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Pizza Al Taglio Arrives in the Latin Quarter, All-Day Brunch Goes to Time Out — And Other Openings

September shaped up to be a pretty fruitful month

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An al taglio pizzeria lands across the street from CHUM hospital.
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LATIN QUARTER — A new Roman-style al taglio pizza place has landed on the scene, this one opening right across the street from the CHUM hospital. A Posto’s menu is on the smaller side but covers all the bases with margherita, pepperoni, pesto veggie, and mushroom béchamel square slices, plus some salads, sandwiches, coffee, and doughnuts. Takeout only — and, for now, just from a street-side window.

A Posto is open Monday to Friday, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., at 1073 Saint-Denis.

DOWNTOWN — Village brunch destination Le Passé Composé is now serving all-day brunch at its new stall in Eaton Centre food hall Time Out Market. The expansion means shoppers can now sample chef Arnaud Glay’s foie gras poached goose egg with prosciutto chips and onion compote, or panko-encrusted French toast fingers with lime yogurt and berries, without even leaving the building.

poached egg with foie gras in white bowl Time Out Market Montréal

Le Passé Composé is now open daily from noon to 8 p.m. at Time Out Market Montreal.

MILE END — A group of seven friends bringing experience from Mile End bar Henrietta, downtown coffee shop Shaughnessy Café, wine importation agency Vins Nomad, and elsewhere have just “soft opened” an Avenue du Parc sandwich shop. Also up for grabs at Nita Tout Garni: coffee, sodas, and organic wines.

Nita Tout Garni is open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday to Sunday, at 5687 Avenue Du Parc.

WESTMOUNT — Spirulina is the name of a blue-green algae vaunted for its antioxidant-rich properties — and now also of a Victoria Avenue smoothie bar started by Montreal naturopath Jessica Power. It serves up versions of the drink made with the algae, plus nut milks and butters, coconut water, hemp and chia seeds, and fruits and veggies aplenty. Otherwise, it’s selling topped toasts and a handful of seasonal (read: pumpkin-based) items.

Spirulina is open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 392 Victoria Avenue.

MILE END — The team behind beloved Avenue du Parc hangout Buvette Chez Simone opened a new wine bar in a neighbouring locale this week. The space that previously belonged to local dive La Petite Idée Fixe is now officially home to Bar à Flot, a project helmed by new Buvette Chez Simone partner Florence Pelland-Goyer, Tastet reports.

Bar à Flot is open Wednesday to Saturday, from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m., at 4857 Avenue du Parc.

OLD MONTREAL — Le Speakeasy has opened a new graffiti-laden restaurant called Vandale on its main floor. The idea came after the bar was vandalized in 2017, and then again witnessed anti-curfew protests in April that led to vandalism at surrounding businesses in the neighbourhood, Time Out reports. Chef Alexandre Payon’s compact menu features venison tartare, a beet and scallop dish, mushroom tagliatelle, and more. Le Speakeasy remains closed.

Vandale is open Tuesday to Friday, from 5 to 11 p.m., and Saturdays from 6 to 11 p.m., at 120 McGill Street.

VILLERAY — A new Italian ice cream and sandwich shop called Rose opened steps away from Jarry Park on September 22. Highlights include apple pie soft serve; a mortadella, mozzarella, and crumbled pistachio sandwich; and a feminist work environment. Read more here.

Rose is open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at 26 Rue Gounod.

LA PETITE-PATRIE — A hybrid daytime coffee shop and nighttime natural wine bar called Brouillon has landed on Plaza St-Hubert — and it comes from some unexpected owners. Read more here.

Brouillon is open Tuesday to Saturday from 8 a.m. to midnight and Monday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 6580 Rue St-Hubert.

LA PETITE-PATRIE — The strip of Jean-Talon East just west of Saint-Denis has a brand-new Vietnamese restaurant: Pho Jean-Talon. Though having “soft” opened late last month, the restaurant is now officially welcoming customers for indoor dining. The menu features pho, bún bò huế (a spicy, lemongrass-flavoured soup with beef shank), and plates of vermicelli topped with grilled chicken, pork, shrimp, or beef. In its brief time, the joint has already drawn in dozens of reviews on Google, averaging a near-perfect 4.9 stars, and many shout-outs for its Pho Mignon — what one poster glowingly describes as “out of this world.” Pho Jean-Talon takes over the basement space that once belonged to Pho Dakao, which also specialized in the brothy bowls.

Pho Jean-Talon is open Monday to Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. at 360 rue Jean-Talon East.

bowl of pho Pho Jean-Talon/Facebook

OLD MONTREAL Waterside De la Commune Street now has one more spot to grab a bite. A new Portuguese rotisserie called Chapado has opened, with a menu that, in addition to piri piri chicken, includes grilled sardines, chorizo, and a bifana sandwich (a traditional flour-dusted bun encasing a thin slice of paprika-marinated pork). The restaurant will soon also house a grocery section and bar serving Bloody Caesars, Time Out Montreal reports.

Chapado is open Thursday, from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., Friday from 5 p.m. to 12 a.m., and Saturday from 12 p.m. to 12 a.m. at 121 de la Commune Street West.

SHAUGHNESSY VILLAGE — Taiwanese croissanterie Hazukido opened its first Quebec outpost on September 10; it already has two in Ontario, with five more incoming for the neighbouring province. The menu at its new Shaughnessy Village location features savoury laminated croissant options like garlic butter; or crab stick with truffle cream sauce and parmesan; and sweet ones, like raspberry panna cotta, hazelnut chocolate, and one called “Oolong Frog Prince,” filled with oolong-infused custard and mochi, and a matcha-chocolate glaze coating.

Hazukido is open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 1629 Ste. Catherine Street West.

SAINT-HENRI — Two years after opening his first restaurant, Ivorian sandwich shop Baguette Brochette on Saint-Denis, Jad Ezzeddine has now opened his second: another outpost for the casual eatery, but in Saint-Henri. “Inspired by the unique combination of Parisian Cafés and African street food,” according to its Facebook bio, Baguette Brochette specializes in baguettes filled with skewered meats or vegan alternatives. Also available are bofloto, sweet Ivorian doughnuts balls; house-made plantain chips; and fruit juices. According to a press release shared with Eater, a third location in Ottawa, is also on the horizon.

Baguette Brochette is now open at 3491 Notre-Dame Street West.

DOWNTOWN — Jordan Biberkraut, the person behind once-upon-a-time Detroit pizza pop-up Fungool, opened his own brick-and-mortar earlier this month. With the ‘90s-inspired Hang Time, he pairs the thick, cheesy squares of his last project with New York-style pies, poutine, chicken wings, and more. Read about it here.

Hang Time is open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. at 1390 Boulevard de Maisonneuve West.

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