PLATEAU — With the arrival of Le Palais Breton, Montrealers have one more spot to procure kouign amann, the round, buttery cake made of layers of laminated dough that hails from Brittany. (The city’s most iconic place for it, Au Kouign Amann, is on Mont-Royal Avenue, just west of Saint-Denis.)
A representative for the new shop, also located on Mont-Royal (but further east, between Marquette and Fabre streets), tells Eater its chef, André Bionas, has 20 years of training in the tradition of Breton pastry-making. For now, his focus is on the aforementioned kouign amann, the far Breton (a custardy, flan-like cake), and the gâteau Breton sablé (Brittany’s famed shortbread in oversized cake form), but the rep says the goal is to expand the offering to include other Breton-style pastries.
Le Palais Breton is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday at 1574 Mont-Royal Avenue East.
SAINT-HENRI — 9 Tail Fox, a brand-new bistro serving “modern Korean” food, opened on September 21. For the hotly anticipated project, chef-owners Jongwook Lee and WonGoo Joun marry techniques gleaned from working at some of the city’s top restaurants with their Korean roots. The menu will evolve seasonally, but for now, it includes options like oysters with citrusy gochujang; dumplings filled with porcini, parmesan, and Asian chives; and lamb seasoned with gochugaru (Korean chili powder) and served alongside peach kimchi.
9 Tail Fox is open from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday and Sunday, at 3401 Notre-Dame Street West.
OLD MONTREAL — Bar Pol is the latest place for a happy hour hang in Montreal’s historic centre. It replaces Hambar, the wine bar previously located on the ground floor of St. Paul Hotel, which overlooks Place d’Youville and McGill Street. Cocktails are the focus here, though beer, wine, and bubbly are also available. For food, expect a tapas menu featuring Quebec cheese, mackerel conservas, Serrano ham croquettes, and more. Designer Christina Planas revamped the space with marble tables, plaid upholstery, and a series of contemporary artworks for what the bar describes as a reinterpretation of “a traditional English club.”
Pol is open daily from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. at 355 McGill Street.
LITTLE ITALY — On September 15, coffee experts and brothers Simon-Pierre and Xavier-Bernard Caron (previously of Mile End mainstay Caffè In Gamba) unveiled a new project bearing their name. Caron & Frères takes over a locale on Bélanger Street that’s been a revolving door of sorts — in 2018, vegan restaurant Le Watson opened in the locale, and then in 2020, Southern California-style taqueria Le Mariachi took over. The brothers enlisted local design firm Ivy Studio to rework the space, La Presse reports. They’re carrying a solid selection of specialty coffee from local roasters ZAB, Traffic, Structure, and Yamabiko, among others.
Caron & Frères is open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 26 Bélanger Street.
MILE END — Just over one year since opening their stellar NDG café-meets-wine bar Entre-Deux, owners Marc Flynn, Félix Poirier, and Alex Quintin have debuted a new project. Opened on September 6, Café Bravo is an unfussy coffee shop (with all the caffeinated standards and a pared-down sandwich menu). It’s located on the premises of Bravo Musique (formerly Dare to Care Records), run by Montreal musician Coeur de Pirate (Béatrice Martin), meaning customers can grab a vinyl or some merch while there.
Café Bravo is open from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday and Sunday, at 4577 St-Laurent Boulevard.
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