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Candide Is Live, Dispatch at Kabinet, and More Intel

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Kabinet doubles as an espresso bar now
Kabinet doubles as an espresso bar now

Candide, the new Montreal restaurant from chef John Winter Russell, has a website. Get the scoop on the imminent Little Burgundy spot here.

— Mile End cocktail bar Kabinet has partnered with independent Montreal café and micro-roaster Dispatch to become a coffee bar by day. A soft launch was held yesterday to inaugurate the new venture.

Roberto Barroco (Bocata, Barroco) has plans to open a new restaurant in Saint-Henri. Stay tuned.

Ruth Reichl was briefly in town last week to promote her new book, My Kitchen Year: 136 Recipes That Saved My Life. The author, former The New York Times critic, and Gourmet editor ate at the likes of Park, and Vin Papillon / Joe Beef. There was also this photo op with Habs superstar P. K. Subban.

Ossiano, a flashy new Mediterranean restaurant, is now open in Kirkland, off the Trans-Canada. The business is registered to a Maurice Chbat, who was last at 40 Westt steakhouse as general manager. There are other investors, apparently. Ossiano's chef, Niko Karagiannakis, is late of Paralia. Chris Nuttall-Smith, the food critic for The Globe and Mail, gave that Toronto restaurant one and a half stars this past May. Ossiano is so posh, it even has its own branded water, and “dolled up hostesses”.

[Photo: Ossiano]

[Photo: Ossiano]

Dispatch Coffee

4021 Boulevard Saint-Laurent, Le Plateau-Mont-Royal, QC H2W 1Y4 (514) 504-2351 Visit Website


312 Rue Saint-Paul Ouest, Ville-Marie, QC H2Y 2A3 (514) 544-5800 Visit Website


98 B Avenue Laurier Ouest, Le Plateau-Mont-Royal, QC H2T 2N4 (514) 279-3555

Joe Beef

2491 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Le Sud-Ouest, QC H3J 1N6 (514) 935-6504 Visit Website

Park Restaurant

378 Avenue Victoria, Westmount, QC H3Z 2N4 514 750 7534 Visit Website