This is a running list of Montreal restaurants and bars that opened in July 2022. Did we miss something? Send us a tip at email@example.com.
HOCHELAGA-MAISONNEUVE — Pointe-St-Charles-born Neapolitan-style pizza restaurant Fugazzi opened a third outpost — its second is in the Mile End — on July 27. Hochelaga locals can now dig into its easygoing menu of vegan-to-very-meaty pies, including the popular “Wu Tang Killa Bees” (with mozzarella, Calabrese, and honey) or its vegan alternative, the “Lady Gaga” (with plant-based cheese, salami, and maple syrup instead). The pizzeria — swathed in black-and-white geometric patterns — lands on Hochelaga’s main commercial drag, Ontario Street, already home to several other pizza purveyors, including well-regarded Heirloom, old-school Pizza Piroz, local chain Pizzeria Bros, and the more generic Pizza Pizza and Domino’s, among others.
Fugazzi’s new location is open daily from 4 to 9:30 p.m. at 3905 Ontario Street East.
LAVAL — Internet-famous brown sugar bubble tea chain Tiger Sugar has just opened in Place Bell, a multipurpose complex in Laval. Founded in Taiwan in 2017 and then expanded to North America (including Toronto) in 2019, the boba brand’s July 23 opening marks its first foray into the Quebec market. Next up is Downtown Montreal, where a rep for the boba brand tells Eater it’ll arrive “in November or December at the latest.” Tiger Sugar’s signature drink is a brown sugar milk tea, including tapioca pearls slowly cooked over 8 hours, hand-poured streaks — or stripes — of dark, caramelized syrup (hence the name), and plain cold milk, topped with a mousse layer.
Tiger Sugar is open daily from 1 to 10 p.m. at Place Bell (1950 Rue Claude-Gagné).
LITTLE BURGUNDY — Brunch-goers looking for even more choice on Notre-Dame West rejoice. The owners of now-closed Le Bon Vivant (plus new partners Ariane Guertin and Emilie Parent) have rebranded as Sunny’s Dinette, an approachable new spot serving diner-style fare. Expect a menu of classic sandwiches (like grilled cheese, a Cubano, and bánh mì), salads (Caesar, cobb, tomato, etc.), and a handful of mains like hot chicken and steak frites, plus refreshing boozy drinks. For brunch, they’re prepping eggs Benedict, pancakes, bagels, and lox — all week long.
Sunny’s Dinette is open Monday to Friday, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at 2705 Notre-Dame Ouest.
OLD MONTREAL — Montreal seems to be in the midst of a steakhouse renaissance of sorts. Since news of Moishes’ Plateau departure in 2020 and the closure of iconic L’Entrecôte Saint-Jean later that same year, the city has ushered in Mignon in Little Burgundy, Italian chophouse Donato, and will soon welcome back Moishes to Square Victoria. Joining the crowd is Le Butterfly, a new St-Paul Street restaurant with a meaty menu of filet mignon carpaccio, wagyu burgers, and seven cuts of steak, ranging from a 10-ounce hangar priced at $42 to a 50-ounce Tomahawk at $270.
Le Butterfly is open Wednesday to Sunday, from 5 to 11 p.m. at 324 St-Paul Ouest.
QUARTIER DES SPECTACLES — Le Central, the food hall at the base of the Carré St-Laurent office building and home to Indian snack bar Le Super Qualité, Filipino-Hawaiian Le Petit Vibe, Roman-style pizzeria Morso, and others, has just welcomed a new restaurant. Chomchom is a Vietnamese counter from the ever-prolific Lucky Belly Group and frequent collaborator chef Chanthy Yen. The bulk of the menu is dedicated to bánh mì and vermicelli bowls with a choice of liver pâté, char siu, and sausage; tofu and shiitake pâté; lemongrass chicken; Vietnamese shaking beef; or caramelized shrimp. Otherwise, there’s cabbage salad, spring rolls, iced Vietnamese coffee, ube and pandan lattes, and lime soda.
Chomchom is open Tuesday to Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday to Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., at Le Central (30 Ste-Catherine Ouest).
LATIN QUARTER — Les Petits Mtl, a banner of bars thematically based on a country or city from around the world, has added a new location to its roster. As of July 26, there is now a Le Petit Mexico at the intersection of St-Denis and Ontario, serving nine flavours of shaken and frozen margaritas. It joins mojito-slinging Le Petit Cuba and the first of the series, Le Petit Moscou, where mules are the drink of choice. In a press release shared with Eater, co-owner Benjamin Perez says two new bars, Le Petit Rio and Le Petit Medellin, are also in the pipeline.
Le Petit Mexico is open daily from 3 p.m. to 3 a.m. at 1781 St-Denis.
OLD MONTREAL — Christian Ventura, the chef and owner of Plateau favourite Sushi Momo, has opened a vegan burger joint in Montreal’s historic centre. Read more about Bvrger here.
PLATEAU — Aux Merveilleux de Fred, a French pastry shop specializing in a dessert believed to trace back to the 18th century, has just opened on St-Denis Street, corner Rachel. Founded in 1982, the shop by pastry chef Frédéric Vaucamps is an institution in France, where it has more than 20 outposts. In recent years, it’s expanded beyond French borders to places like Tokyo, Berlin, and New York, with Montrealers now also able to sample its signature Le Merveilleux: a confection of chocolate whipped cream encased in a meringue shell and dusted in shavings of dark chocolate. Vaucamps’ interpretation of the sweet is lighter and airier than the original and comes in cherry, caramel, coffee, speculoos, and praline flavours.
Aux Merveilleux de Fred is open Tuesday to Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and on Sunday, from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., at 4200 St-Denis.
VERDUN — The team behind popular Cambodian restaurant Les Street Monkeys has launched a new project on Wellington Street: Ketiw is a daytime Cambodian food counter selling noodles, sandwiches, and grocery items. Falling under that first food category is chef Tota Oung’s take on Phnom Penh-style kuy teav, a traditional Cambodian breakfast meal consisting of white or yellow noodles topped with ground pork and seafood — served wet or dry (with broth poured in or in a bowl on the side). Ketiw’s sandwiches are of the num pang variety, which sees bread stuffed with either kroeung-marinated chicken, lemongrass beef, or mushrooms. For beverages, there’s Thai iced tea and pandan lemonade on the menu, while shaved ice will soon be added for dessert, a representative for the restaurant tells Eater.
Ketiw is open Monday to Saturday, from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., at 3866 Wellington.
LA PETITE-PATRIE — LeDon Donburi, a new Japanese dinner spot, has just popped up on Beaubien East, replacing the former Café Cubano. Diners can expect an array of comforting fare, including agedashi tofu, takoyaki (fried octopus balls), karaage, and butadon (a rice bowl with teriyaki pork), per the menu posted on the restaurant’s Facebook page.
LeDon Donburi is open Tuesday to Thursday, from 4 to 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, from 4 to 11 p.m., at 168 Beaubien Est.
LITTLE ITALY — A new coffee shop and bistro called Café Nao touched down on St-Laurent this month. Officially opened on July 12, the project comes from the same folks behind now-closed Griffintown gourmet grocer Alexis Le Gourmand. The restaurant’s website describes its food offering as “ideal for an apéro or a simple lunch break” but does not include a copy of the menu. Eater has reached out for further details.
Café Nao is open Tuesday to Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., at 7120 St-Laurent.
OLD MONTREAL — A new boba shop has taken up residence across from the Montreal Courthouse. Open daily, Ocha is pouring a variety of fruity and milky teas (such as pineapple oolong, lime jasmine, and a honey black tea latte) with toppings that run the gamut from tapioca pearls and aloe vera to litchi jelly and starchy sago.
Ocha is open Monday to Thursday, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday from noon to 11 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 8 p.m. at 44 Notre-Dame Street East.
VILLE ST-LAURENT — Hang Time, the downtown pizzeria dishing New York slices and Detroit squares in a bright, multicoloured ‘90s-inspired space, has just expanded. Less than one year after opening his first location, Jordan Biberkraut now has a second outpost, a 70-seater in a Côte-Vertu strip mall, featuring the same pizza menu and chicken tenders, poutine, and cheesy bread add-ons. It looks like it might not be the last either — Hang Time is currently franchising.
Hang Time’s new Ville St-Laurent location is open Sunday to Thursday, from 11 a.m. to 9 pm., and Friday to Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., at 3832 Boulevard Cote-Vertu Ouest.