SUD-OUEST — After winning over the Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie crowd, Mitch Deli has decided to bring its impeccably crisp fried chicken sandwich out west — specifically to craft brewery Messorem Bracitorium, along the Lachine Canal. Maxime Gagné, a teacher from the École des Métiers de la Restauration et du Tourisme de Montréal, started the de Lorimier Street sandwich shop in June 2020, and, as of tomorrow, almost exactly a year later, it is already on to its expansion. Once churning out Grumman ’78 tacos (RIP), the two-year-old microbrewery's kitchen has been rejigged to reproduce Mitch Deli’s beloved sandwiches and other items, including a new “secret” creation unique to the outpost. Messorem Bracitorium’s bright blue-coloured picnic table-equipped terrasse also opens tomorrow.
Messorem Bracitorium is open from noon to 11 p.m., Wednesdays to Sundays, at 2233 Pitt.
WESTMOUNT — Premier Sainte-Catherine Street izakaya Imadake is now home to two new takeout- and delivery-only projects. One is a Japanese curry shop called Taiga Kare, and the other a ramen outfit called Rameniac, serving up noodles in shio, shoyu, and vegan miso broths. At the former, diners can get their hands on a classic deep-hued curry resulting from six hours of simmered and spiced chicken and pork broth, as well as three other Thai-inspired options, featuring lemongrass, coconut milk, and chili peppers. Any of the four curries can be topped with breaded cutlets of pork, salmon, tofu, chicken, or veggies. At Rameniac, the Montreal Gazette says, the goal was to explore broths other than tonkotsu, which is the focus at Imadake’s sister Plateau establishment, the lauded Yokato Yokabai.
Taiga Kare and Rameniac are open for delivery and takeout seven days a week at 4006 Rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest.
OLD MONTREAL — Water-side hangout and outdoor resto-market Marché des Éclusiers has reopened for its sixth year running, this time with a menu conceived in collaboration with the acclaimed chefs of Menu Extra, Francis Blais and Camilo Lapointe-Nascimento, and the venue’s executive chef Jimmie Gordon. On offer are kebabs made with meats and produce from local farms, seasonal salads, and dips (including eggplant, tzatziki, hummus, and corn) served with a barbecued, herb-smeared flatbread — all prepped in a central, exposed kitchen space. The market’s grocery store section is stocked with staples from local restaurants, including pastas and sauces from new Saint-Henri Italian haunt BarBara, ice cream from Dalla Rosa, and chicken and octopus from Portuguese restaurant Campo. Go for breakfast, coffee (courtesy of MELK), lunch, dinner, drinks — and, on Saturdays, even a farmers’ market.
Marché des Éclusiers is open daily from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. at 400 de la Commune Street West.
QUARTIER DES SPECTACLES — Tourists in Downtown Montreal may still be in short supply, but terrasses in the areas where they tend to flock sure aren’t. As of June 10, Quartier des Spectacles is getting one more, from the new restaurant Bivouac, located in the Hilton DoubleTree hotel on Jeanne-Mance Street. According to Narcity, the restaurant results from a collaboration with Montreal’s Ateliers & Saveurs cooking school. It will feature a “boreal-inspired” menu, with dishes reflecting different regions of Quebec.
Bivouac is expected to open on June 10 at 1255 Jeanne-Mance.
DOWNTOWN — Montreal’s Four Seasons Hotel restaurant, Marcus, reopened its terrasse on Friday, May 28, with a new executive chef, Jason Morris (previously of Pastel and Le Fantôme), at its helm. According to a press release announcing the news, Morris began his career as a fishmonger at high-end Mile End Greek restaurant Milos, and at Marcus comes full circle with his knowledge of the sea on full display, with a menu including crab salad, red snapper, and the return of the photo-worthy Marcus seafood tower.
Marcus is open Wednesday to Sunday, from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m., at 1440 Rue de la Montagne.
- Messorem Bracitorium X Mitch Deli: du nouveau dans la cuisine de cette microbrasserie du sud-ouest [Silo 57]
- A New Brewery Is Bringing Its Sour IPAs to the Sud-Ouest [EMTL]
- Westmount’s izakaya Imadake launches a new ghost kitchen for ramen, Rameniac [Montreal Gazette]
- Spicy New Japanese Curry House in Montreal – Taiga Karé [Shut Up and Eat]
- Cette nouvelle terrasse aux allures de garden party offre une vue WOW sur le centre-ville [Narcity]