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Food Writers Name Montreal's Top New Restaurants of 2015

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Inside Montréal Plaza
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As is tradition at Eater, we close the year with a survey of food critics, writers, and bloggers. This year we posed eight questions, from meal of the year, to top restaurant newcomers. All will be answered by the time we turn off the lights at the end of 2015. Responses have been cut, pasted, and unedited, for the most part. Readers, please do add your survey answers in the comments.

Q: What were the top restaurant newcomers of 2015?

Lesley Chesterman, Montreal Gazette:
I named 14 in my best of 2015 column, the highest number since I started reviewing in 1998. The ones I loved most were the restaurants that threw me for a loop, serving food unlike any other restaurant. So Le Mousso and Le Fantôme were standouts for that reason. Damas is exactly the kind of upscale ethnic restaurant Montreal needs more of, and a restaurant like Soubois impressed because it surpassed all expectations.

Marie-Claude Lortie, La Presse:
I still have not tried Foxy but I am dying to go there. I really liked Montréal Plaza but I went only once. I loved the new Damas on Van Horne. My favourite discovery of 2015 is not a new restaurant it's an old restaurant with a new chef: Accords in Old Montreal. Simon Mathys finally brought the food to the same excellent level as the wines. It's really a great place now.

Jean-Philippe Tastet, Le Devoir:
Albert Bistro, Montréal Plaza, Candide, Le Fantôme.

Iris Paradis-Gagnon, La Presse:
I would say that Montréal Plaza is a must, as well as Lili Co.

Joanna Fox, Ricardo magazine, Eater Montreal contributor:
Montréal Plaza, Foxy, Fantôme, Harbin, Chak Wow/Sparrow pop-up.

Élise Tastet, Tastet blog:
Trilogie for cheap and Le Mousso for fancy.

Mélanie Boudreau, La Pique-Assiette blog:
Quatre restaurants ont retenu mon attention cette année, à savoir Provisions, Le Fantôme, Le Mousso, et Montréal Plaza. Je les aime tous pour leur côté convivial et simple, et pour les produits locaux qu'ils mettent de l'avant. John Winter Russell et son nouveau restaurant Candide sont également très prometteurs.

Trilogie

8521 Boul. Saint-Laurent, Montreal, QC (514) 885-1038

Soubois

1106 Maisonneuve Boulevard West, Ville-Marie, QC H3A 1M7 (514) 564-3672 Visit Website

Lili Co.

4675 Saint-Laurent, Montreal, QC (514) 507-7278 Visit Website

Damas

1201 Avenue Van Horne, Outremont, QC H2V 1K4 (514) 439-5435 Visit Website

Montréal Plaza

6230 Rue Saint-Hubert, Rosemont—La Petite-Patrie, QC H2S 2M2 (514) 903-6230 Visit Website

Le Fantôme

1832 Rue William, Montreal, QC H3J 1R5 514-846-1832 Visit Website

Candide

551 Rue Saint-Martin, Le Sud-Ouest, QC H3J 2L6 (514) 447-2717 Visit Website

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