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The Full Story on Thazard, Now Open in Mile End

Edward Zaki, Dave Schmidt and Hachiro Fujise make over Cielo Tapas with a French bistro feel and Japanese menu.

The menus
The menus

Thazard held a preview dinner yesterday and is now open, albeit in proverbial soft launch mode.

One guest, blogger Elise Tastet, wrote: "New spot on St-Laurent. Blown away by the food!"

A recap of the particulars:

  • Key principals in the Japanese bistro include Edward Zaki (BarBounya, Chez Victoire) and Dave Schmidt (Maïs, Maison Sociale, Datcha, Kabinet, Le Mal Nécessaire)
  • The executive chef is Hachiro Fujise, most recently at Schmidt's Café Sardine
  • Service-wise Thazard will resuscitate classic, French-style guéridon service. Rather than tableside Sole Meunière or Crêpe Suzette, Thazard will, say, torch a mackerel in front of customers, sauce a dish or snip sprouts on a seaweed salad.
  • About the cart service, Schmidt says: ""Thazard will capture that essence but with Japanese food. The cart service will be less dim sum trolley and more French old school."
  • The restaurant will have a cocktail program. Staff recently ran some recipe tests at Kabinet.
  • Zaki: "The kitchen will be open until 2:00 a.m."
  • About the name. Thazard is a fish, otherwise known as wahoo.
  • Hours: Wednesday to Sunday, 6:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. (kitchen too). OpenTable to come or call (514) 802-8899.

Here are some visuals of Thazard and yesterday's soft launch.

Almost done at #thazard #montreal #murals #olders

A photo posted by The Lost City (@dannyrustik) on

What's next chef? #thazard #myjapaneselife

A photo posted by Michaël Lambert (@millesmilles) on

It's open! Come and get it #Montreal! @thazardmtl

A photo posted by mayssam samaha (@mayssamaha) on

New spot on St-Laurent. Blown away by the food! Details tomorrow. #mtllove

A photo posted by @elise.tastet on


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