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Food Writers Name the Top Montreal Newcomers of 2016

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Pizza at Moleskine, one of the top picks among Montreal's 2016 dining newcomers

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 revealed by the time we turn off the lights at the end of 2016. Responses are unedited, for the most part. Readers, please do add your survey answers in the comments.

Q: What were the top restaurant newcomers of 2016?

Lesley Chesterman, The Gazette fine dining critic:

I fell hard for Hoogan & Beaufort, and also Hvor. But I gotta say, Moleskine just pushed so many of my buttons. It just feels so on point and the chef, Fred St-Aubin is one fierce cook. I'm so happy to see him freed from Club 357C!

Marie-Claude Lortie, La Presse restaurant critic:

Moleskine, Cadet, Lupita, Larrys

Ian Harrison, Ricardo magazine; Eater Montreal founding editor:

Agrikol, Larrys, Otto Yakitori Izakaya, Arthurs Nosh Bar and Torteria Lupita. At the top of my list to try in 2017: Hvor, Marconi, Moleskine, Tiradito and Super Qualité. Also super curious to see what Jeremiah Bullied has done over at the remade Sala Rossa. Don’t even get me started on places that opened in 2015 that I haven’t tried yet. The list is embarrassingly long.

Iris Paradis-Gagnon, La Presse restaurant reporter:

Larrys: I just love the place — I was a fan of Sardine and they made a great job with the space. Everything you order is just delicious, earthy and well executed, the coffee is great and the wine list is just right on spot.

I also like these newcomers a lot: Foxy, Tiradito, Moleskine, Hoogan & Beaufort, Butterblume, Lov

Joanna Fox, Ricardo magazine associate editor:

Larrys, Agrikol, Moleskine, Hoogan & Beaufort, Marconi, Carboni.

Élise Tastet, Tastet blog:

So many! Personal favorites: Larrys, Cadet, Moleskine, and Marconi

Gastronomique: Hvor and Chasse Galerie

Casual: Torteria Lupita and Butterblume

Mélanie Boudreau, La Pique-Assiette blog:

Super Qualité, La Petite Maison, Torteria Lupita, Fiorellino, Ramen 9000, and Pier 66.


470 Rue De La Gauchetière Ouest, Ville-Marie, QC H2Z 1E3 (514) 878-3666 Visit Website

Petite Maison

5589 avenue du Parc, Montreal, Quebec H2V4H2 (514) 303-1900 Visit Website

Le Butterblume

5836 Boulevard Saint-Laurent, Le Plateau-Mont-Royal, QC H2T 1T3 (514) 903-9115 Visit Website

Otto Japanese Yakitori

Maisonneuve ouest, Montréal, QC (514) 507-8886

Le Pier 66

361 Bernard Ouest, Montreal, Quebec H2V 4H3 (514) 903-6696 Visit Website

Le Super Qualité

1211 Rue Bélanger, Rosemont—La Petite-Patrie, QC H2S 1H7 (514) 398-0184 Visit Website


5201 Boulevard Saint-Laurent, Le Plateau-Mont-Royal, QC H2T 1S4 (514) 503-1070 Visit Website


5149 du Parc, Montréal, QC H2V 4G3 (514) 277-1919 Visit Website


4621 Notre-Dame Ouest, Montreal, Quebec H4C 1S5


1232 Rue de la Montagne, Ville-Marie, QC H3G 1Z1 (514) 287-1155 Visit Website


45 Avenue Mozart Ouest, Rosemont—La Petite-Patrie, QC H2S 1C1 (514) 490-0777 Visit Website

Ramen 9000

4609 Notre-Dame Street West, Southwest, QC H4C 1S5 (514) 846-1555 Visit Website


1638 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Le Sud-Ouest, QC H3J 1M1 (514) 925-7007 Visit Website


57 Newington Green, , England N16 9PX 020 4531 5302 Visit Website


3412 Avenue du Parc, Le Plateau-Mont-Royal, QC H2X 2H5 (514) 903-6939 Visit Website

Hoogan & Beaufort

4095, rue Molson, Montreal, Quebec


1414 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Le Sud-Ouest, QC H3C 1K8 (514) 937-2001 Visit Website


1076 Rue de Bleury, Ville-Marie, QC H2Z 1N2 (514) 866-6776 Visit Website

Le Chasse-Galerie

4110 Rue Saint-Denis, Montréal, QC H2W 2M5 (514) 419-9601 Visit Website


1844 Rue Atateken, Ville-Marie, QC H2L 3L6 (514) 903-6707 Visit Website

Torteria Lupita

4601, rue Notre-Dame O, Montréal, QC H4C 1S5

La Sala Rosa

4848 Boulevard Saint-Laurent, Le Plateau-Mont-Royal, QC H2T 1R5 (514) 844-4227 Visit Website