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(let's see if the trimestrial topic works for next year.)

Boulangerie Guillaume will close it current location on January 1st and re-open at 5132 St-Laurent on January 17.

http://boulangerieguillaume.com/?p=327

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  1. According to this tweet Le Serpent is finally opening...
    https://twitter.com/lesleychestrman/s...

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    1. re: EaterBob

      So, does anyone know what kind of food they're going to serve? And while we're at it, any idea where the name comes from?

      1. re: Simon Patrice

        Not sure about the name but this may help.

        http://montreal.eater.com/archives/20...

        http://montreal.eater.com/archives/20...

        1. re: iharrison

          Thanks a lot!

          That gives me a good idea.

          1. re: Simon Patrice

            Considering this was announced way back in August 2012 and was originally supposed to open in December 2012 then June 2013, I'd say it's about time!! This may be the longest restaurant development in Montreal history.

        2. re: Simon Patrice

          Yes, apparently, it's italian. Specialised as a "rotisserie".

      2. And it appears that Burger Royale on Saint Laurent did not make it to 2014...

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        1. re: EaterBob

          The paper in the window says they are closed for the holidays.

          1. re: SnackHappy

            It's been up for about two weeks or so... That's a mighty long holiday vacation.

            1. re: EaterBob

              And who paper their windows for vacations anyway.

              1. re: Glaff

                That place was very disapointing on my only visit. 8$ for a plain burger with a paty that was thin was just ridiculous.

                For that price I expected a great taste out of this world and It was just a burger. Why pay 8$ when you can have better at half price..

            2. re: SnackHappy

              There was a sign before the current one saying they had water damage. That's why it's been closed a while and is papered up. Who knows when/if they'll re-open - seeing as it took Romados 6 freaking months to deal with their insurance rip-off artists and get back up...

              1. re: Shattered

                The water damage sign was for the bakery a couple of doors further south.

            3. re: EaterBob

              Burger Royale is open again.

            4. Les Petits Gâteaux de Marie-Jo on St-Zotique is closing in january.

              1. Juliette et chocolat in Le Faubourg appears to be open(though I'd heard it opened late last month).

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                1. re: chilipepper

                  Is it inside? Is it on the 2nd floor or at street level?

                  1. re: williej

                    Street level. I think the former Bell store, or thereabouts.

                    1. re: Fintastic

                      Thanks. Yes, the old Bell space was vacant for awhile. Oh goody, another place to indulge in while down in that area!

                2. Sweet Lee's Twitter:

                  @SweetLeesBakery: Welcome to 2014! We are now officially OPEN! Make your day start off better & visit our new HQ! Delicious treats, food & coffee! #verdunluv

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                  1. re: chilipepper

                    4150 Wellington in Verdun to save others a few clicks.

                    I guess this is a second location? Or did they move from St-Henri?

                    http://sweetlees.ca/

                    1. re: kpzoo

                      They were in St-Henri before(pretty near-by). Now they're on the main street instead of a side street.

                      1. re: BLM

                        Good for them but bad for me; used to be nearby too. :(

                  2. I heard a rumour over the holidays that Olive & Gourmando will be moving further west on St-Paul (i.e. just west of McGill) early in the new year.

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                    1. re: eat2much

                      Bizarre, St-Paul west of McGill is borderline no-man's land.

                      1. re: denpanosekai

                        If the rumor is true it won't be anymore...

                        1. re: EaterBob

                          Location is supposedly the old Encadrex space at 620 St-Paul W.

                          1. re: eat2much

                            The last rumor I heard about that space was that the US embassy would build new digs there.

                            http://www.mtlurb.com/forums/showthre...

                          2. re: EaterBob

                            Yeah I think Olive & Gourmando could open almost anywhere and still be crowded.

                            1. re: Glaff

                              I think they'd be pushing it if the moved to Ahuntsic or Repentigny. But as long as there is a "we've moved to..." sign at the old location until all the guidebooks and websites get updated they'll be fine.

                              1. re: EaterBob

                                You've never been to la Bête à Pain if you think that about Ahuntsic...the only lost in customers would be tourist.

                                1. re: sweettoothMTL

                                  Or many other places along Fleury. Not to mention parts of boulevard Gouin, by Rivière-des-Prairies (the northern edge of the island).

                        2. re: eat2much

                          Well, turns out rumour is false: http://montreal.eater.com/archives/20...

                          1. re: Siumaieater

                            On Thursday(Jan 9), I was at Olive & Gourmando & also asked a person working at O&G, & she told me it was false(they're not moving at all).

                        3. According to Le St Urbain/Bete a Pain Twitter account, a new butcher shop will be opening up on Fleury (near Bete a Pain). Not necessarily by the same owners as St Urbain though.

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                          1. re: JerkPork

                            More details here http://montreal.eater.com/archives/20...

                            1. re: EaterBob

                              Well, it certainly looks like that stretch of Fleury is picking up a bit. Most food-related businesses there are farther east.

                          2. According to different sources, Rapido (st-denis st.) is supposed to close soon.

                            Never been.

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                            1. re: Maximilien

                              That would not be good at all. How reliable would you say that your sources are?

                              1. re: EaterBob

                                There's an article on the Journal de Montreal web site, but it's behind a paywall.

                                1. re: SnackHappy

                                  Here's the article:

                                  Rendez-vous obligé des fêtards à la fermeture des bars, le restaurant Rapido a fermé ses portes, hier soir, après environ 25 ans d’existence.

                                  C’est une chicane entre propriétaires, celui du restaurant et celui de la bâtisse, qui aura mené à la fermeture de cette vénérable institution du Plateau, située au coin des rues Saint-Denis et Mont-Royal.

                                  «Ça faisait deux ans que je demandais au propriétaire de l’édifice de réparer une fuite d’eau dans le plafond, près des salles de bain», a expliqué Georges, un des copropriétaires du restaurant, qui était un peu réticent à donner une entrevue.

                                  «C’était dangereux pour les clients. S’il pleut, ça coule autant à l’intérieur. J’ai voulu le réparer, mais le propriétaire du bâtiment n’a rien voulu savoir. J’ai épuisé toutes mes ressources dans ce dossier et je ne pouvais pas continuer comme ça.»

                                  Voyant que leurs plaintes ne menaient nulle part et pour mettre de la pression, les propriétaires du Rapido ont décidé de cesser de payer le loyer. C’est là qu’ils se sont retrouvés en cour.

                                  «Ça s’est réglé à l’amiable, mais nous avons décidé de mettre la clé dans la porte», a dit Georges, cachant mal déception et tristesse à quelques heures de la fin.

                                  LE RAPIDO DE CARMEN ?

                                  Les propriétaires songent à peut-être rouvrir le Rapido à une nouvelle adresse. Mais pour l’instant, ils préfèrent laisser la poussière retomber.

                                  Mais une autre option pourrait être envisageable, alors que la plus ancienne employée, Carmen Laciancio, n’a pas dit son dernier mot et souhaiterait acheter le restaurant, tout simplement.

                                  Les oiseaux de nuit du Plateau Mont-Royal qui ont déjà mis les pieds dans ce restaurant ouvert 24 heures y ont immanquablement croisé cette dame de 69 ans, qui était le visage et l’âme de l’endroit.

                                  La sexagénaire se retrouve aujourd’hui sans emploi, mais n’a aucune envie de prendre sa retraite et déjà plusieurs restaurants du coin l’ont courtisée.

                                  Carmen est un personnage en soi. Elle parle à ses clients comme s’ils étaient ses propres enfants et ne se laisse surtout pas marcher sur les pieds si certains sont un peu trop ivres.

                                  «J’aime parler avec les gens, aider ceux qui ont des problèmes avec la boisson. J’ai de la peine. C’est difficile à prendre, car c’était comme chez moi», a-t-elle confié, au lendemain de son dernier quart, après 24 ans de service.

                                  La serveuse d’origine italienne n’a pas non plus la langue dans sa poche. «Je ne juge personne, mais s’ils avaient payé le loyer, tout ça ne serait pas arrivé», a-t-elle lancé.

                                  «Carmen était un peu la reine ici, connaissant presque tous les clients. Elle mérite toute l’attention, car le resto, c’est un peu à elle», a souligné son patron, le trémolo dans la voix.

                                  La petite dame blonde, appréciée de tous, pourrait donc faire en sorte que le restaurant soit officiellement le sien, en lui donnant une deuxième vie.

                                  1. re: Glaff

                                    Thanks for the article, but that sucks big time.

                                    1. re: Glaff

                                      And the La Presse article (with video)
                                      http://www.lapresse.ca/vivre/gourmand...

                              2. Not an opening but added opening hours:

                                @sataybros: More Satay for 2014! Now open Wednesdays til 22:00! Wednesday to Sunday 10:30 to 22:00!

                                1. Sel Gras is now open.
                                  https://www.facebook.com/RestaurantSe...

                                  1. Not a 2014 opening, but I think it was never reported in 2013: there's a new banh mi place on Sainte-Catherine in the Quartier des Spectacles called Le Viet. This is actually where D Liche opened their second location, they don't have a store, juste a space in that restaurant.

                                    Just had a delicious tofu banh mi for lunch there for a big 4$.

                                    292 Sainte-Catherine ouest.
                                    http://www.leviet.ca/
                                    https://www.facebook.com/levietsandwich

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                                    1. re: Glaff

                                      Yes, I forgot to report on that. A lovely "dépanneur" when working at Place des Spectacles.

                                    2. Mai Xiang Yuan has a sign in the window saying they are closed for painting and cleaning.

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                                      1. re: hala

                                        Any news as to when they're re-opening? Seems odd to be closed right before Chinese New Year...

                                        1. re: hala

                                          Mai Xiang Yuan is opening a new location : 1929 Ste-Catherine Ouest. First day tomorrow.

                                          1. re: vabou

                                            The original location on St-Laurent is reopened. Same people, same phenomenal dumplings. The only change seems to be a new... carpet.

                                        2. There's a new café on St-Laurent between Duluth and Rachel called Café Code Black. Second location from a café in Melbourne, Australia. Looks like it's the year for Australian coffee place on St-Laurent with Café Melbourne opened last autumn.

                                          4095, boul. Saint-Laurent
                                          https://www.facebook.com/CodeBlackCof...

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                                          1. re: Glaff

                                            yelp reviews, http://www.yelp.ca/biz/caf%C3%A9-code...

                                            seems to have an attitude problem

                                            1. re: twinkie83

                                              Not really fair to say that based on two reviews, one being from a first time reviewer. Not exactly a huge sample size.

                                              1. re: JerkPork

                                                Yeah... I trust this kind of review as much as reviews from bloggers raving about a restaurant after its opening party.

                                                Anyway, it's just trash... it's not saying anything.

                                                1. re: Glaff

                                                  Absolutely. English review was literally one line, no details whatsoever. French guy seemed to make up his mind based on their logo, then took 300 words to say the coffee wasn't hot enough and they said goodbye in English - but service 'began' in French, ie. presumably when he was actually served at the counter. Call the language Gestapo! Gimme a break.

                                          2. Another new opening (soon) on Notre-Dame:

                                            Rufus Rockhead, by the team behind Mangiafoco
                                            1726, rue Notre-Dame Ouest
                                            https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rufus-...

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                                            1. re: Glaff

                                              Do hope there will be live bands there. He was a legend.

                                              1. re: Glaff

                                                It looks more like a DJ-based place, not live bands.

                                                At least that's what their Facebook page seems to be alluding. They're already hyping the line-up of DJs who will be playing there.

                                                And the opening hours are another giveaway: 4pm - 3am. I think this is going to be more a disco/club (whatever the word for it is these days) than a foodie place.

                                                I live a block away: I'm going to go for a walk later this afternoon and pass by the place. I think it's the strip where the now-defunct Jane was.

                                              2. A new Vasco de Gama is opening in february at the airport. Also new at the airport: Archibald Microbrasserie (with 2 locations in Québec already) and Vino Volo (tapas).

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                                                1. re: Glaff

                                                  Vino Volo is in airports all over the US and elsewhere in Canada - it's very highly regarded, although I have not have a chance to try it yet.

                                                2. The newly-opened Le Gladstone is already temporarily closed due to "extensive water damage". Given the construction to the building and the cold weather we can probably assume a pipe burst upstairs.

                                                  1. La Belle et la Boeuf (Burger + Beer kinda place) is expanding beyond Laval and into Faubourg Ste-Catherine's new street-level location. Looking forward to this, seems to have decent reviews online.

                                                     
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                                                    1. re: denpanosekai

                                                      Le Faubourg Ste-Catherine is experiencing a revival, it seems...

                                                      1. re: carolilas

                                                        Right. I forget where I mentioned this but bahn mi shop VUA is also opening there, likely in the only remaining street spot. This summer.

                                                        1. re: denpanosekai

                                                          wow really???? damnit! I've been wanting Vua to open near Concordia for a dog's age! I'm glad that they're opening but I am finished at Concordia!!!

                                                      2. re: denpanosekai

                                                        "La Belle et LA Boeuf" ???? why LA ?

                                                        Is that a poor translation or am I not awake enough ?

                                                        (I know it is a reference to "La Belle et la Bête" (the beauty and the beast) )

                                                        Max.

                                                        1. re: Maximilien

                                                          Sadly, it's the right name...

                                                      3. I don't know how new this is, but since it doesn't seem to have been reported here... I noticed a new branch of La Chilenita has opened at the corner of Roy and DeBullion.

                                                        1. Amidst the closing of so much along the middle stretch of Notre Dame West between Atwater and the tracks, I've just noticed signs of life in the form of a tiny sandwich shop at the intersection of Rose-de-Lima. If I'm not mistaken it'll be called la Sandwicherie, or something of the sort. I'm not sure why, but something about it looks very promising - possibly the kind of establishment for which St. Henri is best suited.

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                                                          1. re: Fintastic

                                                            I've looked for this but have not seen it

                                                            1. re: Siumaieater

                                                              It's called Sandwicherie St. Henri. Next to the comic store and and cat boutique. Not yet open - just brown paper.

                                                              1. re: Fintastic

                                                                Good to know. Hopefully as good as Campanelli!

                                                            2. re: Fintastic

                                                              Sandwicherie St. Henri is now open, I think weekdays lunchtime-6pm. Its small but more seating than I'd expected and looks nice. I'll try it this week and report back,

                                                            3. Online bakery venture Carmencita & David (http://www.carmencitaanddavid.com) now taking orders for alfajores, which in their interpretation make them look sort of like a South American macaron, and a limited list of baked goods.

                                                              Looks like launch is initially limited to serve denizens of St-Lambert and Longueuil, *and* delivery-only so no chance of pickup. Makes that a bit limiting.

                                                              1. Another new restaurant from Jeff Stinco (Rufus Rockhead, Mangiafoco), again on Notre-Dame Ouest.

                                                                Restaurant Shinji
                                                                1732, rue Notre-Dame Ouest

                                                                Opened this week.

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                                                                1. re: Glaff

                                                                  That stretch of Notre Dame has gone insane. According to Eater, Stinco also has a microbrewery registered to 1728 Notre dame, which is the small doorway separating Shinji and Rufus Rockhead.
                                                                  It's sad to look at the google street view of that stretch: a sea of wonderful antique stores captured just as the lights went out.

                                                                  1. re: Fintastic

                                                                    Yes, often these lightning changes bring a lot of dubious venues, though sometimes they get sorted out with time. I'm disappointed that "Rufus Rockhead" doesn't seem to be a club venue with live music.

                                                                    I was at the former Rufus Rockhead in the 1980s when Doudou of Le Soleil levant/The Rising Sun took over Rockhead's Paradise. Such an impressive venue, even in its dotage. Pity that it wasn't saved.

                                                                    1. re: lagatta

                                                                      Well, lets hope that Stinco doesnt come up with thee Stinkers. These new places are obviously geared towards the influx of young professionals living in Griffintown.

                                                                      I agree that there really is a lack of any new bars or clubs focusing on live music, and it's a pity. It's one thing I enjoy about Toronto and Chicago. However, new legislation applicable to such establishments as Divan Orange and Il Motore is crippling.

                                                                2. Corner of Greene and Notre Dame, new place called BBQ Sud Ouest (terrible name) set to open soon. They advertise southern style BBQ ribs and the like, but strangely they also have pictures of rotisserie chicken - which has nothing to do with smoked BBQ chicken.

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                                                                  1. re: Siumaieater

                                                                    sounds like New System BBQ

                                                                    1. re: Ghostquatre

                                                                      St. Henri has a type...

                                                                  2. Richard Holder is teaming up with Charles-Antoine Crête and other partners to open up a 65 seat small plates resto-bar that will include an oyster bar. On paper, it seems like a bit of a yawner, but considering the people involved, it could be great.

                                                                    http://www.montrealinfo.com/fr/nouvel...

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                                                                    1. re: SnackHappy

                                                                      There was an article about it this weekend in La Presse too: http://www.lapresse.ca/vivre/gourmand.... Charles-Antoine will just help with the concept and the menu. After that he'll work on his own restaurant.

                                                                      1. re: Glaff

                                                                        Oh well, I guess I'll trust La Presse over Montreal Info.

                                                                    2. Not sure if this has been posted before but Picks on St Marc appears to be closed (door and windows have been papered over).

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                                                                      1. re: Jay123

                                                                        There was a paper posted that said something about painting, but I'm not holding my breath...

                                                                        1. re: cherylmtl

                                                                          Seems to be confirmed here: http://cultmontreal.com/2014/01/sayin...

                                                                          1. re: cherylmtl

                                                                            It's closed for repairs. Not sure why cult mtl is so keen to pronounce pick's dead.

                                                                            1. re: cherylmtl

                                                                              The brown paper has been removed and I did see a "closed for repairs" sign. A man was also seen working inside. So there's still hope for kogos in the spring!

                                                                            2. re: Jay123

                                                                              Walked by yesterday, and it is indeed open again.

                                                                              1. re: cherylmtl

                                                                                Enjoyed a lunch today of two kogos with honey-mustard sauce and spicy ketchup.

                                                                            3. New restaurant from the Tapeo team coming soon called Mesón:
                                                                              https://twitter.com/Restotapeo/status...

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                                                                              1. re: Glaff

                                                                                In the space where Ginger was. I always thought it was a really nice space when biking past, glad to see a new restaurant there.

                                                                              2. The "new" Boulangerie Guillaume looks very nice.

                                                                                It opens on the 21st.

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                                                                                1. re: Maximilien

                                                                                  Thanks for saving me the trip - I was thinking of going there today, for the opening.

                                                                                2. So the space formerly occupied by Mariani is now open with a new restaurant named «Cho», which un-excitingly advertises itself as Asian-fusion (as in «asian poutine»).

                                                                                  Mark my words: this will be terrible.

                                                                                  http://www.yelp.ca/biz/cho-montr%C3%A9al

                                                                                  http://www.restaurantcho.com/

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                                                                                  1. re: Siumaieater

                                                                                    If the bar on top of the O in their logo is an accent, it would mean "dog" in Vietnamese.

                                                                                  2. Boustan has opened up shop on Sainte-Catherine East, on the corner of Saint Dominique (i.e. right next to Métropolis). If I'm not mistaken, the actual address is 19 Sainte-Catherine Est.
                                                                                    They opened this past Thursday, with some of the same staff from the Crescent shop. Same good food, low prices and late hours.

                                                                                    The guy there also told me they have opened/will be opening (not sure...) another Boustan on Côte-des-Neiges.

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                                                                                    1. re: alinemramos

                                                                                      Cdn at?

                                                                                      1. re: denpanosekai

                                                                                        Don't know exactly. Sorry. The guy just mentioned it in passing. He said they plan to start opening a bunch of other locations as well.

                                                                                      2. re: alinemramos

                                                                                        So original location is still operating or not? Who're the current owner(s) of Boustan?

                                                                                        1. re: BLM

                                                                                          Yes. The original location is still operating. They just seem to be expanding the business. But no idea who the current owners are...

                                                                                      3. GoGo Lounge on St-Laurent closed after Saturday night. It'll re-open with a new concept for the spring.

                                                                                        http://montreal.tv/portail/blog/2014/...

                                                                                        1. The Furco team opened today a café next door called Café Parvis. Don't know the exact address, I just saw it on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/barfurco

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                                                                                          1. re: Glaff

                                                                                            https://www.facebook.com/pages/Caf%C3...

                                                                                          2. Another new restaurant in Griffintown, called Arëm. Anybody know where that is?: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fb...

                                                                                            http://restaurantarem.com/
                                                                                            https://www.facebook.com/restaurantarem

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                                                                                            1. re: Glaff

                                                                                              1619 William, or if you prefer, here: https://maps.google.com/maps?q=1619+W...

                                                                                              1. re: Glaff

                                                                                                On William street.

                                                                                                1. re: Glaff

                                                                                                  It's not very encouraging when the teaser says a ton about the decor and nothing about the food.
                                                                                                  ------------------
                                                                                                  Imaginez un endroit underground sur la rue William dans Griffintown — une porte en acier avec le nom discret de l'établissement, un corridor rempli de lumières orientales, de sculptures et de peintures exotiques, une salle VIP fermée pour les very important people indeed, une cuisine immense, une salle à manger avec des luminaires exotiques, des tissus et des peintures sorties tout droit d'un film avec une table de DJ posée en hauteur; vous avez à peu près le prochain restaurant Arëm; ouverture officielle dans le semaine du 27 janvier. TRÈS exotique. TRÈS excentrique. TRÈS flamboyant et TRÈS original. À suivre attentivement. Je vous tiens au courant.

                                                                                                  1. re: hala

                                                                                                    Trying a bit hard there.

                                                                                                    1. re: hala

                                                                                                      That quote is from Jean-Philippe Tastet's Facebook, BTW, not from the restaurant.

                                                                                                      Anyway, seems like a place for the happy few and those who long to be part of the 1%. I've always thought Montreal was more or less immune to that kind of pretentiousness.

                                                                                                      1. re: hala

                                                                                                        It is actually very encouraging when Tastet talks about your restaurant like that. He's probably the best critic in Montreal.

                                                                                                      2. re: Glaff

                                                                                                        Turkish-ish food is the new black ?

                                                                                                        1. re: Glaff

                                                                                                          Here's an Eater Montreal article that doesn't make the place seem too appealing.

                                                                                                          http://montreal.eater.com/archives/20...

                                                                                                          1. re: SnackHappy

                                                                                                            That sounds absurd, and that neighbourhood, while trendy, still doesn't have the solid bourgeois cred to sustain such (ridiculous) prices.

                                                                                                            1. re: SnackHappy

                                                                                                              Their write-ups sound incredibly pretentious and vacant even by upscale restaurant standards, too.

                                                                                                              1. re: Shattered

                                                                                                                At least it's going to leave a beautiful corpse..

                                                                                                            2. re: Glaff

                                                                                                              150$ prix fixe menu (and one of them is vegetarian). Ridiculous.

                                                                                                              http://montreal.eater.com/archives/20...

                                                                                                              1. re: Glaff

                                                                                                                More on this bizarre restaurant here:
                                                                                                                http://montreal.eater.com/archives/20...

                                                                                                                The links are priceless.

                                                                                                                1. re: Shattered

                                                                                                                  Bizarre and disturbing. Those poor bakavas, at the crime scene.

                                                                                                                  1. re: lagatta

                                                                                                                    Yeah, that video is disturbing (had to wait for intermission to watch it). The dry ice, the rocks, the flowers - I can't even tell where / what the food is.

                                                                                                                    1. re: Shattered

                                                                                                                      Someone's been a little influenced by Alinea, perhaps?

                                                                                                              2. Ô Plaisirs Gourmands (formerly Olivier Potier) has closed. I have not been there a lot since Potier left, but I guess it was predictable...

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                                                                                                                1. re: Glaff

                                                                                                                  Predictable, really? I live nearby and this place was usually busy, especially in the morning.

                                                                                                                  1. re: denpanosekai

                                                                                                                    So do I and Im surprised too... The other day I was thinking the new signs advertising lunch are quite nice ... the sandwiches were overpriced though. Hopefully a nicer owner will open a cafe there.

                                                                                                                    1. re: kpaxonite

                                                                                                                      It was definitely open today. Employees inside and customers walking out with bags of bread. What up now, Glaff?

                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                      1. re: denpanosekai

                                                                                                                        Well that's good news. And someone should tell these people cause that's where I got the news: http://www.quartiersgourmands.com/

                                                                                                                        1. re: Glaff

                                                                                                                          It's no longer called Olivier Potier, but to say it's closed is quite the error on their part! (and quite a relief to know it's not on ours!)

                                                                                                                          1. re: cherylmtl

                                                                                                                            Yeah I thought the error was just on the name, because not everybody noticed that he left (even though these people should know).

                                                                                                                2. Looks like Caffe Italia on St. Laurent in Little Italy all papered over. A shame... Great espresso joint!

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                                                                                                                  1. re: JohnnyGe

                                                                                                                    They're closed for renovations and reopening soon. There's a message on the door.

                                                                                                                    1. re: Glaff

                                                                                                                      Thank God. I think I'd die.

                                                                                                                      This is not the first time they have done this. Usually their renovations are much-needed repairs and renovations.

                                                                                                                      1. re: lagatta

                                                                                                                        Somehow, Caffe Italia and renovations in the same sentence sounds weird but we'll see what it looks like.

                                                                                                                        1. re: Simon Patrice

                                                                                                                          Last time, it was just repainted, and perhaps they changed the toilet. The fixture, I mean, not the WC décor. It is still happily stuck in the 1950s.

                                                                                                                      2. re: Glaff

                                                                                                                        That'll teach me just to do a "drive-by" report....Shock to see though.

                                                                                                                        1. re: JohnnyGe

                                                                                                                          I'll confirm next time I pass in front. I think there was a date on the message but I don't remember.

                                                                                                                          1. re: Glaff

                                                                                                                            It is now open. I passed by today and it was quite full.

                                                                                                                    2. Good riddance. Rubbery, tasteless little cupcakes that were way short on icing.

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                                                                                                                      1. re: rwarren

                                                                                                                        Pardon?

                                                                                                                        1. re: rwarren

                                                                                                                          Responding to who & what establishment?

                                                                                                                          1. re: BLM

                                                                                                                            Probably to the Les Petits Gâteaux de Marie-Jo closing.

                                                                                                                            1. re: Glaff

                                                                                                                              Yes that was for the Petits Gâteaux. My Internet was a little persnickety last night and didn't fully draw the page, so my reply didn't plop in where I expected it.

                                                                                                                        2. Opening soon: cafe/restaurant "Pointati" 1458 Sherbrooke West (at Mackay) with seating capacity of 60.

                                                                                                                           
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                                                                                                                          1. re: denpanosekai

                                                                                                                            Any idea when it's opening? Those "opening soon" signs have been in the windows for months.

                                                                                                                            1. re: Fintastic

                                                                                                                              Months? Are you sure you're not confusing Pointati with "Chez Gisele" a few doors west? Or Aunja which was "loading" for almost 6 months before finally opening?

                                                                                                                              Anyway, the transformation permit was issued by the city on December 18th 2013. Couldn't get a good peek inside, sorry.

                                                                                                                              1. re: denpanosekai

                                                                                                                                Definitely that restaurant and those signs, though the permit appears to be a more recent addition. I don't specifically remember when they first went up, but I actually noticed them before I ever noticed Aunja, which I first visited back in early December. By this I'd guess it's been two months at the least, but possibly more.

                                                                                                                                1. re: Fintastic

                                                                                                                                  By the way, I loved Aunja the two times I have been there. You can select your teas and flavorings from the jars there and their soups are really good. It is also very quiet so a good space for meetings over tea. The owners are Iranian I believe so the soups have that flavour but they also have traditional (and big) sandwiches. Just west of Mackay on Sherbrooke.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: williej

                                                                                                                                    I agree. It's very nice! Some of the best cafe grub in town (at least West of downtown), always lots of free tables, and much longer hours than most cafes. They never seem too busy, but I hope things will pick up!

                                                                                                                            2. re: denpanosekai

                                                                                                                              I'm not sure why the permit was issued for "Pointati" because the place is now called "Cafe Coffice". Yes, as in Cafe Office... maybe? Looks a bit sterile for a coffee shop, plus they are listing "business centre" as one of their functions. I think the concept would work better in the Quartier International but good luck to them!

                                                                                                                              http://www.cafecoffice.com/
                                                                                                                              https://www.facebook.com/cafecoffice

                                                                                                                            3. Looks like a Japanese restaurant will be opening in the old Kiano spot on City Councillors that has been vacant for the past couple of years - http://biiru.ca/

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                                                                                                                              1. re: FoodNovice

                                                                                                                                Probably an izakaya based on the name (which is just 'beer').

                                                                                                                                1. re: pkzilla

                                                                                                                                  Yep, according to Eater MTL it will be an izakaya...
                                                                                                                                  http://montreal.eater.com/archives/20...

                                                                                                                                  1. re: FoodNovice

                                                                                                                                    It's Ian Harrison to be specific. Give him credit.

                                                                                                                                    1. re: FoodNovice

                                                                                                                                      I'm getting my hopes up that this one might live up to the usual izakaya name (cheap beer, cheap good finger bar food, comfy pub atmosphere)...but that's asking for a lot I'm sure.

                                                                                                                                      1. re: pkzilla

                                                                                                                                        I went on opening (to the public) night. The food is beyond terrible for me. See separate post.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: marblebag

                                                                                                                                          What post would that be?

                                                                                                                                          1. re: SnackHappy

                                                                                                                                            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/965384

                                                                                                                                            1. re: kpzoo

                                                                                                                                              Yes, the post "appeared" a couple of hours after I asked the question.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: SnackHappy

                                                                                                                                                You're too fast for me. I was catching up on the board reading.

                                                                                                                                2. The Commensal on St-Denis and McGill are now called Végo: http://restovego.ca/

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                                                                                                                                  1. re: Glaff

                                                                                                                                    The "profiling" and such are really tacky (quétaine) but what really matters is the food. I trust they aren't weighing it any more.

                                                                                                                                    1. re: lagatta

                                                                                                                                      From what I read in this morning La Presse, they are still doing the weight formula for pricing.

                                                                                                                                      They got rid of the flexitarian meals, back to vegetarian only, new name and new recipes.

                                                                                                                                  2. I saw a new sign for a grills place on atwater and st. henri, looks very interesting

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                                                                                                                                    1. re: thegluttonousstudent

                                                                                                                                      Where exactly (st. henri is an area of the city and atwater is a street)

                                                                                                                                      1. re: williej

                                                                                                                                        I'd hazard a guess that it's BBQ Sud-Ouest on Notre Dame and Greene (just west of Atwater),
                                                                                                                                        as mentioned by Suimaieater on Jan 14 below.

                                                                                                                                    2. I had a bit of a freakout when I walked by La Mie Matinale and saw À Louer signs in the windows. "Those muffins! How will I live without those muffins?", I thought. I had a bus to catch so I couldn't stop in and ask what was up.

                                                                                                                                      Making my way to the metro, trying as fast as I could to get myself through the different stages of grief, I noticed a sign in the old Papas Tapas location further down Sainte-Catherine. Seems La Mie Matinale isn't closing for good but moving to a nicer, larger space.

                                                                                                                                      1. I could swear I read about it on this forum, but I didn't find "faktorie" using the search tool....

                                                                                                                                        Burger Faktorie is open in the tunnel between PVM and Eaton Centre (apparently 733 Cathcart). The menu looks tasty and it sounds like an interesting spot.

                                                                                                                                        Any opinions yet? I was thinking about stopping by tonight, but it hit me: They're only open from 7AM to 7PM on Mon-Fri. So their meat probably isn't the freshest on Friday 6PM... or am I overthinking this?

                                                                                                                                        Website: http://www.burgerfaktorie.com/
                                                                                                                                        CultMTL tried to review: http://cultmontreal.com/2014/01/montr...

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                                                                                                                                        1. re: denpanosekai

                                                                                                                                          It was mentioned in the October-December thread under another spelling (boy, do I ever love this trend of frenglish business names). And even if you had spelled it "factory", you probably wouldn't have found it. The search tool has recently been "improved" which means that it's now impossible to find anything.

                                                                                                                                          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9183...

                                                                                                                                        2. Ô Gateries, an all time favorite from Philippe Mollé, is opening a second pastry shop (their first is in Longueuil) in the Complexe Desjardins on february 4.

                                                                                                                                          100 Sainte-Catherine Ouest #103 (Metro level)
                                                                                                                                          https://www.facebook.com/Ogateries

                                                                                                                                          1. "Le Maitre du Dumpling" chinese dumplings at 77 Jean-Talon Est at Sainte-Dominique. I've got high hopes that this will become a good pitstop post-JTM. Not open yet and the windows are covered up so you can't really see inside. Will keep monitoring and report back :)

                                                                                                                                            1. Boucherie du Marché is planned to open in March. I didn't even think they would open again.

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                                                                                                                                              1. re: Simon Patrice

                                                                                                                                                That is wonderful news, especially if they keep their reasonable prices and array of all manner of foods. I do miss them. I had noticed people entering and exiting the premises recently, but that has happened at intervals since the fire.

                                                                                                                                              2. Has anyone tried this new Egyptian place on St Mathieu -
                                                                                                                                                La Folie du Koshary?

                                                                                                                                                https://www.facebook.com/lafoliedukos...

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                                                                                                                                                1. re: FoodNovice

                                                                                                                                                  No but I'd be curious to hear impressions. I live nearby and I've never seen anyone walk in or out of the place. It's changed names/concepts like 3 times over the past 12 months. It was an all-you-can-eat buffet late last year, and a sandwich place before that.

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: FoodNovice

                                                                                                                                                    My friends have and they love it. They know a thing or two about Koshary. I, unfortunately, have not had the time to go.

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: FoodNovice

                                                                                                                                                      I went for lunch today. I ordered the koshary and taamia. Both were tasty and inexpensive (with tax under $11). I'd like to try the molokhya (chicken leg) plate next time. It is not in a great location, being up on the second floor. Walking by, it's easy not to notice the resto.

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Jay123

                                                                                                                                                        I had the molokhya and a taste of my friends' koshary and spiced fries a few weeks back. Everything was very good and the waiter was friendly and encouraged us not to over-order, which I ended up appreciating even though I had big eyes originally. The place is a hole-in-the-wall, but cozy and welcoming vibe, with music playing and Egyptian celebrity photos on the wall.

                                                                                                                                                        Agree that the location is tricky, I nearly walked past it. They should improve the signage and make the door number easier to see too.

                                                                                                                                                    2. Bofinger on University is no more. They were closed temporarily due to water damage but last week the sign was changed to simply read CLOSED. Like them or not, there goes the only southern BBQ type place in the downtown core.

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                                                                                                                                                      1. re: denpanosekai

                                                                                                                                                        I just checked the Bofinger website and there's a note addressing the situation at the downtown restaurant.

                                                                                                                                                        In a nutshell, the owners of the building are converting it to condos and didn't renew Bofinger's lease. They claim to be looking for a new location within the same area and hope to make an announcement soon.

                                                                                                                                                        Of course with their new partnership (they sold 50% of the company last month) we'll soon be able to enjoy vac-pacs of Bofinger's ribs and meats at all grocery stores, a la Baton Rouge, Schwartz's, St. Hubert, Thai Express, Mike's, etc.

                                                                                                                                                        There's even Joe Beef steak spice now at my local Metro store (for an astronomical $5.95 a jar!)

                                                                                                                                                      2. There has been no press on Bier Markt that took over the Queue de Cheval building on Rene Levesque.The rent must cost a fortune and no advertising or PR very strange. Do they expect to live on Tourists.Has anybody been and what is it all about ?

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                                                                                                                                                        1. re: finefoodie55

                                                                                                                                                          Have you walked by or are you just thinking out loud? Bier Markt is usually packed and they'll be coasting on rich DINKs for years once the condo towers are done.

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: finefoodie55

                                                                                                                                                            You'll see a lot of articles about the opening party in December if you search on Google... so yes, there was PR and advertising.

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: finefoodie55

                                                                                                                                                              CultMTL, Gazette's Urban Expressions, HuffPost, etc etc did some rather positive write-ups shortly after opening. I imagine that between the after-work/hockey crowds and their vast beer menu (at least compared to most other bars downtown), business must be good enough that advertising dollars need not be spent. It ain't my cup o' tea, but the only time I tried to go it was completely packed.

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: finefoodie55

                                                                                                                                                                They were everywhere with PR when they first opened.

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: finefoodie55

                                                                                                                                                                  I could be wrong, but I'm pretty sure Bier Markt opened at the end of 2013, which means opening reports and whatnots should actually be available here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8821...

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: finefoodie55

                                                                                                                                                                    Before hockey games and friday/saturday nights the place is packed, lunch time good crowd especially on thurs and friday, and good ambiance.

                                                                                                                                                                    Drinks: beer list speaks for itself
                                                                                                                                                                    Food: It's far from being michelin star food, but solid fares from what I ate the few times i'Ve been (schnitzels, charcuterie and cheese boards, croque monsieur, salads) Burgers and sandwiches were less interesting.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: westaust

                                                                                                                                                                      Food a cut above 3 brasseurs?

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: sweettoothMTL

                                                                                                                                                                        Yes a notch above 3 brasseurs, with better beer on top of it!

                                                                                                                                                                        Less greasy, less pub more mid range restaurant type

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: westaust

                                                                                                                                                                          Good to know, thanks.

                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: finefoodie55

                                                                                                                                                                      No press? Not the case:
                                                                                                                                                                      http://montreal.eater.com/archives/20...

                                                                                                                                                                    3. After 10years, Cavalli is closing at the end of this month but claims something better will reopen in its place

                                                                                                                                                                      1. Patrice Demers is finally opening his pastry shop / dessert bar next week, february 20.

                                                                                                                                                                        2360 Notre Dame Ouest Montréal

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                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Glaff

                                                                                                                                                                          Can't wait... http://instagram.com/p/knEfYSIZTV/

                                                                                                                                                                        2. Comptoir 21 are opening their third location in march in Verdun.
                                                                                                                                                                          4844 rue Wellington
                                                                                                                                                                          https://www.facebook.com/Comptoir21

                                                                                                                                                                          1. I know this board is mainly focused on Montreal, but here is an opening in Gatineau that I will make sure to try next time Im there :
                                                                                                                                                                            :http://www.lapresse.ca/vins/actualite...

                                                                                                                                                                            Veronique Rivest the somelière (2nd at the world championship of someliers last years) is opening her own wine bar this april, called Soif, which will be on the rue Montcalm, in the Vieux Hull neighbourhood.

                                                                                                                                                                            Hope this works out it would be a great addition to the Gatineau food scene.

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                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: sophie.brunet

                                                                                                                                                                              It's mostly that, even though Gatineau is in Quebec, Ottawa discussion end up on the Ontario board. I would put Gatineau addresses there.

                                                                                                                                                                              That being said, good to know, will keep the info for my next visit there.

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: sweettoothMTL

                                                                                                                                                                                Yes your right, Im always confused as to where to look or post information about the Ottawa Gatineau area , falls in between both board, since the Ontario one is mostly focused on the TO area... Its own board would be awesome :) altough probably would be very quiet...

                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: sophie.brunet

                                                                                                                                                                                Gatineau isn't Ottawa: anything on the Québec side of the Ottawa/Outaouais River goes on the Québec board. I know this is inconvenient, but perhaps the best way would be to mention the location on the other board as well?

                                                                                                                                                                                Yes, I read about "soif", but haven't been to Ottawa or Gatineau recently - Sophie, have you been there?

                                                                                                                                                                                Even discussions of Ottawa and surrounding areas on the Ontario side get sidelined on the Ontario board as well, as it is overwhelmingly about Toronto and the GTA.

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: lagatta

                                                                                                                                                                                  I made a post on the new opening on the Ontario board also.
                                                                                                                                                                                  You're right it is inconvenient a little, since Gatineau and Ottawa are so close, you can easily have a meal in Ottawa and then finish your evening with a drink say in the Vieux Hull... but then would have to search both provinces board to find two places.
                                                                                                                                                                                  Soif isnt opened yet, I think its opening in April. As soon as it opens and that im in Gatineau Ill give it a try and report :)

                                                                                                                                                                              3. Don't know if it's been mentioned but it appears that despite recent bad publicity, Marche 27 is opening an express outlet on De Maisonneuve near Peel. Maybe not great timing for them...

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                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Fintastic

                                                                                                                                                                                  I was at their express location two weeks ago for lunch and the place was pretty busy and seating was full. Look forward to trying the new location. Anyone know when they plan to open?

                                                                                                                                                                                2. Small place on Notre Dame between Atwater and Rose de Lima has a paper up indicating a wood oven pizzeria will be opening.

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. El Sombrero, the Mexican restaurant on Belanger (near St-Denis), seems to be closed! No warning, but it's now empty inside. Unless they are doing some work and did not post a message...

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Terrasse Lafayette in Laval bit the dust. That was quite short lived. I'm not surprised since it looked always empty. A new restaurant will open in its place, with the ridiculous name YOLO, and touting cuisine urbaine.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: hungryann

                                                                                                                                                                                        That is interesting; why was it so unsuccessful?

                                                                                                                                                                                        I don't get the impression that the original Terrasse's "upscale" move was wildly successful either, though I might be wrong. It certainly needed a bit of sprucing up (particularly the WCs) but the obligation to order a "whole meal" is annoying; it was one of those places where friends could congregate, some ordering a full meal, others just a sandwich or a salad.

                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Can't wait to try this one:

                                                                                                                                                                                        "Saka-Ba!, a new restaurant from Junichi Ikematsu, will soon open in the old Au Chaud Lapin space on Mont-Royal Est."

                                                                                                                                                                                        http://montreal.eater.com/archives/20...

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Just passed in front of a new health food store on Parc between Fairmount and St-Viateur called C'est la vie. Probably a second location of the store on Laurier (or they moved? I haven't been in that part of Laurier in months).

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                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Glaff

                                                                                                                                                                                            It is a 2nd location. The store is very nicely laid out and should do well in the neighbourhood.

                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Not sure if I should put it here, but Le Hip-Hop Café will open on march 1st on Parc. Not sure because it's not only a café, but a store too at the same time. But why not:

                                                                                                                                                                                            https://www.facebook.com/lehiphopcafe
                                                                                                                                                                                            4801 avenue du Parc

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. A new place opening in may on Notre Dame in Saint-Henri, called Henri Saint-Henri (?!?)
                                                                                                                                                                                              http://montreal.tv/portail/blog/2014/...

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                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: sophie.brunet

                                                                                                                                                                                                Way to think of their search engine hits, lol

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Shattered

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Regardless, if there's even a tiny chance this will get Lavy & Shiller to pull that terrible metal façade off what appears to be a beautiful building, it'll all be worth it.

                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Santos in Old Montreal is papered up. Sign in door is unclear as to whether it will re-open as Santos or under a different name.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: eat2much

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Hopefully something very, very different..

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: eat2much

                                                                                                                                                                                                    It is clear here: https://www.facebook.com/ilovesantos

                                                                                                                                                                                                    On february 4: "THIS SUNDAY

                                                                                                                                                                                                    THEN WE CLOSE FOR OUR 3 WEEK RENOVATION

                                                                                                                                                                                                    LAST CALL FOR ALCOOL."

                                                                                                                                                                                                    With pics and videos of the renovations every week.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Autumn 2013 opening but it was never announced here I think: just found out that Bocadillo opened a new location in Rosemont last november at 1224 Bélanger est.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Glaff

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Very interesting, thanks! Have you had any of their offerings?

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Odd I hadn't noticed that.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Though of course 1224 Bélanger est is in la Petite-Patrie, not Rosemont (the east-west boundary is Iberville). That address is scarcely east of Christophe-Colomb.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      There are quite a few Latino food businesses around there, including my favourite tortillas at Popocatapetl, which is no more.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: lagatta

                                                                                                                                                                                                        It's actually where Popocatapetl was.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        I have not been to that location yet, only the one on the corner of St-Laurent and Mont-Royal. It's really good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Sad to report that Asean Garden on Sherbrooke st is closing their doors as of March 1st. It has been my go to place for all you can eat sushi/Chinese for the past 15 years :(

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: lor74

                                                                                                                                                                                                        That's too bad. :-( Any additional news about the closure?

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: kpzoo

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Was there last night...ate way too much! The manager came to us while we were eating to tell us the news. He said it was the owners decision. Don't know the specifics. There is a for sale/rent sign on the building.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: lor74

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Thanks for the heads-up. We plan to order from there before they close. :-(

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: lor74

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Ate there tonight to say goodbye. Rent is $12k/month so they decided to just shut down.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: eat2much

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Asian Gardens is, I should I say was, one of Montreal's top restaurants that made this city unique. Certainly my all time favorite for sushi, THE gold standard which I've judged all others.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                My favorite was their Kamikaze sushi and sticky rice in a lotus leaf, I can't fathom that disappearing forever. I'm in shock they're permanently closing though it sounds more like a problem trying to operate in Montreal (over taxed and corrupt city) than an issue with popularity.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                This is becoming a worrisome trend, I'm starting to lose track of how many favorite Montreal restaurants I've lost in the past several months. All that's left in NDG is Chalet BBQ....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Sad....just incredibly sad! I'm in shock. :(

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Apple IIGS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I like ASEAN Garden, my favourite being the kamikaze roll, but the food and decor were nothing special. Their Szechuan and Thai dishes were boring and bland. The peanut dumplings were the biggest offender, IMO they were inedible. I live near NDG and there are better and more interesting spots than AG and chalet-albeit not too many.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: DowntownJosie

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    What is better than Asean Garden and Chalet in NDG? I'm always looking for new places nearby to try.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: causeimhungry

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      NDG/Westmount does not have a lot of good restaurants and I am not saying that they, Chalet or Asian Garden, are bad restaurants just that Asian Garden is not one of Montreal's best. IMHO Hwang Kum, Jardin Iwaki, sushi cinq saison and Yumi, Lezvos, monkland tavern are better, and most are hit and miss.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: DowntownJosie

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I think it's matter of opinion and taste. I've tried other sushi restaurants in and out of Montreal and none have approached Asian Gardens. As a matter of fact, everyone I know raves about Asian Gardens, it's just that good!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Might be worth trying those others in the area you recommend (I live nearby) but I'm not optimistic.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Apple IIGS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I agree with you that the sushi is good, not always consistent, but good enough. You will/can find better sushi in Montreal so please do not despair.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: DowntownJosie

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            We split some discussion about finding good sushi in Montreal similar to Asean Garden's over to its own thread, so a broader audience would see it. Check it out here:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/966708

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: causeimhungry

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Mikako on Monkland is one of our favourite places in the city for sushi, but it's more expensive than AG (no combos or other deals that I know of) so we reserve it for special occasions. But well worth a try if you've never been. Their sushi specials are also amazing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        http://mikadomontreal.com/ (watch the music)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        There are tons of other great restos in NDG but I don't want to derail this already long thread with OT stuff, so if you're interested, feel free to start a new thread and I'm happy to share my faves.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: kpzoo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Oops, sorry about the typo above, that should have read Mikado!

                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: lor74

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Food is a matter of opinion, and there is no sense arguing about a restaurant that is about to close....but just to give me 2 cents on why it will be missed:

                                                                                                                                                                                                              They have a consistent product which has not changed in the past 15 years. Their pricing is good considering the amount of choice that goes in the menu including the sushi......and it is the amount of choices that worked great for my family. It is not easy to find a tasting menu which has enough to satisfy a vegetarian (+fish) and a vegan. The fact that they have multiple tofu dishes, and many vegetarian items is amazing for us. We travel from Dollard to eat there, and as a family we are in mourning.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              RIP AG!

                                                                                                                                                                                                            3. Anyone know the extent of damage to Bombay Mahal? Seems a Molotov cocktail got lobbed over the weekend, see Gazette or other local news site for story.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: JerkPork

                                                                                                                                                                                                                I was also thinking of posting that here; yes, it has appeared on several local news sites.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                On a happier note, they do seem to be making progress with the renovations at the burnt-out Boucherie du Marché. Hope the concept doesn't change too much; they also had great prices for cheeses and almost always some nice poultry soup bones.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                The sign says that they are due to open in March, but their neighbour from Chez Louis says it won't be before April. We'll see.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: lagatta

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I pass by everyday since I work in the area and the inside is still completely gutted out (and I mean even the basement doesn't have a floor yet, still all dirt.) But they're working on it furiously! They have an image posted by the door of I guess a mock-up of the interior, looks nice. I agree it probably won't be opening in March though.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Pain Dore beside them only JUST got the smell of fire smoke out of their shop too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: JerkPork

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I heard on Facebook that there is minimal damage and that it's open.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: hala

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Any updates on this? There are none on their website or the express location's facebook page.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                3. I just noticed (perusing Quartiers gourmands) that cookware shop La Maison d'Émilie on Laurier in Outremont is closing its doors. It is 37 years old and one of the 10 oldest extant businesses (site says on avenue Laurier, but I assume they mean the Outremont stretch of it). http://www.lamaisondemilie.com/ They are having a liquidation sale, but I have no idea for how long or what remains.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Pub Bishop & Bagg just opened in the Mile-End.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    52 St-Viateur Ouest

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    http://bishopandbagg.com/
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Pub-Bi...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Review here: http://cultmontreal.com/2014/02/pub-b...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Glaff

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I was wondering why Bishop, which is nowhere near Mile-End (and Bagg is in the southwestern Plateau) but I see they show the appropriate cleric on their publicity. Have you been there?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Glaff

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Just tried it out. Score!! Great addition to the neighbourhood.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Space is very warm and cozy. Just opened this weekend but already a good crowd. We tried a bunch of plates: jerk cornish hen, mushroom rarebit, arugula and beet salad, and... crispy pork belly with grilled endive, maple mustard, and grapes. All really well priced. Apparently the chef used to work at Joe Beef... and a couple of other places I've forgotten.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        My favourite thing: in true British fashion the menu offers "pudding" instead of "dessert". It's all in the details...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. 2015 opening, from Société Orignal:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        "Just out of the meeting.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Les amis... It´s now official.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Will open our grocery store in the

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Quartier Villeray spring 2015"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Mourelato's on Ste-Catherine O. near Guy is closing imminently. They're selling everything off at half price (except booze & smokes) and there's almost nothing left in the store. I asked the cashier and he confirmed they're closing. Probably today or tomorrow, as there's not enough stock left to justify staying open.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I think Adonis (at Ste-C and Lambert-Closse) killed it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: blork

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Yes today's their last day. Even with 50% off there are no deals to be had here. I'm sad to see them go after 50 years downtown but they certainly weren't keeping up with the competition. They always had terrible prices. PA forever!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: denpanosekai

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              50 years downtown? They've only been at the current location since about 2002. Where were they before that?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: blork

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Their sign says since 1956.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: denpanosekai

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Ah. But that's not the downtown store. From their website:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  It was 1956 when Peter Mourelatos and his five brothers opened their first grocery store. Located on Mount-Royal Street, in the City of Montreal, and operating under the banner "MOURELATOU BROS", the store catered predominantly to the Greek and Mediterranean communities. In 1959, in order to better serve the Greek Montreal community, the Mourelatos brothers closed the Mount-Royal store location and opened a new store on St-Lawrence Boulevard where they operated successfully for 20 years.In 1981, Peter Mourelatos with his brother Angelo opened a store on Jean-Talon Street. In 1987, Efthymios Mourelatos, Peter's eldest son, took over operations of the Jean-Talon store location. In 1990, Peter, with his sons Efthymios and Christos, opened a second store on Notre-Dame Boulevard, in the City of Laval. The Laval store

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  showed great potential and so in 1992, the Jean-Talon location was sold to allow Efthymios more time to devote to the Laval store. Over the next two years, the Laval location expanded twice and operations continue to thrive.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  As a result of the success of the Laval store, the Mourelatos family began a succesful expansion plan with the opening of a second store in Pierrefonds in 1995, a third store in Lasalle in 1996, a forth store in Ville St.-Laurent in 1997 and a fifth store on Samson Boulevard, Laval, in 1999. Most recently, in 2002, a Mourelatos Gourmet store location opened in the heart of downtown Montreal.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: blork

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I remember shopping there one day as I was working extremely close by and didn't have time to walk to PA. I was shocked by the high prices, as I didn't remember them being overpriced when they were on Jean-Talon in Park Ex, or at the Ville St-Laurent location.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Between Adonis and PA, such prices couldn't bear the competition.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: lagatta

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Sad really. I always go there when i am at concordia and want to buy stuff to cook for supper. Adonis is too far to go and PA is always too crowded

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            3. Yeh Yogurt has opened on the metro level of Alexis Nihon Plaza.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. New Taco take out place mtl west westminster north of shetvrooke. Royal west students will love it

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: williej

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Anyone know the name or contact number of this place? Do they have Facebook or a website?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: causeimhungry

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The sign just says Tacos. I will go by there this week and check for more info.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: causeimhungry

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Tacos place in Montreal West is at 30 Westminster. Haven't been there yet but my friend just went and is excited about it. Doesn't seem to have a name other than "Tacos"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Facebook page is minimal but some info on the About page: https://www.facebook.com/montrealtacos/

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Tel: (514) 507-2355

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1 taco for $3 or 3 tacos of the same selection for $7 tax included

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Tacos al pastor: Marinated pork, slowly cooked and served with fresh onions, pineapple, corriander and fresh homemade salsa on top.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Tacos Campechanos: Delicious mix of our homemade Mexican style sausage and beef steak, served with fresh onions and salsa.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Tacos Beef Milanesa: Breaded beef steak, served with rice, baked beans, lettuce, fresh salsa and sour cream.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Tacos de Chorizo: Homemade Mexican chorizo served with fresh onions, lime juice, one line of Mexican sour cream and salsa.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Tacos Chicken Milanesa: Breaded chicken breast served with rice, baked beans, lettuce, fresh salsa and sour cream.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Vegetarian Tacos: Cheese, baked beans, rice, lettuce, fresh salsa and sour cream.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Burrito: 12” flour tortilla with ground beef, beans, rice, lettuce, sour cream, cheese and salsa.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Nachos: Homemade, unsalted tortilla chips served with refried beans, lettuce, sour cream, cheese and red and green salsa.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Churrasco, Portuguese chicken & pork place at 68 des Pins Est.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Opened by former owner and employees of Piri Piri on Mt-Royal at St-Denis. Delicious, and they do it right: grilled over coal, not rotisserie. A welcome addition for lower Plateau and McGill ghetto dwellers who don't have to trek and lineup at Romados anymore!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    (mind the music: http://www.rotisseriechurrasco.com/

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Oh, and they've joined the Portuguese poutine bandwagon, which is the best damn thing since sliced bread (credit to Tony Alves at Ma Poule Mouillee for inventing that).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Open til 8pm Mon-Sat. Only downside: closed Sundays. Hopefully that will change when the snow melts and as they get better known.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Shattered

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      They're open now til 9pm every day (including Sundays).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      My opinion after a few visits: not as good as Romados or Ma Poule Mouillee, but hey, those are the gold standards. It's close enough and as generous with their portions to be worth a shorter walk and skipping the line-ups for ppl below Pins.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Anyone know what is behind the paper on the windows at the St. Hubert at Place Desjardins, corner of St. Urbain and Ste. Catherine?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: williej

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        They're renovating, will reopen this month.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Second "Mai Xiang Yuan" location at 1929 Sainte-Catherine West (at Towers), just a few door downs from the second Quing Hua location! I think they opened on Monday.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        This replaces "Casse Dalle" (formerly known as La Cabane Du Poulet, both names always cracked me up) which did make it to Cult Montreal's "secret sandwich" list in 2013 but was otherwise unremarkable and mostly empty.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. 2 new cafés in Rosemont:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          - Les Empoteuses
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1106 Beaubien Est
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          https://www.facebook.com/lezempoteuses

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          - Soucoupe Café
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          6910 Fabre
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          https://www.facebook.com/lasoucoupe.f...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Glaff

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Neither is in Rosemont. Both are in la Petite-Patrie.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Have you been to either?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Allo Mon Coco, presumably new breakfast joint to open at 1684 Maisonneuve West (at St-Mathieu, Caserne #10). No other details for now. This could probably seat at least 60 considering how large this building is. Given the location, I'm secretly hoping for a pack-em-in Americana experience a la Lou Mitchell's, Chicago-style.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: denpanosekai

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Thanks for the heads-up. Looks like a chain: http://allomoncoco.com/

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: kpzoo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                You're right, I realized I should google the name right after I posted ;)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Well good luck to them. I'll most definitely be dropping by. Eggspectation a few blocks east tends to be too full and noisy for us, and Tutti Frutti is too far west. Cocktail Hawaii across the street is decent but usually overpriced given their small plates.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: denpanosekai

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I know several people who live off island that love this place.. You can interpret that how you want to.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. A fishmonger and grill opening up on April 1st in Verdun:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              https://www.facebook.com/qdepoisson

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              from the picture, it looks like the old Mas Cuisine location.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: hala

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Yes, it's the old Mas Cuisine location.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Maison Mignon (1440 de l'Eglise) is a new eatery in St-Laurent run by a couple from Taipei offering Taiwanese dishes and Taiwanese variants of some Japanese yōshoku.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I have managed to snag a menu and got takeout of the pineapple cakes (pretty good; nice short crust) but need to go back to try a couple of things because what I'm reading and the accompanying photo doesn't look like what I've had in Taiwan.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                On the Japanese side of things, donburi, tonkatsu, ebi-fry, omurice and curry among others. Onigiri, inarizushi and Taiwanese variation of sushi (read: "large") also on offer.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                General Tao listed for the less-adventurous.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Plates go from $7.50 to $10, but most of the menu seems to be $8.50.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: wattacetti

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Thanks for the report! Any chance you might be able to upload the menu somewhere readable, like http://imgur.com/ ? Thx!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: kpzoo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I'll try and scan the thing but it'll have to wait until I finish my confit prep.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. There is an ouverture bientot sign on Monkland at the former Em & Seb / Malibu location for a Basha grillades. While I wish them well, I fear it makes as much sense for the street as the defunct Beavertails.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. F Bar has reopened as Taverne F focusing on small plates to share 'petiscos' .

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. La Queue de Poisson anyone?? Opening April Fool's..... in Verdun chez former Mas Cuisine.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: JohnnyGe

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        As the Friendly Giant would say "Look Up."
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9273...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: EaterBob

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          And not even WAY up..... that'll teach me not to scan before I type....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Just saw in the old Restaurant Lan (St-Laurent and St-Zotique) a paper announcing the opening of a new breakfast and lunch place called La Stazione for april.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        6700 Saint-Laurent

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Glaff

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Any relationship to the restaurant of the same name in St-Faustin (Laurentians)?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: carolilas

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            No idea. There's no logo in the window, just a paper with that name and description.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            But after seeing the menu of La Staztione in St-Faustin on Facebook, I sure hope it's not the same... I really don't see what it would bring to the neighbourhood.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Glaff

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              To be honest, I don't see what another of those "breakfast and lunch" places would bring to the neighbourhood period. They are usually as dull as doorknobs. Early in the morning, I prefer one of our old Italian cafés. At lunch, perhaps Nhu Y or Y Lan, unless I want a slightly fancier lunch at Le Petit Alep.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Will it ever be warm again??? I'm just aching for some real, local vegetables...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: lagatta

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                If it's classic italian, I agree, but if they try something different (like Brama or Impasto), why not?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Glaff

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Classic Italian "breakfast and lunch" places don't exist. Breakfast is something you eat in the kitchen, sometimes even standing up (though I always refused to do that). A very light meal.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I needed some protein - always saved some cheese or yoghourt. Great coffee, but I can't start my day on sweet biscuits. Other than the stellar coffee, breakfast is not usually the high point in Italian food culture.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: lagatta

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I think you know what I meant: classic cooking à la Café International.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: lagatta

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      As expected from seeing the sign and the pictures in the window, awfully boring menu: https://foursquare.com/v/la-stazione/...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Surprising to see these kind of place open in 2014 and especially in Little Italy (thinking about Melrose too).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Glaff

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        That looks utterly bland to put it mildly. It is a pity that such a nice space looking onto the park doesn't have a more interesting occupant.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Does anyone eat at Melrose? It always seems empty, though perhaps it is more of a late-night place?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        As for the neighbourhood: Paname Sandwicherie
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        365 Jean-Talon Est, has opened on between Drolet and St-Denis, north side of the street. "Burgers & sandwiches" (many seem to be on flatbread). It is halal - not surprising as it is just beneath a local mosque.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        https://www.facebook.com/Paname.resto

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        And more intriguing, on the Southeast Asian strip of St-Denis south of Jean-Talon, a new shop "opening soon". Le petit marché végé, with a pretty green sign featuring bamboo shoots. I don't know whether it will sell vegetables and fruit, Asian vegetarian foods, or both. If I recall, the address was 7057 St-Denis, a bit south of Marché Oriental, between Jean-Talon and Bélanger.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: lagatta

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Yes, that's what I was thinking too. It's a nice space, especially with the windows open in the summer. Let's say we're really far from a creative breakfast place à la Régine Café... Can a restaurant really last for a long time with that kind of menu?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Never see too much people at Melrose too. Even on the terrasse on a perfect summer day...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Paname looks interesting. Have you seen the menu? I'd be curious to know if they have some vegetarian options. I'll try to go this week.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I'll keep an eye on Le petit marché végé. Let me know if you see it open. Not sure there's a big need for that in the neighbourhood though with Mondiana, Alfalfa and Aliments Merci. I almost already find everything I need just at Mondiana.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Glaff

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I know nothing about it, but suspect that it will have a more "Asian" focus. I'd love to find some real, and not absurdly overpriced, tempeh without having to trek to Ville-Saint-Laurent. Even the Pie-IX Marché Hawaï doesn't have the cheaper, and supposedly better kind.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Tempeh is the protein of the poor - it should not be more expensive than meat.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I was spoiled by the tempeh in Amsterdam. I'm not a vegetarian, but try to limit meat intake for many health and ethical reasons, and it is sad when the alternatives are not marketed to all.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            No, I was on the other side of the street. Saw people eating inside and checked online to confirm that they were actually open, and not just feeding staff or friends.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Some of their sandwiches seem to be on a very nice type of flatbread bun also found at Al Khair. They probably have something if you eat cheese. And if not, I'm sure they can feed you hummus or grilled veg.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: lagatta

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I looked at the menu from Paname today. 100% meat unfortunately.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Glaff

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Not even cheese or falafel!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. A new chocolate store called La Tablette is opening soon on the Plateau. They will sell chocolates from bean-to-bar producers around the world.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            838 avenue Mont-Royal
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            https://www.facebook.com/latablettede...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            http://www.misschoco.ca/

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. The team behind Le Comptoir is opening a store/butcher shop soon called La Réserve du Comptoir.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2000 Amherst, Montréal
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              https://twitter.com/La_Reserve2000

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Glaff

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                La réserve du comptoir is now open. https://twitter.com/Steph_Grondin/sta...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Looks like Stefano and Michele already have new plans for something new: http://instagram.com/p/lf71RKEeja/

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Glaff

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Yep, I've seen this going on since the boys were checking out the former sleazy place on the southeastern corner of Dante and St-Dominique. Cycled past the other day, on my way to the market, and this was pretty much confirmed. I didn't want to spread rumours here until there was something a bit more concrete. Do hope it will be something a bit more casual and accessible, where one can drop in for a coffee, beer or wine and have a sandwich or salad.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Their standards are high and they are absolutely not bling bling or pretentious - which is merciful after some efforts by others, but I certainly can't afford to go to Impasto more than once or twice a year.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: lagatta

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    That's exactly what I hope too. And I think that's what it could be. Two clues:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    http://instagram.com/p/lYesB2P_Bx/
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    https://twitter.com/AndreaDDonida/sta...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Glaff

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Wonder if they'll do a "pop-up" opening on the 19th, with zeppole?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: lagatta

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Rumors on Eater:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      "Stefano Faita and Michele Forgione will branch off on Dante in Little Italy this summer. There is a groundswell of buzz that the sister spot to Impasto will be a no reservations pizzeria, though the duo has yet to confirm it. Forgione has, however, been on fire with pizza recipes of late - see here, here and here. It looks like we can safely say that retro ice cream desserts will make the final menu, however."
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      http://montreal.eater.com/archives/20...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Disappointing (for me at least) if it's just a pizzeria...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Glaff

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Could be fun if it was a "rome" style pizza (i.e. Pizzarium ).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Glaff

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Well, yes, but at least that guarantees you vegetarian options. Including side salads.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I'd still get to take away, if the wine prices are anything like those at Bottega...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          As I eat my peperonata and champiñones al ajillo... the red peppers bought, cheap, at Milano, organic mushrooms (special ended on Wednesday) at IGA... yum.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: lagatta

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Probably a pizzeria. Hints on Twitter:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Stefano Faita ‏@Sfaita 5 avr.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Giovanni Emilia Massimo Anna #unnamedImpastoproject

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Michele Forgione ‏@IMPASTO_MTL 1 h
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Go vote then go make pizza.... #pizzeriaGEMA

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    3. Don't know when it opened, but I think it's new from this year: Au Bon Jack, sandwich place on Ontario est. Looks interesting.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      323 Ontario Est
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      https://www.facebook.com/aubonjack
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      http://aubonjack.ca/

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Glaff

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Feb 3 according to their Facebook page.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Looks like someone is muscling in on Uniburger's turf...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: EaterBob

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          In the sense that it's nearby, sure. I don't think $9-10 sammys and $5 burgers are after the same market segments, tho.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Kanda on Ste Catherine is closed

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. There is a new sign up at the defunct Java U location on Monkland. "Taboule". Now the question will be if Monkland can support a trio of Lebanese restaurants, and if not, which will close first.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Opening March 18, a gluten-free, lactose-free, allergen-free bakery in Westmount:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Pâtisserie Petit Lapin
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            http://patisseriepetitlapin.com/

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            342A avenue Victoria, Westmount, Québec, H3Z 2M8
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Phone: 514-507-4077

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            This should certainly be a boon to people with serious food allergies and their loved ones.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            "We guarantee that our products are made ​​from ingredients that do not contain the following allergens:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Peanuts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Nuts* (almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, pecans, pine nuts, pistachio nuts and walnuts)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Sesame seeds
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Milk
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Eggs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Seafood (fish, crustaceans and shellfish)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Soy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Sulphites (a food additive)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Mustard
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Wheat or other gluten containing grain (barley , oats, rye , etc.)"

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: kpzoo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              What's left to bake with !!!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Maximilien

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Rabbit meat. Perhaps their name is quite literal..

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Eater reporting that Navarrete's reincarnating Raza into Callao, a "Peruvian cantine" with a vague opening date of Spring 2014.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Anticuchos are listed along with other small plate/street eats so let's see if there's actually some beef heart on a stick.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: wattacetti

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Seems to me that La Melchorita in Villeray has those, but that actually is pretty much a Peruvian cantine...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Yep, they do:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Anticuchos de corazón
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Brochettes de coeur de boeuf
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                6.95 $

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: lagatta

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I am aware that other places have heart anticuchos (Villa Wellington is another example).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Anticuchos is essentially grilled marinated meat on a stick with heart being popular in Peru, so the question is whether Callao will do it or will tone it down and offer other cuts to be palatable for the less-adventuresome. It's not exactly like abats are the number one favorites of the majority on the Croissant.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: wattacetti

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Callao is the port in Lima so i hope and imagine there will be a lot of seafood & fish in the menu. Anticuchos are great but it's true it can scare some people :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Cheeburger Cheeburger? I went last Saturday, hoping to use up the Coupon I purchased. All the chairs were on the table, and the Drink fridge was empty.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I know they were closed and then re-opened last year. I guess their second shot didn't work?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Jaetee

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  What a weird place.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Finally, La Movida has opened! Tapas & pintxos spanish bar/restaurant. Run by two spaniards. On St-Laurent between Mont-Royal and Villeneuve. Close to Aux Vivres.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  www.facebook.com/restaurantlamovida2

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Signs for a new restaurant called La Barake (Caserne à bouffe) just went up on the old Angus SAQ building, in the Loblaws parking lot, on the corner of Rachel and Midway. They should have a terrace.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: LordWilmore

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      What happened to the SAQ branch? Is there a new one nearby? Lots of people in condos, apartments and townhouses in Angus.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      That is a lovely old railway building.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: lagatta

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        They built a brand new one, the largest in Qc I think, at the other end of the Loblaws parking lot. It opened last spring.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The building where the new restaurant will be is the old fire station of the Angus yards.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: LordWilmore

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I haven't been past there in a while - as soon as the bloody snow melts and the cycle paths open!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: lagatta

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            That should be by July, at this rate ;-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. At the end of next month Restaurant Nilufar is closing for good. https://www.facebook.com/restaurantni...

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