SHAUGHNESSY VILLAGE — Dumpling joints abound in this downtown Montreal neighbourhood, known for its collection of Korean, Chinese, and Japanese eateries — and since November 19, there is one more. Shanghainese xiao long bao slinger Fu Chun has taken over the Maisonneuve West locale that previously belonged to homey Italian spot Chez Ennio to open its first Montreal outpost. Its soup dumplings are filled with pork, pork and shrimp, mushroom, or pork and crab, while other menu items include fried pork chop, squid salad, and sweet and sour spare ribs.
Fu Chun is open Tuesday to Sunday from 11:30 a.m. 9 p.m. at 1978 Boulevard de Maisonneuve West.
LITTLE BURGUNDY — Notre-Dame Street West just got meatier. Mignon, Montreal’s buzzy new steakhouse, opened last week, offering up a $39 table d’hôte, featuring a soup or salad appetizer, steak frites, and dessert of the day, plus some 90’s throwback cocktails. Read more about the new restaurant here.
Mignon is open daily from 5 to 10 p.m. at 2523 Notre-Dame Street West.
LA PETITE-PATRIE — Ritchie Nguyen, an alum from Plateau gastropub Maison Publique and Old Montreal brunch destination Dandy, opened his own restaurant November 13. Le Petit Boui Boui is stationed on Bélanger Street, west of Papineau. It’s a casual Vietnamese eatery serving up rare beef pho, bánh xèo (a crispy crepe made of rice flour, coconut milk, and turmeric, and filled with pork belly and shrimp), and chả lá lốt (lemongrass-flavoured pork encased in betel leaf and served alongside noodles). Read more about the new restaurant here.
Le Petit Boui Boui is open Wednesday to Sunday, 5:30 to 10 p.m. at 1498 Bélanger.
MILE END — All-day Bernard Street hangout Le Dépanneur Café has expanded into an adjacent space with a new project called L’Annexe Dépanneur Café — it’s a coffee shop, brunch spot, and event and co-working space. Owners Tania Raymond and Dhirar Mouhli picked up the locale in the early days of the pandemic, with the goal of opening Tunisian-Spanish restaurant Manoubia, which they did in November 2020; however, that project has since closed to give way to the annex.
L’Annexe Dépanneur Café is open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at 200 Bernard West.
BROSSARD — Suburban shopping district Quartier DIX30 has a sprawling new 6,000-square-foot supper club on the premises. La Nuit Shanghai, supposedly takes inspiration from the Chinese city in the roaring 20’s, offering up entertainment from singers, burlesque dancers, and circus performers every night as diners sup on a menu of French and Chinese cuisine and some tea-based cocktails.
La Nuit Shanghai is open Wednesday to Sunday, from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m., at 9140 Boulevard Leduc, Brossard.
OLD MONTREAL — Earlier this month (on November 11), a swank new Italian restaurant swung open its doors in Old Montreal. Stellina hones in on lesser-seen pasta shapes like the triangoli (a triangular ravioli it fills with squash and lathers in a butter sage sauce) and the capunti (an Apulian style that resembles a bean pod, which it dresses in a sausage fennel sauce.) The project comes from restaurant group Novantuno (Fiorellino, Porchetta), and has chef Jonathan Agnello steering the kitchen. Read more about the new restaurant here.
Stellina is open Tuesday to Saturday, from 5 to 11 p.m. at 410 Saint-Jacques.