Old Montreal is about to receive a new fast casual eating option with plenty of health-conscious bowls and some big aspirations.
Hanna & Jenna is set to open on McGill Street in as little as one week with a range of build-your-own bowls on offer.
The concept comes from French business owner Said Aghardi, who is hoping to expand the concept into a wider-reaching chain — one location for Hanna & Jenna is already in operation, in Casablanca, Morocco.
Project manager Rafael Luzardo tells Eater that the menu will centre around two options — hot, wok-cooked bowls, and fresh, cold poke-style bowls. You’ll pay around $8 for the basic wok bowl (with vegetables, as well as noodles, rice, or another grain) or $12 for the poke option. The bowls come with various house-made sauces, and add-ons like chicken or fish, and toppings such as cream of avocado or goji berries.
The loosely Asian-fusion approach should allow for ample vegan and vegetarian options — with a 9 a.m. opening, it should also serve breakfast in the form of viennoiseries, croissants, and tartines — the main bowl menu will then run through lunch and dinner.
While Hanna & Jenna may be starting off as a somewhat international operation, it’s still leaning on local talent: the restaurant will feature décor from sculptor Laurence Vallières and wallpaper from Montreal pattern-design royalty, Aurore Danielou.
Expect it to open as early as the first week of April.
- Hanna & Jenna [Official]