Marie-Claude Lortie reflects on the gentrification and apparent Sex and the City style of Griffintown in her review of Le Richmond. While the space is spectacular, the food, in the esteem of the La Presse critic, is not worthy of a return trip: "Pour le reste, la cuisine fait des efforts pour servir une cuisine honnête, parfois savoureuse, qui n'étonne pas, ne choque pas, n'éblouit pas non plus. Pour ceux qui se demandent dans quelle catégorie on place le tout, sachez qu'on y utilise pas mal d'huile de truffe..." [La Presse]
The consistent Laloux (behind the paywall) wins a rave from Jean-Philippe Tastet: "Laloux reste, au fil du temps, l'une de mes adresses montréalaises, préferées. Pour de nombreuses raisons, la première étant la cuisine qui est servie." [Le Devoir]
Lesley Chesterman dines at Brasserie Bernard and declares the Outremont newcomer another hit for the Holder brothers. Very female-friendly too: "On both my visits, I was surrounded by women: young, old, simply-dressed or glamorous. Every seat was taken, which may have explained why service, though solicitous, was on the slow side. And everyone — including yours truly — appeared to be having a swell time." [Gazette]
Les Incorruptibles is loud but the food is solid, writes Gildas Meneu. Another good excuse to visit Ahuntsic: "Un resto-bar éminemment convivial. Belle ambiance musicale. Service informé et cordial. Carte des vins (dont des importations privées) intéressante et abordable." [Voir]
On the whole, Sarah Musgrave calls the Salvadoran fare at Los Planes a welcome development for the Plateau: "Although, in the end, it's hard to beat a pupusa trio, it's fun that Los Planes is taking its vision a little more upmarket, and the food and presentation were both cared for." [Gazette]
CultMTL ventures to oh so edgy Montreal North for sustenance. What follows is less a review than a commentary on a few hole-in-the-wall restaurants. Like Vieux Montréal Pool Room: "We were unable to extract much info from the owner, an Eastern European living in NDG, except that the place has been open for about eight years. When asked about its affiliation with the Pool Rooms on Lower Main and Rachel E., he simply replied that all the owners 'talk to each other.'"