a new vegan/raw café is opening today in Villeray : http://www.rawesome.ca/

                                                                                                                                                          1. Not an opening, but an interesting change : Café Birks will start doing high-end pastry (to take out or eat on site) in the summer. They've hired Jean-Marc Guillot, a pastry chef coming from France, to take care of that.

                                                                                                                                                            http://www.lesaffaires.com/archives/g...

                                                                                                                                                            1. Again, not an opening but an interesting change :

                                                                                                                                                              Pâtisserie Rhubarbe will start doing brunch on sundays. Obviously the menu will be limited, but from the pictures on the website, it looks delicious : http://patisserierhubarbe.com/

                                                                                                                                                              1. According to this article, Normand Laprise is planning to open a third restaurant this coming autumn : http://fr.canoe.ca/artdevivre/cuisine...

                                                                                                                                                                The article talks about the opening of Boulud in may too.

                                                                                                                                                                1. A new restaurant will open corner st-laurent/rachel (in place of the pizza place).

                                                                                                                                                                  no info, but construction permet says it will be a restaurnt.

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                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Maximilien

                                                                                                                                                                    Pitarifique will be moving in there,

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: EaterBob

                                                                                                                                                                      ohh lord you're kidding ? Will the new name be Pita-Horrific?

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: maj54us

                                                                                                                                                                        everything is meh on the menu but it's not exactly horrific
                                                                                                                                                                        I find that the fries are great and always consistent though

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Ghostquatre

                                                                                                                                                                          I had souvlaki there once and it was right there with restaurant casa grec on the wall of shame.

                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: EaterBob

                                                                                                                                                                        You sure, EaterBob? They put fake wood paneling on the outside of the building, and it's been papered up inside for at least 2 weeks. Seems like a lot of work for another fast food joint, especially one moving from just next door.

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Shattered

                                                                                                                                                                          they own the building and a friend also confirmed me they are moving next door this morning. He got that news 2 month ago.

                                                                                                                                                                    2. Something I noticed last week, but forgot to post. Five Guys is opening another store in the Village. From the looks of it, I would say it's a couple of weeks away from opening

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                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: SnackHappy

                                                                                                                                                                        Where is the Village for 5 guy burgers??

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: fredmir

                                                                                                                                                                          "Where is the Village for 5 guy burgers??"

                                                                                                                                                                          Same place it is for everyone else – On Sainte-Cahterine between Berri and De Lorimier.

                                                                                                                                                                          IIRC, the Five Guys is a bit west of Beaudry metro

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: SnackHappy

                                                                                                                                                                            Maybe I'm alone in thinking this, but I hate 5 Guys. First of all, it's incredibly expensive for a mediocre burger and fairly 'blah' fries. I inadvertently accepted toppings, had a drink and fries for $15. The decor is nothing special, and the idea of shucking peanuts annoys me. I could have the same 'burger experience' at any other fast food chain while spending much less.

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: PhilTG84

                                                                                                                                                                              "I could have the same 'burger experience' at any other fast food chain while spending much less."

                                                                                                                                                                              And where in Montreal would that be? I've had my share of chain burgers, and none of them have ever come close to anything resembling the burgers from Five Guys. The fries, I can take or leave, though.

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: SnackHappy

                                                                                                                                                                                I'm not one of those people who'll pay a premium for fast food because it has a reputation and a following. I love In & Out, but I'll be damned if I'd pay $15 for the privilege of eating there. Again, the burger was okay, but the bun couldn't hold the meat, the cheese covered only half the burger and it was drowned by the accouterments. It was basically a $15 mess. If I want a quick burger, I could go to Wendy's and be completely satisfied, or even Burger King.

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: PhilTG84

                                                                                                                                                                                  I wanted to join the conversation about 5 guys but when you said you could have a better burger at burger king.....I have nothing to add.

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: jaco44

                                                                                                                                                                                    I never ate at In&out or chee chee or mbrgr or b de ville or shakeshack so I basically don't have any opinion on their quality or taste, but I can understand what Phil is saying. (& the reason I thought I'd join in)
                                                                                                                                                                                    I generally don't want to pay $15 for a burger mostly 'cause I can make a good one at home, to my specs. Does this mean I don't eat burgers out? No, it means I'm usually not satisfied with burgers out...
                                                                                                                                                                                    If I'm in the mood to eat a burger, I'd rather eat a cheap casse-croute version to curb my hunger than an exclusive $15 version leaving me to think I should have grilled my own.
                                                                                                                                                                                    I did eat a 5 guys burger that Mrs. Porker brought home. I don't know what she paid, but it wasn't anything special to me, reinforcing my position.
                                                                                                                                                                                    BTW Phil never said you could have a better burger at BK - I'm just sayin.

                                                                                                                                                                                    *edit* maybe there IS a place out there with a knock-my-socks-off, where-have-you-been-all-my-life burger, just hard to imagine it.

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: jaco44

                                                                                                                                                                                      I completely agree with Porker's comments above.

                                                                                                                                                                                      Jaco, definitely do add something. Frankly, 5 Guys is a McDonalds in a different price range. That's it. Just as Bobby Flay's Mesa Grill is a somewhat upscale Chipotle Grill, 5 Guys is offering a similar product at a higher price point. Their strategy for growth has been to sit between the more cost conscious fast-food chains and the sit-down eateries offering a slightly more expensive product. Well, if I'm eating fast-food, I'll pay less and get a comparable product. If I want to sit-down, I will and accept to pay more. People get so touchy when anyone criticizes 5 Guys.

                                                                                                                                                                                      Oh, and I never said better. I said I could go and be completely satisfied which is not to say one was better... n'est pas?

                                                                                                                                                                                      Edited for spelling and content

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: PhilTG84

                                                                                                                                                                                        I get your point. It also has to do with your personal tastes. Your opinion is as good a mine. :-). You did not say you had better at burger king and I apologize for that. I still believe that the burger and fries I has at the Vaudreuil location was great and so for the spicy fries. To me it is to my liking and worth the price. Voila!

                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: PhilTG84

                                                                                                                                                                                  I'm not sure why people don't love the fries at 5 Guys. They're freshly cut, nicely cooked. Maybe because most people are used to frozen fries? Maybe they prefer thin fries to bigger fries? I don't know, but personally I enjoy them a lot.

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Werzoth

                                                                                                                                                                                    It's because they're not double fried. They're not crispy and the inside is mealy.

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: SnackHappy

                                                                                                                                                                                      I think the Five Guys fries are double fried. But your other point I agree.

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: BLM

                                                                                                                                                                                        When I go to Five Guys, I always asked my fries "bien cuites" & with no salt

                                                                                                                                                                                        That way they are always cripy & I can add salt myself, because they are always to salted for my taste.

                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: SnackHappy

                                                                                                                                                                              That sign has been there since last summer...I thought it had opened and re-closed when I walked by a few weeks ago.

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: foodie8

                                                                                                                                                                                What I saw wasn't just a sign. It looked like there was actual work being done in there.

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: SnackHappy

                                                                                                                                                                                  Well that place with work bring done in it has been there since last summer lol

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: foodie8

                                                                                                                                                                                    Well, the Five Guys web site has the location listed as "coming soon" so there's still hope.

                                                                                                                                                                                    http://fiveguys.ca/fr/locations/store...

                                                                                                                                                                            3. Restaurant La Belle et la Boeuf opened recently in the Centropolis area in Laval.

                                                                                                                                                                              Seems to be a burger place, kind of old style dinner type (shakes-burgers).

                                                                                                                                                                              Menu and pictures on the website :
                                                                                                                                                                              http://www.labelleetlaboeuf.com/

                                                                                                                                                                              Anyone tried yet?

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                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Werzoth

                                                                                                                                                                                looking at the menu :

                                                                                                                                                                                "..., servi avec cornichon B&B au Kool-Aid,..."

                                                                                                                                                                                WTF ?!?! what is kool-aid pickles ?

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: SnackHappy

                                                                                                                                                                                    Huh!!!! :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                    I really must get myself a car and drive to Laval.

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Werzoth

                                                                                                                                                                                  We've been here a couple of times now, easily the best burger I've had anywhere around Montreal. Pefectly seasoned and cooked. I've tried both the avocado and blue cheese burgers, very tasty. Husband goes for the standard "Laval" burger. Also really like the kool-aid pickles, and the coleslaw and fries that come with the burgers is very good. Only real complaint is that the coleslaw comes in mini mason jars which are really hard to dig it out of and it's a little annoying. I don't know if they are planning to add liquor to the menu at a later point, but when we went they only had .5% Molson so keep that in mind if you enjoy a beer with your burger.

                                                                                                                                                                                2. Not a restaurant per se, but Caesar's Tea, a David's tea ripoff opened last month under Simons downtown, exact same concept, except with orange instead of green as the accent color

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                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: westaust

                                                                                                                                                                                    Really funny description of them on their Twitter account :

                                                                                                                                                                                    "Caesars Tea, the newest trend in the tea phenomena. Cutting edge and hip we are on top of the demands of tea generation."

                                                                                                                                                                                    I will continue to go to Camellia Sinensis.

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: westaust

                                                                                                                                                                                      Ripoff almost seems like an understatement. Same flavours renamed, same style logo, even the exact same store layout. I did a double take when I saw it.

                                                                                                                                                                                      I'll continue to buy Twinings instead of fruity made-up flavours.

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Shattered

                                                                                                                                                                                        Haha! Yuppie tea is the new frozen yogurt.

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: SnackHappy

                                                                                                                                                                                          I actually like David's tea. I had one the other day with licorice root, orange peel, peppermint, chamomile and a few other ingredients. The tea coated my entire tongue and activated local flavour receptors much the way a half decent wine does. It is successful because it is good, not because the entire world has personality defects. Imitation is to be expected as the unoriginal try to capitalize on the momentum.

                                                                                                                                                                                    2. A new BBQ place recently opened on top of St-Ciboire in the Quartier Latin.

                                                                                                                                                                                      Diablos Smoke House

                                                                                                                                                                                      https://www.facebook.com/DiablosBbq

                                                                                                                                                                                      EDIT: Oops! Already posted by kpzoo: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8236... , but the place officially opened this week.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: SnackHappy

                                                                                                                                                                                        Rub's Smokehouse is also opening on Prince-Arthur at St-Dominique. Apparently BBQ is 2012's gourmet burgers.

                                                                                                                                                                                        Another opening on Prince-Arthur: Cochoo, Korean Restaurant at 70 Prince Arthur Est.
                                                                                                                                                                                        Anyone been here? I think it's actually been open since late 2011, but it hasn't been mentioned yet so what the hey...

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Maximilien

                                                                                                                                                                                            Maybe. Le Prince-Arthur, the longtime resto beside Mazurka closed recently, and the place across from it (beside Cafe Campus) is still empty, although a Mediterranean place has been announced on the papered windows for months.

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: SnackHappy

                                                                                                                                                                                          There was a review in Sweetspot this week (French):
                                                                                                                                                                                          http://www.sweetspotqc.ca/art_de_vivr...

                                                                                                                                                                                          Wonder what those who flinch at Grumman 78's $4 tacos will think of Diablos' $28 mac 'n' cheese?

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: kpzoo

                                                                                                                                                                                            Where did it say in Sweetspot write-up that Diablos is charging $28 for their mac 'n' cheese? $28 is for their Prime Rib.

                                                                                                                                                                                            As far as Grumman 78's prices at Faubourg. I find them a little high, for fairly good food, but nothing outstanding(from what I've tasted so far). Their single tacos run from $4-$7. Eaten 3-4 things from their food truck & been twice to Grumman 78 Faubourg. What's good now at Faubourg is they serve their full menu. The times when I visited their food truck, it's always a very very very limited menu(& they don't make anything on-site), even if I checked their twitter account in advance before going.

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: BLM

                                                                                                                                                                                              "Where did it say in Sweetspot write-up that Diablos is charging $28 for their mac 'n' cheese?"

                                                                                                                                                                                              Ah, it must have been a typo that's since been fixed. (It wasn't just me, others were commenting about the $28 mac 'n' cheese on Twitter.)

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: kpzoo

                                                                                                                                                                                                I saw it, too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                "macaroni au fromage emmenthal et parmesan avec chorizo (28 $)"

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: SnackHappy

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Turns out someone I know asked Sweetspot to check whether it was a typo and they removed the price, without adding the *actual* price back. (lazy, I guess...)

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Someone posted a pic of the menu to one of Diablos' two Facebook accounts - not sure if you'll be able to see this without being logged in since it's a personal profile page rather than a business page:

                                                                                                                                                                                                  https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fb...

                                                                                                                                                                                                  So the mac & cheese is actually $12.95 or $15.95 for the blue-cheese version.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: kpzoo

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posting the Diablos menu here - not sure how legible it'll be...

                                                                                                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: SnackHappy

                                                                                                                                                                                            Finally made it to Diablos, and I'm sorry to say it was quite a disappointment. Everything from the greasy fried pickles, to the too peppery and overcooked ribs that tasted boiled, to the super salty cured(!?!) brisket, to the sorry looking pecan pie was just meh. Even the ice cream that came with the pie had ice crystals in it. I went back to read some of the rave reviews this restaurant has gotten here and elsewhere and I'm wondering if we went to the same place. The only good thing they have going for them are the drinks, but I would never go there just for that.

                                                                                                                                                                                            Sorry I posted in the openings thread, but I didn't think it was worth starting a new thread for a place where I would never return.

                                                                                                                                                                                          3. ....Hambar restaurant with market cuisine, + focus on ham, wines and will be open for brunch as well
                                                                                                                                                                                            Media/Vip opening tonight, open to public Monday April 30; replaces Vauvert
                                                                                                                                                                                            http://www.hotelstpaul.com/en/restaur...

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. commensal now has a branch in quartier des spectacles area, and also will serve some kind of breakfast

                                                                                                                                                                                              http://www.commensal.com/en/restauran...

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Signs up for Indonesian resto Gado Gado "opening soon"(near Chez Bong on Mackay).
                                                                                                                                                                                                Please let it open and please let it be good...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: chilipepper

                                                                                                                                                                                                  I'm crossing all my fingers and toes!

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: chilipepper

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sign says "Maintenant ouvert"... Itching to try soon...

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: chilipepper

                                                                                                                                                                                                      We had lunch at Gado Gado, today. The lunch table d'hôte is $11 for a soup, a main and dessert. The soup was turmeric laced chicken broth with half a boiled egg and some cellophane noodles. Dessert was a choice of vanilla ice cream or orange sherbet top with a frozen grape wrapped in chocolate (nice touch). Our mains were rendang and chicken breast dish who's name escapes me. Both were excellent. Well, the rendang was a bit dull until the server brought out a sauce of shrimp paste and chilies which really livened it up. Portions were reasonable. The place isn't quite finished yet, but seems to be fully functioning. Service was extremely friendly and informative. I hope this place does well. The location isn't really the best. Hopefully, they'll get good word of mouth.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: SnackHappy

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Thanks for the report. Found their website: http://www.gadogado.ca/ (watch the freaking music)

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: kpzoo

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Thanks for the link, kpzoo.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          So, from looking at the menu, I can tell you that the soup we had was the Soto Ayam and my dish was the Ayam Bakar Kecap.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: SnackHappy

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Thanks. The lunch special sounds like a great deal - any idea what the evening prices are like?

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: kpzoo

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Sorry, I didn't think of noting the prices on the menu. I was so enthused about having some Indonesian food downtown that, at that moment, I didn't care at all about prices. That's not something that happens to me very often.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: SnackHappy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Ha - no prob. ;-) I'll report back if I go.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: SnackHappy

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Glad you tried lunch-it sounds like a better deal than supper.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          We had the lamb stew, the chicken soup and the rendang.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          I liked the rendang:coconutty, meaty bits falling off the bone.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          The lamb stew, not so much: watery, a bit bland, skimpy meat.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          The soup was homey and comforting though also a bit bland. Like the shredded chicken, cabbage, egg and vermicelli mix though.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Dessert was either ice cream or cheesecake which we skipped.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          I kinda thought the portions, though they came with rice, were a bit on the small side for $13. I think the soup was $4 or $5?
                                                                                                                                                                                                          The server-owner was great and accommodating.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          I don't know anything about Indonesian food so I'll defer to others who do.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          I would like to try the other dishes especially the apps.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Also liked the sambal on the side which perked everything up.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          More power to them!

                                                                                                                                                                                                        3. re: chilipepper

                                                                                                                                                                                                          I went for dinner and I have to say that the food is good. I tried the bakpao gapit (2 pieces for $6), dendeng ($4 or $5 for about a dozen small triangular pieces) and the ayam bumbu rujak ($12 or $14). Entree prices are around the $4-$8 mark. Mains starting from $10 (satay) to about $16.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          The bakpao, although pretty exxy, was really delicious. The pork was really flavourful and not too fatty. The dendeng was also very good. Like they say on their menu, it's sweet and spicy. They can make it mild if that's how you want it. The chicken curry (why they list it as cornish hen on the menu when I doubt they'll ever actually get any in, I just don't know. Plain ol' everyday chicken is just fine!) was really great. The sauce was a kind of peanuty, lemony, sambal flavour with a lot of meat. The two entrees and one main was enough to fill up two people.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Apparently they also offer dessert, but I didn't look at the menu.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Con - the music! Heard country, rap, techno, soundtrack music and pop multiple times throughout the meal.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: ilikestripes

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Haha! They were playing 80s when I was there. Luckily I like it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        4. Bevo Bar + Pizzeria is opening today in the Old Montreal

                                                                                                                                                                                                          http://bevopizza.com/

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Arhoma is opening a new bakery on may 10.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1700 Papineau / Corner Ontario (I think)

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. A new cafe called "Le petit St Germain" has opened on the corner of Van Horne and Dollard in Outremont. It's very little, with about 3 tables, and looks like a patisserie. I haven't tried it yet, so I have no idea if it's any good ... that being said, the area's getting pretty saturated with cafes ...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: captain_vegetable

                                                                                                                                                                                                                For good coffee, there's only really Café Prague. Now Patisseries, that the area is saturated with, and good ones. I'd enjoy a café with more of a food centric menu for lunch, outside of getting sandwiches at the said patisseries, not many food options for lunch. But obviously, with only 3 tables, I'm not getting that...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: sweettoothMTL

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Off topic to the original topic of this discussion - I like brunch at Toquoi, a small vegetarian cafe on Van Horne near McEachran. They don't provide anything fancy, mostly sandwiches, salads and soups, but the owners are nice and there's a super comfortable atmosphere. They also make decent coffee (IMHO).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: captain_vegetable

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Thanks for the info, I'll go give them a shot for weekday lunch.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: sweettoothMTL

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      toquoi relies too heavily on their microwave and I do not like the coffee. However their smoothies are great and very cheap ~$3

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Cafe Prague is way too prim for my tastes and the coffee is expensive...The guy charged me $4 for a cafe Americano which is a pure insult.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: catroast

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I agree about the food at Cafe Prague...as for the coffee, they charge $2.50 for an allongé with warmed milk, which is pretty standard, it's what they charged me at Veritas when I worded in the old port. I do agree about the americano being pricy however, maybe a mistake? Anyways, I only recommed it for coffee, not the food and it's your only chance for a good coffee west of Parc and North of Saint-Viateur.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Cafe Cantinova opening on St-Ambroise, across from Chateau St-Ambroise.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                No more details yet on this one.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. There's a big opening soon sign plastered on the old Wellhouse restaurant, corner of Sherbrooke and Victoria in Westmount. But the sign didn't seem to mention what was opening. Anyone have and details about it?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: causeimhungry

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The people behind the cafe at Excentris are apparently the ones opening this. Should be soon, but not sure of the exact date. Hopefully it will be better than Wellhouse was - it would be nice to have a decent restaurant in Westmount for a change.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: cherylmtl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I believe the name is Brasserie Centrale

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: eat2much

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        https://www.facebook.com/BrasserieCen...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        "Market based menu, oysters and charcuterie at the bar, all breads, pastries, desserts and ice creams made in house."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Maximilien

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          It's run by the couple who do La Porte on Saint Laurent. Suddenly I feel that there is a distinct possibility that the food will actually be good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. The Five Guys at 921 Rue Ste-Catherine East in the Village is now open.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    http://www.facebook.com/fiveguys/post...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. There's a Sushi Shop "opening soon" on the corner of Vendome and Sherbrooke in Westmount. Right across the street from Yu Mi Sushi.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Mysterious new African restaurant on Parc avenue, north of St-Viateur - in the former site of La Cloche and many other doomed precedents. I think it's called Ébène. Looks open & ready for business, but no menu posted so I've been too timid to go in.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Also just discovered this delivery-only homemade curry thing in Mile End. Haven't tried it yet but v curious: http://www.facebook.com/CurryGo

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: nikkori

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Ooooh, looks and sounds yummy-thanks for the post!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          To think I've been missing all that curry goodness for almost a month now...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: nikkori

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The full name seems to be Noir d'Ebene. Has anyone yet been who can give feedback? Do you know what region of African Cuisine? http://www.qdg.ca/fr/restaurant/noir-...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Checkpoint Charlie (previously on the southeast corner of Rachel/St-Dominique, closed roughly 7 years ago) has been resurrected, this time on St. Laurent below Mont-Royal.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Haven't tried it yet, but glad there's a German restaurant in the area again...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            https://www.facebook.com/CafeCheckpoi...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Mr F

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Ah, I wondered if it was the same Checkpoint Charlie from before! I was in the week they opened for some good Berliners (filled donuts), and apple strudel that they bring in from Atlantique. Have been meaning to go back and try some schnitzel, sausages, etc.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Kinoya (st-denis st north of duluth).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Opening soon, a bistro Japonais (isakaya style) ...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              seems isakaya is the new black.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Maximilien

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                As long as it's good, bring it on! The lineups at Kazu are getting nuts.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Giovanni Apollo is opening 2 new establishments in the Old Port, one called La buvette at the new Plage du quai de l'horloge and he's taking over the cafe des eclusiers area as well

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Les éclusiers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                http://www.quaisduvieuxport.com/cafe-...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                La buvette
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                http://www.quaisduvieuxport.com/la-bu...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Kim Ramen on St. Mathieu below de Maisonneuve, next to Golden Stone, previously another Chinese joint whose name I forget. Promises hand pulled noodles on its sign. Chef-looking dude was outside yacking with someone but the dining room looked empty. Hope it's good!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: chilipepper

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Ok I remember one of its incarnations was Resto du Bonheur...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. I say today signs in the windows of the old Zaziummm on Parc announcing the upcoming opening of Lola Rosa.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Also noticed a new place in the old Café Sarajevo location on St-Laurent called Opera brgr.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: SnackHappy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Just what we need - another vowelless burger place....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: SnackHappy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I also saw the Lola Rosa listed opening last night, I don't remember exactly what was written on the window, but it will be a vegetarian place.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: SnackHappy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The same Lola Rosa from Milton street?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: mainsqueeze

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I can't say for certain, but it looks quite likely.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: SnackHappy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Yes it is, the informations are on their Facebook page.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. It looks like some of the folk behind the Griffintown Cafe are going to be starting something called Black Strap BBQ (or maybe BBQ Black Strap) judging from their Twitter feed.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          https://twitter.com/#!/bbqblackstrap

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          With them, Diablos on Saint Denis and Rubs (or at least I think that's the name) on Prince Arthur all opening this year, it looks like the Montreal restaurant scene is going to look a lot like what you'd see in Nashville or Atlanta or Kansas City, and I am not sure that's a good thing.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: EaterBob

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Out of the lot, someone will surely make some decent BBQ (or at least I hope)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              From their twitter feed, they are mentioning it will be somewhere in the south west, so this is more competition for Boucan

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: EaterBob

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hey, if there could be decent BBQ like I get back home (Atlanta/South Carolina) in Montreal, my husband would be happy. I frequently have to explain to family that here in Quebec, BBQ is something you do, not something you eat.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                And don't knock the Atlanta dining scene! While Montreal has its reiterations on French food and Atlanta has the same on nouveau Southern cuisine (which should really stop, btw), both have chefs that want to foist something yummy and new on their diners.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: EaterBob

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  A first review of Diablos on St-Denis, with the chef coming from Savannah, GA

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  http://voir.ca/voir-la-vie/gastronomi...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: EaterBob

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Black Strap BBQ are serving ribs today at rue Wellingtons's Vente de Trottoir from 12pm (outside their store, which I think is not open yet?) It is at 4436 rue Wellington, Verdun (the old Casa Manolo Portuguese chicken place)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I am stuck at work, so might not have a chance to stop by - if anyone does, please report back!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: unlaced

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Oh man! Had I known earlier I would have stopped by for lunch. I loved these guys at Griffintown and I am hoping their new place will be just a good. Can't wait to try it soon.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. There's a coffee shop opening at the corner of Grey and Sherbrooke O (in the semi-basement spot where the shoe store (Bellini?) used to be). I don't have any other details -- anyone here know anything?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: MontrealBen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Jonah James is open now. They have a few tables outside on the street. I'll have to try an americano and post back. They also offer about 8-10 different sandwiches.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Found a review of the place here:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      http://wtf.butcherbrand.ca/2012/06/15...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The review isn't too promising, hopefully the manager has made the necessary adjustments.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: causeimhungry

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Can't speak for their coffee, but my wife and I had the Chicken Sumatra and Roast Beef au Jus sandwiches for lunch yesterday. Both are winners, though a bit expensive at $10 for just a sandwich.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: MontrealBen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I'm willing to give them the benefit of a few doubts. There isn't a lot in that area that I really enjoy, and I find either the prices or the attitudes to be seriously off-putting. The Starbucks is a fashion show, the Java U is full of pretentious people ordering a salad and the Second Cup is often under reno (now done, I think?) so a nice, quiet cafe in that area would be welcome. I live not far away and have precious few options. Here's to hoping they do well!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: causeimhungry

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Just go an americano from there and honestly I'm very impressed! Its the best coffee I've had so far in Westmount, I think i found my new go to place for coffee. Got the Roast beef sandwich too and it was delicious, the juice that came with it was maybee a tad salty for my taste. Soup was great.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I will definitely go back there, its nice to have more option in the area

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Maison Boulud at the Ritz-Carlton is now opened, first menu posted on the website
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        http://www.ritzmontreal.com/fr/restau...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: westaust

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          A lot more affordable than I thought It'd be.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Evilbanana11

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            but a relatively underwhelming menu, at least on paper!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: unlaced

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Yeah, it looks pretty safe, but it is a hotel restaurant after all.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: westaust

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Menu looks "convenu"; nothing out of the ordinary (with a couple of exceptions), but that's normal for a hotel restaurant (with a semi-captive clientele).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            We will see how it actually end up on the plate.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Maximilien

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I also presume that they will be starting with something more traditional, in order to get the kitchen up to speed, especially with the F1 coming in less than 2 weeks, and then incorporate more and more creative dishes

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: westaust

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                and despite major renovations they kept the ducks and pond in ritz garden :)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                http://www.ritzmontreal.com/en/dining...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          3. Not sure if it has been mentioned yrt but there is a cute new cupcake shop on Sherbrooke near Claremont in Westmount called Gateaux Inniya's Cupcakes. Very cool signage which is bound to run afoul of the tongue troopers.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: eat2much

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Tried a vanilla and a chilli chocolate (I think?) on Monday. I was disappointed as both were quite dry. My friend and I couldn't even finish them. They didn't taste like they were made fresh that day but I didn't ask (should have).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: causeimhungry

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I have to say, I bought a simple chocolate cupcake from them and couldn't believe how small it was in size after paying nearly 5$ for it! I was not impressed over all. The cake was so dense and dry! Also, walking by one late evening, I could not help but notice that they kept leftover cupcakes in the counter for everyone to see... makes you question whether they re-use them or not!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: meringues

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Some cupcakes have a fairly decent shelf life and don't automatically go stale and the end of a business day. They might end up as tomorrows' free samples.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: causeimhungry

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Adding my voice to the chorus. I bought two cupcakes (4.75 each), one chocolate and one vanilla. My parents split the chocolate between them and I cut the vanilla in half with the intention of eating half and giving half to whichever of my parents wanted it. Two bites into my half-a-cupcake, I threw the rest of my piece out. My parents didn't finish their chocolate halves, and nobody wanted my leftover vanilla half. My cupcake was incredibly stale and the icing felt like styrofoam. I can't even remember what it tasted like because the texture was so off-putting.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  When I bought the cupcakes, the woman at the counter went on and on about how the cupcakes were all organic and blah blah blah and I was actually told that the chocolate cupcake had been baked earlier that day (I'm not sure about the vanilla), but my parents said it was stale too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Stay away.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: janetmweiss

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    That is way too much for a cupcake. My price point is $2.00 to $2.50 (extra for gluten-free), but seriously, you cannot expect people to pay close to a fiver for a cupcake. If you do, you had better be sure it's a damned good one. I mean, like seeing unicorns and shit after you bite into it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Peaches to Poutine

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Alas the cost of many organic ingredients can be as much as double or triple the regular stuff. Couple that with Westmount rents and you can forget about ever seeing an organic or gluten free cupcake for under $3 or $4.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I do agree though that when you are charging top dollar the quality has to be there 100% of the time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: eat2much

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I told my husband about the near-five dollar cupcake and he said, "Don't tell me--it's probably in Westmount?"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        And true, organic/gluten-free ingredients can (and do often) cost more, but maybe it's because I am closer to the border where setting up contracts with US organic flour makers that I can usually find a way to keep the cost down. I dunno!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Anyway, customers speak with their wallets and if the magic yumminess isn't there, well, the shop will find out soon enough!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                3. re: eat2much

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Bilboquet in Westmount seems to have cut back on ice cream and has started pushing cupcakes as well. Great idea -- produce a great product, then split your attention to focus on a fad that's already on the way out....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: MontrealBen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Bilboquet Westmount is now back to being owned by the original owner of Bilboquet. They haven't cut back on the ice creams at all! I asked a clerk when I first noticed the changes and they only got rid of 2-3 sorbets that weren't selling as much. They added a smaller ice cream counter on the opposite side of the cash register for their sorbets, and the other counter still has 24 flavors of ice cream! :) As for the cupcake part, Les Glaceurs are renowned for their products and have been around for 4 years with their 2 other shops! I think if the fad was on it's way out, they wouldn't had opened this new shop with Bilboquet... I know that I'm happy that I now don't have to go too far for their delicious sweets!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: meringues

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Well, that's good news (though we may have to respectfully disagree about whether or not cupcakes are here to stay). Thanks for the info!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: MontrealBen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Also, rent is payable 12 months a year and it is not such a bad idea to have a product that sells in months when ice cream is less popular.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: eat2much

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Over priced and very disappointing. I basically had a grocerystore quality, stale, carrot raisin muffin with some mediocre icing. Nice signage, bad service, and overall disappointing. Something like this could do so well in this neighborhood, but a 5$ cupcake better be mind blowing. At 3$ this still would have sucked.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  3. Marc-André Paradis is opening 2 new BYOB : one in verdun on the corner of lasalle and wellington with chef Jean-françois Pigeon (3629 wellington) and a another one in longueuil, 219 St-Jean with chef Jérémie Marcille. Two young chef with good potential!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: carolilas

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        They don't know yet for the names...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: carolilas

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          vrdn brgr and Lngl brgr respectively.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          {;-/)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: emportepiece

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Here's a facebook page to follow for news on the Verdun location.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            https://www.facebook.com/pages/Du-Nou...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: SnackHappy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Restaurent Wellington is now open. They have pictures of the menu and food on their facebook page.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              http://www.facebook.com/pages/Restaur...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              <<L'équipe derrière Le Smoking Vallée, Les Héritiers, Les Canailles, O'Thym et Monsieur B est fière de vous annoncer l'ouverture d'un nouveau restaurant ''Apportez votre vin'' à Verdun! >>

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Replacing le roi du plateau on rachel and clarck will be a..............................nother Poutinerie....................are you effing kidding me ?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: maj54us

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Maybe the yuppies next door will start complaining about the smell of curds and gravy.....then they'll have to install a $100k poutine fume filter...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: porker

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ooooohhh me lika your humor. It's going to be called planete poutine apparently. Man it's just disappointing to hear that. Would have love to see something different than a greasy-spoon or another Portuguese place. I'm sure there's room in the area for some misc ethnic food or something original.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: maj54us

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The full details about what it is going to be like are here
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                http://www.planetepoutine.com/

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Between Planete Poutine, Poutine en folie, Pitarifique, and Patati Patata it seems to be getting a little bit crowded... Plus after typing, I'm surprised they didn't name it Pig in Japan - Bar. And while they don't do casse-croute, yet, there's also Portugalia across the street, chez le Portugais down the street and Portus Calle up the street. Does anyone know if there some sort of zoning regulation about having a P in the name of your restaurant?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              3. Does anyone have information on some place opening up on Decarie and Pare (the old Pare Lanes bowling alley location). Marche Epicure I believe is the name, the sign outside says "opening soon". Regular Supermarket? Bio? Ethnic?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. 'Nuther Asian eatery opening up in Chinatown West near Concordia a few doors down from KanBai on Ste Cat - sign was going up and they had "chinois-Szechuan-Thailandais" what-have-you printed on the windows.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: chilipepper

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    New gourmet pizza place open called Restaurant FCO (451 Viger ouest). A welcome addition in an area loaded of sandwich shops...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Wallach29

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Laurent Godbout (Chez L'Epicier) is opening a new resto in the Bromont Airport on june 16. It will be family style cuisine.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Maximilien

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Laurent Godbout, Chef and owner of Chez L'épicier, is opening a new restaurant in the Eastern Townships. Le Terminal will be located at 101 rue du Ciel at the Bromont Airport. The property, with a capacity of 90 seats, will serve family-oriented cuisine. Note that it is not necessary to be a traveller in transit to eat at the restaurant. Opening night will be on June 18.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          http://leterminal.ca/

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: westaust

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            A new MuvBox is supposed to open next week in the Old Port. The menu has not been reveal yet.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Kinyo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Saw the new MuvBox Box, which is located on the same spot 30 feet away? There's a big Golden pig painted on the Box. Maybe Porchetta sandwich?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Jaetee

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hopefully, it will be something like porchetta and not just more pulled-pork.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: SnackHappy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  more pulled pork, "a l'italienne" ?? according to the muvbox thread.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/785551

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: C70

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Thanks for the link. I wasn't following that thread. I'm relieved to see that some people still believe there are other ways to prepare pork.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: SnackHappy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      hopefully max's interpretation of the pork is incorrect and it is, in fact, chunks of pork in a rich sauce. that I would enjoy.... but not for ten bucks.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: C70

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Well, porchetta is not pulled-pork and I don't think it comes in a sauce. I remember a French guy with a huge smoker going around town selling porchetta in markets and events and it was fantastic without the addition of any sauce.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: SnackHappy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I know- my first porchetta was from the Rotisserie Italienne, a good 30 yrs. ago, thanks to Italian stepdad. However, porchetta isn't braised either, as was advertised in max's review. A good, crispy-skinned porchetta sandwich with tomato sauce is a thing of beauty. We shall see, I guess...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: C70

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I happened to pass by twice in that area, and both times wanted to grab one of those porchetta sandwich, both times, the place was not opened. First was last saturday, i passed by around 1pm, and they were not opened yet, one of the employee was saying maybe around 2pm, and again today, they are supposed to be opened for lunch, the porchetta box still closed (and a huge lineup at muvbox next to it)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Glaff

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Thanks! The sandwichs were really good! LA and MH ;)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Standard is now open in Westmount (where Wellhouse used to be). Menu does not look particularly original or inspiring - salmon pot au feu (Lemeac), pasta with lobster (Joe Beef), bavette with small potatoes (most bistros in town), risotto "of the moment", burger with the usual fancy toppings for upwardsof $20, etc...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Dinner prices range from about $16 (for the risotto) to well into the $30s, for mains. They have a lunch special, which might be okay - didn't notice the price, though. I had high hopes for this place, and it may well be good, but I'm not holding my breath...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: cherylmtl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I thought the name was Brasserie Central, and seeing as how it is run by the same couple that runs La Porte on Saint Laurent, I expect it to be extremely good and extremely traditional.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Maximilien found the Facebook page, here:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8236...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: EaterBob

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        It is, in fact, called Central. Not sure where Standard came from...momentary brain freeze, I guess. I had hoped it would be good, but given the menu, I'm not so sure - but I would be happy to be proven wrong on this one. And if it's the people from La Porte, it hopefully will be (I had been told that it was being run by the people from Cafe Melies, but obviously my sources were wrong.)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: cherylmtl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          They are co-owners according to local papers so sources were half right. :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: cherylmtl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            LC reviews Brasserie Central in today's Gazoo. The restaurant has connections to La Porte & Cafe Melies. LC overall really didn't like their food. Only 1.5 Stars.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. It's been open for a couple weeks, but no one's mentioned Pizza U on Mackay (by Sherbrooke). It's very hard to spot and seems mostly empty when I walk by. The concept seems cool, so I'll give them a shot this weekend but until then here's a Yelp review: http://www.yelp.ca/biz/pizza-u-montr%...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Took a coupon over to Planete Poutine this week. I was a bit confused because I'd passed Poutine et Cie and thought that was it but had to continue along Rachel to the old Portugese chicken location. The classic poutine was good, got my son's approval, as the fries were light and crisp and the cheese was good. The vegetable based sauce was nice and light and it felt pretty healthy as poutines go. I was charmed to be offered a custom-made poutine with goat cheese and roasted pepper as a solution to my cow's milk intolerance. I usually have to revert to just fries and mayo. It was a great combination, not officially on the menu, and felt like having a fancy chevre chaud on fries instead of lettuce. There are 5 mayos offered here freely, btw, with mixes like mustard and sundried tomato. I would have liked a plain or aioli sauce too. I've asked my son a few times where he would go for poutine in a crunch (and as they are all walking distance) La Banquise, Frite Alors, Patati Patata or Planete Poutine and he still hasn't answered. He had argued with me in favour of Patati Patata before we went to Planete Poutine but the service also charmed him and the size of the portions too. Now it's a toss up!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: mainsqueeze

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              You can see their menu with prices on their atrocious web site.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              http://planetepoutine.com/menu.html

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: SnackHappy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                They are not long for this world. Construction just started right in front of their door.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: SnackHappy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The prices are atrocious, too. Poutine's a joke quality-wise in most of the city, and the portion/prices are a rip off everywhere outside Verdun & The Point. Go to Ottawa this wkend for a taste of the real chipwagon stuff at prices that won't make you gag.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: SnackHappy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Would you look at that? They serve "tapas". Hahaha.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Things are moving along on St-Paul Street in Old Montreal this summer. There is a brand new Italian wine bar called Dolcetto & Co. at 151 St-Paul West that looks ready to open any day now. They are also busy at work on a pizzeria/wine bar a little further East on St-Paul which I believe is called MangiaFoco. Mf seems to be the brainchild of Alexandre Brunet of Stromboli Pizza and Jessica Harnois (president of the Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers!). Add these two to the newly opened Bevo Pizaa and Old Montreal might be the place to get your Italian fix this summer...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: eat2much

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Forgot to add a new Italian sandwich spot called Bello on Place d'Youville.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Driving down Papineau on the weekend and saw a sign on the corner of Papineau and Ontaro advertising ArHoMa and La Fabrique - does anyone know what this is about?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I found this article in La Presse about the production side of things at ArHoMA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  http://www.lapresse.ca/vivre/cuisine/...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  but it doesn't seem to mention any La Fabrique connection? These are two of my favourites in Montreal, I am intrigued if they are joining forces in some way?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: unlaced

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Well, if you read the article carefully, La Fabrique is the name of this new ArHoMa location: La Fabrique ArHoMa. So no connection to the St-Denis street restaurant La Fabrique.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: sweettoothMTL

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Thanks for that! I am not bilingual, so was muddling my way through the article! I guess I was too excited about the thought of these two places teaming up, that my brain didn't want to see that it is just the same name, nothing more!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: unlaced

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        La Fabrique translates into The Factory in English.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Just noticed that the place that used to be Bond (NW corner of St-Urbain & Fairmount) is papered up with signs saying "Cartel restaurant opening soon". Must be related to the Cartel street food place that closed recently on Crescent???

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: stak

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Yes, Cartel will be opening in that location, as per the info posted on their facebook page:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      https://www.facebook.com/cartelrestau...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Recently opened is Marche 27 Express at Square Phillips, a great takeout tartare joint by the same people who operates the full fledge restaurant Marche 27 on Prince-Arthur!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Tartares are abou 5-6$ cheaper since it's takeout (17$ for 150g of red tuna tartare) with various proteins to choose from (duck, beef, tuna, scallops...) and preparations (thai, italian, french...)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Great new option for quick lunch downtown

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Poissonnerie Sami is apparently open in Lasalle
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        http://www.myvirtualpaper.com/doc/tou...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I'll probably check it out this weekend.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: eat2much

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Oooopss. Helena mentioned at the top of thread is finally open.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: eat2much

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              its been awhile for the opening and on the plus side they are open Mondays (closed Sundays), have private room (40) and have lunch on weekdays of 3 courses for 21$ (choice of 3 appetizers, 4 mains(3fish/seafood, 1 meat), dessert with menu changing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              http://www.facebook.com/RestaurantHel...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Hotel Herman, the "small brother" of La Salle à Manger opened today (?) at 5171 boul. St-Laurent (between laurier and fairmount)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Not much info, as it seems to just have popped up out of nothingness ...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Maximilien

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I hope it is as good as Le Bouchonné and Il Piatto Della Nonna were.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. murphy boire et manger is open

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              $8 for a boreal rousse. enough said.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Maximilien

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I looked at the menu of Cartel online and it also shows $8 for Sleeman, Sapporo, and Okanagan 20 oz pints. Those are Toronto prices! The days of Montreal being a cheap booze town are fading fast, fast, fast...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: foodinspace

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    If they're really 20oz pints, that's not so bad. Most "pints" in Montreal are actually 14oz.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Big ad for Marché Epicure - Esprit de l'Europe in the local NDG paper. Can't find any web presence, has anyone heard anything about it? Says "opening soon."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Mentions "authentic European bread," NYC-style salad bar, grill/BBQ, fruits & veggies, cold cuts, smoked fish, cheeses, European groceries.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                5252 Paré - next to Gemst & Fabricville in the strip mall opposite Orange Julep, facing Decarie.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                514-904-0595

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: kpzoo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I noticed the place whilst driving on Paré, recently. I'm not sure what they're going for. It looks like they sell a lot of the same low-end imported products you can find in other stores like Adonis, P.A., Marché Universel and other "international" supermarkets.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: SnackHappy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    it looks like an arab grocery store to me like akhavan

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: kpzoo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I don't know if it 's open. I only saw it from outside, about a week and a half ago.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: SnackHappy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          OK, gotcha. Will report back if/when I go.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: SnackHappy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              It has been open for about a week and a half. I checked it out and really enjoyed their selection of Central and Eastern European foods. They had half sours and pickled watermelon en vrac as well as pastries, pickled fish, many jams, some drink that someone near me said they used to drink in the shtetel, tea, etc., etc. I walked in planning on buying nothing and walked out gleefully with half-sours, sour cherry jam and tea and a whole bunch of pastries (including Hungarian dobos). Seems like there were a nice handful of people browsing when I went.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: captain_vegetable

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Nice - thanks for the report. Intrigued by the Hungarian pastries. :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: kpzoo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          it's actually facing pare, in the old pare lanes location. horrible spot, imo. there's no money or foot traffic in that area.. just yuk.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        3. Joe la croûte, a new bakery near the Marché Jean-Talon (on Casgrain in front of Shamrock) as opened last week. By a former baker from le Fromentier.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Glaff

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Yes, I'm abroad (for work) and haven't been posting much: this should probably do in the Jean-Talon market 2012 thread. Nice little boulangerie, very good but limited selection of bread. They have a 100 percent rye bread at weekends. Definitely worth a try, and they are very friendly.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Glaff

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              That would explain the quality of their breads. I was by there yesterday, picked up a baguette to try - it was one of the best I've had in Montreal! They also sell their larger breads by weight - you can buy as much (or as little) as you want.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: cherylmtl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I tried the baguette last week and I agree... strong contestant to the best baguette in Montreal. Also had a delicious little chocolate bread.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hope it will work for them... being just in front of PM.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Glaff

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I also tried their baguette this week-end, it is good and different than the "tradition" at Guillaume.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Will be trying more of their stuff while guillaume is closed for vacation.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Pain d'Epi on St. Antoine at Greene. Tiny, narrow cute-looking cafe, about ten seats. Want to poke my nose in to see what's on offer...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Derek Dammann will be back in september with a new restaurant called Maison Publique. With his new partner... Jamie Oliver!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/C...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. www.montrealgazette.com/news/Celebrit...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Jamie Oliver invests (mostly) in Derek Dammann's new gastro-pub, "Maison Publique", somewhere on Le Plateau...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Opening in September.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Maximilien

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Jamie Oliver! Holy crap! The lifestyle press and bloggers are going to go apeshit.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: SnackHappy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I knew I saw Derek in one of Jamie's episodes before: (Oliver's twist, late night munchies episode)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      http://www.movpod.in/cnb/d3b2jgppu7k4

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. A new Muvbox is opening on the Plateau, St-Denis/Gilford.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Went to Chinatown for soya chicken and bbq duck rice at Dobe & Andy+ ZhengQingQiao pork ''panini'' (bit awesomer than the Maison du Nord one imo, just, hidden-er :P, and there is a beef version too! order spicy etc). Noticed Chez Chili is opened, on de la Gauchetière Ouest, corner Clarke, old location of Chuan Xiang Qing. Sign says Szechuan, Hunan and Dongbei food. Also, bubble tea/smoothies stall just left of it, called Senzuru.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Speaking of Chinatown...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The previous bubble-tea/bar/pool hall called Glow on St. Laurent just above de la Gauchetiere has transformed into a hand-pulled noodle joint. Didn't try it, but poked in to see a young man pulling and spinning noodle dough behind glass.