Old Montreal's restaurant row on McGill welcomed 155 Fahrenheit, a 64-seat 'gourmet' burger concept, this past week. Partners Luciano Mercuri (Newtown, P.F. Chang's), Raphael Roussel, and Emile Haykal (P.F. Chang's) gave the former, short-lived Nero tapas bar a considerable facelift to make room for the new spot. Roussel recently elaborated: "We've installed our very own hydroponic herb rack which we harvest every week for a selection of herb bouquets that we use both for the kitchen and our cocktail program. As for the space itself we decided to distance ourselves from the previous restaurant. We decided to go for a very white, fresh and warm environment."
155 Fahrenheit is also described by management as "an upbeat urban environment with a comfortable suburban approachability. It offers a comfortable, relaxed ambiance, food that is made fresh daily and a focus on treating every guest as a neighbourhood regular." The restaurant's inaugural menu (see below), includes four starters (Buffalo style Brussels sprouts, bison tartare, lobster salad, chili), and six burgers réconfortants: a classic beef burger, pork belly, popcorn shrimp, tofu, lobster, and bison.
Status: 155 Fahrenheit, 42 McGill, (514) 903-6155, now open Monday to Friday for lunch and dinner, and weekends for dinner.