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 are your headline predictions for 2016?
Lesley Chesterman, Montreal Gazette:
Good things await!
Marie-Claude Lortie, La Presse:
More affordable places. More vegetables, salads, good food made with ugly fruits and other salvaged ingredients. But maybe that's more a wish list than predictions.
Jean-Philippe Tastet, Le Devoir:
Encore plus de dynamisme.
Iris Paradis-Gagnon, La Presse:
Wine pairings are so big right now, and a sommelier is a must-have in any serious restaurant, as well as more private imports. More beer pairings. The rise of vegetables, as stars of the plate. Even more local and nordic ingredients. Definitely the end of small plates, which was such a big trend a couple of years ago. I feel like people are tired of it.
Joanna Fox, Ricardo magazine, Eater Montreal contributor:
“Wages that reflect the work.”
Élise Tastet, Tastet blog:
Montreal getting more attention. Openings slowing down a little bit (déjà ça ralenti un peu). More bar-restaurant, restaurant-bar type of places, because people love them. And lots of fun and good food.
Mélanie Boudreau, La Pique-Assiette blog:
Encore plus de menus fixes imposés aux clients, comme c'est le cas aux Provisions et chez Le Mousso. Je prédis également que Montréal fera le top 10 des meilleurs nouveaux restos 2015 du Guide En Route de Air Canada!