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 best dining neighbourhoods of 2015?
Lesley Chesterman, Montreal Gazette:
Mile-End, the Plateau, but also nice to see a revived scene in Outremont.
Marie-Claude Lortie, La Presse:
Southwest, from Griffintown to Saint-Henri.
Jean-Philippe Tastet, Le Devoir:
Le plus actif : Griffintown. Le meilleur : aucun. Il y a du bon et du très bon un peu partout. Et il ya aussi beaucoup de brableurs dans Griffintown.
Iris Paradis-Gagnon, La Presse:
Definitely not the Plateau! How sad to see what’s going on there. I think one neighbourhood that is really up and coming right now is Rosemont, especially around the Plaza St-Hubert. Something is going on there! Some great places opened recently: Montréal Plaza, of course, but also a place like Isle de Garde, that is so popular. There weren't too many restaurants there a couple of years ago, but it's changed really fast.
Joanna Fox, Ricardo magazine, Eater Montreal contributor:
Élise Tastet, Tastet blog:
Griffintown… restaurants are opening like crazy there. So many condos, and new people to feed. End of the year will be Mile-End with Aaron (Langille), Danny St-Pierre, M.Mme and Henrietta all at the same time.
Mélanie Boudreau, La Pique-Assiette blog:
À mon avis, le concept du "restaurant de quartier" est chose du passé. Pas de meilleur quartier, puisque de HoMa à Verdun en passant par Rosemont et le Village Gai, on peut trouver de vrais petits bijoux de la restauration.