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Tommy Café Expanded to a Brunchy Second Location — and Other Openings to Know

Including a sleek new tasting menu option in Old Montreal

Tommy Café/Official

OLD MONTREAL — Some big changes were afoot in the last month for Old Montreal restaurateur Thomas Vernis. Beyond opening aperitivo bar Alfie’s, he shut down his St-Paul Street Italian restaurant Dolcetto Et Co, turning it into a second location for his popular Notre-Dame Street coffee shop Tommy Café. The often jam-packed original Tommy Café (with a prime location next to the Notre-Dame Basilica) is arguably Vernis’ most successful venture, so the substantially larger St-Paul edition of it will allow the café to spread its wings a bit more. That means a bigger menu with more sit-down breakfast, brunch, and lunch options: omelettes, sandwiches, a “French toast waffle” dish, and hearty “bageldictine” are all on offer at some fairly affordable prices, particularly for the neighbourhood.

OLD MONTREAL — Tasting menu-only restaurant Chef’s Table has landed in the heart of the neighbourhood at Place d’Youville. The co-owners come from McGill Street’s Le Speakeasy (they’re also involved with ice creamery Freeze Brothers) — chef Marie-Anne Bédard also comes from that restaurant. She’s heading up the kitchen with a menu that has eyes firmly fixed on local produce — see deer tataki with a camerise berry compote, or coffee-beer lacquered beef with cauliflower couscous and marinated beets, pictured below. The six-course menu is going for a very reasonable $68.

Chef’s Table/Official

PLATEAU — Taking a similar approach to prioritizing Quebec products is St-Denis Street newcomer Mon Marché Gourmet (or MMG), open since early April in the former Tasso Mezze location. Chef Nicolas Pelletier is a “Montrealer but Magdalen Islander at heart”, so fittingly, the menu specializes partially in seal meat, a Magdalen Island specialty, but there’s no shortage of generally earthy Québécois flavours for those who aren’t inclined towards that particular form of seafood. As the name implies, there’s also a boutique on site with a range of products that MMG says are exclusive to its store — for example, Fernando Pensato brand olive oil, imported from Italy.

Mon Marché Gourmet/Facebook

MILE END — Laurier Avenue is now home to pan-Southeast Asian restaurant Mayhem, which takes over the former La Petite Tonkinoise space. That means dishes like satay chicken, lemongrass beef, and a fusiony tartare option.

Mayhem Saveurs Asiatiques/Facebook

PLATEAU — In case you missed it, go-to Duluth Avenue Venezuelan spot Arepera (known for its titular arepas, corn patties with various meat and bean fillings) moved into bigger digs just a few blocks south on the Prince Arthur pedestrian street.

Arepera/Facebook

Mayhem Saveurs Asiatiques

140 Avenue Laurier O, Montréal, QC H2T 2N7 (514) 274-9888 Visit Website

Chef's Table

365 Place d'Youville, Montréal, QC H2Y 2B7 (514) 543-0200 Visit Website

Tommy Café (St-Paul)

151 rue Saint-Paul O, Montreal, QC H2Y z6Z (514) 419-8522 Visit Website

Arepera

73 Rue Prince-Arthur Est, Le Plateau-Mont-Royal, QC H2X 1B4 (514) 508-7267 Visit Website

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