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Cocktail Staple La Distillerie Gets Into the Food Game With New South Shore Location

After almost ten years since its last expansion, the bar has tapped an experienced chef to try out something new.

Shrimp tacos (front) and more from La Distillerie No. 4’s menu
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Cocktail go-to La Distillerie has expanded for the first time in nearly a decade, adding a new location in Old Longueuil.

It’s La Distillerie’s first move off the Island of Montreal — the cocktail bar’s three existing locations all occupy rather central locations in the Latin Quarter, Plateau, and Rosemont.

But Distillerie owner Phil Haman is taking somewhat of a different approach on the South Shore, branching out into food. The new location has a restaurant permit, and with a full kitchen in the basement, has introduced a full menu of bar food (cocktail offerings are similar to the existing Distilleries, with a menu split into strong, herbal, classics, and fruity options).

Haman has tapped chef Marie-Pier Morin, known for work in kitchens ranging from Leméac and Laurea to Le Richmond, as well as from the first season of Radio-Canada’s Les Chefs.

“She was ready to start a project of her own, bringing what the distillery does with cocktails but with food,” says Haman.

That means approachable food that steps a little outside the box of ultra-standard bar fare — the menu seems to skew a little bright and tropical, with a spicy calamari salad, crispy shrimp tacos with pineapple chutney, jambalaya, and a Cubano sandwich; a few bar staples like nachos appear, but some, like mac and cheese, get a little twist with additions like a za’atar panko topping.

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The fairly large space (with room for nearly 100) matches the sometimes fruity, tropical touches on the food — Haman says he wanted somewhat of a “surf shack” vibe, and has included plenty of untreated wood, greenery and some roof panelling that creates a faux-skylight effect to round it out.

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Morin won’t just be doing food for the Longueuil location — smaller menus with calzones, dips, and more have been introduced at the Plateau and Rosemont Distilleries. A few food options will become available at the original Ontario Street Distillerie in future, too.

STATUS — La Distillerie No. 4 is open at 105 St-Charles W from 4 p.m. to midnight Sunday to Wednesday, 11:30 a.m. to midnight Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. Friday, and 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday.

La Distillerie No. 4

105 Rue Saint-Charles Ouest, Longueuil, QC J4H 1C7 (514) 448-2461 Visit Website

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