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All of Montreal’s May 2022 Restaurant and Bar Openings

May 2022 whisked in a hybrid café-wine bar in Hochelaga, a no-nonsense diner in Verdun, and a brand-new Villeray spot serving cocktails and duck arancini 

plates of food on green marble table Chez Josie/Facebook

HOCHELAGA-MAISONNEUVE — A new day-to-night, hybrid café and wine bar called Supernat has touched down steps away from Parc Morgan on Ste-Catherine Street East. For now, it’s focusing on the coffee component, with plans to open for wine-fuelled nights soon. Nightlife reports a sandwich menu featuring Japanese Hokkaido milk bread, with options including a tamago and kimchi sando, a barbecue pork banh mi, and a salmon sashimi sandwich.

Supernat is currently open Wednesday to Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 4316 rue Ste-Catherine Est. Evening hours are to be added soon.

QUARTIER DES SPECTACLES — In more café-meets-wine bar news, the St-Laurent outpost of Café Pista has just incorporated an evening operation into the fold. Now open late on Thursdays and Fridays and going by Vin Public, the spot has become a destination for a post-workday glass. A food menu by chef Jules Bruneau features charcuterie and cheese, carrots with muhammara, and beef tartare.

Vin Public is open Thursday and Friday, from 5 to 10 p.m., at 1587 St-Laurent Boulevard.

LA PETITE-PATRIE — Back in December 2020, Dominique Goupil and Martin Lamirande debuted Soda Épicerie, a grocery-store-plus-café, on Beaubien East. But in the time since, it has gradually evolved into a neighbourhood bar. The owners have formalized the transformation with a name change: Buvette Beaubien. More details from Tastet.

Buvette Beaubien is open Tuesday to Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. at 211 Rue Beaubien Est.

MILE-EX — Settling in the former Alexandraplatz, Wills Bar is a bright, airy, art-filled space — and eventually, it’ll even brew its own beer. Read more here.

Wills Bar is open Thursday to Saturday, from 5 p.m. to 12 a.m., and Sunday, from 4 p.m. to 12 a.m. at 6731 Esplanade Avenue.

ST-HENRI — A new all-vegan Italian osteria and wine bar serving Aperol-glazed carrots, “ricotta” ravioli, and wild mushroom arancini lands on Notre-Dame West. Read more here.

Conceria is open Wednesday to Sunday, from 5 to 11:30 p.m. at 3580 Notre-Dame Ouest.

stack of pancakes Millmans/Supplied

VERDUN — Wellington Street says hello to yet another new arrival this month; Millmans is a no-frills spot and self-described “casse-croûte 4 the masses,” serving a concise menu of breakfast and lunch items, Wednesdays to Sundays. Expect the standard breakfast diner play, including thick-cut bacon, house-made lox, and pancake stacks. For lunch, there are burgers, smoked meat, and fried chicken. Chef-owner Nick Gaudette is sourcing locally for the project, featuring the creations of all-sourdough bakery Miette and honey bread makers Beecraft. The space is decked out with retro booths and mismatched tableware, Silo 57 reports.

Millmans is open Wednesday to Sunday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at 3779 Rue Wellington.

VILLERAY — A brand-new restaurant and bar called Chez Josie landed on the scene earlier this month, replacing dive bar La Québécoise on the same Jarry Street strip as pizzeria Vesta and wine-centric spot Etna. The venture comes from the folks behind Plateau sports and billiard bar Fitzroy and rotisserie and fried chicken slinger Paradis BBQ and features a menu of white tuna crudo with fennel, grapefruit, orange, and chartreuse; a burrata and fattoush mash-up; duck arancini; and more.

Chez Josie is open from Wednesday to Sunday, from 4 p.m. until late, at 230 Rue Jarry Est.

red dish with small bites containing crab Yoko Luna/Supplied

DOWNTOWN — Yoko Luna, a nearly 20,000-square-foot supper club billing itself as Canada’s largest, opened on May 26, on De la Montagne, in the locale that once-upon-a-time housed Club 1234. The Farsides and Bord’elle team are behind the project, with chefs Andrew Bambino and Hakim Chajar creating a menu influenced by Nikkei cuisine, a style of food that merges Peruvian ingredients with Japanese cooking techniques. It features tuna belly tartare taquitos, a king crab mille-feuille, sushi and steak (wagyu, kobe, and toro), and drinks by Montreal mixologist Lawrence Picard.

Some may recall the restaurant debuting on social media late last year under a different name (“Geisha”) and with some now-deleted promotional imagery. At the time, Pivot reported on reactions from members of Montreal’s Asian community who criticized the project for cultural appropriation, misrepresentation, and fetishization. The posts in question and the business’ name have since been nixed, though a 15-foot-tall statue of a “geisha” — and a promise from the owner to “unlock all of one’s desires,” as per a press release shared with Eater — remains.

Yoko Luna is open Wednesday to Sunday, from 5 p.m. to 3 a.m., at 1234 Rue de la Montagne.

LITTLE ITALY — Plateau classic and iconic corner snack bar Patati Patata has brought its small-set burgers, shoestring fries, and olive-topped poutine out to the Jean-Talon Market with a recent expansion. Open since May 16, the new branch takes over the space that previously housed Italian restaurant Boccone, which closed its doors in April last year.

Patati Patata’s second outpost is open daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 170 Rue Jean-Talon Est.

VILLE-ÉMARD — Pointe-St-Charles Caribbean staple Boom J’s has just broadened its reach, with a second location, on Monk Boulevard. The 9-year-old Jamaican restaurant is a favourite for filling up on jerk chicken, spiced oxtail, and goat curry.

Boom J’s second outpost is open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. on 6244 Boulevard Monk.

OLD MONTREAL — A new restaurant paying homage to the American South — with bourbon drinks, horseshoe decor, grits and greens — has landed in Old Montreal, replacing “dining cellar” Tiers Paysage. Read more about it here.

Bon Service is open Tuesday to Saturday, from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m., at 22 Rue St-Paul Est.

NDG — Solid Verdun Korean fried chicken joint Comon has debuted a second outpost this month. It’s in Monkland Village, and in addition to the fried bird in five flavours, it serves traditional plates, such as bibimbap, bulgogi, japchae (Korean glass noodles), buldak (a barbecue chicken dish), and pajeon (green onion pancake).

Comon’s second outpost is open Tuesday to Sunday for lunch and dinner at 5672 Avenue Monkland.

seven plates of food on colourful tablecloth. Tadhana/Facebook

WESTMOUNT — A new restaurant bringing a contemporary bent to Filipino classics, including sisig, octopus kilawen, and pancit, has descended on Somerville. Read more about it here.

Tadhana is open for dinner from Tuesday to Saturday at 4 Avenue Somerville.

OLD MONTREAL — Bella, an Italian restaurant serving pasta, pizza, and cocktails on tap, takes over from the former Parliament Pub & Parlour. Read more about the new spot here.

Bella is open for dinner from Wednesday to Sunday at 351 Place d’Youville.

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