Brossard is set to welcome a new bar and Chinese restaurant with a notable chef onboard in the coming weeks.
Le Golden Dragon will open on Taschereau, just south of Rome with a mix of players involved — Dan Pham of Vietnamese pub Le Red Tiger and huge Laval resto-bar Miss Wong is spearheading it, along with Justin Daoust, his co-owner at Village Hawaiian snack bar Kamehameha. Manny Vides Jr. of nearby cocktail spot Mile Public House, is another co-owner.
The trio have tapped chef Jean-Michel Leblond, of now-closed offal-centric Verdun restaurant Tripes et Caviar to run the food side of Golden Dragon (Leblond also did barbecue pop-up Espadon at Mile End bar Kabinet this summer).
Pham describes Golden Dragon as “a Chinese dive bar but with really good food”, and it seems Leblond is going to get playful with his menu, tapping into the expertise he showed at Tripes et Caviar.
“His specialty is that he can really work with every single part of an animal,” says Pham.
One highlight that Daoust and Pham point out is a pork neck dish with beer sauce and Szechuan peppers — other menu possibilities get playful with Chinese-American dishes, for example, General Tao frog legs, or fried jellyfish (“a bit like salt and pepper calamari”), or a beef shoulder salad, lemongrass, chop suey, carrots, daikon, and a house-made XO sauce.
While Brossard may seem like a rather competitive spot to set up a Chinese restaurant, Pham and Daoust note that between the menu and the set-up, it’ll be different to the existing options in the South Shore suburb — Pham likens it to the casual, pub-like approach of Le Red Tiger.
“Think a dive bar; a young kid that took over his mom and dad’s Chinese restaurant and decorated in a much more hip style, with lots of neon,” says Pham.
“We did Kamehameha, [sushi restaurant] Blossom...really big projects so for this one, we really wanted to put the stressful parts aside and focus on the fun parts of the restaurant business,” adds Daoust.
Daoust also points out that it’ll be within reach of Montrealers, just a ten-minute drive from the Sud-Ouest (traffic permitting).
On the bar side, it’ll be more of a cocktail and beer spot — imported beers like Chang and Tsingtao will be served, with Vides Jr. creating the cocktail options.
Expect Golden Dragon to open sometime in December.