Montreal’s wealth of Caribbean restaurants includes specialties from every corner of the tropics, with just as many classic doubles and plates of griot with rice and beans as there are diasporic dishes like jerk chicken poutine. The city’s come a long way too, as each passing year yields new names on the scene that follow timeless traditions and also break new ground. So crack open a mauby or sorrel (or stick a straw in some peanut punch) and dig into these island eats.Read More
The Essential Montreal Caribbean Restaurants
Montreal has a great selection of restaurants from the region
Montreal North's large Haitian community is well-served here by Kenny Pelissier and Hans Chavannes, two chefs and grads of the ITHQ and Calixa-Lavallée, respectively. Casserole Kréole doubles as a caterer and lunch counter.
This beloved Haitian snack bar closed suddenly in 2014, instigating an uproar within the community. Steve Anna was saved, however, and now operates in new digs in Rosemont not far from its original location.
Part eatery, part market, and indispensable hub of the city's Haitian community, Méli-Mélo sells more griot than any other restaurant in the city. The menu's more extensive than the delectable porky staple, however. Come with a group and sample traditional takes on turkey, goat, chicken, and fish.
Bonne Bouffe Créole
Bonne Bouffe Créole delivers lambi, griot, tassot, and other Haitian fare all over Hochelaga.
Chef Michael Lafaille may have moved the headquarters for his restaurant to Verdun, but his mission remains the same: Serving honest Haitian food at great prices while making a point out of hiring staff with disabilities — particularly those with sight problems, much like Lafaille, who did a stint at the dining-in-the-dark restaurant O Noir.
Le Jardin Du Cari
Another rare restaurant that serves traditional Guyanese-style West Indian food. Try the roti, of course, but save room for chow mein, goat fried rice, and a cool peanut punch.
Lloydie's (multiple locations)
This Jamaican patty maker has always been an authority in Montreal for its delicious wares, but its brick-and-mortar spots in the Mile End and Saint-Henri — plus the occasional inventive brunch menu — have made it top-of-mind for diners. Its fast and casual-leaning menus feature platters and sandwiches of jerk meat alongside macaroni pie, Caribbean poutines, and a small but sturdy selection of desserts.
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Chef-owner Jeba Bowers Murphy first created this restaurant to fill the void left by Caraibe Delite’s departure, but it’s a class of its own: Her recipes for jerk chicken and squash sandwiches on coco bread, beef and veg patties, and fresh salads are a delicious ode to her Dominican roots, and have quickly made for a reliable haunt in the Mile End.
This pan-Caribbean restaurant from Montreal’s preeminent Haitian chef Paul Toussaint in the Place des Festivals downtown branches out of the trappings of tradition by employing the savoir-faire he honed at places like Toqué! Think dishes like passion fruit beurre blanc, conch gratin, and dombrey dumplings in coconut bisque. Don’t stress, though; Toussaint’s classic Agrikol recipes for classics like jerk chicken are still on offer.
Caribbean Tasty Treats
The West Island has an active Caribbean community. At Tasty Treats the menu runs the gamut: ackee, curries, jerk, stews, rotis, patties, and hard-to-find desserts like potato pudding and black cake.
Sometimes known as "Mr. Spicee" or just "Spicee's", this may be some of the city's best value food, period. Grab the doubles — the slightly messy flatbread sandwich filled with Trinidadian curry, a Spicee staple.
Caribbean Curry House
The incomparable Caribbean Curry House has served rotis, and stew plates in Côte-des-Neiges since 1980, and is regarded as one of the top spots to grab the classics.
Mango Bay has held fast for over a decade and a half in downtown Montreal. Come for Jamaican jerk, fish cakes, curry goat, and tropical drinks and desserts. There’s a mean patty on offer, too.
Oxtail, barbecue chicken, goat, plantains, rotis — get 'em all at this Côte-des-Neiges-NDG restaurant.
This pan-Caribbean spot is from chef Jae-Anthony Dougan: With a menu that brings together as many Trinidadian street food platters as it does Haitian classics, Dougan’s creativity persists with plates of ‘rasta pasta’, oxtail tacos and shrimp po’ boys. The restaurant doubles as a nightlife spot with its weekend speakeasy Truth in the basement.
Boom J's Cuisine
The jerk chicken at Boom J's lures people to Pointe-St-Charles, but don't sleep on the restaurant's curry goat, stew beef, oxtail, and ackee and saltfish.
Piklìz Comptoir Caribéen
First starting as a pop-up run out of a Saint-Henri café, it didn’t take long for its Haitian-Quebecer owners Akim and Abdel Acacia take over the address. Named after the piquant Haitian condiment, their steady menu of Haitian beef patties, creole shrimp, griot wraps, and pulled griot poutine, among other specialties, is as delicious as it is reliable.
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The social media-savvy Seasoned Dreams first made waves with jerk poutine mashups thanks to its first chef Jae-Anthony Dougan. While Dougan has since moved on, their menu has stuck to its Caribbean beginnings with jerk chicken burgers and tenders, oxtail, and other comforting eats. Now they’re cooking in both the Sud-Ouest and the Plateau.
Beyond the namesake focus, Mr Patty offers a lineup of curry chicken, curry goat, rotis, and Jamaican sweets.
The West-Indian menu at this Lachine restaurant are served up in a no-nonsense casse-croûte style of restaurant; no wonder, as it’s located in the same spot that once housed a popular submarine sandwich shop. The accras and jerk chicken alone are worth the trip.
The borough of LaSalle has a significant West Indian population, well served here with a hefty menu of regional faves. For lively domino tournament action, this is the place, if not their traditional Guyanese-Chinese side menu with stir-fried options to boot.