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Kwizinn Brings Griot and Other Creole Fare to Plaza St-Hubert — and Other Openings

Including gluten-free eats in St-Henri, and a rooftop terrasse

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PETITE-PATRIE — There’s a shiny new Caribbean dining option on the St-Hubert Plaza. Its name is Kwizinn (the Creole word for cuisine), and Haitian offerings are predominant — classic griot, alongside smoked chicken, seafood with djon-djon (black mushroom rice), and more, according to a neighbourhood publication. The budget friendly food is rounded out by house cocktails (think rum and fresh fruit, especially passionfruit) and imported beers from Haiti and surrounds. There’s also a nice community-minded element to the restaurant: owner Michael Lafaille says he’s committed to hiring staff with disabilities, particularly sight problems — he laments that this is a rarity in the hospitality industry. Lafaille is legally blind and used to work at dining-in-the-dark restaurant O Noir.

OLD MONTREAL — Rooftop terrasses are disappointingly uncommon in Montreal due to the interminable winters, but there’s one new option in town: Perché is perched four levels above Jacques-Cartier Place, with plenty of breezy green and white decor. It’s looking like a popular 5 à 7 spot at this stage, although food is served — not unlike nearby Venice, it’s styled as west coast fare, with tacos and poke bowls.

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ST-HENRI — The former Buck15 space on Notre-Dame Street is now home to an all gluten-free eatery, Kleine Shoppe, which is doing a mix of coffee, baked goods, and light brunchy fare (think tacos and avocado toast). It’s been open a few weeks now, and in a promising sign, multiple Eater readers have reached out with praise for the food. Oh, and Kleine Shoppe’s owners would appreciate it if somebody could return the plants that were stolen from out front of the café, thanks.

Whoever stole our plants. NOT cool. They were for the neighbourhoods enjoyment. We have you on camera. So please return them. -Kleine Shoppe

‎Posted by Kleine Shoppe on‎ חמישי 13 יולי 2017

DOWNTOWN — After a lengthy closure for massive renovations, the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel is back open, bringing with it a new bar, Nacarat, and a restaurant, Rosélys. The restaurant’s menu is French-leaning, but does show the standard hotel restaurant tendency to try to please everybody by including items like a bacon cheeseburger (at $26, no less).

CHINATOWN — The Hong Kong egg puff (sometimes called bubble waffle) appears to be having a moment — following the arrival of Danny Hut in April, Chinatown newbie Cafe Unique17 will also sell the dough-and-ice cream treat, alongside bubble tea, potato springs, and more.

Traditional Hong Kong waffle avec best ice cream in Montreal ... 1023 St-laurent .MTL ....

Posted by Cafe Unique17 on Sunday, June 18, 2017

DOWNTOWN — The cold pressed juice trend rolls on with the opening of a new juicery, Just Pressed, on Robert Bourassa (in the same building as Falafel Avenue). They have nifty glass bottles, and an Instagram-friendly aesthetic.

Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth

900 Boulevard René-Lévesque Ouest, Ville-Marie, QC H3B 4A5 (514) 861-3511 Visit Website


6670 Rue St-Hubert, Montréal, QC H2S 2M3 (514) 379-6670 Visit Website


153 Rue Saint-Amable, Montréal, QC H2Y 1E7 (514) 379-2010 Visit Website

Cafe Unique17

1023 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2Z 1J4 Visit Website

Kleine Shoppe

3734A Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Le Sud-Ouest, QC H4C 1P7 (514) 944-7619 Visit Website