Eastern European cuisine has a reputation for heartiness: different parts of the region have different specialties, but in general this stretch of countries (Romania, Hungary, Georgia, Poland, Ukraine, Russia, and more) is known for ample carbs and starches, sausages galore, and pickled goods.
These cuisines might not be Montreal’s most prominent but there are great options scattered across the city for options like fish and seafood from the Black and Baltic seas, goulash, or smoked meats; from cafés to supper clubs, and bakeries to sandwich counters.
Take note that some of these restaurants can feature live music with the occasional late-night dance party on weekends. Those looking for more quiet and contemplative dinners should aim to try these places out on weekdays, or earlier on weekend evenings.
Opinions differ on what counts as “Eastern Europe” — this guide looks to countries from Poland and the Czech Republic, stretching eastwards to the Caucasus, and as far south as Romania. Certain restaurants that aren’t on this map (such as Arthurs Nosh Bar and Fletchers) — serve dishes synonymous with Eastern European food, like latkes and pierogis, alongside decidedly non-Eastern European options from Sephardic Jewish culinary traditions. Hence, they’re represented over on Eater’s map of Montreal’s Jewish Food Traditions.Read More