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Reviews for BarBounya, Café Sardine and More

A few hiccups aside, Jean-Philippe Tastet likes the ambiance, food and wine list at enRoute "best new restaurant in Canada 2013" contender Barbounya: "Prenez une Turque [chef Fisun Ercan] très élégante et un Égypto-Grec qui ne donne pas sa place en matière de distinction. Elle cuisine, lui fait le reste du quotidien d'un restaurateur. Mettez les deux dans un local qui vivote sur une avenue qui veut frétiller à nouveau. Résultat : le local frétille et s'appelle Barbounya." [Le Devoir]

Tastet supplements his big review this week with some small "bonnes fourchettes" recommendations. They include the white-hot Vin Papillon, H4C and Micro Resto La Famille. Of the latter, Tastet writes: "Petits-déjeuners dès 7 h avec viennoiseries et gâteaux de frère Maxime, levé bien avant l'aube. Midis savoureux avec les petits plats concoctés par frère Jérémy. Sophie sert de jolis vins de chez la QV et prépare des cafés dynamisants. Une famille vraiment épatante." [La Presse]

The preliminary word on Café Sardine's izakaya dinner concept is good. Gemma Horowitz, for CultMTL, writes: "Sardine does a good job of switching identities, and the dark lighting, chill music and energy of the staff — who issue a chorus of Japanese greetings the second you walk through the door — make you want to get your drink on." [CultMTL]

Cult Portuguese chicken joint Romados has some competition now that a former employee has opened Ma Poule Mouillée down the street, writes Sarah Musgrave: "The chicken breast we received was mouillée, all right — super moist, the skin not particularly dark or crisped, but with a whiff of open-air cooking, all zinged up with a brush of that hot sauce." [The Gazette]
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Barbounya

234 Avenue Laurier Ouest, Le Plateau-Mont-Royal, QC H2T 2N8 (514) 439-8858 Visit Website

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