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Old Montreal Just Got an Inventive New Vegetable-Heavy Restaurant

Expect artsy plates and organic wines at Tiers Paysage

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The waterfront-facing strip of St-Paul Street East in Old Montreal is now home to Tiers Paysage, an inventive new restaurant from a few heavy-hitters in the city’s dining scene.

The restaurant, which bills itself as a “cave à manger,” or “dining cellar,” opened quietly some time last week, Tastet reported. It’s the five-year brainchild of chef Harrison Shewchuk (Maison Publique), sommelier Samia Hannouni (Joe Beef), Ariel Goldstein, and Misha Smarsik (owner and chef, respectively, of Philemon).

As the restaurant’s name (which literally translates to “Third Landscape,” the term botanist Gillés Clement coined to refer to undeveloped bits of natural landscape that have yet to evolve) would indicate, the menu is veggie-heavy. It includes stuffed eggplant with anchovies, bottarga with roasted celery and arugula, lacquered parsnip, and Italian-style sauteed greens. On offer for dessert are Kouign-amann (a French pastry made with caramelized dough and sugar) and chocolate tuile with toffee, among other decadent dishes.

The restaurant also has an impressive list of organic wines, Tastet reports, under Hannouni’s guidance. They’re all privately-imported, and Hannouni strives to keep them priced affordably.

STATUS — Tiers Paysage is now open at 22 St-Paul Street East every Tuesday through Saturday from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m.

Joe Beef

2491 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Le Sud-Ouest, QC H3J 1N6 (514) 935-6504 Visit Website

Maison Publique

4720 Rue Marquette, Le Plateau-Mont-Royal, QC H2J 3Y6 (514) 507-0555 Visit Website