Mimi la Nuit, the swish, year-old wine bar from restaurateur Edward Zaki (BarBounya, Chez Victoire, Thazard), architect Michel Lemieux, and Simple Plan's Jeff Stinco, has made a notable kitchen shuffle to start the new year. Eloi Dion, the inaugural chef at the Old Montreal boîte, has moved on to a new venture and has been replaced by Ali El Garani, late of Hambar, Buvette Chez Simone, Cuisine & Dépendance, and Pullman. With that kind of experience, Mimi la Nuit's customers should be well served.
Zaki tells Eater that the new menu will be longer, and will have more main dishes, and more homemade charcuterie — one of his new hire's fortes. Zaki: "We kept the chicken and some other plates. But the new menu is half light and fresh, and half comfort foods like steak, short rib, and a kefta burger. We wanted less butter and sauce and more bar food, done well. More raw and grilled items too. I find it well-balanced."