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Get Up to Speed on Montreal’s August 2022 Restaurant Openings

Including a Japanese joint from the Ganadara team and two new players on the booming Petite-Patrie coffee scene

An iced hōjicha latte and chocolate chip cookie from new Petite-Patrie coffee shop Rose de Mai.
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SHAUGHNESSY VILLAGE — The brains behind sibling Korean spots Bar Ganadara and soon-to-be-rebooted Ganadara have launched a new Japanese restaurant specializing in udon noodles and tendon (tempura on rice) bowls. Now open on Ste-Catherine West, Kyodai serves udon with grilled eel, lobster tail tendon, wagyu carpaccio, and more.

Kyodai is open from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday, Wednesday, and Thursday, and 5 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday, at 2186 Ste-Catherine West.

LA PETITE-PATRIE — A fresh new café called Rose de Mai brings PS Coffee (roaster of the St-Henri pizzeria Elena clan) to Bélanger Street. In addition to allongés, flat whites, and tiramisu made with the beans, owner Arnaud Pessione and Samantha Puth are pouring matcha, chai, and hōjicha lattes — hot and cold. The couple opened the coffee shop in early August and are making the most of their proximity to the Jean-Talon Market by sourcing pastries from Joe La Croûte. The café’s menu also features a pulled pork and papaya banh mi, a niçoise sandwich, and grilled cheese. Though named after a flower harvested in Pessione’s hometown in the south of France, the café’s interior design takes inspiration from Japan — with local craftsman Mitz Takahashi supplying the furniture.

Rose de Mai is open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday at 500 Bélanger Street.

outside of coffee shop with red bricks and sign reading Rose de Mai
Rose de Mai takes over a corner space on Bélanger Street.
Rose de Mai

OUTREMONT — A new Mexican restaurant has taken over the Avenue Lajoie space that previously belonged to Indonesian spot Uluwatu. La Gaviota prepares tacos (fish, al pastor, carnitas, birria, rib eye), enchiladas, mole, and other traditional dishes. Diners can wash it down with a margarita, mojito, michelada, or paloma.

La Gaviota is open from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday and Friday, from noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday, and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday at 1239 Avenue Lajoie.

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Mole at La Gaviota
La Gaviota

LA PETITE-PATRIE — The folks behind perennially bustling brewpub Isle de Garde have absorbed a new locale on Beaubien Street, right next door to their original venture. They’ve remade Dépanneur Po-Po into Chez Popo, a hub for coffee from local “farm to filter” roaster Traffic and vegan soft-serve made in collaboration with standout Montreal ice cream maker Iconoglace. Per a post on social media, Chez Popo also stocks new Isle de Garde merch.

Chez Popo is open at 1037 Beaubien East. Operating hours are not yet listed online.

HOCHELAGA-MAISONNEUVE — Though replete with pizzerias, old-school bars, and French-leaning bistros, Hochelaga is short on Indian restaurants. Enter Yogi, which has been filling the neighbourhood’s need for samosas, butter chicken, and biryani since opening on August 22.

Restaurant Yogi is open from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday through Monday and Wednesday, and from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday and Friday at 3976 Ontario East.

MILE-EX — Thirty-five-year-old Blainville-born brewery Boréale has unveiled a sleek new taproom where guests can sample classic and of-the-moment beers — or grab a growler to go. Relais Boréale de Montréal has been open on Jean-Talon West since August 5.

Relais Boréale de Montréal is open noon to midnight Tuesday through Saturday at 159 Jean-Talon West.

QUARTIER DES SPECTACLES — Vegan sushi restaurant Bloom Sushi, a tie-up between local restaurateurs Dominic Bujold (LOV) and Christian Manuel Ventura (Sushi Momo, Casa Kaizen, Nopalito, Bvrger), now has a second outpost located steps away from Place des Arts. The expansion comes three years after Bloom’s launch in Old Montreal and brings a light and airy look courtesy of the designers at Atelier Zébulon Perron and some new menu items. There’s a three-mushroom tartare with a truffle-miso sauce and “salmon sashimi” made of konjac (a root vegetable commonly used as a vegan seafood substitute) and dotted with yuzu “caviar.”

Bloom’s new Quartier des Spectacles location is open from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday at 288 Ste-Catherine West.

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An oyster, enoki and shiitake mushroom tartare served with taro chips.
Bloom Sushi

ST-HENRI — There’s a new fast-food joint in St-Henri promising to do away with the vats of oil associated with the genre. Wanted Burger on St-Jacques is a halal restaurant committed to air-frying everything from chicken to dessert, Daily Hive reports.

Wanted Burger is open from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 3171 St-Jacques Street.

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Chez Popo

1037 Beaubien East, ,

Relais Boréale de Montréal

159 Jean-Talon West, ,


2186 Ste-Catherine West, Montreal, Quebec

Rose de Mai

2186 Ste-Catherine West, Montréal, Quebec

Bar Ganadara

1900 Sainte-Catherine Ouest, Ville-Marie, QC H3H 1M4 (514) 379-3009 Visit Website

La Gaviota

1239 Avenue Lajoie, Montréal, Quebec H1W 3E2

Restaurant Yogi

3976 Ontario East, ,

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