En Route Magazine Best New Restaurant odds
Katerine-Lune Rollet has written up what she thinks are the five best new restaurants in Montreal. Here:
As En Route magazine's best new Canadian restaurants issue has been averaging two to three Montreal restaurants for the past couple of years, I figure that from Ms. Rollet's list only Maison publique makes it in November (the month the issue comes out). After all there probably is at least one, if not two new restaurants that haven't opened yet that will make the list.
I'd give Projet 67 +150
and Maison publique -400
Then as instigator of this thread. The rules are after you've eaten at a restaurant mentioned in the 2013 openings feel free to post here what you think the odds are it makes it into En Route's November issue.
If anybody really wants to make cash money bets, you do so at your own risk.
I would say Maison publique is more like +100. I don't think it deserves to be on the list, but might make it anyway because its such an easy write up. Went there last weekend and was a little disapointed with the food, nice atmosphere and people though
park +800, it is a good sushi option in montreal (actually probably the best I've had in Montreal), but I think this is more reflective overall poor sushi here rather than some new, creative resto that deserves to be on the national spotlight
really want to try mezcla and hotel herman soon
Stefano Faita's new restaurant -300
And to those who don't bet on Football:
25% chance of getting onto the list = +300
50% chance of getting onto the list = +100
75% chance of getting onto the list = -300
Or in other words, the smaller the number, the better the chances. The larger the number, the less likely it will happen.
Is Sarah Musgrave really going to give Montreal 3 out of the 10 slots? Normally Montreal only gets 2. (Toronto and Vancouver 3 each, Calgary, Halifax and other cities fighting over the last spot).
While I completely agree with your bookmaking, I can't see her changing the ratio. here's to hoping that it takes them at least six months from announcement to opening so that they can get bumped to 2014.
Otherwise I might have to actually put real money where my mouth is.
I don't know if their deadline is beginning of July or end of July, and if they don't make it this year, they will be eligible for next year.
As for why I am less convinced, the emphasis is most definitely on the wine and not on the food. In the same way that Pullman and Buvette Chez Simone didn't make the best of when they opened.
So i tried a few more of the new places, I think this might be a good year for montreal on the list
Hotel herman was great, nice space, good food, good wine list, since its already been written up in the globe and mail, I'd say this place is close to a lock for the list. -500
Mezcla was also seriously good, and the latin flare really makes it stand out in montreal, its a bit off the beaten path but I think it has a chance +600
Project 67 was good, didn't really jump out at me, thought the menu was kinda gimicky, nothing really wrong with the place either though. +1200
Cafe Sardin: loved it! great food, well sourced local ingredients, nice small plates, friendly people, best cocktails I've had in Montreal, interesting wine list. Place really screams Mile End vibe and delivers. Not sure if they'll make the list but I'll be cheering for them... and returning +300
And since we are coming to the end (or have already come to the end of the nominating period) I figure it is as good a time as any to go over past laureates.
#9 Joe Beef
#4 Bistro Bienville
#2 Le Local
#9 Liverpool House
#6 Cabane à sucre Au Pied de Cochon
#10 La Salle à manger
#10 Le Quartier Général
#4 Les 400 Coups
#6 Van Horne
#8 Comptoir Charcuteries et Vins
#10 Nora Gray
Obviously I should not quit my day job in order to become a restaurant bookmaker... BarBounya? Mezcla? (although props to tdiddy23 for that and Maison Publique).
At least I got Hotel Herman.
And what happened to Ms. Musgrave? Who is Andrew Braithwaite?
And then as long as I am asking bewildered questions, which are David Chang's restaurants? I am not at all familiar with the Toronto food world.
Although it's initially disappointing to see just one MTL restaurant on the list (I probably would have gone with Herman over MP), I think this list is pretty decent. It's got a bit more diversity in terms of style of establishment, cuisine, and location than previous lists, even if Vancouver is pretty well-represented. I'm certainly surprised (but pleases) to see Electric Mud make the list. It's not the type of resto that would typically make the list, but it's certainly the best BBQ north of the border (sorry DTC - you're exceptional but not quite at the same level).