A stylish new daytime dining spot has landed in Old Montreal, with a former Olive & Gourmando chef opening Dandy over the weekend.
It’s chef-owner Michael Tozzi who brings the sleek new space to St-Jacques Street — beyond his work at Olive, he also wields experience at Le Club Chasse et Pêche and as a food columnist for Le Devoir.
Located in the space that was formerly short-lived bar SafeHouse, Dandy is serving breakfast, brunch, and lunch — Tozzi previously told Eater that it’ll feature a touch of Italian influence, without going into full-scale Italian restaurant territory.
That means porchetta and margherita flatbreads on the lunch menu, cacio e pepe bucatini, and dumpling-adjacent malfatti with green peas, chicken skin, and mint. The breakfast and brunch options skew somewhat less Italian: a buttermilk fried chicken sandwich, latkes with smoked salmon, ricotta pancakes, and egg-topped boudin are just some of the options.
To drink, there’s espresso options, fresh juices, mimosas, and a notable wine list from sommelier Kaitlin Doucette (see also: Foxy) that incorporates a tidy selection of natural wines, including orange and rosé options.
As for the space, it’s ultra sleek: design firm BlazysGérard have added smooth, curving arches, and architectural light fixtures to the historic building, and plenty of curving, soft banquettes.
STATUS — Dandy is open at 244 St-Jacques W from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday to Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Monday and Tuesday hours are in the works for the future.