VILLAGE — The people behind bars Palco (in Verdun) and Renard (also in the Village) are getting into the restaurant game, with bistro Tendresse now open on Sainte-Catherine. As previously reported, it’s doing multicultural-tinged vegan dishes and boozy weekend brunches. It has a stylish space to boot, and is open day and night, seven days.
MILE END — A cute-looking new casual nook has arrived in the former premises of Bernard Street seafood restaurant Le Pier 66. Radis is all-vegan, but skips the tofu and tempeh for an Italian approach featuring a few pizza, pasta, and salad options, as well as treats like cannoli and bombolini. For now it’s open limited hours while the restaurant awaits an alcohol permit — Thursday and Friday lunches, and Sunday brunch; dinners will presumably happen once booze gets the OK.
DOWNTOWN — The vegan restaurants keep on coming as fast-casual-ish eatery Code Vert opened in recent weeks on Bishop Street, with a long menu of breakfasts (bowls, chia pudding, tartines), vegan takes on classic weekend brunches, healthy-looking veggie-based bowls, vegan grilled cheese (or faux-mage), baked goods, pizza, and more. Seriously, it’s a really damn long menu.
MILE END — BYOB sushi restaurant Yuukai has returned after a long absence, following its displacement from its original home on Parc Avenue near Bernard. It closed at that location around 10 months ago, and after a fairly length search for new premises, landed just down the block at 5407 Parc, formerly Japanese restaurant Cocoro.
PLATEAU — Mont-Royal Avenue bakery-café Le Toledo is officially open as of this week — read all the details over here.
GRIFFINTOWN — The former La Bistrote on Notre-Dame W is now a restaurant named Lime, serving (like so many other places in this city) cuisine asiatique moderne. That old chestnut means that the menu features everything from gyoza and teriyaki through to Thai curries, pho, and spring rolls.
PLATEAU — The former Boul St-Laurent site of Big in Japan sandwich shop Banh Mi Queen is now Comptoir Bonsaï, a lunch-leaning spot serving up bowls with a very loosely pan-Asian approach.