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Openings & Closings April, May, June 2014

Tatra Travel (3628 Saint Laurent) is in the process of becoming the 7th Patisserie Wawel. I'm undecided as to whether this is a good thing or a not good thing.

And as an aside does anyone know where the first Wawel was/is?

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  1. I believe that it was located in the old Polish neighbourhood near métro Frontenac. Don't know whether it was at the current location 2543 rue Ontario est, but certainly in the vicinity.

    At their website they say their production is there, but I swear I've seen a small industrial bakery by their name in the Marconi-Alexandra industrial zone between Petite-Italie and Parc-Ex.

    Many travel agencies have closed down recently, and it could be worse, but Wawel is becoming quite the chain.

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    1. re: lagatta

      The Wawel on Ontario & Frontenac just looks too clean and shiny. Kind of like the Dilallo's on Allard. Although now that I think about it, probably for the same reason.

      And I wasn't so much lamenting the demise of Tatra, as questioning how true to the original experience Wawel could be as a seven (and counting) outlet chain. Similar to how Dic Ann's, anyplace but Pie IX and Chomedy isn't quite the same.

      My guess is that, like Dic Ann's, they're starting in on the third generation, and dealing with all of their new ideas...

      1. re: EaterBob

        I remember going to the Ontario-Frontenac Wawel decades ago - it wasn't nearly as spiffy, and I don't remember whether it was the same exact location. There used to be an SAQ at that corner too; they might have taken it over. A friend lived there; she sent me to buy some bread.

        I know Dic Ann's is a local institution - celebrating their 60th anniversary this year - but I've never had any desire to eat there. I'd only pick up that type of burger if I was very hungry and happened to be in the neighbourhood.

        1. re: EaterBob

          I don't care if it a chain, that's 5 mins from me. Woo hoo!

          p.s. lagatta: Dic Ann's is terrible. I don't know if it's worth it even if you are in the 'hood. I had one 'cause I was hungry and it was right there (this was their truck in the port last summer), and I don't need a second one.

          1. re: Shattered

            Shattered, to be honest, the description of their burgers sounded like somewhat-edible hockey pucks. I also got the impression from their website that Domenico and Anna churned those out during the day to make a living and went home and cooked "real" food.

            Off topic but food-related: I'm eating a dish centred on Caravelle frozen nordic shrimp, $5 for a 400g bag at Metro, until Wednesday. They are very good.

      2. I started buying at Wawel over 20 years ago and I went to St Marc St

        1. Opening Soon in Laval (3600 St-Martin)a place called YOLO which will offer Cuisine Urbaine

          Probably the worse name ever for a restaurant! Expect some kind of mac n' cheese, pulled pork and other hip of the moment thing menu

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          1. There is an opening soon sign for yet another Cool & Simple next to Warsaw across the street from the Atwater Market.

            1. Chiquen Coupe (oh, how I hate that name) is still "opening soon" but the construction permit stuck to their window expired in November 2013.


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              1. re: SnackHappy

                Yes, that's been opening forever, there has to be something wrong there. But I mostly answered just to say how much I agree with you about the name, really hate it. I could not tell my friends we have to go to Chiquen Coupe...

              2. C-Thai on St.Laurent has been closed for renovations since christmas (something about kitchen problems, said they'd re-open soon but it's still down and their sign is gone.) The vietnamese restuarant beside it has been closed the whole time too so no idea what happened or what's going on so far, but there's seems to be chairs and tables moving around inside?
                I'm scared!

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                1. re: pkzilla

                  Too bad, as those were go-to cheap but decent places for people in the neighbourhood. I certainly hope they re-open, and remain reasonably priced and byow.

                  1. re: pkzilla

                    C-Thai left some messages on their Facebook page about the renovations, but if the sign is gone... not sure anymore...

                  2. New restaurant featuring Mediaterranean cuisine in Old Montreal from the people who brought you the now-closed Tasso bar à mezze. Ikanos at 112 McGill Street: https://facebook.com/restaurantikanos

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                    1. re: saved94

                      We should open in May. You can follow the renovations on our Facebook page. Hope to see you at the opening!

                    2. Saw a sign for a new burger place north side of Jean-Talon between St-Denis and Drolet. Forgot the name when I got home...

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                      1. re: Glaff

                        Is it replacing the Portuguese chicken place, or the former restaurant beside the entrance to the Mosque?

                        1. re: lagatta

                          That's what I was trying to find on Google Maps but I don't remember exactly. It's not the portuguese though, people were cleaning and renovating the place to reopen soon.

                          1. re: Glaff

                            Yes, it is the restaurant space beside and perhaps beneath the storefront mosque there. The sign announces "Paname" - burgers. I assume Paname as in slang for Paris, not the country Panama, or its hats. There is a restaurant Panama not very far west of there, in Park-Ex.

                        2. re: Glaff

                          I have tried it. It is seemingly a Halal, mostly home-made version of McDonald's style fast food. The chef is especially proud of his imitation Big Mac, complete with home-made 'biggy' sauce. They have an array of homemade mayos and sauces that are either quite good, or grossly overseasoned. They also have a few pita sandwiched on a fresh baked bread, filled with either chicken tandouri or chicken tikka. The food is fine, nothing to write home about, but does the job when you're in the mood for that sorta thing...The have also re-opened the Portuguese chicken place that used to be next door. Haven't tried it yet...

                        3. Jardin d'Asean on sherbrooke is closed...tel. disconnected

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                            1. re: Glaff

                              Since moving to the West Island I guess I have been out of touch...just found out yesterday ((

                          1. Chiquen Coupe (coming soon) on Bernard is gone, but it's been replaced by something with a name almost as good – L'Gros Luxe Mile-end (coming soon).

                            Seems there's already another branch in the Plateau.


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                            1. re: SnackHappy

                              There does seem to be a spate of clunky restaurant names of late.

                            2. More details about Majestique (new restaurant by Richard Holder + Charles-Antoine Crête): http://www.tastet.ca/2014/04/04/renai...

                              4105 boulevard Saint-Laurent

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                              1. re: Glaff

                                They got this place set up in a hurry! I walked by yesterday and it almost looked like they were open (they were not).

                                1. Geisha Sushi on St-Zotique is closing (like everything else on St-Zotique between St-Laurent and St-Denis). They're moving to their new restaurant Boite Geisha that they opened last year on the Plateau.

                                  1. Intriguing new restaurant in the "Mile-Ex" called Manitoba: http://plus.lapresse.ca/screens/4ace-...

                                    271 St-Zotique Ouest

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                                    1. re: Glaff

                                      Yes, that does sound interesting. See it is almost at Parc.

                                      Have you been to Café l'Artère? A "cooperative café" north of there on Parc, that hosts many events. http://artere.coop/

                                        1. re: Glaff

                                          Like many co-operative and "associative" cafés, the food at Café l'Artère varies. It is all vegetarian and vegan, and sometimes quite good. Certainly worth a try for anyone in the vicinity.

                                    2. Pub Rose Phillips on Rosemont is all papered and their website is offline.


                                      1. Brutus Bar is opening soon on Beaubien. Same owner, if I remember correctly, as Nacho Libre.

                                        1290 Beaubien Est

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                                        1. re: Glaff

                                          Yeah, it's the same owners. And it looks like it's going to be super-douchey.

                                          1. re: Glaff

                                            Avoiding it then. Sexist jokes about rape and racist jokes about Aboriginal people are beyond the pale.

                                              1. re: ZEEDAN

                                                You'll find more at microlocal media such as Le Journal de Rosemont - La-Petite-Patrie and rue masson I don't want to elaborate here on non-food-and-drink matters, but it had to do with "jokes" on the sign outside that pub.

                                                1. re: lagatta

                                                  Ok thanks. Did a search and very bad judgment on their part.

                                          2. Updates on the Jean Talon area:
                                            Update to C-thai. It's now re-open under a new name Kinnarie. I'll check it out at lunch this week and let you guys know if it's still as good (the menu seems the exact same), though they havn't updated their facebook or website to reflect this so I'm extremly apprehensive.

                                            Boucher du Marche is coming along, it was supposed to open in spring. They have a poster on the outside with a mockup for the look they're going for inside, though 2-3 weeks ago when I got a peek inside the whole thing was still a gutted mess.

                                            Le Maitre du Dumpling at 77 Jean-Talon Est still doesn't seem open so not hoping for much there either, they have a Just Eat sign in the window but they're not actually listed on the website. Maybe it's a front!

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                                            1. re: pkzilla

                                              Is Kinnarie still a byow? You probably aren't having wine at lunch so you may not think of that; of course I'm thinking of "going out" with friends.

                                              1. re: pkzilla

                                                Facebook page for Kinnarie: https://www.facebook.com/Kinnariemtl

                                                Maybe they just realized that C-Thai was not a really good name?

                                                1. re: Glaff

                                                  They really redecorated too!! It's still BYOW as well. I'm planning on going for lunch tomorrow so update then.

                                                  1. re: pkzilla

                                                    Thanks. One of the problems some friends of a certain age had was the noise level and reverberations, with all the hard surfaces (glass and mirrors). They needed some more fabric or other sound-absorbing material. Not necessarily expensive.

                                                    Since it is still BYOW, Petite-Italie SAQ is a very short walk south.

                                                    1. re: pkzilla

                                                      Thanks again. I passed by and checked it out. It looks nice, and also as if they have taken steps to correct the echo problem. I really wish them well.

                                                      1. re: lagatta

                                                        Ok reporting back XD! Soooo the mirrors and fabric on the ceiling are there, decor wise its a bit the same but with more tables and darker walls.

                                                        Big change is different owners and different staff. The lunch menu is a tiny bit different but not by much, it seems they inherited the menu/recipes (they give tea now too though.) Still really tasty, quality of food feels the same, staff is nice!

                                                        1. re: pkzilla

                                                          I think they should get rid of the mirrors. I can see why they have them, since it is a long, narrow room, but they increase the noise level. I'm not an insonorisation expert, so I don't know what other (not horribly expensive) steps can be taken to decrease echo.

                                                          There were no customers when I went there about 4:30 - 5pm, just staff setting up, so I can't comment on whether they have effectively solved the noise problem.

                                                          1. re: lagatta

                                                            I phoned Kinnarie just now (twice, in case I had composed a wrong number) and there is no answer. That is odd at the end of a Friday afternoon - this is a restaurant that was always open by 6, the nights that it was open.

                                                            Hope they haven't closed down...

                                                            1. re: lagatta

                                                              Not only odd for a Friday afternoon, odd for the friday of the Grand Prix weekend... where there's even people inside Melrose! ;)

                                                              By the way, I just passed in front of 6576 St-Laurent (beside Bethlehem XXX) and there was people working inside. Definitely looked like it will be a restaurant or a bar by the look of it. Also saw people working inside the old Bijouterie Moug, it will be something around food too, there was already refrigerated display inside and things like that.

                                                              1. re: Glaff

                                                                Yes, I'll try to see what's up. Amazing, customers in Melrose! There is never anyone there; strange place. I had a friend over and we wanted to eat there, but we wound up eating chez moi. Asparagus!

                                                                I saw both Stefano Faita and Michele Forgione outside their as yet unopened place at the southwest corner of Dante and St-Dominique, chatting and laughing with some guys - wonder if they are planning on a pre-opening for the World Cup? They don't need a full menu for that, but they do need to be able to sell both espresso (machine) and beer (licence) and obviously, a big-screen TV, but those are common now. I'm sure Impasto has been booked for months for Grand Prix weekend, but it usually is even without such an event.

                                                                Yes, I think the very sad patch between Bellechasse and St-Zotique is getting sorted out. Of course Vices et Versa and La Cornetteria have been there for years now. There is also a knot of restaurants, bars and food shops on Beaubien round the corner.

                                                                And I think something food-oriented would be a better fit for the Moug premises, but it has to be interesting. La Stazione doesn't appeal at all. I remember a long time ago when there were butcher shops, cheesemongers, etc along St-Laurent, but the rents are far too high now and those services exist at the market, at least for the people who live nearby in the new condos, and want to walk to do at least their day-to-day shops.

                                                                1. re: lagatta

                                                                  I just passed by the old Moug, the new place I was talking about yesterday is already open. It's a gelateria called Piaceri. Good idea to open on time for the weekend! Might go have a look tonight.

                                                              2. re: lagatta

                                                                Kinnarie is open right now for delivery on Just-Eat, so we have our answer, not closed!

                                                                1. re: Glaff

                                                                  That is good, but we wanted to eat there. I'll check in person. Not tonight - I got up at 4 am.

                                                  2. the pretzel shop on mont-royal is now dirty dog, a hotdog gourmet place. it's opening soon

                                                    and impasto is branching off with a new restaurant nearby, gema which will offer pizza and apps, http://montreal.eater.com/archives/20...

                                                    no idea on when they'll open

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                                                    1. re: twinkie83

                                                      Went to eat at Impasto a couple of days ago (delicious!), and they expect to open doors for the pizzeria in about 2 months.

                                                    2. New "Middle Eastern Restaurant" Walima at 1260 Mackay, next to the infamous McStabnalds. Was supposed to open April 4th but I walked by tonight and it was definitely not open.


                                                      1. The last of the Kono Pizza places, on Sainte-Catherine near Mackay, has become a Broadway Cheesecake Co.

                                                        1. McAuslan have just announced the opening of their brewpub - L'Annexe St-Ambroise - located in the old Centre Saint-Ambroise location.


                                                          1. The Buns burger shop on Ste-Catherine West has been papered up for a few weeks. Sign in the window says "Coming soon Chez Soif."

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                                                            1. re: blork

                                                              Noticed that yesterday. Bit of a surprise, really.

                                                              1. re: denpanosekai

                                                                I had only gone once, and it was awful. I'd been to the Buns on St-Laurent, and that was good, but the one time I went to the Ste-Catherine shop my burger tasted very strongly of burned grease. I mean over-the-top taste of burned grease. The potatoes were the same, actually dripping with black oily crud. I ate only one and I didn't finish the burger.

                                                                I assumed they were just having a bad day (or week; cleaning the grill way overdue). But I never went back.

                                                              2. re: blork

                                                                Chez Saif Sandwiches is open.

                                                                Their menu is four sandwiches:

                                                                Burger $7
                                                                Grilled Chicken $7
                                                                Hot Dog $3.5
                                                                Philly Steak $6

                                                                They also have fries.

                                                                Right now everything is 10% off.

                                                                No I haven't tried it yet.

                                                                You'll notice right away the huge difference between this place and Buns is that it's not a disgusting dump.

                                                                EDIT: Oops, sorry, was posting at the same time as denpanosekai.

                                                                1. re: SnackHappy

                                                                  I checked it out today. The price of the burger has dropped to $5.50 (although the menus still say $6.99). Very tasty burger. Very juicy and with a nice charcoal char. Overall pretty sloppy eating (two or three napkins needed). Fries were good but no remarkable.

                                                                  Not many people there though, even though it was lunchtime. Also, dead quiet inside, which can be a bit creepy. Even if they just turned on a radio it would be an improvement. But still, a good very drippy burger.

                                                              3. Cantinho de Lisboa is opening on april 29.

                                                                356 Rue Saint-Paul ouest

                                                                1. Le Cheese food truck is also becoming a restaurant this summer, they will be located in NDG.

                                                                  5976 Monkland

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                                                                  1. re: Glaff

                                                                    That space is cursed but I wish them well regardless.

                                                                    1. re: SnackHappy

                                                                      Funny that that site has no address on it! By the way, have they checked with El Meson in Lachine about using the same name?

                                                                        1. re: williej

                                                                          In Spanish, mesón is a generic term for an establishment that serves food and drink. It's like if someone had a place called The Restaurant and another place opened with the name Restaurant. I don't think they would have grounds for a lawsuit.

                                                                          1. re: williej


                                                                            345 rue Villeray, Montreal, Quebec H2R 2C7

                                                                              1. re: Glaff

                                                                                You had me scared for a moment that Vincenzo was closing! I know the horrific winter (which is still taunting us this morning) is hard for a geletaria, but spring is coming!

                                                                                http://es.wiktionary.org/wiki/mes%C3%B3n mesón.

                                                                              2. re: twinkie83

                                                                                Pictures of the full menu: https://www.facebook.com/restomeson/p...

                                                                                I notice they made a few mistakes with the names of the dishes using Latin-american Spanish instead of the peninsular version. Not very autentico. ;)

                                                                                1. re: SnackHappy

                                                                                  22$ for a mac and cheese and 10$ for a flan or a cheesecake?

                                                                                  1. re: Glaff

                                                                                    Pretty fancy prices for basic and modest food.

                                                                                    1. re: SnackHappy

                                                                                      Yes. 10$ is the price for an highly complex dessert at Les 400 Coups...

                                                                                  2. re: SnackHappy

                                                                                    Brunch menu is up with more bad Spanish.


                                                                                    Pan dorado is clearly made up. The Spanish name for French toast is torrijas.

                                                                              3. I passed by Wawel this afternoon (despite the foul weather) and it looked very nice, in contrast to far too many decrepit looking businesses along that particular stretch of St-Laurent.

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                                                                                1. re: lagatta

                                                                                  The bakery across the street (was Pain Dore at 3611 St-Laurent) also has a new name and complete refurbishment, looks like a bakery/cafe now. It was to open today or tomorrow. Can't remember the new name.

                                                                                  So with these and a new Diablo's, hopefully that stretch is on the rise. Although Diablo's is a ways off; there's no sign of any work at the old Euro Deli location. Also it looks like the Main Depanneur is permanently closed.

                                                                                  1. re: Shattered

                                                                                    Could it be "La Brioche dorée"?

                                                                                    By the way, don't forget Ruby Burma, a bit north of there!

                                                                                    1. re: lagatta

                                                                                      La Brioche dorée is an airport / rest stop chain

                                                                                      Are they really opening on St Laurent?

                                                                                2. A new Montréal candy company called Squish just opened their first store in Laval at Carrefour Laval. And I want one in Montréal.

                                                                                  3003 Boulevard le Carrefour, #R044B, Laval

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                                                                                  1. re: Glaff

                                                                                    According to their site, they also have a shop in Westmount (perhaps it hasn't opened yet). Too bad the métro doesn't go to le Carrefour; I've met clients near Montmorency and we are there in minutes from our part of Mtl.

                                                                                    I'm not remotely interested in candy, personally, but I'm EXTREMELY impressed by their careful labelling for vegetarian, gluten-free, kosher etc. Bravo.

                                                                                    1. re: lagatta

                                                                                      In Westmount it seems to be in a children store called Oink Oink. They probably just sell some of their products there.

                                                                                      1. re: Glaff

                                                                                        Knowing Oink Oink, they probably have an entire section devoted to the candies. I haven't been in there to check, but that would be my guess.

                                                                                  2. Yet another Korean restaurant opening in NDG. Dawa Poulet Frit & Grillé at 6135 Sherbrooke West.

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                                                                                    1. re: scipie

                                                                                      Made a thread for Dawa. I had boneless fried chicken there, it was quite good.

                                                                                    2. Moxie's (at Altoria on University) is now open. Seems like an expensive menu. Worth it?

                                                                                      Oh wow, just noticed that it's actually called MOXIES here in Quebec...

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                                                                                      1. re: denpanosekai

                                                                                        This has been widely panned in the media:

                                                                                        Another ROC import (like Societe) that's unlikely to do well here.

                                                                                          1. re: frogsteak

                                                                                            It's owned by the same corporation that owns Denny's, so it's basically Denny's for douchebags.

                                                                                            1. re: blork

                                                                                              Why, oh why, is there no "like" function for posts?

                                                                                              1. re: blork

                                                                                                Actually it isn't. Why not try it and give it a fair shake? :)

                                                                                              2. re: frogsteak

                                                                                                Matter of opinion, I guess. I like it. Have been 3 times - and to a few of the other Canadian locations, as well. I was totally excited that they've come to Quebec and that their first location is in MTL. Every time I've been, it's hopping. Have you given it a try?

                                                                                              3. re: Fintastic

                                                                                                I want to steer clear of it just based on their hiring practices :P

                                                                                                1. re: pkzilla

                                                                                                  And what might those practices entail? Care to enlighten an ignorant soul? :)

                                                                                                  1. re: Musicjunkie

                                                                                                    You can read the article that Fintastic posted above.

                                                                                                    Moxie's is not going to be getting much love on these boards.

                                                                                            2. it isn't *that* bad...
                                                                                              84 (93 ahem) in this thread, about 25% of the way through a traditionally busy season. In comparison:
                                                                                              January to March 2014 = 317
                                                                                              October to December 2013 = 191
                                                                                              2013 = 736! in 75% of a year...
                                                                                              2012 = 558
                                                                                              2011 = 372
                                                                                              2010 = 385
                                                                                              2009 = 230
                                                                                              2008 = 184
                                                                                              2007 = 124

                                                                                              Once they start getting above 400 replies it gets a little wearisome.

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                                                                                              1. re: EaterBob

                                                                                                The main problem is that this forum is total crap on mobile devices. We should even consider monthly opening/closing threads if you ask me.

                                                                                                1. re: denpanosekai

                                                                                                  We tried that in the fall of 2013 and a lot of people squawked like mad...

                                                                                                  I'd suggest less discussion of the various places opening and closing and more emphasis on just the announcements.

                                                                                                  Take the discussions to their own threads.

                                                                                                  1. re: denpanosekai

                                                                                                    I previously suggested to have an opening/closing announcement only thread and an opening/closing discussion thread.

                                                                                                    1. re: Maximilien

                                                                                                      Apparently not everyone reads and follows every message...

                                                                                                2. Getting back to openings and closings…

                                                                                                  Seems like Decarie Hot-Dog is getting more competition as St-Laurent is experiencing a mini-boom in Asian eateries.

                                                                                                  A new dumpling place called "Yi Pin Xiang" has set up at 735 Decarie. They're boasting 40 varieties, with pork+cabbage being the the cheapest variant at $6.99. Add $1.50 if you want them fried.

                                                                                                  I can' tell if that's expensive of cheap because there's no mention as to how many dumplings constitute an order, and without trying there's no idea as to how large or quantity of filling. However, I'll let one of the more adventuresome give them a go.

                                                                                                  Also noodles and fried rice on offer if you're so inclined.

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                                                                                                  1. BAWK BOX (fried chicken and waffles) to open at 921 Sainte-Catherine Est in the village. (formerly 5 guys)


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                                                                                                    1. re: denpanosekai

                                                                                                      But it's same owners, as the previous 5 Guys at this location.

                                                                                                    2. La Réserve du Comptoir, a charcuterie/sandwich shop by the same owners of Le Comptoir opened last Monday, on the corner of Amherst and Ontario (2000 Amherst), across Marché Saint Jacques.

                                                                                                      They've been serving sandwiches (3 varieties) since Wednesday. Sandwich prices: $8-10. The charcuterie is per weight, and price depends on the kind you get. They're still kind of setting up, but it's already worth a visit. Sandwiches are quite copious.

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                                                                                                        1. re: Glaff

                                                                                                          I don't think chastising someone for repetition is a good thing. As I mentioned, not everyone reads and follows every post here. Plus an announcement of intentions to open vs. actually having food to serve are two completely different things.

                                                                                                          I'd prefer repetition in an opening/closing thread to endless discussions about hiring practices.

                                                                                                      1. Dagwood's to open soon in Alexis Nihon Plaza; a welcome sandwich alternative to Subway's.

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                                                                                                        1. re: Jay123

                                                                                                          There's already a sacwich there, which is better than both in my opinion!

                                                                                                          1. re: blork

                                                                                                            There is also the west-downtown Adonis very close by, certainly better than Dagwood's!

                                                                                                            1. re: blork

                                                                                                              blork, I don't exactly dislike sacwich but I do find they are overpriced and the sandwiches take forever to prepare for some reason.

                                                                                                              Jay123, I also think of dagwood's as a much better version of subway.

                                                                                                              Lagatta, I don't see how Adonis offers anything similar.

                                                                                                              1. re: denpanosekai

                                                                                                                Well, more Middle-Eastern type sandwiches (and often a weekly special).

                                                                                                              2. re: blork

                                                                                                                On my way by this week I noticed that the Sacwich on Atwater appears to have been replaced by a Rockaberry Express. Unfortunately Nickels is still lingering..

                                                                                                              3. re: Jay123

                                                                                                                I recently had a sandwich at Dagwoods (the first in about 8 years). I remember it being OK for a processed cold cut sandwich but I won't be going back, not even in another 8 years. The bread was not fresh, the veggies were soggy and there were only a few thin slices of wet fake turkey cuts.

                                                                                                                1. re: JerkPork

                                                                                                                  Which Dagwoods location? Maybe it makes a difference.

                                                                                                                  1. re: BLM

                                                                                                                    BLM, I was thinking the same thing, it may be a consistency issue between locations. The other Dagwoods I've been to didn't look like this one, I'll leave it at that, interpret the comment as you wish.

                                                                                                                    I was at the one on Sources Blvd, different operators than the other locations from what I dug up. That might be the reason for the inconsistency.

                                                                                                                    1. re: JerkPork

                                                                                                                      I don't know. I've been to Dagwood's twice in my life and that was enough for me. One was on Sainte-Catherine downtown and the other one on CDN and both places were gross. Everything about that place gives off a "we don't really give a crap" vibe.

                                                                                                                      1. re: SnackHappy

                                                                                                                        Yah once every 10 years is enough, the one on sources was beyond "we don't really give a crap" vibe.

                                                                                                              4. Ah yes, I forgot about Sacwich, I agree blork!

                                                                                                                1. As reported earlier, Buns has closed at 1855, Rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest and "Chez Saif" has just opened today.

                                                                                                                  Unfortunately it's not much of an upgrade, menu-wise...

                                                                                                                  1. Marche 27 (tartare) is opening soon on de Maisonneuve and Peel, next to "Nippon".

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                                                                                                                    1. re: marblebag

                                                                                                                      As far as I know this has been open for some time, and was listed in the Jan-March thread.

                                                                                                                    2. According to Eater, Au Bon jack mentioned in the Jan-Mar thread is having some issues with the city.
                                                                                                                      "Infamous sandwhich shop Au Bon Jack is no more. It seems the Latin Quarter spot has run afoul of the city."

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                                                                                                                        1. re: SnackHappy

                                                                                                                          Call me dumb but why exactly did the city close it down? Apparently it was a mistake of somekind? Isn't this just a temporary shutdown? Too bad, I wanted to try them soon.

                                                                                                                      1. Le Continental is closing next saturday.

                                                                                                                        Bouillon Bilk is closing from may 8 to june 6 for renovations.

                                                                                                                        1. Yatta Sushi & Robata on Monkland between Wilson & Melrose has closed and is turning into some type of Chinese restaurant.

                                                                                                                          1. According to Lesley Chesterman on Twitter, La Porte is closing end of may.

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                                                                                                                            1. re: Glaff

                                                                                                                              and re-opening in the Laurentides.

                                                                                                                            2. Had lunch today at the recently opened Cafe Dayzzz's (1443 Lambert Closse, across the street from the old Forum). I ordered an Italian sausage panini and the soup of the day (mushroom soup). The bread was crisp and grilled slightly. The side salad was fresh and tasty. The soup, while tasty, was lukewarm. I would have liked it warmer. Lunch with tax was $14. Other offerings include salads, ice cream, smoothies and coffee. I didn't take notice of the desserts. Not a bad place, I'd go back again.

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                                                                                                                              1. re: Jay123

                                                                                                                                Thanks for the heads up. I tend to avoid walking by this stretch, I always found it sketchy for some reason. Will check it out this weekend.

                                                                                                                                1. re: denpanosekai

                                                                                                                                  The corner cafe at Lambert Closse and de Maisonneuve is a classic! (Moe's cafe - open 24 hours). Worth a visit after a movie at the Forum. Their Cinammon croissants are superb. And 'the show' is interesting, especially after midnight.

                                                                                                                              2. Not a new one bur a significant change... Il Boccalini in St. Laurent is now BYOB, and is it every BUSY!! Saturday night a reservation night for sure! Table d'hote at $25-$35 so a nice dinner for 2 for $75 all in was acceptable. Great vibe and good Italian fare.

                                                                                                                                1. Pick Thai, new thai restaurant opening in the space that used to house nüx across from Vendome metro.

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                                                                                                                                    1. re: scipie

                                                                                                                                      It is now open. They are having their grand opening Friday and Saturday night.

                                                                                                                                    2. Taboule on Monkland has already closed after maybe 2 months.

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                                                                                                                                      1. re: eat2much

                                                                                                                                        I passed in front and thought it wasn't open yet. Ohh well thats sad.

                                                                                                                                      2. Saint-Laurent seems to be expanding with Chinese options. Yet another eatery called the Fu Jia opened up next to the Ving Hing. Have no idea what they're offering since I was driving by but there was at least one warm body sitting at a table.

                                                                                                                                        EDIT: 907 Decarie.

                                                                                                                                        1. Edwina's grilled cheese gonna be opening soon at 5205 sherbrooke W, near Vendome.


                                                                                                                                          Apparently Edwina used to run a computer store, and ironically, her new restaurant is gonna be located at what used to be a computer store.

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                                                                                                                                          1. re: Ghostquatre

                                                                                                                                            Hope they realize that the street is all torn up nearby so getting there will only be easy if you walk there.

                                                                                                                                            1. re: Ghostquatre

                                                                                                                                              Wow - not one, but two grilled-cheese joints opening in NDG? Wonder if this fad will fade quickly or become a hit? (The other is on Monkland near Hampton so relatively far away, but still...)

                                                                                                                                              1. re: Ghostquatre

                                                                                                                                                Wow - it's that Edwina. I remember her computer stores.

                                                                                                                                                1. re: Ghostquatre

                                                                                                                                                  Food places in that area tend to not last too long. That place has seen 3 different computer stores come and go so here's to hoping grilled cheese does better.

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Ghostquatre

                                                                                                                                                    So these guys are going to be officially opening this thursday.


                                                                                                                                                    Menu looks relatively simple and not too gimmicky for now. The leaning tower of cheesa seems interesting

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Ghostquatre

                                                                                                                                                      The prices are very reasonable, and the offerings are attractive. Hope she does well!

                                                                                                                                                      Psst, she should have her website translated. There are a lot more francophones in NDG than in times past.

                                                                                                                                                    2. re: Ghostquatre

                                                                                                                                                      Went and tried it today, got the grilled cheese doughnut and it was really delicious. Its a doughnut like bun (no holes tough) with cheese, grilled, and with some powdered sugar and some grilled fresh berries on top. And at 2.95$ +tx I tought it was very reasonnable.
                                                                                                                                                      They only opened 3 days ago so they are obviously still figuring out some little things but that shouldnt stop you to go and try it. Im planning to go back to try their more 'classical' grilled cheese.

                                                                                                                                                    3. Was just passing by Icône on Boul St Laurent, looks like its closed and boarded up now.

                                                                                                                                                      Have they been closed for a while? does any one know?
                                                                                                                                                      I think that spot is pretty bad luck, I wonder whats going to take over after Icone.

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                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Julzx

                                                                                                                                                        There was a fire in march. It's been like that since the fire. I doubt they really plan to reopen like they said though...

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Glaff

                                                                                                                                                          Maison Thai (well that is what google says is at the address; maybe someone can confirm?), 3780 St. Laurent burns:


                                                                                                                                                          1. re: williej

                                                                                                                                                            Not sure why you tacked that on the Icone post, but just so ppl aren't confused, these are different addresses and fire incidents.

                                                                                                                                                            Sucks for Maison Thai. Even tho the food is goddawful it's run by a nice family, and of course it really sucks for the ppl living above it.

                                                                                                                                                            (p.s. I agree with Glaff, I don't think Icone will be back. It was supposedly minor damage that would take 2-3 wks to clean up, and it's been 2 months. This is the resto that got a zero-star review in the Gazoo)

                                                                                                                                                      2. It's been posted already, but should be in the Openings thread:

                                                                                                                                                        La maison du macaron is closing and opening their new pastry shop called À la folie tomorrow.

                                                                                                                                                        There's some really beautiful pastries on their website. Good thing to do more than macarons.

                                                                                                                                                        1126 Avenue du Mont-Royal Est

                                                                                                                                                        1. Smoke's Poutinerie (2019 Bishop) is now closed and will soon be replaced with an Asian bakery (couldn't catch the name).

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                                                                                                                                                            1. re: SnackHappy

                                                                                                                                                              Honestly, I'm a little bit sad about it (as embarrassed as I am to admit it). Their gravy was vegetarian, and in that category it was probably the best around. I had an inexplicable addiction to their pulled pork poutine.

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Fintastic

                                                                                                                                                                You and me brother. Would go for the pulled pork poutine without hesitation, but it didn't always sit well after going down the hatch.

                                                                                                                                                            2. re: denpanosekai

                                                                                                                                                              The Korean Bakery replacing Smoke's will be called "Painnamou" and was supposed to open early June but I guess they missed the deadline.

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: denpanosekai

                                                                                                                                                                Interesting! Will it be the first korean bakery in town? Never saw one I think...

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Glaff

                                                                                                                                                                  Hope they serve fresh Hoddeok!

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: jay_81k

                                                                                                                                                                    Anybody know if it's now open?

                                                                                                                                                            3. Recently I had noticed that the ultra-sketchy Bar Diana (recently Toto BBQ) at 1817 Sainte-Catherine West closed down, only to have its windows papered up a few days later along with a sign proclaiming "new management".

                                                                                                                                                              According to mtlblog this is way more than a rebranding. Sounds like "Moose Bawr" will be serving food, including Sub Dogs and Kim Chi Poutine. I don't really know about the "Russian Nightclub" part though. Sounds life-threatening.


                                                                                                                                                              1. Opening soon (no date yet) is Jimmy Guaco's Burritos on Peel at the Former L'Actuel location


                                                                                                                                                                Iburger seems to have finally bite the dust, all papered up (they did reopen after that water damage)

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                                                                                                                                                                1. re: westaust

                                                                                                                                                                  Quick search on Facebook about iBurger:

                                                                                                                                                                  Iburger déménage le 26 avril. Version Iburger 2.0 bientôt disponible. Suivez-nous sur facebook pour l’annonce de notre nouvelle localisation. D’ici là, régalez-vous au Iburger de la rue Metcalfe.
                                                                                                                                                                  Merci de votre fidélité et à bientôt."

                                                                                                                                                                  "Et oui, c'est la dernière semaine déjà avant notre fermeture temporaire. Profitez-en!!!!!"

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: westaust

                                                                                                                                                                    Woah! More burrito options downtown is definitely great news. Their Ontario locations seem to get good reviews. Thanks for the heads up!

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: denpanosekai

                                                                                                                                                                      how does jimmyguac compare with Burrito Shop on Saint-Laurent and Tacos on Westminster? Also the prices seem slightly more expensive than M4, Burrito Shop and Tacos.

                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: westaust

                                                                                                                                                                      Anyone know if Jimmy Guaco's Burritos is open yet? Website isn't helpful. Thanks!

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: kpzoo

                                                                                                                                                                        Wasn't opened yesterday when i walked in front of it.

                                                                                                                                                                        All papered up so can'T comment on progress inside either

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: westaust

                                                                                                                                                                          Was there yesterday, they opened May 26th. Was actually pretty good...though I thought reading the menu was a bit complicated.

                                                                                                                                                                          Good to finally have some decent food options in this area.

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: foodie8

                                                                                                                                                                            Just tried it tonight. Place was empty, was told they were supposed to open June 1st but wanted to give the employees some training. They were missing their signage outside but I was told it's coming this weekend.

                                                                                                                                                                            I enjoyed my dinner, definitely more selection/fixins than M4. Went for the Jimmy G's and didn't regret one bit. Paid 24$ for two large burritos and a much-needed chocolate milk since my mouth was on fire. I went a little overboard on the jalapeños. Chorizo and ground beef were spicy enough in the first place!

                                                                                                                                                                            Sitting out front, you get a really nice view of Dorchester Square. Staff was extremely nice and we were treated to a full visit of the upstairs kitchen! They're considering having group reservations on the upstairs floor, somewhere down the line.

                                                                                                                                                                            They could use trays or disposable plates, since I made a bit of a mess on my table despite the fine wrapping (and sealing) job. Beverage selection was also a bit weak, home-brewed unsweetened iced tea is a must for a place like this. I'll be going back!

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: denpanosekai

                                                                                                                                                                              Great news and thanks for the review can't wait to try it sometimes this week I guess!

                                                                                                                                                                    3. Sushiman on Guy corner de Maisonneuve has closed.

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                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: captain_vegetable

                                                                                                                                                                        I'm not surprised; I always found the selection very small and the staff/owner unfriendly.

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: kpaxonite

                                                                                                                                                                          the staff was always very friendly with me but their sushi was terrible and expensive.

                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: captain_vegetable

                                                                                                                                                                          Looks like Java U just got some more competition. Sushiman will be replaced with Il Panino Cafe. They already have a location near UQAM at 271 Ste-Catherine East.


                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: denpanosekai

                                                                                                                                                                            That sounds nice. Just west of UQAM was extremely dodgy in terms of hygiene. I really like the banh mi place near UQAM when I'm there, but this also sounds palatable. Depends on the execution...

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: lagatta

                                                                                                                                                                              Did you miss my message to you back in November 2013?


                                                                                                                                                                              Vua are still aiming for a Concordia location by the end of 2014. Actually I was told where exactly, but not sure it's a good idea to announce before they do.

                                                                                                                                                                        3. Kyozon (kaiten sushi) set to open this summer at the former Hard Rock Cafe location (1458 Crescent) http://kyozon.ca/

                                                                                                                                                                          Evelyn Reid has deets: http://montreal.about.com/od/montreal...

                                                                                                                                                                          1. Not really an opening but an amendment:

                                                                                                                                                                            Liverpool House and Vin Papillon now have full terrasses, thus finally giving me a reason to stop recommending Joe Beef every time someone wants to have a nice meal outside.

                                                                                                                                                                            1. Banette, a French boulangerie on Sherbrooke at Melrose (beside Coop de Maison Verte) closed about a month ago. There will be a "french' cafe moving into the same location. (my source today said, "what is it with having so many cafes in this neighbourhood"?[too true: there are coffeehouses are almost every block in that area]). Too bad about Banette, they had great bread and their monstrous meringes were sweet and scrumptious.

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                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: williej

                                                                                                                                                                                RIP banette, best bakery in the surroundings. I'm too lazy to go all the way to la Premiere Moisson on Monkland and Fred's bakery isn't my type of place. Will be missed

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: williej

                                                                                                                                                                                  It seemed to have changed owners at least once or twice over the past year or so.

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: eat2much

                                                                                                                                                                                    The same lady served me over the past few years. She was sweet to talk to. If she hasn't retired, I hope she shows up somewhere else.

                                                                                                                                                                                    Also, if I understand correctly, "banette" used a certain type of flour from France that made particularly good bread.

                                                                                                                                                                                2. Not truly an opening or closing, but Loblaws Jean-Talon is closing on the 20th of May to re-open on the 22nd as a Provigo.

                                                                                                                                                                                  There is no more "ethnic aisle", and I found no coconut milk, for example, at a low price. Neighbourhood people are complaining that prices are higher. I don't know whether that is actually the case, but several products have been eliminated, and upscale features such as a glass case with dry-aged meats have been installed. The store has been totally redecorated. Many more perishable foods are stocked in glass cases, which is an expensive outlay, but a major energy saver in the long run.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: lagatta

                                                                                                                                                                                    Over the years, Loblaws/Provigo has become the most expensive supermarket chain. I only ever buy things there when they're on special. And don't get me started on the meat and produce.

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: SnackHappy

                                                                                                                                                                                      I only buy certain items there. For some reason, non-prescription pharmaceuticals tend to be cheaper there than anywhere else (except perhaps Costco, and a) I'm not a member and b) it isn't worth it for me to travel to Marché central.

                                                                                                                                                                                      Other than that, I ONLY buy products on special at Loblaws. As for produce, they are about the worst chain in terms of local produce.

                                                                                                                                                                                      As for expensive supermarkets, les 5 saisons actually has a promo on Voltigeurs organic chickens for $2.99lb/$6.59kg this week. So I may well head for avenue Bernard.

                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: lagatta

                                                                                                                                                                                      That's sooooo weird considering the neighborhood its located in! I mean if it's the one near Parc metro then the neighborhood is generally ethnic and poorer....that said there's plenty of small little independent shops around for the cheap ethnic food though.

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: pkzilla

                                                                                                                                                                                        I don't think they planned to cater only to the Parc-X neighbourhood, but it remains an odd business decision.

                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: lagatta

                                                                                                                                                                                        A friend was having a snack at the tables at "Provigo le Marché" and a worker there confided in him that there would be no more hot pink 50% or 30% stickers on foods close to their best-before dates. For some of us, it was the main reason to go there!

                                                                                                                                                                                        I hate to think that they will probably be discarding perfectly good food.

                                                                                                                                                                                      3. Sanduchon opened last week at the food court at cours mont-royal dt. I had a pork sandwich made with asian style bahn-mi buns and yuka fries yesterday. I was surprised how much i liked it. Finally food court food to get excited about. Spoke with the owner and brother..they are young trained chefs. Was impressed.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Crispyporkbelly

                                                                                                                                                                                          Great! I was keeping on eye on that place. May try it over the weekend.

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: denpanosekai

                                                                                                                                                                                            Peruvian food is just great. Such a delightful mix of latin,spanish, italian, african, japanese, chinese and other flavours make Peruvian food just delicious! The rich history and culture of this country is well reflected on its food.

                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: Crispyporkbelly

                                                                                                                                                                                            Tried going to Sandouchon this weekend. Their facebook says "always open", yeah yeah... Except I didn't expect them to be closed on a busy Sunday afternoon. Didn't look forever-closed though. Guessing I absolutely have to hit this spot on a weekday at lunchtime?

                                                                                                                                                                                          3. Léché is back today in the Old Montreal (it was closed since december).

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Does anyone know if Fu Kam Wah in Ville St. Laurent is closed for renovations or simply closed? I drove by quickly the other day and it looked empty, don't remember seeing tables or chairs.

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Signs are up for "Le Slang" on Monkland at the old video store location. They seem to be within a week or two of opening.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: eat2much

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Interesting - finally something in that spot. Any indication of what kind of place it is? Restaurant (what kind?)/bar/café?

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: kpzoo

                                                                                                                                                                                                    One of the workmen told me "International cuisine"

                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: eat2much

                                                                                                                                                                                                    I should have Googled first. ;-) It's a restaurant, but I can't tell what kind. http://theslangrestaurant.foodpages.ca/

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: kpzoo

                                                                                                                                                                                                      It looks amazing. They have definitely put some money into it. I am really looking forward to what is going in there!

                                                                                                                                                                                                  3. Cerise sur le gâteau is now closed. A new pastry shop will open soon (La Brioche something...), they were doing some work inside today.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Glaff

                                                                                                                                                                                                      That's too bad. They had some great products, but I felt it just never found its "thing" - and the prices were too high to afford experimentation (by customers).

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Glaff

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Brioche à tête opened recently and it is great.
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Real, good, fluffy brioches, pastries, bread and there still is some "withougt gluten" options.
                                                                                                                                                                                                        They also serve coffees from la Gaspesie.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. It looks like an arsonists firebomb has ended Cavalli's plans to be open for the Grand Prix.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Jean-Philippe Tastet is reporting that Laurier BBQ is being taken over by Jeff Stinco et al.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          It's going to be a resto-bar thingy called Laurea.


                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Le Cristal Chinois BBQ Express has opened next door to Tong Porin VSL. I wonder if it has any connection to the Cristal Chinois in Chinatown?

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. This area is definitely lacking a good Szechuan restaurant. There seems to be a connection to Cuisine Szechuan according to Eater.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              It seems it just recently opened.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Gia Ba
                                                                                                                                                                                                              5766 Ave de Monkland

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: JerkPork

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Gia Ba is open and it's spectacular. Same chef from Cuisine Szechuan, doing what he does best. The space is inviting and the food is phenomenal. We should all go and support them!

                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Taste of India on Monkland appears to be either closed or under renos. In any case, their sign is down.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                There's a new café open in a space below the highrise on Monkland, across from Gryphon d'or. Looks like coffee, desserts, and daily specials.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Seems like most openings are covered by Eater now and not posted here anymore, but in case:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Chez Sophie opened yesterday in Griffintown
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1974, Notre-Dame Ouest

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  T & T (Tacos & Tortas) is opening soon on the Plateau
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  51 Rachel Ouest

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. A new gelateria called Pomarosa opened this week on the Plateau.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    3870 St-Denis

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Glaff

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I tried it. It was so sweet, I had to throw it away. that NEVER happens!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Journal de Montreal listing four new places (some won't actually open until July):

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Balconville 4816 Wellington, Verdun
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Accords Bistro - Sainte-Catherine at Saint-Laurent
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      La Famille - 1310 Maisonneuve Est
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Léa - 4922, Sherbrooke West, Westmount

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: denpanosekai

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        La Famille should be the most interesting opening of this list. I think everybody would want them in their neighbourhood!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        As for Accords Bistro, I don't understand which space is available at Sainte-Catherine and St-Laurent?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Glaff

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Probably inside the 2-22 building, where "Le St-Cyr" used to be.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: denpanosekai

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Man, they must have been running a special on crappy locations.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: denpanosekai

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I hope David Fennario gets royalties on the use of his play's name for that resto in Verdun!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: williej

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I believe it was a commonly-used expression long before it was the title of a David Fennario play (which is where he would have gotten it from in the first place)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: cherylmtl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                It was, actually, though I do hope that they will think of David, who is facing serious health problems.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Another new opening in Little Italy: the team behind Arts Café on Fairmount will open a place called Salmigondis where Fabbrica was.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              6896 St-Dominique

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Via: https://twitter.com/mayssamaha/status...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Glaff

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                This location has been such a serie of fails in the last 3-4 yeras (and maybe before that, wasn't around), hopefully this is successful.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: NickinMtl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Yes! Both Babbo and Fabbrica didn't last long even if they were both good according to most reviews. But I have more hope for this new one as it will probably not be italian if it's like Arts Café... and this neighbourhood doesn't really NEED another italian restaurant (unfortunately for people who would want Little Italy to stay like it was before).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Glaff

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Well, there are lots of other cuisines taking root around here. But I just don't "get" the appeal of Arts Café. Sure, I've met friends their for coffee, usually halfway between their places on the Plateau and mine. But there is better coffee here. It is an attractive little place, but not something I'd view as a destination.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    There was a really bling-bling bar in that spot as well. Very ugly oversized adornments in a small room and terrasse. I don't even remember its name.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I'd like to see more cafés, restos etc drawing upon the proximity of the market, but we do have a climate problem; not enough months to centre a menu on fresh local produce.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: lagatta

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      sometimes, there's no explanation for the appeal of something especially if located in mile-end

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      hopefully, the service will not be crap. i've always wondered why arts was always packed on weekends with a crazy lineup. it's because they worked so ever slowly creating a log jam..

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: lagatta

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        "I'd like to see more cafés, restos etc drawing upon the proximity of the market, but we do have a climate problem; not enough months to centre a menu on fresh local produce."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Well I've never been to Arts Café, but it seems to be what they're doing no from the menu on the website? http://www.artscafemontreal.com/en/

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Anyway, that's ok with me if it's not a destination, just a little neighbourhood café is a good thing too (IF they do something like Arts Café). They also seem really végé-friendly which is not the case with other cafés around.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Glaff

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Yes, that is a point in their favour. And they do make chakchouka, though they spell it strangely.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I very rarely consume anything but coffee in cafés as close as that one is to chez moi. And San Siméon has much better coffee.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          There have been so many errors at that corner, and not just the creepy blingy bar. I never went to Fabbrica: their prices struck me as far too high for pasta dishes (I make complex sauces that don't involve tomato purée myself, though what I crave most right now is a dish with salsa cruda made with perfectly ripe tomatoes and basil (!!!!!!!!)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Arts Café has always struck me as generic North American meh, but I'd be very happy if that is a misconception.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: Glaff

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Salmigondis is now open: http://montreal.eater.com/archives/20...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    "The kitchen crew includes Brian Peters (Café Sardine) and Zachary Sokoloff (Orange Rouge, Chaud Dogs). Ryan Gray (Nora Gray) and Cassady Sniatowsky (Norman Hardie Winery, Kaizen) had a hand in the wine program"


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Glaff

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Have you noticed that a bit further down on the mtl eater site and one short block south from Salmigondis, tests of possible items on the Pizzeria GEMA menu?


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Though I do hope there will be some meatless items; they seem to be channelling APDC about sticking porky ingredients in everything...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      They seem to be pretty much ready to open…

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  3. Official opening date for Callao(Cantine Péruvienne) on Laurier W. is June 17th for dinner service:



                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. La Recreation Lunch on St-Paul has closed with promises to re-open in larger premises in 2015. Time will tell.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Another burger place opened on the Plateau, called Minced. La Maison Des Burgers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        4147 St-Denis

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Glaff

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Oh great! Another burger place and another business with an English-only Facebook page.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: SnackHappy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Yep! There was CLEARLY no more space on the banner to also write Maintenant ouvert!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: SnackHappy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Especially in that neighbourhood, too (the language thing). Wtf? Know your market much?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              p.s. OTOH, they do appear to have some actual specialty burgers and solid buns, instead of the 'gourmet' part being more beef and toppings than usual.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Shattered

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Yeah, it doesn't look half bad. I like that the menu is short, not gimmicky, and that they're not going overboard with the toppings.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: SnackHappy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                On the other hand, it wouldn't surprise me if I go to the restaurant itself, their menu would be French only. I've been to West Island restaurants, where majority is English customers, but menu is only in French. I would make sure it's in both French and English if running a restaurant, no matter where in Montreal-area.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. There’s a new pizza place opening on Stanley, first door up from Chapter’s, called “Brigade Pizzeria Napolitaine.” The paper sign in the window claims they’ll have a 900 F wood-fired oven (cooks the pizza in 90 seconds. The pics on their FB page look promising:


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Anyone here know anything else about it?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Also, they claim to have Certification de Pizzaiolo Vera Pizza Napoletana (VPN).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: blork

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I was under the impression, wood-fired ovens are disallowed in Montreal-area for new establishments, unless they take over an old establishment with pre-existing wood burning oven.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: blork

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  This should be opening in the next few weeks and I, for one, am pretty excited about it. It could be awful or it could change my life.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: afoodyear

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    You've got me excited. Also this is a few blocks from my place.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    But something bothers me on that facebook page. It links to a MTL Blog article that says 'Montreal Opens Its First-Ever Downtown “Build Your Own” Pizza Restaurant', but how is this place any different from the failed Pizza U? It seems a little more upscale sure, and I'll be there opening day don't get me wrong, but that's kind of presumptuous. Pizza U also let you create your own pizza and they were cooked within 2 minutes.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: afoodyear

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I spoke with the owner today. They are targeting early August now. Checked out the place, shaping up nicely!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      While I was there, I noticed this place Scoozi right next door (1420 Stanley). I couldn't find anything about it on Chowhound, seems it opened April 2014. They have two floors: Scoozi (urban cafeteria / buffet?) on ground and Scoozi+ on 1st (standard sit-down restaurant with much bigger menu). The concept is really interesting but check out their website for full details:



                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: denpanosekai

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        yeah i walked by there today i think it said Lebanese buffet?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Cinko, on St. Denis where Ambassade Boris was (across the alley from McDick's & l'Ile Noire). Everything on the menu is $5. Sounds interesting. Opens to public next Friday.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. New Vietnamese restaurant opening in NDG on Sherbrooke street, right next to Bar Next Door called Pho Sho (I'm assuming it's a play on the words "for sure"?) Place is all papered up, so I can't tell when they plan on opening. Couldn't find anything about them online either.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: causeimhungry

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Thanks for the heads-up! This looks to be at the corner of Marlowe, I think? Saving someone else the Google. ;-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: causeimhungry

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Wow finally a pho restaurant in this area, I've waited quite a long time for one. It certainly is gonna be more of a welcome addition than that shitty 4 freres pizza place

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. 'Le petit marché végé' opened a few weeks ago on the East side of St. Denis, just south of Jean Talon. It is an entirely vegetarian market/ mostly takeout deli style Vietnamese restaurant. They have a vegan and vegetarian Bahn Mi counter,2 fridges full of homemade vegetarian dishes, a freezer filled with home-made dishes and the entire line of Gardein frozen fake meats, and a wall of asian condiments (ie. vegetarian soup base, etc.)If you're not looking out for it you could miss it, as I walked past is a few times before noticing it for real. I was really excited when I finally went in and saw all the choices, and today I picked up a few things for lunch. All really good. The sandwich comes with a choice of one or (for 50cents more) 2 home made mock meats, choice of regular or vegan mayo, and all the usual banh mi accoutrements. I tried the BBQ "porc" which was a tasty option, although I think the sandwich could have used a bit more of it. I also took home a couple prepared dishes:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          -a tofu/eggplant dish
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          -and a sweet and sour "ball" (probably seitan based) dish
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          both of which were delicious.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          They were super friendly and welcoming and the prices were incredibly reasonable. 3.50 for the sandwich and it comes with a complementary can of soda/juice, and the other dishes were generously portioned and only 4$ each.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          In the fridge were several other mock meat dished that I would love to try next, including a bean curd skin dish, a stuffed bell pepper in tomato sauce dish, something involving mock shrimp, a super tasty looking yellow curry with taro or potato and tofu, and a few other mystery items.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Go and check it out! This is good stuff. To all the vegans and vegetarians out there, this is the real deal. Perhaps it can fill the void that Chuch left, and offer tasty, Buddhist Veg takeout at great prices.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: chililala

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Thank you so much! I'd mentioned it some time earlier on the board, but it wasn't open yet. The shop looked cute and pretty.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I'm not vegetarian, but limit my meat consumption. And I have vegetarian friends who will be thrilled.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Wonder if they'll carry tempeh? It isn't Vietnamese (rather Indonesian and Malaysian) but they might, if they have plant-based foods from other southeast Asian origins.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: lagatta

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I didn't see any tempeh when I was there, but I wasn't looking for it either. It seemed to be more focused on soy and gluten based products...I'm not vegetarian either, but was for many years and I still have a deep appreciation for all things fake meat.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: chililala

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Thanks! I will definitely go! I use a lot of Gardein products and have difficulties finding them in the neighbourhood (Mondiana have a few only). Also interested by the takeout menu. What is their address? It it just south of Marché Oriental and Hung Phat?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Glaff

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Yes, and on the same side of the street. 7057, rue Saint-Denis.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: lagatta

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Thanks, I was going to stop by and note the address. They don't seem to have any online presence yet. I really want to to get the word out though, is is such a tricky location, easy to miss. I'll try to get an urbanspoon post up, at least.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: Glaff

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I find that the frozen Gardein products are really the best, somehow much tastier than the refrigerated line. They seem to stock a huge variety there.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Glaff

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I just noticed quite a range of Gardein products at the local IGA on St-Zotique between Boyer and St-André. They are in the "bio - natural" case in the frozen food aisle. IGA has been stocking more natural foods since they took over Rachelle-Béry.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                3. Poutine en Folie and the Hot Dogeria both seem to have closed. While I'm surprised that Poutine en Folie lasted as long as it did, I'm quite surprised and sad at the demise of the Hot Dogeria.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: EaterBob

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I had to google Hot Dogeria + Montreal and found zilch, so there's a clue. Where was it anyhow?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    p.s. Poutine en Folie was brutal.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Shattered

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      My bad, it is one word, not two. Hotdogeria. 2101 Rachel E, corner de Lorimier.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Google Streetview

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Vertigo STK+BAR seems open (1235 University)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. "Quick Burger" on the corner of Ste-Catherine O. and Pierce has been "Opening Soon" for well over a year. Anyone here know the story?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: blork

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          If you look inside you'll see most of the renos have been completed. Super sketchy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: blork

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            It's at least the third restaurant to never open in that location. My hypothesis is that the landlord is a nutjob.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: blork

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              that burger place has had an "opening soon" sign for the past 4 years!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. La Belle Et Boeuf is supposed to open today, June 18th inside the Faubourg Sainte-Catherine.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1620 Rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Montréal, Québec H3H 1L9

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: denpanosekai

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Main page of the website now says July 2014...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. 2 openings in Saint-Henri:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Henri Saint-Henri is opening tomorrow
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                3734 Notre-Dame Ouest

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Foyer, a new pizzeria is opening soon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                3532 rue Notre-Dame Ouest

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Glaff

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Perhaps they have some opening kinks to work out, but I was there yesterday, and while the back terrace/courtyard is a lovely space to sit, the food leaves much to be desired. Prices are quite high for the quality, and the pizza is pretty ordinary. Not even close to being in the same leagues as Magpie or Bottega (while they may not profess to be, their prices are certainly in the same range). Odder still, while I ordered a pepperoni and chorizo pizza (a menu standard combination), I received pizza topped with pepperoni, 2 tiny crumbles of chorizo (you had to really look to see them), and a bunch of mushrooms. It's too bad, because the location was really convenient - I was hoping to have a good pizza place not too far from home. This wasn't it...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: cherylmtl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I had a much better experience at Foyer last week. The pizzas were quite good (we had a Marguerita and the mushroom one), with my only complaint being that I wish the corona bubbled up a bit more. Otherwise, quite tasty (the mushroom one was VERY tasty).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I thought the prices were quite reasonable. Two pizzas, a shared caesar salad, a cocktail and two beers, and it came to $51 (before T&T). Similar meals at other places recently ran me about $60 and $70 (before T&T).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: blork

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I wonder if they haven't lowered their prices - we had one pizza and a shared Caesar, one beer and one glass of wine, and it was about $50 before T&T. Pizza was close to $20 IIRC, salad was around $12.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Seems like Le Sieur d'Iberville is probably ready for a june opening: https://www.facebook.com/lesieurdiber.... It's the new restaurant by Stephen Leslie from Monkland Tavern and Tavern on the Square.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2490 Mont-Royal Est

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Kitchen Galerie Poisson (KGP) is now closed...which is too bad as it really was one of the true neighborhood gems of Old Montreal - great food, very chalereux and vibrant atmosphere.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. A new Basha opened today at the Marché Jean-Talon (right next to the new Vrac en Folie).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Glaff

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        umm, nothing against basha but i don't think JTM needs this kind of restaurant

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: twinkie83

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Absolutely. I don't know why they allowed that (if they have a word to say about the places surrounding the market). What will it be after, a Subway?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: twinkie83

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I agree. The market per se does not include the businesses north and south of it, so I don't think they can ban such chains. Does anybody else at or close to the market sell falafel? Glaff has said that Paname doesn't have any vegetarian sandwiches; they really should have falafel at least.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I went to Vrac en folie, but they seem more expensive than Anatol, so I'll only go there for things I can't find at the latter.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: lagatta

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              falafel i don't know but there's boucherie an-nasr that does sandwiches (kafka, lamb, merguez) and for the price you're paying, it's pretty good

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: lagatta

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                L'Olivier (beside El Rey Del Taco) makes falafel and it's absolutely disgusting. I probably had the worst sandwich of my life there!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Glaff

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Sadly, I agree. They are the kind of small, independent place one would want to be good, but I don't even buy bulghur, couscous, nuts or oil there any more.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Looks like Burger Bistro Plus on St. Jacques street in NDG (near the abandoned Picasso's restaurant) has permanently closed. For those that may not remember, it used to be Harvey's / Swiss Chalet years ago.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Went by and saw a "ferme" sign, with all the chairs, tables and restaurant equipment stacked up and the lights out. Also saw what looks like a possible auction sign, likely to clear out what remains. Not sure when it closed, could be recently or months ago.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Royal Phoenix bar at st-laurent and bernard is closing on july 5th. it's going to be relaunch under a new name and new concept

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. A new restaurant called Café Den just opened in Little Italy. Didn't find any informations online, but from what I saw from the windows at lunch, it's not italian as all there was chopsticks and spoons on all tables.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                6576 St-Laurent

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Glaff

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Well, there are other East and Southeast Asian restaurants along that stretch. I was thinking it was in a place just south of Beaubien, long vacant, that had shiny burgundy-coloured tiles and other features that indicated that it had probably been an old-fashioned Chinese restaurant, but I see that it is just north of Beaubien. I had no inkling about it opening.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Off topic, but tiny new local carrots at JTM today!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: lagatta

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Here's the answer: http://cafedenrestaurant.com/welcome....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Unfortunately nothing for me there...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Glaff

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Yep, non-veg even in the green papaya salad.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Have some of my tiny carrots... REAL baby carrots. Yum.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Nouilles de Lan Zhou opened a couple weeks ago on the ground floor of Swatow Plaza in Chinatown, in the entrance to the basement supermarket. They opened up some space in the back for tables and have a lunch counter in front where they pull the noodles. All they do is beef noodle soup, but it looked plentiful and smelled delicious (was too full to try it this time though).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  T & T Tacos and Tortas is also open now on Rachel at Clark (former Roi du Plateau and Planete Poutine). It was mentioned on the board, but not in this thread that I could find.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Just noticed Nouilles de Lan Zhou in the entrance of G&D Supermarket on the ground floor of the Swatow building in Chinatown. They only make one dish - Lanzhou niu rou mian - which can be ordered in three sizes with the option of spicy (chile oil) or not spicy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The place has 20 seats or so. It's a bit cramped and turnover is rather quick. The niu rou mian is pretty good with great broth and pretty good noodles. A medium cost me a bit under $11 tax included and was plenty for a big lunch.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Here's a video someone took of the noodles being made. At one point the camera pans left and you can see the restaurant.


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: SnackHappy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Haha, great minds think alike. Was just about to post the video too...