With spells at René Redzepi's Noma, Claude Pelletier's Le Club Chasse et Pêche and Le Filet, a memorable demo at Omnivore this past summer and an instrumental role in Café Sardine's rise as a Mile End must-stop, Aaron Langille has established himself as a comer on Montreal's restaurant scene. Now some details have emerged on Langille's new restaurant in Chinatown.
The chef could not be reached for comment but what has been confirmed since August is that the restaurant is called Orange Rouge. It occupies historic digs at 106 de la Gauchetière Ouest. The building is owned by the Lee family, whose elderly patriarch, Arthur Lee, built the venerable Wing's noodle factory on the corner of Côté and de la Gauchetière into one of the most successful manufacturers of Chinese food products in North America.
No specifics on Langille's menu have been made public but indications are that it will not be completely out of step with the rest of the neighbourhood. (Whispers of a Mission Chinese vibe are not altogether discouraging.)
Langille's crew includes Julio Mendy and Zachary Sokoloff, late of Café Sardine and Chaud Dogs, and pastry chef Kyle Croutch, whose work is familiar to fans of Dispatch Coffee. Croutch was sufficiently impressed with Orange Rouge's new Alto-Shaam Combi to join Twitter last week.
· Wing Wonka: Cookie, Wonton and the Noodle Factory [4coinsdelatable.com]
· Fine Dining: Café Sardine [The Gazette]