Mont-Royal Avenue Vietnamese restaurant Hà now has an officially-open second location, in the Old Montreal space formerly occupied by L’Appartement.
As principal Nicolas Urli told Eater a few months back, Hà 2.0 is similar to its Plateau mother ship, but not a carbon copy. The menu sticks in the same casual price range and is along the same lines: buns, noodle dishes, grilled meats with lemongrass and more (see it below). But beyond the main 80-seat restaurant (and 40-seat terrasse) there will eventually be a basement noodle bar named Nhậu Bar (serving both noodles and booze), opening at a later date.
The interior is also a bit slicker than the original Hà, with plenty of earthy tones and plants from designer about town Amlyne Philips.
The team behind it are the same as the Mont-Royal location: Urli, along with chef Ross Louangsignotha, Flore-Anne Ducharme, and Francisco Randez (chef Hong Hà Nguyen, who helped found the restaurant died in 2015, but acted as a mentor to those who kept running the restaurant).
The new Hà seems to fit neatly with the somewhat recent wave of more casual openings in Old Montreal (such as vegetarian LOV and California-style Venice) — in lieu of the many high-end or tourist-oriented restaurants in the area, Hà and others seem to be a little more geared towards locals. Urli himself said in March that the plan is to appeal to the working lunch crowd in the area (although the restaurant is open lunch and dinner).
STATUS — Restaurant Hà is open at 600 William, for evenings only (until at least July 15) with full hours beginning soon — 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday to Friday, and 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Monday to Saturday.