MILE END — Rather popular Indian resto Bombay Mahal has expanded, with a new restaurant open on Mont Royal and St-Urbain. While it’s a smaller location than the Jean-Talon West location, the menu is similar, with tikka, korma, vindaloo, saag, and various other curries. It’s also doing delivery via platforms like Foodora and SkipTheDishes. This Bombay Mahal is under the same ownership as the Parc-Extension original (some, like Bombay Mahal Express on the Plateau, do not share the same ownership).
WEST ISLAND — Hot Star, the Taiwan-based purveyor of fried chicken cutlets the size of an average human face, is expanding to Pointe-Claire. It’ll be opening on Brunswick Boulevard at St-Jean, kitty corner from the Fairview mall. This is the second location for the chain in Greater Montreal — the first opened on Ste-Catherine Street back in 2018.
LAVAL — Longtime Mile End Greek restaurant Philinos is expanding northwards — it’ll be opening a new bistro on St-Martin, just east of Le Corbusier. The original has been in business for 24 years on Parc, serving dips, souvlaki, grilled fish, and more — there’s no opening date for the new location, but it does already have a sign.
WESTMOUNT — Fancy-pants pâtisserie Maison Christian Faure has opened location number three, on Sherbrooke West and Claremont, taking over the former Swiss Premium Chocolatier shop. Expect classic viennoiseries, pastries, and cakes, more or less identical to what’s offered at the Old Montreal original and Faure’s other outpost on de Maisonneuve, downtown.
MILE END — Less an expansion and more of a move, excellent ramen resto Nakamichi has resurfaced in the former Thazard space on St-Laurent. As previously reported, the original Nakamichi space on Bishop is still under the same ownership, but they converted it into more of a Japanese-style café (which is also now open).
DOWNTOWN — In case you missed it, Vietnamese restaurant Hà, Lebanese grill Omnivore, Chinese resto Mon Nan, and burger spot Uniburger are all getting new locations, as they’ll be part of soon-to-open food hall Le Cathcart in Place Ville-Marie.