Montreal chef and restaurateur Paul Toussaint has doubled down on his presence at Eaton Centre food hall Time Out Market, with the opening of a new restaurant counter today (December 2). Called Americas BBQ, it’s his attempt at anthologizing the wide range of barbecue food traditions found across North, Central, and South America.
The menu at Americas BBQ jumps freely from Mexican chorizo and Argentinian-style grilled onglet atop a bed of chimichurri to Tennessee whiskey glazed ribs and méchoui (a spit-roasted lamb dish that originates in North Africa, but has found popularity in Quebec). To pair, there’s macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes, and bean casserole, plus ginger-lemon meringue pie and chocolate tart for dessert. Down the line, diners can also expect to see Brazilian “churrasco” (meats grilled over fire on long skewers) and jerk-spiced fish, the latter being a nod to Toussaint’s Haitian roots.
The new stall is a second for Toussaint at the upmarket food court that hosts some of the city’s most reputable chefs. His first, eponymously named, spotlights the Caribbean fare that he’s become known for, and was part of the initial line-up of restaurants at Time Out Market Montreal’s opening in November 2019.
At Time Out, Toussaint is currently joined by vegan food expert and restaurateur Christian Manuel Ventura Alatorre, (Casa Kaizen), brunch specialist chef Arnaud Glay (Le Passé Composé), and acclaimed Montreal chef Normand Laprise (Burger T!), under which Toussaint trained at iconic Toque! after completing culinary school. He then went on to join the team at much-loved Village Haitian spot Agrikol, which closed last year, and in August 2020, opened his first standalone restaurant: upscale pan-Caribbean haunt Kamúy in the Place des Arts area.
Americas BBQ is open Monday to Thursday, from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., and on weekends from noon to 10 p.m.., at Time Out Market Montreal.