VILLAGE — Now that Notre-Dame West is partly off-limits to new restaurants under zoning laws, it seems that eyes are turning east to the Gay Village (i.e. Sainte-Catherine Street East). The newest arrival is Argentine-style empanada spot Pachamama, with adorable coloured dough-pockets filled with meat, cheese, and more. It joins pad Thai favourite Bangkok, soon-to-open Hawaiian spot Kamehameha, and ice creamery La Diperie, who are reportedly opening on the same stretch in time for summer. Pachamama is also BYOW, and has a few non-empanada options such as salads.
PETITE-PATRIE — The St-Denis Street location formerly inhabited by Fabrizia Rollo’s restaurant Brïz is staying somewhat Mediterranean: a new restaurant focused on fresh pasta, Matterello, is now open there. There are around a dozen fresh pasta dishes and some smaller antipasto options — and the prices, including on cocktails and wine, are very damn reasonable.
MONTREAL-OUEST — The savoury crepe-like Chinese breakfast jianbing is a rarity in Montreal, and a new west-end place is making them its specialty. Montreal Chinese Crepes & Dumplings has breakfast and lunch versions of the dish (including traditional and decidedly untraditional Chinese fillings such as bacon and egg), and also plenty of dumplings.
DOWNTOWN — The restaurant at the Contemporary Art Museum (MAC) in Place des Arts is back in action — it’s where Le Mousso’s Antonin-Mousseau Rivard made his name, but this time Kimberly Lallouz of Griffintown fried chicken restaurant Le Bird Bar is executive chef. Market-driven, seasonal fare is central, with a bistro lunch and table d’hôte dinners on offer in a very bright, modern 60-seat space.
VILLERAY — Well, this is one way to get around the possible imminent demise of the printed word: Montreal literary and publishing house Québec Amérique has opened a café on the site of its St-Hubert Street offices, Chez L’Éditeur. Coffee comes from Barista, pastries from Les Touriers, and there are books for sale, as well as occasional author talks and the like.
TRUDEAU AIRPORT — Finding decent food at Montreal's main airport can be a fraught affair, but there's one more promising new addition now — Bistrot is a small European chain of airport eateries, partly developed by Italy's Pollenzo University of Gastronomic Sciences. Fresh pasta is the main draw, among a mixed bag of other options. There's an emphasis on locally-sourced produce and brands, too. Example: the bread is Premiere Moisson, which is not the best bakery in town but is still far from shoddy, especially in the context of airport food. It's at Gate 59 in the international departures area.
OUTREMONT — Local Irish pub chain Ye Olde Orchard has a new location on the Outremont part of Laurier — they’re shaking up their well-trod formula a little by adding in house-made craft brews — just two to start, a kolsch (a lighter, German-style) and a cream ale.
PLATEAU — The Montreal outpost of Toronto bar The Lockhart is now open. Some call it a Harry Potter-themed bar, we would dispute that and say it’s actually just kinda magic-themed, but anyway, it’s on St-Denis, and has a restaurant license, meaning a food order is required in order to drink alcohol. They are reportedly working on serving brunch at some point in the future, too.
VILLERAY — In another tale of baristas at mainstay Italian cafés going out to start their own business, former Caffé San Simeon barista Piero Corrado Ciampoli has a two-month-old spot on Jarry called Baristello. And, offering something most other Italian coffee shops don’t, they’ve got sandwiches.
CÔTE-DES-NEIGES — CDN casse-croûte/diner Blanche Neige closed its Côte-des-Neiges Road restaurant but has reopened on Queen Mary Road, over the other side of the neighbourhood.
- Bangkok is Back From The Dead To Serve You Pad Thai, And Other Openings [EMTL]
- Kamehameha is Bringing Hawaiian Snacks to the Village [EMTL]
- Bird Bar Hatches Fried Chicken Doused in Champagne in Griffintown [EMTL]
- Lockhart is Coming and It’s Definitely Not a Harry Potter Themed Bar [EMTL]
- Les P’tits Enfants de Felice Arrives on Parc From Ex-Olimpico Barista [EMTL]
- Baristello & Cie: joli café italien dans Villeray [Tastet]
- Iconic Blanche Neige Restaurant reopens on Queen Mary Road with all day breakfast [The Suburban]