SHAUGHNESSY VILLAGE — After opening its first North American location in Toronto last year, popular Taiwanese croissant shop Hazukido has set its sights on Montreal. According to the bakery’s Instagram account for its new Quebec location, the opening is set to happen soon in Shaughnessy Village, where a swell of both imported and home-grown Chinese, Korean, and Japanese restaurants continue to add to the area’s culinary draw.
Though originating in Taiwan, Hazukido prides itself in an artisanal Japanese approach to the laminated French pastry — its take resulting in a 64-layer honeycomb pattern, which it says requires 72 hours of preparation. Based on the offering at Hazukido’s other outposts, Montrealers are in for sweet fillings like raspberry panna cotta and caramel pudding, and savoury options, including salted egg yolk, truffle crab, and cod roe — with some seasonal additions.
Hazukido is slated to open at 1629 St.Catherine Street West.
WESTMOUNT — A new tapas and wine bar inspired by the time spent lingering at the table after a meal is complete — “sobremesa” in Spanish — landed on Sherbrooke Street West on June 17. Aptly called La Sobremesa, the restaurant comes from the same group responsible for H4C par Dany Bolduc, and specializes in Spanish wines, cheeses, and charcuterie, along with an extensive tapas offering, including standbys like grilled calamari and patatas bravas, as well as lardo-wrapped razor clams, mackerel confit in chorizo oil, and shiitake mushrooms with a pea and basil butter. Photos posted to its Instagram account show a space outfitted with white painted brick walls, brown leather booths, and greenery peeking through.
La Sombremesa is open Thursday to Sunday, from 5 to 10 p.m. at 4922 Sherbrooke Street West.
GRIFFINTOWN — Now open on the same block of Notre-Dame Street West as slick spots like Makro and Grinder is a new, more casual option serving up Indian fare like chana masala, spicy lamb madras, and butter chicken (or tofu). Also on the menu at newcomer Kali Bistro are lobster rolls made with shrimp butter and topped with slaw, as well as a “pork and shrimp siu mai dumpling slider,” suggesting that its creators do not plan to stick within Indian borders for inspiration.
Kali Bistro is open Monday to Wednesday from noon to 9 p.m., Thursday from noon to 10 p.m., Friday from noon to 11 p.m., Saturday from 2 to 5 p.m., and Sunday 2 to 7 p.m. at 1748 Notre-Dame West.
SAINT-HENRI — Another online sweet shop takes it to the streets, with the opening of Sundaiz in the Lachine Canal Complex, by the Atwater Market. The café and bakery offers up a selection of peppy cookie flavours — from “confetti confessions” to cinnamon roll — as well as dips (think 90s-style Dunkaroos frosting), as well as rainbow éclairs.
Sundaiz is open daily at 4710 St-Ambroise Street, Unit 130.
POINTE-ST-CHARLES — What started off as a cold-pressed juice counter in a Les Marchés Tau grocery store in Laval has evolved into a canal-side organic café. On the menu at Velish Village are vegetarian salads, toasts, acai bowls, and, of course, a hefty offering of fruit-and-veggie-filled drinks.
Velish Village is open Wednesday to Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., at 2015 St. Patrick.