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Is Old Montreal About to Get a Portuguese Chicken Restaurant?

News and notes from the Montreal restaurant world

Piri piri here?
Piri piri here?
Osteria Venti

— No restaurant group opens, closes, and reopens restaurants quite like Jorge Da Silva's Old Montreal-based MTL Cuisine. In that spirit, it looks as if the group's bygone Italian restaurant Osteria Venti, empty for the past year, is about to get a Portuguese chicken makeover. Da Silva's son, Jorge Da Silva, Jr., hinted as much on social media yesterday. The group's Commerce bar on McGill, the former Bar & Boeuf and Wilson, is poised to reopen after a facelift as well.

— Look out Ripples? Sapa, a new ice cream parlour, will open soon in the Plateau at 4071 Saint-Laurent, between Duluth and Rachel.

— Easter is upon us, and with it, a parade of festive wares from Montreal's chocolate and pastry shops. Check out what the likes of Les Chocolats de Chloé, Patrice Pâtissier, de Froment et de Sève, and Fous Desserts have to offer for the long holiday weekend. Or, if nostalgia is your bag, let Gazette food critic Lesley Chesterman school you on Montreal's oldest chocolate shop, Les Chocolats Andrée.

La Bête à Pain Griffintown opens Monday, March 28, at 195 Young, between Wellington and Ottawa. ICYMI, here's the scoop on the ambitious project.

— A special, month-long promo at Toqué! targets diners aged 18 to 30 with 35% off a special four-course menu on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, until April 13. Reserve by phone, and be sure to mention 'Youth Menu.'


900 Place Jean-Paul-Riopelle, Ville-Marie, QC H2Z 2B2 (514) 499-2084 Visit Website

Osteria Venti

372 rue St-Paul Ouest, Montreal, QC H2Y 2A6 (514) 284-0445 Visit Website