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mangoannie Dec 17, 2011 03:27 PM

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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    C70 Dec 29, 2012 03:45 PM

    Curry and Naan opening a second location, I guess, at Cote Vertu & Montpellier- same block as Abu Elias.

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      hungryann Dec 29, 2012 05:05 PM

      Fantastic news for those of us in VSL. Do you know when? Will it be Curry & Naan or Chand Palace??

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        maj54us Dec 29, 2012 05:58 PM

        Altough it's not that far from the jean-talon l'acadie area.

        I hope it's the original Curry and Naan people and not the new place now called Chand Palace people that are opening in VSL. Something changed, the chef probably and it's not the same food anymore. Curry and naan is dead on jean-talon nothing liek it was under chand palace.

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        BatAngel Jun 6, 2013 02:02 PM

        The place is open they have biggest -freshest Samosas very delicious Hot and fresh phone # 514-744-5050 743 Cote Vertu
        for now it is pick up only Delivery will start end of June 2013

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          maj54us Jun 20, 2013 10:36 AM

          I confirm that it's the orignal owner of Curry and Naan and they are indeed open. It's not a restaurant where you can sit and enjoy your meal but a take out place.

          Very good food but would like to sem them maybe put a few piknic tables outside.

      3. porker Dec 25, 2012 11:04 AM

        Corner of Clark & delaGauchetiere in Chinatown (old Ming Do locale), "Senzuru".
        Just what Chinatown needs, another $15 all-u-can-stomach sushi joint.

        Don't get me wrong, I wish them all the best. Its just that I had high hopes for this new, renovated place, but an all-u-c-eat sushi place.... geeeze.
        I think I saw a pulled pork sushi roll on the menu.....

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          EaterBob Dec 20, 2012 06:57 AM

          Burger Royale at 3820 Saint Laurent looks like it's just about ready to open as well.
          http://www.burger-royal.com/
          and
          http://www.flickr.com/photos/burger-royal/
          and
          https://twitter.com/burgerroyal2

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            Glaff Dec 21, 2012 06:13 AM

            Don't know if these places will work, but I think it was just a question of time before shops and restaurants would start opening again on this part of St-Laurent. With the rebirth of Ex-Centris I don't see why it would stay dead like that.

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              Maximilien Dec 21, 2012 06:41 AM

              ExCentris, Is is a rebirth or a redying ?

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                lagatta Dec 21, 2012 03:58 PM

                Well, I hope it will turn around. I do remember a spate of pretentious, see-and-be-seen restos around there a couple of decades back, and no more food shops in the stretch except an old-timer whose wares could charitably be described as lacklustre.

                Though Freak Lunchbox sounds like something for a shopping mall...

                Suspect Burger Royale will be a candidate for the 2013 Openings thread. It doesn't sound as if they will be ready to roll by next week.

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                  EaterBob Dec 29, 2012 03:16 PM

                  Burger Royale is open for business. I saw two customers there today. They opened just under the wire.

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                    SnackHappy Dec 29, 2012 03:24 PM

                    According to their Facebook page, they opened on the 15th of December.

                    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Burger-...

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                      BLM Dec 30, 2012 07:31 AM

                      Anyone here tried the burgers at Burger Royale yet? Is it very good? They grind their own burger beef patties it seems(from their pictures on Facebook).

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                        Shattered Jan 1, 2013 02:53 PM

                        They better be good cause the regular burger costs $8, $9 with cheese, $10 for the fancy ones. $3 more for drinks and sides.

                        That's about the same as The Main or a pub, but still, pretty steep for a new place if you ask me.

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                Glaff Dec 20, 2012 06:38 AM

                Freak Lunchbox, a canadian candy stores chain recently opened a first store in Montréal on St-Laurent (3680) http://www.freaklunchbox.com/Main%20P...

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                  Glaff Dec 16, 2012 09:39 PM

                  Just saw here mtlinstantane.com/tous-a-la-nouvelle-drogheria-fine, that there's a new Drogheria Fine on Beaubien. 180 Beaubien Est. Will go have a look this week.

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                    denpanosekai Dec 14, 2012 07:38 PM

                    New dumpling / bubble tea place on St-Cath west (Chinatown 2) next to the new Tim Horton's in front of Sharx. No name yet?

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                      Glaff Dec 9, 2012 01:03 PM

                      A new restaurant called Maïs has opened recently on St-Laurent/St-Viateur. Anyone have more informations about it?

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                        unlaced Dec 9, 2012 08:13 PM

                        Patrice Demers tweeted about it
                        Coup de coeur pour un nouveau resto hier: Maïs (St-Laurent coin St-Viateur) les tacos étaient délicieux!!!

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                          Glaff Dec 9, 2012 09:05 PM

                          Yeah that's where I saw that... didn't find any website or anything. I usually trust his taste so I was curious to know more.

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                          lagatta Dec 10, 2012 04:06 AM

                          Thanks, Glaff and unlaced. That stretch of St-Laurent is still a bit of a food desert, in the busy Mile End. Once upon a time there were grocery stores and shops along there; all have disappeared.

                          I believe the branch of La Chilenita thereabouts (next to the big Petro-Canada station) has closed.

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                            Glaff Dec 15, 2012 06:46 AM

                            Just found out that it's from the team behind Café Sardine. So that's where the buzz come from!

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                              Whygee Dec 17, 2012 08:44 AM

                              Yes Maïs is in the old Chilenita location. I've tried it last week and the tacos selection was interesting and well executed, albeit a bit expensive (starting at 3.50$ each). This feels more like a place you would go to get a drink and something to eat on the side since they also have a long cocktail menu.

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                            eat2much Dec 8, 2012 05:38 PM

                            Opening soon on Monkland above the lackluster Al Dente: "Yatta sushi & Robata"

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                              catroast Dec 8, 2012 06:11 AM

                              SF on St-Viateur and Jeanne-Mance seems to only be days from opening. Apart from selling hipster knick knacks, I believe that this is a new cafe myriad related project.

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                                Glaff Dec 8, 2012 06:59 AM

                                Saint Donut said on Twitter this morning that she's delivering doughnuts there today, so I guess it's open.

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                                  nikkori Dec 8, 2012 12:23 PM

                                  Savoie & Fils has been open for months. Bizarre, terrible, empty place, selling upscale dep crap and menswear. Yes, Myriade's moving in - but I hope it doesn't slow its disappearance. I like St-Viateur without actual obvious hipsterisms.

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                                    catroast Dec 8, 2012 01:28 PM

                                    either way, they're open.

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                                    unlaced Dec 8, 2012 02:44 PM

                                    *Loved* the filter coffee that I tried at SF this morning! I am not a huge coffee drinker but this was absolutely delicious

                                    I also tried the Saint Donut (squash fritter with maple glaze and an egg nog donut) - they were ok but I must admit I wouldn't buy them again

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                                      catroast Dec 8, 2012 02:53 PM

                                      the saint donuts at myriad always look so sad and not very appetizing.

                                      unlaced, have you ever been to myriad?

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                                        unlaced Dec 8, 2012 03:01 PM

                                        no, I have never been to Myriade.

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                                    Glaff Dec 7, 2012 08:28 AM

                                    Just in case not everyone reads the Philippe Mollé shopping list thread, seems like Le pain dans les voiles in Montreal is finally opened at 357 De Castelnau, not far from the market. Poor Pain Doré... wonder how they will survive with Le pain dans les voiles, Joe la Croûte and PM around them.

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                                      lagatta Dec 8, 2012 03:02 AM

                                      Well, so far they still have long queues many days. For one thing, they have more bread rolls. I love Joe la Croûte but their range is limited. And don't like PM nearly as much as at its inception. Will pop by Le pain dans les voiles this morning to see what they have.

                                      Le pain dans les voiles doesn't seem to have a website...

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                                        Glaff Dec 8, 2012 03:25 PM

                                        It's been a long time since I saw a line at Pain Doré actually... but maybe I'm never there on their busiest days.

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                                          lagatta Dec 8, 2012 04:59 PM

                                          Hi Glaff. I definitely have, and was going to buy some petits pains there (all out of them at PM, and as you know, the admirable Joe la croûte doesn't have any). Think the weather was crappy and I didn't feel like cycling down to Boulangerie Guillaume, great for that sort of thing.

                                          So, I did go to Le Pain dans les voiles. Not entirely installed, of course. Bought a sort of demi-baguette to test their mie and croûte. It is very different from Joe's. Much moister and denser. Certainly good. Was going to buy a gruyère baguettine with black and white sesame seeds, but after telling me it was $2,75, the employee said it was actually $3,25, the price had increased. I was a bit annoyed and didn't but it. They seem a bit pricy but they certainly have some attractive wares.

                                          Glaff, have you eaten at MIA?

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                                            Glaff Dec 9, 2012 12:59 PM

                                            Nope! Never been. I actually saw it for the first time yesterday and was intrigued by it. Looks interesting.

                                            Went to Le pain dans les voiles too. I got a quarter of the pain du peuple, a fougasse and a walnut/chocolat miche. All great as I expected. The walnut/chocolate/sesame one might become one of my new favorite.

                                            I'll go back for sure as it's also a good excuse to go back to Chocobel, that too often forgotten chocolatier.

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                                              lagatta Dec 9, 2012 03:18 PM

                                              An inhabitant of our nabe who has contributed to this board - and is a fine bouche - highly recommended Mia. The chef really is Indonesian - a cuisine terribly underrepresented here.

                                              What would you do with a walnut, chocolate, sesame miche? Perhaps a dessert for people who don't like overly sweet things, with fresh pears and/or a pear sorbet?

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                                      Glaff Nov 29, 2012 05:04 AM

                                      Another new restaurant in Griffintown opening on Dec.6 : Grinder (by the team from Le Hachoir).

                                      1708 Notre-Dame Ouest
                                      restaurantgrinder.ca

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                                        Fintastic Dec 3, 2012 02:37 PM

                                        This is actually getting out of control. Must be the 6th new restaurant to open within that 1.5km stretch of Notre Dame in the last month.

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                                          lagatta Dec 3, 2012 04:00 PM

                                          Yes, zoning issue. I love my food, but it is more than annoying when non-restaurant businesses are forced out. (I didn't say non-food, as it can include grocery stores).

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                                            Glaff Dec 4, 2012 12:49 PM

                                            And it's not finished! A pie shop called Rustique will open soon a bit more west near Tuck Shop : http://www.rustiquepiekitchen.com/

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                                              lagatta Dec 4, 2012 05:00 PM

                                              Disappointed! Thought they meant savoury pies (tourtes).

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                                          Glaff Nov 28, 2012 06:55 AM

                                          Again in the village, F+F Pizza opened a new place there a few weeks ago. The address is not on the website yet, but it's 1489 Ste-Catherine Est.

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                                            Glaff Nov 28, 2012 06:49 AM

                                            New in the village : Café Mardi Gras serving "Authentic New Orleans cuisine".

                                            http://cafemardigras.ca/

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                                              hala Nov 28, 2012 07:50 AM

                                              Beignets!

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                                                lagatta Nov 28, 2012 03:31 PM

                                                I'd love to learn whether this place is any good. Bonne chance, René.

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                                                  Glaff Nov 28, 2012 03:39 PM

                                                  There's a "review" on Nightlife : http://www.nightlife.ca/sorties/cafe-...

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                                                    lagatta Nov 28, 2012 04:11 PM

                                                    Thanks, Glaff! Hoping for some reviews in the media, and on foodie sites, including this one!

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                                                  Ghostquatre Dec 8, 2012 10:37 AM

                                                  So... has anyone been yet? Is it authentic or overpriced crap like la Louisiane?

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                                                    Ghostquatre Jan 11, 2013 02:59 PM

                                                    bump, quite surprised no one's tried it here yet, I'm real curious

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                                                    westaust Nov 28, 2012 06:35 AM

                                                    Opening december 7-8 is Le Bureau, Bar a Tapas, located at 1642 Notre-Dame Ouest in Griffintown

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                                                      foodie8 Dec 15, 2012 05:39 PM

                                                      Was very pleasantly surprised by this place this week. Service was quick, attentive, and chatty. We had the entire menu and then some for $35! Great value for great food.

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                                                      Glaff Nov 23, 2012 07:40 AM

                                                      New bakery called Bar à beurre opened 3 weeks ago in the Old Montréal : http://mixeur.tv/actualite/bar-a-beurre. Weird location...

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                                                        Maximilien Nov 23, 2012 08:07 AM

                                                        I think it is a good location, lot of new condos in the area, and the new hospital should bring in some business.

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                                                          EaterBob Nov 23, 2012 08:20 AM

                                                          it's just down the street from 400 Coups.

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                                                            lagatta Nov 23, 2012 09:23 AM

                                                            Yes, just east of there is a huge new condo development, with few nearby locations for food shopping.

                                                            The new hospital should boost business, but that will take a while.

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                                                          westaust Nov 22, 2012 07:35 AM

                                                          Another opening, this week in fact, is La Mauvaise Réputation, at 3979 St-Denis

                                                          Menu is comfort food, so you'll find the usual suspects, poutine with various topping, fried chicken, burgers, pulled pork...

                                                          Link to the menu
                                                          http://lamauvaisereputation.ca/LinkCl...

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                                                            westaust Nov 19, 2012 08:52 AM

                                                            Another opening in the south west, this time on Centre st. in Pointe St-Charles called Restaurant les Sottises.

                                                            It seems like a mix of lounge/restaurant, with an ok menu, loads of appetizers/small plates to share

                                                            Official opening is Nov. 29th
                                                            http://lessottises.ca/

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                                                              westaust Nov 16, 2012 10:48 AM

                                                              Newly opened, Boulangerie La Nicoise, on Notre-Dame Ouest a few doors west of Java U

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                                                                Glaff Nov 16, 2012 10:54 AM

                                                                Did you try it?

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                                                                  westaust Nov 16, 2012 11:56 AM

                                                                  no just saw it while driving in front around lunch time

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                                                                    InterFoodie Nov 16, 2012 08:41 PM

                                                                    Walked by it tonight, what a beautiful room. Very Parisian with its huge chandeliers, wood floors and beams. Looking forward to trying it out.

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                                                                Glaff Nov 16, 2012 06:44 AM

                                                                Really don't like this place (and I'm actually surprised that it's still open), but Crémy pâtisserie is opening a new place in the Marché Saint-Jacques.

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                                                                  Glaff Nov 16, 2012 06:56 AM

                                                                  Wow... just looked at this market's website and it looks so dead... anybody knows why? I've never been, but from the pictures I see, the place looks really nice (from the outside at least) and they have a Fromagerie Atwater...

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                                                                    Maximilien Nov 16, 2012 07:08 AM

                                                                    They will be selling bread from Boulangerie Guillaume.

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                                                                    picklebird Nov 11, 2012 04:54 PM

                                                                    The Burrito Shop @ 3686 St. Laurent (just below Pine) is open! Went there today. Super friendly and enthusiastic ownders. It is Day #2 and they are still just figuring things out, but I can tell you that the food is great! I really hope this place makes it. I will be doing my best to patronize it.

                                                                    Order burrito, tacos (3), or salad and get choice of meat for $7.95 Offerings today included: carnitas, pollo a la parrilla (grilled), carne asada, cochinita pibil, and pork verde. Burritos include flour tortilla, black beans and white rice. Tacos are corn tortillas,meat (and you can choose three different ones), a cilantro and onion relish, and salsa. Huge choice of salsas: salsa verde, salsa roja, pico de gallo, a spicier salsa nortena, and then an even spicier one salsa ariel. Guacamole is extra. Crema and cheese also available. We tried all the pork (cochinita pibil burrito and then three pork tacos) with the various salsas. Super flavorful. Each one with a very different flavor profile.

                                                                    When I spoke with the owner he said that the concept is from SF-style burrito stands. But the recipes themselves are Mexican (not Tex Mex). And this was indeed the case. I have never had a cochinita pibil burrito before (and I am from California). The tacos seem like a better deal then the burritos-- all meat and salsa! And the burrito could have been more tightly wrapped. But I'm sure things will improve as staff gets more experience.

                                                                    We had it for lunch and wanted to go back for dinner! Great addition to the neighborhood. I would even say that the tacos give Icehouse a run for their money, especially if you're getting stuff to go.

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                                                                      catroast Nov 11, 2012 05:38 PM

                                                                      is this the san francisco mission style burrito or not.

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                                                                        picklebird Nov 11, 2012 06:10 PM

                                                                        Well, that's a little hard to say. They are using a SF Mission model as the business model, where you follow the burrito down the line to choose what goes in it. They are the size of SF burritos, but the flavor profile is different. SF burritos are usually grilled meats and have mexican rice and pinto beans (although you can usually get black beans) and usually pico de gallo as the salsa. Here it's the meat (well-flavored and marinated) that shines. It's really not Cal Mex.

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                                                                        Ghostquatre Nov 12, 2012 04:38 AM

                                                                        Are the carnitas braised/stewed or are they cooked in fat like the authentic version?

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                                                                          picklebird Nov 13, 2012 12:25 PM

                                                                          They looked to be cooked in fat to me!

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                                                                            Ghostquatre Nov 13, 2012 05:45 PM

                                                                            oh goody. I just tried M4 today and I was not impressed by their performance. I hope Burrito shop's better

                                                                      3. kpzoo Nov 10, 2012 05:21 PM

                                                                        A store called Cool & Simple has opened in NDG on Monkland, corner Draper, in the ground floor of a new condo complex where the Couche-Tard strip mall used to be.

                                                                        Billed as gourmet frozen food, with two other outlets in Griffintown & Nun's Island. Not a huge fan of frozen prepared food but it looks intriguing. Anyone tried it?

                                                                        http://cool-simple.com/

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                                                                          stak Nov 10, 2012 06:13 PM

                                                                          I haven't tried anything but I swear I've seen some of these products at my Provigo, maybe a year ago. Haven't noticed them recently, but haven't been specifically looking. I think there were pizzas, and macarons??

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                                                                            catroast Nov 10, 2012 06:23 PM

                                                                            i just came back from 5 saison and saw some of those products there

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                                                                            westaust Nov 12, 2012 06:50 AM

                                                                            They indeed have some of their products sold at certain grocery stores, but the variety in their own store is much large.

                                                                            They offer both products that they made, or source from outside the country (mainly france) and most of the food i've tried was pretty good.

                                                                            A bit on the expensive side, but for the sake of convenience, and the quality of products i really like it!

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                                                                              catroast Nov 12, 2012 07:36 AM

                                                                              all i know is that a tiny chicken breast at 5 saisons is 11.99

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                                                                              hala Nov 14, 2012 08:34 AM

                                                                              They have higher end lines of frozen foods. I love their desserts. The tartars are good (but pricy). I used to get a lot of stuff from them, but there has been a major increase in price for a lot of things that I liked. Last time I went they did not carry a number of things that we use like fruit purees.

                                                                              This is a fun place to shop for elderly relatives since everything they have comes in pretty small portions. Also really fun to shop there before the holidays for things like puff pastry (made with real butter), mini quiche crusts, mini chocolate crusts and premade mignardises.

                                                                              By the way, this place has been mentioned several times on this board. I am really bad at searching, so this is the only link I found, but if you do a search for Gastronomia you might come up with other hits.

                                                                              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/758572

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                                                                                eat2much Nov 14, 2012 08:47 AM

                                                                                I also noticed they have a stack of frozen Kouign-amann made in Brittany. I know we have a pretty great local version available but it might be nice to try one made with tons of French butter.

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                                                                                  kpzoo Nov 14, 2012 07:55 PM

                                                                                  Thanks so much for the report. I may try one or two things and see how it goes.

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                                                                                    BLM Nov 17, 2012 10:50 PM

                                                                                    OK this place is also known as Gastronomia(or that's their previous name). Now I'm aware of their products. They actually do make some of their own food products(not totally sourced out)? From what I've seen at Gastronomia, it's high end frozen food.

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                                                                                      hala Nov 18, 2012 01:32 PM

                                                                                      Yes, they do make some of their own stuff. They also have imported things.

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                                                                                  Horace111 Nov 6, 2012 01:32 PM

                                                                                  Le Bifteque is re-opening next week. With the butcher shop.

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                                                                                    Glaff Nov 6, 2012 10:17 AM

                                                                                    Just passed by this new place called Le Santa Barbara on St-Zotique near Ellefsen. Already open : http://santabarbaramtl.ca/ and just found a nice review : http://www.nightlife.ca/sorties/le-sa...

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                                                                                      Glaff Nov 8, 2012 01:27 PM

                                                                                      Had a pretty good meal there yesterday. Really interesting and original (mostly) vegetarian menu. (there was 1 main with meat and 1 main with mussels, but the other 4 mains and all starters were vegetarian). Service was really slow, but they opened last week so we didn't really care.

                                                                                      Will go back soon. As a vegetarian who likes cheese and doesn't always want to eat vegan, it's probably the most exciting place in town right now.

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                                                                                      Glaff Nov 3, 2012 09:13 PM

                                                                                      Régine Café, from the team behind La Cantine, is opening soon in the old Jolifou location on Beaubien.

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                                                                                        SnackHappy Nov 4, 2012 07:12 AM

                                                                                        They have an internet!

                                                                                        http://reginecafe.ca/

                                                                                        And a Facebook

                                                                                        http://www.facebook.com/RegineCafe?fr...

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                                                                                        westaust Nov 1, 2012 01:44 PM

                                                                                        Opening in December by the same people behind Le Hachoir on St-Denis is Restaurant Grinder on Notre-Dame Ouest (near Des Seigneurs) where la gargotte des antiquaires was located.

                                                                                        Speaking of la Gargotte, they moved a bit further away on Notre-Dame

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                                                                                          Glaff Nov 1, 2012 11:10 AM

                                                                                          Seems like Myriade will open a new place on St-Viateur / Jeanne-Mance according to this : https://twitter.com/cafemyriade/statu...

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                                                                                            catroast Nov 1, 2012 11:33 AM

                                                                                            i was told that it is a different concept than their current location

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                                                                                            Chakadora Oct 23, 2012 12:05 PM

                                                                                            Noticed that BICE is now called BEATRICE. When did THAT happen???
                                                                                            www.bicemontreal.com will direct you to Beatrice....

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                                                                                              EaterBob Oct 23, 2012 06:25 AM

                                                                                              Bill Brownsteing just announced that Le Biftheque is re-opening.
                                                                                              https://twitter.com/billbrownstein/st...

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                                                                                                catroast Oct 23, 2012 06:30 AM

                                                                                                http://www.cjad.com/CJADLocalNews/ent...

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                                                                                                  porker Oct 23, 2012 08:01 AM

                                                                                                  "
                                                                                                  Half of the orginal employees have also been rehired.

                                                                                                  "All the management is back from the orginal managers, a lot of the kitchen people are back as well," he says
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                                                                                                  I wonder if this is such a great idea.
                                                                                                  I remember when Le Biftheque was pretty good, but after consistent bad meals, I decided not to return. Sounds like they're setting up shop the same as when they closed....

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                                                                                                    catroast Oct 23, 2012 08:06 AM

                                                                                                    so you won't go for sushi at Biftheque ?

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                                                                                                montrealwaitress Oct 19, 2012 06:24 PM

                                                                                                EVOO - a restaurant with only a brunch menu posted outside has gone up in the old Bon Appetit des Caraibes spot on Notre Dame. Haven't seen it open yet - prices look high (17$ brunch)

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                                                                                                  kpzoo Oct 19, 2012 06:30 PM

                                                                                                  Website with nothing on it yet: http://www.restaurantevoo.com/

                                                                                                  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/restaurantEVOO

                                                                                                  Did anything look interesting about the brunch menu?

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                                                                                                  chilipepper Oct 19, 2012 05:04 PM

                                                                                                  Ga Na Da Ra(?) "Cuisine fusion (?)" in the locale previously inhabited by Sorghum Rouge, Oui Oui, etc. on de Maisonneuve near St. Marc in Chinatown2.

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                                                                                                    chilipepper Oct 20, 2012 02:58 PM

                                                                                                    Sorry should be "Cuisine fusion coréen."

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                                                                                                      SnackHappy Oct 20, 2012 09:18 PM

                                                                                                      In Chinatown2, Korean is the new black.

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                                                                                                      thegluttonousstudent Dec 16, 2012 04:35 PM

                                                                                                      Visited yesterday, was the only non-Korean which was good. It means its authentic :). As a person who never tried Korean, I decided to go with a safe option and order the Korean Fried Chicken. Was pretty good I must agree, prices are very good too. Also a pretty neat place to sit in, lots of "kawaii" decorations surrounding the place.

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                                                                                                      Maximilien Oct 18, 2012 01:50 PM

                                                                                                      Bar Furco (425, rue Mayor, downtown montreal) ... https://www.facebook.com/barfurco

                                                                                                      Just found out about that one ... looks like a clone (well, it's a clone) of La Buvette Chez Simone.

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                                                                                                        Cbtd10 Oct 18, 2012 02:40 PM

                                                                                                        Tried it out on Monday...kitchen was closed so we only had a glass of wine before heading to L'Express but staff was great. Decor was pretty cool also and the chef is Buvette's former chef, will have to go back to try out the food.

                                                                                                      2. afoodyear Oct 18, 2012 09:58 AM

                                                                                                        Not open yet, but I noticed there's signage for a new Five Guys on St. Catherine's next to the Super Sexe today.

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                                                                                                          Maximilien Oct 18, 2012 10:06 AM

                                                                                                          oh, a meat market near another meat market !!! :-)

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                                                                                                            EaterBob Oct 18, 2012 01:44 PM

                                                                                                            They're just imitating Mr. Steer...

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                                                                                                            cherylmtl Oct 18, 2012 07:23 PM

                                                                                                            It's supposed to be open by the end of the month.

                                                                                                          3. SnackHappy Oct 11, 2012 05:15 PM

                                                                                                            A new pho place called Pho X.O. is opening on the ground floor of Swatow Plaza in Chinatown where the sushi place used to be.

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                                                                                                              porker Oct 12, 2012 08:15 AM

                                                                                                              I didn't think the high-end sushi joint was going to work. I assume the Swatow owners are trying to convey a certain concept (I dunno, swish?), but I hope the new pho place will be less, ahhhh, "sphisticated?" than the sushi place.

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                                                                                                                SnackHappy Oct 12, 2012 08:20 AM

                                                                                                                I think they're keeping the exact same decor so they can't be too low-end. Also the use of X.O. in their name seems to suggest a certain swishyness.

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                                                                                                                  porker Oct 12, 2012 08:08 PM

                                                                                                                  Me? I wish I can eat pho cooked by an old lady, served by young lady while I sit on plastic kindergarten chairs on the sidewalk while legions of yamaha street bikes roll by. Maybe smell the comingling odors of charcoal, exhaust, and a hint of back alley. All this fades to the background as the pho comes in focus and the steaming, chili-laced broth becomes the center of my universe.
                                                                                                                  XO and tablecloth and A/C all seem superfluous.
                                                                                                                  But who knows? Maybe their soup will be sublime, the noodles wonderful, and the tendon decadent (we gotta dream, no?)

                                                                                                                  I don't think they'll get it.......

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                                                                                                                chilipepper Oct 16, 2012 08:59 PM

                                                                                                                Passed by, pretty busy for a Tues. Looked pretty fancy for a pho place-guess they'll need to sell lots in that place.
                                                                                                                While we're in Chinatown, when did Poon Kai Jade Garden Buffet change to Jade Mondial Sport and what kind of name is that?!

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                                                                                                                  porker Oct 17, 2012 04:00 AM

                                                                                                                  Sounds like a flip to me.

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                                                                                                                deadchildstar Sep 29, 2012 11:58 AM

                                                                                                                After many months of anticipation, it seems O Bico is finally open in Pointe St Charles on Centre at Shearer - Portuguese chicken:
                                                                                                                http://www.facebook.com/ObicoGrill
                                                                                                                http://obico.ca/

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                                                                                                                  mangoannie Oct 2, 2012 08:38 PM

                                                                                                                  if i got it right from limited twitter access, and there are some photos online, (looks like hanging lights made out of knotted rope, nice bar area)maybe someone else who twitters can confirm https://twitter.com/maisonpublique
                                                                                                                  https://twitter.com/i/#!/MissMTL/medi...

                                                                                                                  Jamie Oliver and Dereck Dammann of Maison Publique getting ready for the opening October 10.; they serve dinner and dinner/brunch weekends; closed Mondays Tuesdays, in the plateau
                                                                                                                  4720 Marquette, corner of Guilford, Montreal, Laurier Metro; according to sign 514-555-2222

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                                                                                                                    Chakadora Oct 23, 2012 12:21 PM

                                                                                                                    Does anyone have nay news about Maison Publique and the food???

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                                                                                                                      Shattered Oct 23, 2012 03:59 PM

                                                                                                                      You should probably ask here or start a new thread... http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/859232

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                                                                                                                  Glaff Sep 29, 2012 07:04 AM

                                                                                                                  Seems like there's a new foodtruck around town these days, this time for coffee : http://dispatchcoffee.ca/

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                                                                                                                    Glaff Sep 25, 2012 04:24 PM

                                                                                                                    Blackstrap BBQ is opening next week, Oct. 2, in Verdun (4436 Wellington).

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                                                                                                                      jfprieur Sep 25, 2012 05:14 PM

                                                                                                                      Looking forwards to this ex-Griffintown Café peeps!

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                                                                                                                        causeimhungry Sep 25, 2012 06:56 PM

                                                                                                                        Also looking forward to their opening! I've felt such a void since they left Griffintown, their brunch was my favourite....if only they served a BBQ Sunday brunch at this new place I'd be set.

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                                                                                                                          unlaced Oct 3, 2012 06:30 AM

                                                                                                                          Tried it for lunch yesterday - the highlight was the mac and cheese balls, which were unbelievably good. I had the brisket sandwich (which comes with one side - your choice of coleslaw, beans, greens, fries or mac and cheese balls (3) ) The brisket was absolutely delicious, though if anything a little lean, which made the sandwich a little dry. There is a sweet thick BBQ sauce and a thinner spicy BBQ sauce on the tables to self serve, and I used both to moisten up the sandwich. I am more keen to try the plates now though, which come with coleslaw and a side, particularly their ribs!

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                                                                                                                        westaust Sep 24, 2012 07:38 AM

                                                                                                                        Opening soon (no dates yet) is Au P'tit Cochon Santé, a new breakfast place on Notre-Dame and Ste-Marguerite in St-Henri. They already have a restaurant in Rosemère, so we get an idea of the menu

                                                                                                                        http://www.cochonsante.com/

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                                                                                                                          Cbtd10 Sep 25, 2012 09:03 AM

                                                                                                                          Is it replacing John? Because John is located right at the corner of Notre-Dame/Ste-Marguerite also.

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                                                                                                                            westaust Sep 25, 2012 09:09 AM

                                                                                                                            No, John was recently renovated, this one will be located on the north-east corner of N-D, in one of the new condo building

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                                                                                                                              Cbtd10 Sep 25, 2012 09:22 AM

                                                                                                                              Good to know. I'd rather stick with John.

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                                                                                                                                yellowcake Oct 3, 2012 07:30 AM

                                                                                                                                Not sure I'll ever step into "John 2.0" - the character was stripped right out of that place with the old decor. I see they've decided to revive the Sunday brunch, but can't see them matching the previous, long-standing incarnation.

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                                                                                                                                  harbars Oct 10, 2012 02:39 PM

                                                                                                                                  That place was a mucho disappointment. I went once to the Sunday brunch which was awesome mostly cause it was super kitschy and served jello and rice pudding. Not only have they stripped it of character but everything seemed like it came out of a freezer or a package. No redeeming qualities - a sad excuse for a fruit side and a basically tasteless omelette with processed cheese. Never again...

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                                                                                                                          sophie.brunet Sep 24, 2012 06:38 AM

                                                                                                                          Apparently Satay Brothers are opening a permanent location on the corner of Saint-Jacques and Laporte, where Gourmet Pressé used to be.

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                                                                                                                            westaust Sep 24, 2012 07:38 AM

                                                                                                                            That would be good news, although a bit at a odd location imo.

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                                                                                                                              sophie.brunet Sep 24, 2012 07:57 AM

                                                                                                                              its a bit off the way, but its uber close to where I live so Im not complaining :D Its going to do some good to Saint Jacques if it works there

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                                                                                                                                Cbtd10 Sep 25, 2012 09:04 AM

                                                                                                                                Great news!

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                                                                                                                                chilipepper Sep 24, 2012 07:55 PM

                                                                                                                                Funny, that's what I thought about Tuck Shop. Maybe rents are cheaper westward.

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                                                                                                                              Glaff Sep 18, 2012 06:07 PM

                                                                                                                              Grumman 78 just announced that on Twitter :

                                                                                                                              «Our St-Henri HQ is now open Wed thru Fri nights starting 26/09. Please call 514-290-5125 or email reservations@grumman78.com to reserve!»

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                                                                                                                                kpzoo Sep 18, 2012 06:25 PM

                                                                                                                                Great news. More info on their Facebook page, in which they confirm that the Faubourg location is permanently closed:
                                                                                                                                https://www.facebook.com/Grumman78/po...

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                                                                                                                                  Shattered Sep 18, 2012 07:30 PM

                                                                                                                                  Are they even licensed to do that? Especially since they'll be offering "full bar". Either they were planning this move (getting licenses) months before they even moved into Faubourg, or they're breaking the law.

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                                                                                                                                    kpzoo Sep 18, 2012 07:35 PM

                                                                                                                                    They've had that St-Henri spot for a very long time, doing special events.

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                                                                                                                                      Shattered Sep 18, 2012 11:44 PM

                                                                                                                                      I'm aware of that, but opening for 3 days a week EVERY week, with regular hours, to any and all comers is no longer "special events" (which they were doing, at least officially, perhaps once a month). It's turning your "production facilities" into a regular resto-bar, and I'm quite sure the law will bear me out on that. I know of establishments that have been shut down for less. But time will tell... I give it a month at most, unless as I said, they began the necessary paperwork many months ago.

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                                                                                                                                        chilipepper Sep 19, 2012 06:06 AM

                                                                                                                                        They say they have a liquor licence.

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                                                                                                                                          InterFoodie Sep 19, 2012 06:41 AM

                                                                                                                                          I wonder whats happening in the old ''Bon Appétit Des Caraïbes'' spot on Notre Dame St in St Henri?

                                                                                                                                          Walked by yesterday, and its being renovated with new expensive lighting, wall display with shelving for alcohol.

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                                                                                                                                            AlexCV Sep 19, 2012 09:33 AM

                                                                                                                                            I thought the place was expensive (for what it was) and bad the one time I ate there. Whatever is happening can only be an improvement.

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                                                                                                                                              PhilTG84 Sep 19, 2012 10:30 AM

                                                                                                                                              I thought a different restaurant was opening there entirely. Walked by on my way to Atwater Market to try Satay Brothers. Noticed it was closed and when I saw a bit of the new decor, figured it was new-- someone from the area said it had been sold to new owners and they were turning it into a new bistro-esque place.

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                                                                                                                                  stak Sep 18, 2012 01:50 PM

                                                                                                                                  May be too early to report but it looks like something called Scarpetta enoteca & sfizi is coming to Park Ave. just north of Mt. Royal, in the spot that was pho/ karaoke, and then something else I forget ("Fourchette d'or" or something?). Does anyone know anything about this?

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                                                                                                                                    mangoannie Sep 17, 2012 05:34 PM

                                                                                                                                    It was reported in newspaper that the L`oeufrier location in Westmount (Sherbrooke St., near Westmount Park) has now become the second site for Limon restaurant (other one on NotreDame)

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                                                                                                                                      cherylmtl Sep 17, 2012 05:52 PM

                                                                                                                                      See my post from Sept. 3 above - it's sharing the space - L'oeufrier during the day, Limon in the evenings.

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                                                                                                                                      mangoannie Sep 8, 2012 08:10 PM

                                                                                                                                      Le Paris on ste catherine has sign that it is now BYOB, I think that is new for them, I dont recall other restos downtown that are BYOB

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                                                                                                                                        chilipepper Sep 9, 2012 09:56 AM

                                                                                                                                        Isn't L'Academie BYOB(Crescent)?

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                                                                                                                                          eat2much Sep 9, 2012 03:54 PM

                                                                                                                                          Is L'Academie on Crescent as bad as the one on St=Denis?

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                                                                                                                                            chilipepper Sep 9, 2012 03:58 PM

                                                                                                                                            So I hear...

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                                                                                                                                              causeimhungry Sep 9, 2012 04:12 PM

                                                                                                                                              It's worse! If that's even imaginable.

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                                                                                                                                                PhilTG84 Sep 9, 2012 05:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                Concordia University uses the restaurant as the pre-established entertaining restaurant by faculty and staff for visiting professors, retirement parties, etc. Molivos used to be the spot, but it's changed since L'Academie opened. I've found the Crescent St. location is worse than St. Denis -- it has a large number of tourists numbed by beer and spirits, and is frequented by young college students feigning a nice night out. I can't say enough about how bad this place is.

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                                                                                                                                          Ghostquatre Sep 6, 2012 02:31 PM

                                                                                                                                          Copoli burgers is opening up soon on Mont Royal E. next to the pharmaprix on Saint-Laurent.

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                                                                                                                                            PhilTG84 Sep 6, 2012 03:00 PM

                                                                                                                                            I live only a few seconds from Copoli-2 on Ste. Catherine St, so I've eaten there a few times. I've also eaten at the one at Vendome. From my memory the meals are hit-or-miss. The smoked meat and the burgers are decent; but the steak in gravy was really paltry. Does anyone know much about the one at Vendome?

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                                                                                                                                              causeimhungry Sep 6, 2012 06:05 PM

                                                                                                                                              I've lived one block away from the Vendome Copoli for 7 years and have only been once about 2 years ago. They are supposedly known for their burgers so that's what I had. It was unremarkable. Dry, flavorless, flattened, plate-sized burger. Couldn't finish it, partly because the portion was way too big, partly because it just didn't taste very appetizing. Never returned. Now if only I could live one block away from Burger de Ville, I'd be in heaven.

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                                                                                                                                              Maximilien Sep 6, 2012 03:49 PM

                                                                                                                                              Is that related to the Copoli next to Métro Vendôme ?

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                                                                                                                                              Shattered Sep 3, 2012 09:01 PM

                                                                                                                                              I'm not sure this is an opening per se, and I know nothing about this other than what's on their page, but I stumbled across this on the social networking of note:
                                                                                                                                              https://www.facebook.com/Hairofthedog...

                                                                                                                                              $6-7 for a delivered meal? Hellz yeah... too bad I'm outside their delivery zone. If anyone's tried them, please report back, though.

                                                                                                                                              1. cherylmtl Sep 2, 2012 02:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                It appears Limon is opening in Westmount - where the breakfast place used to be on Sherbrooke near Grosvenor. Is this a second location, or is the original one closing?

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                                                                                                                                                  cherylmtl Sep 3, 2012 03:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                  Upon closer examination, it appears that both restaurants will be sharing the space - L'Oeufrier during the day, and Limon after 5 pm. Not a bad idea, but not sure how it will work in reality.

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                                                                                                                                                    causeimhungry Sep 3, 2012 07:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                    Wow! That doesn't sound very promising.

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                                                                                                                                                  Plateaumaman Aug 23, 2012 06:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                  There's a new Japanese Isakaya (tapas) on St-Denis above Rachel. Anyone know anything about it? The menu looks interesting. It's in a former pizza place. Not sure of the name but I'll check next time I walk by and report back. The more Asian food in the 'hood the better.

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                                                                                                                                                    Plateaumaman Aug 24, 2012 09:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                    It's called Kinoya and they've got a nice Facebook page set up. Not sure of their opening hours though. https://www.facebook.com/note.php?not...

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                                                                                                                                                    sweettoothMTL Aug 22, 2012 07:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                    LeBienville opening in the old Bistro Bienville location. I don't know anything more about the team, chef, or links to the old Bistro Bienville.

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                                                                                                                                                      westaust Aug 22, 2012 08:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                      Funny you mention it, there is an article about it in todays Huffington Post Quebec
                                                                                                                                                      http://quebec.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/...

                                                                                                                                                      The chef is Olivier Racicot who used to be at Quartier General

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                                                                                                                                                      garmonbozia Aug 18, 2012 11:16 AM

                                                                                                                                                      A new Syrian (Syrian food is the new cupcake?) takeout Tazah is open on the corner of Hotel de Ville and Mont Royal. It is the old Cantine location. Next door there seem to be a work on a more formal restaurant (similar plan with the cantine). The menu lists sandwiches, soup, salad. https://www.facebook.com/pages/TAZAH-Sandwiches-et-caf%C3%A9/508634285829278?ref=stream

                                                                                                                                                      Across the street, Trip de Bouffe is opening soon: http://tripdebouffe.com/

                                                                                                                                                      I like that there is some ethnic fast food comin in to this hood.

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                                                                                                                                                        maj54us Aug 19, 2012 07:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                        always wondered what specific difference is there with syrian and lebanese food. Different spices or ingredients? Is it like Indian food with 7 regions that give different results?

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                                                                                                                                                        EaterBob Aug 16, 2012 08:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                        This is now the 376th reply this year, and it isn't even September. In all of 2011 there were only 372 replies. Does anyone have an idea if everyone here is chattier than normal - or if in fact more restaurants have opened this year than in years previous?

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                                                                                                                                                          Glaff Aug 16, 2012 07:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                          Team behind Club Chasse et Pêche and Le Filet will open a new restaurant inside the old Cluny this winter.

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                                                                                                                                                            Fintastic Aug 17, 2012 03:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                            Tremendous! I hope they change little of the interior. I was never crazy about the food at Cluny, but that room!!

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                                                                                                                                                            Glaff Aug 16, 2012 07:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                            A new restaurant called Projet 67 will take the Cuisine & Dépendances local this autumn.

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                                                                                                                                                              Maximilien Oct 13, 2012 10:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                              Will be opening in a couple of weeks.

                                                                                                                                                              From what I understand from what they are displaying on the windows, it will be related to the "expo 67" experience, so I assume will have food from different international cusine.

                                                                                                                                                              In what form ? no idea.

                                                                                                                                                              No other info

                                                                                                                                                              https://www.facebook.com/Projet67

                                                                                                                                                              Max.

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                                                                                                                                                                Glaff Nov 8, 2012 03:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                Finally opening on november 30 according to www.montrealinfo.com

                                                                                                                                                                "La date d'ouverture de Projet 67 est maintenant connue. Le nouveau restaurant de 67 places situé au 4902 Saint-Laurent recevra ses premiers clients le 30 novembre. On retrouvera à la barre l'ancien chef de M sur Masson Jean-François Vachon, qui promet d'offrir une cuisine montréalaise réinventée. Afin de faire revivre l'esprit d'Expo 67, à tous les trois mois, un pays différent inspirera certains plats de la carte."

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                                                                                                                                                              Glaff Aug 15, 2012 06:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                              Café St-Henri is opening a new café in the Quartier Latin (301 Emery, near Camelia Sinensis). Free coffee from 1 to 6pm this saturday for the pre-opening.

                                                                                                                                                              Best tea and best coffee in town are now on the same street!

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                                                                                                                                                                sweettoothMTL Aug 17, 2012 01:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                Café St-henri is really Caffe in Gamba. Do you mean that the new café in Quartier Latin will also be called Café St-Henri? Anyways, it's good news.

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                                                                                                                                                                  Glaff Aug 17, 2012 03:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  I'm not sure I understand what you say about Caffe in Gamba, but yes, the one in Quartier Latin will also be called Café Saint-Henri. See : https://twitter.com/CafeSHQL

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                                                                                                                                                                    AlexCV Aug 22, 2012 11:34 AM

                                                                                                                                                                    Same owner.

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                                                                                                                                                                mangoannie Aug 12, 2012 03:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                Chai the has moved into two room area that used to be occupied by copy/computer store on Parc (across from marche lobo), looks like ready to open soon

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                                                                                                                                                                  williej Sep 18, 2012 06:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  Its excellent; great iced teas, nice calm music (classical/jazz), great staff, nice cupcakes. It is owned by el mundo but the tea version. Worth a try. Quieter than el mundo and quieter than presse cafe across the street. We needed a good tea place on park.

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                                                                                                                                                                  It's not an opening nor is it that new, but the recently expanded Vices &Versa now has a proper kitchen which is putting out various burgers, sausages and other fast food offerings. The fries are decent and the rest of the food looks ok. I can't say the menu looks very original or particularly tempting.

                                                                                                                                                                  http://www.vicesetversa.com/

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                                                                                                                                                                    stak Aug 8, 2012 07:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                                    Saw an "opening soon" sign for Bocadillo Venezuelan resto, on St-Laurent just above Mt-Royal (used to be a furniture store). I guess this is the second location (the first is on St-Laurent below Pine). I wasn't crazy about the shredded beef sandwich but it has had some good reviews.

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                                                                                                                                                                      Shattered Sep 3, 2012 08:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      It's sharing an expanded space with Sara's, the shawarma place on the corner. I think Bocadillo is very tasty but way overpriced for the area, like $8-9 a sandwich without a side, but good for them. Nice to see local guys do well.

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                                                                                                                                                                      Chakadora Aug 6, 2012 08:48 AM

                                                                                                                                                                      L'Atelier D'Argentine opened last week at the old DNA location
                                                                                                                                                                      http://atelierargentine.com

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                                                                                                                                                                        Glaff Aug 6, 2012 10:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                                        Wow... looks really interesting.

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                                                                                                                                                                          westaust Aug 16, 2012 07:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                                          The place still has no chef, and staff is missing parts of their uniforms according to this article.

                                                                                                                                                                          http://www.debeur.com/site/index.php?...

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                                                                                                                                                                            Maximilien Aug 16, 2012 08:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                                            I thought the women pictured on the web site was the actual chef.

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                                                                                                                                                                              SnackHappy Aug 16, 2012 08:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                                              According to the article, she's a consultant who was hired to put the menu together. I don't know why she's all over the web site, though. Seems she's some sort of Food Network star.

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                                                                                                                                                                          Shattered Aug 18, 2012 04:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                                          They have a $22.50 menu after 10:30pm. Good stuff.

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                                                                                                                                                                            porker Aug 18, 2012 08:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                                            Have you tried the place? - I'd be interested in hearing.

                                                                                                                                                                            I'm jonesing to try, but afraid the place is more bling than bang - kinda like Hambar. I thought the concept was great (and it is - the concept...) but the owners put more into the decor than the execution.

                                                                                                                                                                            d'Atelier D'Argentine looks similar, so I'm waiting for a few reports before heading out.

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                                                                                                                                                                              Fintastic Aug 18, 2012 10:00 AM

                                                                                                                                                                              I got the impression that the owners put very little into the decor. The dining room looks almost indistinguishable from DNA (unless you were referring to Hambar).

                                                                                                                                                                              I'm actually glad they kept it as it was. I can't say I particularly liked the design of DNA, but it was (and continues to be) one of the most unique and impressive looking interiors I've seen.

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                                                                                                                                                                                Nope, haven't been.

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                                                                                                                                                                            _bzr_ Jul 30, 2012 02:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            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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                                                                                                                                                                              porker Jul 30, 2012 07:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                              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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                _bzr_ Aug 7, 2012 08:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                Thanks for the cue, +/- 2 days after your post(?) i tried the dry noodles w/bit sweet-ish sesame paste and chicken, was pretty good! Except i ruined part of it by pouring the side broth in after a while instead of just dipping. Street-level sign says Yuki Ramen, while over the door it says Restaurant Nudo, idk, didn't question, seems like the Harmonie/Cocobun thing, ha :P. Menu is similar to the Yuki in Faubourg. Facebook says there is a 3rd one in Eaton Centre, too.

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                                                                                                                                                                              Glaff Jul 20, 2012 01:05 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                Maximilien Jul 17, 2012 03:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                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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                                                                                                                                                                                  SnackHappy Jul 17, 2012 04:05 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                    Evilbanana11 Jul 17, 2012 09:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    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

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                                                                                                                                                                                  Glaff Jul 17, 2012 03:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  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...

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                                                                                                                                                                                    chilipepper Jul 16, 2012 09:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    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...

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                                                                                                                                                                                      Glaff Jul 16, 2012 06:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                      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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                                                                                                                                                                                        lagatta Jul 16, 2012 09:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                        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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                          cherylmtl Jul 16, 2012 10:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                          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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            Glaff Jul 23, 2012 09:10 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                            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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              Maximilien Jul 23, 2012 09:17 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                              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. kpzoo Jul 15, 2012 08:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                          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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                                                                                                                                                                                            SnackHappy Jul 15, 2012 09:11 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                            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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              catroast Jul 15, 2012 09:17 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                              it looks like an arab grocery store to me like akhavan

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                                                                                                                                                                                                kpzoo Jul 15, 2012 10:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                Ah - so is it open already?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  SnackHappy Jul 15, 2012 10:41 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    kpzoo Jul 15, 2012 10:42 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      catroast Jul 15, 2012 10:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      it is open

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        kpzoo Jul 15, 2012 10:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Thanks, catroast!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        captain_vegetable Aug 1, 2012 02:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          kpzoo Aug 1, 2012 03:46 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    C70 Jul 15, 2012 11:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    catroast Jul 14, 2012 06:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    murphy boire et manger is open

                                                                                                                                                                                                    $8 for a boreal rousse. enough said.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      Maximilien Jul 15, 2012 10:10 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      bottle, glass or pint ?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        foodinspace Aug 6, 2012 09:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        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...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          SnackHappy Aug 6, 2012 10:06 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      Maximilien Jul 14, 2012 05:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      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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                                                                                                                                                                                                        EaterBob Jul 14, 2012 06:10 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        eat2much Jul 5, 2012 10:05 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Finally open!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          eat2much Jul 5, 2012 10:06 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            mangoannie Jul 7, 2012 02:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            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. porker Jul 4, 2012 02:11 PM

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                          I'll probably check it out this weekend.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            westaust Jul 3, 2012 10:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              stak Jun 27, 2012 12:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                mainsqueeze Jun 27, 2012 12:22 PM

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

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                unlaced Jun 26, 2012 01:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  sweettoothMTL Jun 26, 2012 01:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    unlaced Jun 26, 2012 06:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      EaterBob Jun 27, 2012 05:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      La Fabrique translates into The Factory in English.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  eat2much Jun 26, 2012 11:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    eat2much Jun 26, 2012 11:29 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Plateaumaman Jun 24, 2012 07:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      mainsqueeze Jun 25, 2012 05:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      What are the prices like?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        SnackHappy Jun 25, 2012 05:38 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          EaterBob Jun 26, 2012 04:41 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Shattered Jun 26, 2012 05:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              mainsqueeze Jun 27, 2012 12:33 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          denpanosekai Jun 20, 2012 08:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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. cherylmtl Jun 18, 2012 07:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              EaterBob Jun 19, 2012 04:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                cherylmtl Jun 19, 2012 10:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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.)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  chilipepper Jul 16, 2012 09:23 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    BLM Sep 15, 2012 06:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                chilipepper Jun 7, 2012 08:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                '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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Wallach29 Jun 13, 2012 06:53 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Kinyo Jun 14, 2012 06:38 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Maximilien Jun 14, 2012 06:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Bromont Airport ???

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        westaust Jun 14, 2012 07:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Kinyo Jun 14, 2012 09:04 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Jaetee Jun 18, 2012 06:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              SnackHappy Jun 18, 2012 07:14 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                C70 Jun 18, 2012 09:40 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  SnackHappy Jun 18, 2012 09:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    C70 Jun 18, 2012 09:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      SnackHappy Jun 18, 2012 09:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        C70 Jun 18, 2012 11:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          westaust Jun 19, 2012 01:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Glaff Jun 19, 2012 06:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            http://lesgourmandesdemtl.blogspot.ca...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              LesGourmandesdeMTL Jun 25, 2012 04:36 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ios94 Jun 7, 2012 05:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    maj54us Jun 6, 2012 10:26 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      porker Jun 6, 2012 11:34 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        maj54us Jun 6, 2012 05:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        EaterBob Jun 6, 2012 12:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        emportepiece May 31, 2012 11:34 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          carolilas Jun 1, 2012 03:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Names of those restaurants?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            emportepiece Jun 1, 2012 02:45 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              vrdn brgr and Lngl brgr respectively.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Fintastic Jun 3, 2012 01:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Haha. Gold.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Shattered Jun 5, 2012 07:14 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Bwahaha.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                SnackHappy Jun 13, 2012 06:43 PM

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

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  hala Sep 29, 2012 09:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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! >>

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                eat2much May 30, 2012 04:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  causeimhungry May 31, 2012 11:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    meringues Jun 2, 2012 05:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      eat2much Jun 2, 2012 07:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      janetmweiss Jun 3, 2012 06:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Peaches to Poutine Jun 3, 2012 10:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          eat2much Jun 3, 2012 10:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      MontrealBen Jun 1, 2012 04:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        meringues Jun 2, 2012 06:11 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          MontrealBen Jun 2, 2012 07:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            eat2much Jun 2, 2012 07:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              catroast Jun 3, 2012 09:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              besides, their ice cream sucks

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ginger07 Jul 8, 2012 05:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        westaust May 29, 2012 08:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Maison Boulud at the Ritz-Carlton is now opened, first menu posted on the website
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Evilbanana11 May 29, 2012 09:36 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            unlaced May 29, 2012 09:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            but a relatively underwhelming menu, at least on paper!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              SnackHappy May 29, 2012 09:59 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Maximilien May 29, 2012 10:01 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              westaust May 29, 2012 10:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                mangoannie May 29, 2012 03:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                and despite major renovations they kept the ducks and pond in ritz garden :)
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            MontrealBen May 24, 2012 06:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              causeimhungry Jun 18, 2012 09:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                MontrealBen Jul 7, 2012 04:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  PhilTG84 Jul 8, 2012 08:12 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  sophie.brunet Sep 20, 2012 11:05 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                EaterBob May 24, 2012 12:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  SnackHappy May 24, 2012 12:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  It's pulled-pork pandemonium!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    westaust May 24, 2012 01:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Peaches to Poutine May 24, 2012 01:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        westaust May 31, 2012 10:18 AM

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

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          unlaced Aug 26, 2012 08:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            causeimhungry Aug 26, 2012 11:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Fintastic May 23, 2012 09:48 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              sweettoothMTL May 24, 2012 06:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                mainsqueeze May 29, 2012 09:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The same Lola Rosa from Milton street?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  SnackHappy May 29, 2012 09:53 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Glaff May 29, 2012 11:03 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                chilipepper May 22, 2012 03:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  chilipepper May 22, 2012 03:59 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  westaust May 22, 2012 08:05 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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-des-eclusiers-par-apollo.html

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  La buvette
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Maximilien May 20, 2012 05:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Kinoya (st-denis st north of duluth).

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    seems isakaya is the new black.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      chilipepper May 21, 2012 02:55 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Mr F May 17, 2012 09:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        stak May 21, 2012 01:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        nikkori May 14, 2012 12:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          chilipepper May 14, 2012 08:24 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            heliotrope Jul 10, 2012 07:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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-...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            causeimhungry May 10, 2012 09:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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. SnackHappy May 10, 2012 08:23 AM

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

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                causeimhungry May 9, 2012 09:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  cherylmtl May 9, 2012 07:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    eat2much May 9, 2012 08:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I believe the name is Brasserie Centrale

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Maximilien Jun 18, 2012 06:37 AM

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

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        EaterBob Jun 18, 2012 02:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  westaust May 9, 2012 07:24 AM

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  No more details yet on this one.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    captain_vegetable May 7, 2012 12:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      sweettoothMTL May 7, 2012 12:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        captain_vegetable May 7, 2012 01:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          sweettoothMTL May 7, 2012 01:54 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            catroast May 10, 2012 03:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              sweettoothMTL May 10, 2012 12:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Glaff May 4, 2012 09:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Arhoma is opening a new bakery on may 10.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1700 Papineau / Corner Ontario (I think)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Glaff May 4, 2012 09:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Bevo Bar + Pizzeria is opening today in the Old Montreal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        http://bevopizza.com/

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          chilipepper May 3, 2012 08:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            SnackHappy May 3, 2012 09:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I'm crossing all my fingers and toes!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              chilipepper May 8, 2012 10:08 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                SnackHappy May 9, 2012 09:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  kpzoo May 10, 2012 05:54 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    SnackHappy May 10, 2012 06:48 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      kpzoo May 10, 2012 06:59 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        SnackHappy May 10, 2012 07:11 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          kpzoo May 10, 2012 07:35 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    chilipepper May 15, 2012 09:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ilikestripes May 19, 2012 08:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      chilipepper May 21, 2012 02:53 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    mangoannie Apr 29, 2012 12:36 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      mangoannie Apr 26, 2012 07:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ....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
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Shattered Apr 26, 2012 07:40 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Maximilien Apr 26, 2012 07:48 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            wow, prince-arthur revival!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Shattered May 7, 2012 11:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            kpzoo Apr 26, 2012 07:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              BLM Apr 28, 2012 10:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                kpzoo Apr 29, 2012 05:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                "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.)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  SnackHappy Apr 29, 2012 07:07 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I saw it, too.

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    kpzoo Apr 29, 2012 10:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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:

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      kpzoo Apr 29, 2012 11:02 AM

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              SnackHappy Dec 14, 2012 10:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              westaust Apr 25, 2012 07:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Glaff Apr 25, 2012 08:17 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Shattered Apr 26, 2012 07:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    SnackHappy Apr 26, 2012 07:37 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Haha! Yuppie tea is the new frozen yogurt.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      catroast Apr 26, 2012 09:00 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Werzoth Apr 24, 2012 07:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Maximilien Apr 25, 2012 04:17 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    looking at the menu :

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

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      SnackHappy Apr 25, 2012 04:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      See here: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/09/din...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Maximilien Apr 25, 2012 05:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Huh!!!! :-)

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Erica2125 May 8, 2012 04:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        fredmir Apr 21, 2012 05:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Where is the Village for 5 guy burgers??

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          "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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            PhilTG84 Jul 4, 2012 04:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              SnackHappy Jul 5, 2012 05:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              "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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                PhilTG84 Jul 5, 2012 05:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  jaco44 Jul 5, 2012 09:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    porker Jul 5, 2012 10:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      PhilTG84 Jul 5, 2012 10:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        jaco44 Jul 5, 2012 10:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Werzoth Jul 10, 2012 07:12 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    SnackHappy Jul 10, 2012 07:20 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      BLM Jul 15, 2012 05:45 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Kinyo Jul 16, 2012 05:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              foodie8 Apr 21, 2012 08:26 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                SnackHappy Apr 21, 2012 08:30 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  foodie8 Apr 22, 2012 11:50 AM

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

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

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Maximilien Apr 19, 2012 10:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                EaterBob Apr 19, 2012 01:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Pitarifique will be moving in there,

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  maj54us Apr 22, 2012 08:11 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Ghostquatre Apr 25, 2012 08:10 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      maj54us Apr 25, 2012 09:08 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Shattered Apr 23, 2012 05:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      maj54us Apr 23, 2012 09:26 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Glaff Apr 19, 2012 07:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Glaff Apr 17, 2012 08:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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/

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Glaff Apr 14, 2012 07:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Glaff Apr 14, 2012 07:49 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Glaff Apr 13, 2012 08:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            EaterBob Apr 14, 2012 07:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              SnackHappy Apr 14, 2012 07:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Ah, fantastic! More pulled pork!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                catroast Apr 14, 2012 10:16 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Glaff Apr 13, 2012 01:18 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                catroast Apr 13, 2012 01:53 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Ghostquatre Apr 13, 2012 02:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  you being sarcastic?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    catroast Apr 13, 2012 02:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                mangoannie Apr 2, 2012 02:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  maj54us Apr 2, 2012 02:43 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  captain_vegetable Apr 2, 2012 02:33 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    catroast Apr 1, 2012 02:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      causeimhungry Apr 1, 2012 02:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      meringues Apr 1, 2012 01:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        causeimhungry Apr 1, 2012 02:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          meringues Apr 1, 2012 02:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          daniel_ndg Apr 23, 2012 06:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            SnackHappy Apr 23, 2012 07:07 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              SnackHappy Aug 6, 2012 11:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Opens tomorrow.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Maximilien Aug 6, 2012 12:22 PM

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Thanks.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          deadchildstar Mar 31, 2012 05:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            deadchildstar Apr 17, 2012 01:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              westaust Apr 18, 2012 06:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            chilipepper Mar 31, 2012 04:03 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              mangoannie Mar 31, 2012 01:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                catroast Mar 29, 2012 08:12 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  westaust Mar 29, 2012 08:44 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    cherylmtl Mar 29, 2012 04:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      porker Mar 30, 2012 05:00 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      "disgusting" and "flavourless" seem at odds...I'm just sayin...
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        EaterBob Mar 30, 2012 05:08 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Depends on how much you value texture...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          porker Mar 30, 2012 05:55 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        sweettoothMTL Mar 30, 2012 05:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          catroast Mar 30, 2012 08:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            chicken4800 Mar 30, 2012 12:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Where is Pf Chang ?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              SnackHappy Mar 30, 2012 01:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8236...

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

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        mangoannie Mar 17, 2012 04:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          maj54us Mar 25, 2012 05:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          @mangoannie: what kind of food?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            SnackHappy Mar 25, 2012 05:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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.

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          3991 boulevard St-Laurentt
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            SnackHappy Apr 17, 2012 12:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Jaetee Mar 14, 2012 04:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              NickinMtl Mar 13, 2012 08:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                BLM Mar 14, 2012 10:36 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  NickinMtl Mar 15, 2012 12:00 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  kpzoo Mar 15, 2012 02:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    captain_vegetable Apr 17, 2012 02:09 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  eat2much Mar 13, 2012 08:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      mangoannie Mar 10, 2012 01:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        BLM Mar 11, 2012 09:16 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        denpanosekai Mar 9, 2012 11:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          mangoannie Mar 6, 2012 05:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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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