Principals Nicolas Urli (Flyjin, Velvet Speakeasy), Francisco Randez (Canal Évasion, Rythme Fm, TVA), and Flore-Anne Ducharme (late of PR firm Les Évadés), along with chef Ross (Ninja San) Louangsignotha (Biiru, Chez Victoire, Jun i) and the namesake himself, chef Hong Hà Nguyen, unveil the makeover of Souvenirs d'Indochine today.
Hà's formula will look to capture the spirit of a bia hoi - a sort of casual beer and street food arrangement common in the likes of Hanoi - albeit in plusher digs. The space has undergone a wholesale facelift, from kitchen to terrasse, and feels more at home now on the span of Mont-Royal that includes the likes of Café Plume and Le Filet.
Given the provenances of chefs Louangsignotha (Laos) and Nguyen (Vietnam), the cuisine will lean Indochine, with beers and wines from sommelière consultant Jessica Harnois. With Parc Jeanne-Mance across the street, the decision to offer picnic basket fare seems like a smart move.
Hà officially opens today at noon.