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The 12 Hottest New Restaurants in Montreal, May 2022

Where to go for Filipino octopus kilawin, a garlicky potato-filled shawarma, and a hefty helping of pasta from a new Westmount “paradise”

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More often than not, tipsters, readers, friends, and family of Eater Montreal have one question: Where should I go eat right now? That’s where the monthly Eater Heatmap has customarily come into play, highlighting restaurant newcomers that show particular promise and the spots crowds are flocking to at the moment.

This month’s map welcomes exciting new Filipino spot Tadhana, Lebanese grocer and takeout counter Lulu Épicerie, and a pasta shop slinging daily lunch fare, called Paradiso. At the same time, we must bid farewell to other spots, including Latin Quarter lunch spot Café A Posto, swish Old Montreal Italian restaurant Stellina, and next-generation Little Burgundy steakhouse Mignon — still great options worthy of your patronage.

Typically, restaurants featured on this guide are less than six months old, giving readers a sense of what’s new to Montreal’s dining scene. For restaurants that have established themselves as one of the city’s essential places to eat, check out Eater Montreal’s Essential 38.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Bistrot Paname

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4847 Rue Wellington, Verdun
QC H4G 1X5, Canada
(514) 657-6263
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French bistro classics get reimagined with local, seasonal ingredients at this cozy Verdun newcomer, opened in March. The kitchen, helmed by a Bouillon Bilk alum, is churning out dishes like poireaux vinaigrette made with a cranberry emulsion; linguini dressed with dashi butter, shiitake mushrooms, and hazelnuts; and beef tartare with coffee-flavoured mayonnaise and watermelon radishes, served alongside crisp lavash crackers.

2. Paradiso

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344 Av. Victoria, Westmount
QC H3Z 2M8, Canada
(514) 805-6198
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Though perhaps more grocer than restaurant, this new Victoria Avenue pasta shop carries over some serious culinary pedigree. Opened by Kira German and Will Weston, two Montreal fine dining alums who’ve held stints at Griffintown mainstay Nora Gray and the Joe Beef Group, respectively, Paradiso specializes in all manner of pasta (hand-rolled, extruded, and stuffed), plus the necessary saucy accoutrements. Come lunchtime, they’re cooking up a daily pasta dish for takeout — think bucatini with tuna, potatoes, and capers; rigatoni with rapini and spicy sausage, or some hearty mafalde with meatballs.

3. Restaurant Tadhana

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4 Av. Somerville, Westmount
QC H3Z 1J2, Canada
(438) 380-5887

On the heels of Le Petit Vibe’s Côte-des-Neiges exodus, members of that restaurant crew — namely, Ryan Oabel and Eric Lazaro Magno — have just debuted a highly anticipated new project out in Westmount. Tadhana is a two-storey affair, proposing a creative tapas-style take on traditional Filipino dishes, including beef cheek sisig, octopus kilawin, and crispy pancit. Its bottom floor houses a 25-seat speakeasy, where drinks lean tropical, with rum bases, mango and lychee juices, and coconut milk woven throughout.

4. Ristorante Donato

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4825 Rue Sherbrooke O, Westmount
QC H3Z 1G6, Canada
(438) 771-7771
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A meaty new addition to the Westmount dining scene, this chic Italian spot is serving a foie gras-and-black-truffle-topped filet mignon, 20-ounce rib eyes, and a porterhouse done Florentine style. But Donato’s pastas and pizzas — ranging from a creamy, saffron-laced lobster spaghetti to a pistachio pesto, zucchini, and ricotta pie — are turning heads, too.

5. Gia Vin & Grill

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1025 Rue Lenoir, Montréal
QC H4C 2Z6, Canada
(438) 397-9000
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St-Henri’s sizzling new arrival comes from the minds that brought us two other Montreal favourites: perennially bustling pizzeria Elena and swoon-worthy pasta purveyor Nora Gray. Though Gia keeps with the Italian tradition, the team is now directing its attention to the grill. Operating out of an annexe to the old RCA building, Gia is serving up arrosticini (charcoal-grilled meat skewers), plus an array of seafood and vegetable dishes, and pastas, like its pici all’anatra, a traditional, duck-laden Tuscan specialty. Open for lunch and dinner.

6. Lulu Épicerie

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2507 Rue Notre Dame O, Montréal
QC H3J 1N6, Canada
(514) 507-5858
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The Little Burgundy stretch of Notre-Dame West is known for its culinary heavy-hitters (including three Joe Beef group destinations) — and now, it’s also the home base of a brand-new spot that pays homage to Lebanese culture and cooking. Lulu is an épicerie and food counter, where one can grab a shawarma (filled with chicken, beef, or garlicky home-made fries), shish taouk or kafta sandwiches, or flatbreads with za’atar, cheese, or both. If the purpose of your visit is to stock up on picnic provisions, add a container of hummus and a couple Bonjus pyramid-shaped juice boxes to the haul.

7. Pubjelly

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600 Rue Marguerite-d'Youville, Montréal
QC H3C 1W7, Canada
(514) 379-3140
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Old Montreal’s latest arrival is an oyster-shucking, pizza-making wine bar from the team behind neighbouring Jellyfish Crudo + Charbon. Expect chef Mathieu Masson-Duceppe to be serving up veggie-loaded sharing plates and Roman al taglio pizza, both classically and creatively topped, and straight out of the wood-fire oven inherited with the space (a former outpost of La Pizzaiolle). For oysters, they come raw and cooked, and in one case, made Carbonara style, with béchamel sauce, bacon, and green onions.

8. Folfol

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1208 Av. Van Horne, Outremont
QC H2V 1K3, Canada

When Montreal’s leading Syrian restaurant opens a complementary takeout counter, it’s sure to get noticed. Nestled into a space across the street from Damas, street food counter Folfol offers up many of its progenitor’s classics, plus some promising new sandwich options: Think cheeseburgers spiced with sujok, or falafels, roasted lamb shoulder, and chicken shawarma wrapped in saj, an unleavened Syrian flatbread. Note: There’s no seating on-site.

9. Lucki Delite

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4816 Av du Parc, Montréal
QC H2V 4E7, Canada
(514) 632-4636
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Mile End denizens were sad to see Guyanese restaurant Cuisine Caraibe Delite go last summer, but in its place came Lucki Delite, which takes on the mantle of serving affordable Caribbean food in the area. Expect a sweet and sour salt fish cucumber salad, some spicy beef patties, and coco bread sandwiches filled with jerk chicken (or squash), barbecue pork ribs, or fried fish — plus a sunlit space that plays host to intimate concerts and art exhibitions.

10. Kouzina Niata

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221 Rue Saint- Viateur O, Montréal
QC H2T 2L6, Canada
(514) 446-1821
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With Kouzina Niata, owners Angelis Sarbanis and Lampros Tsalamengas set out to recreate the dishes they grew up eating around the kitchen table. The standard play is a slice of flaky phyllo pie, but expect daily add-ons like moussaka and pastitsio (a baked dish made with ground meat, béchamel sauce, and a layer of long tubular pasta). It’s all coming out of a Zébulon Perron-designed space — complete with an épicerie section and counter seating.

11. J'ai Feng

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43 Rue Beaubien E, Montréal
QC H2S 1A7, Canada

Former chef-owner of defunct dumpling eatery Trilogie Anita Yue Ming Feng is serving noodle lunches, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., out of her brand-new specialty grocery shop, spotlighting regional Chinese cuisines, with an emphasis on Sichuan flavours. Don’t forget to grab a jar of her fiery chili oil to go.

12. Moccione Pizza

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380 Rue Villeray, Montréal
QC H2R 1G9, Canada
(514) 270-4441
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After mesmerizing Montrealers with their pasta primping skills, the team behind Moccione has taken the leap into the world of pizza-making. Expect nine different pies, including one topped with potatoes, rosemary, and smoked mozzarella; and another with rapini, sausage, and garlic confit. Additional menu items, like an asiago-filled arancini appetizer and a pistachio-orange-ricotta cannoli for dessert, wonderfully round out the menu. Note: The pizzeria takes over the location of Moccione’s sit-down pasta restaurant, which is scooting over to St-Denis and reopening later this spring.

1. Bistrot Paname

4847 Rue Wellington, Verdun, QC H4G 1X5, Canada

French bistro classics get reimagined with local, seasonal ingredients at this cozy Verdun newcomer, opened in March. The kitchen, helmed by a Bouillon Bilk alum, is churning out dishes like poireaux vinaigrette made with a cranberry emulsion; linguini dressed with dashi butter, shiitake mushrooms, and hazelnuts; and beef tartare with coffee-flavoured mayonnaise and watermelon radishes, served alongside crisp lavash crackers.

4847 Rue Wellington, Verdun
QC H4G 1X5, Canada

2. Paradiso

344 Av. Victoria, Westmount, QC H3Z 2M8, Canada

Though perhaps more grocer than restaurant, this new Victoria Avenue pasta shop carries over some serious culinary pedigree. Opened by Kira German and Will Weston, two Montreal fine dining alums who’ve held stints at Griffintown mainstay Nora Gray and the Joe Beef Group, respectively, Paradiso specializes in all manner of pasta (hand-rolled, extruded, and stuffed), plus the necessary saucy accoutrements. Come lunchtime, they’re cooking up a daily pasta dish for takeout — think bucatini with tuna, potatoes, and capers; rigatoni with rapini and spicy sausage, or some hearty mafalde with meatballs.

344 Av. Victoria, Westmount
QC H3Z 2M8, Canada

3. Restaurant Tadhana

4 Av. Somerville, Westmount, QC H3Z 1J2, Canada

On the heels of Le Petit Vibe’s Côte-des-Neiges exodus, members of that restaurant crew — namely, Ryan Oabel and Eric Lazaro Magno — have just debuted a highly anticipated new project out in Westmount. Tadhana is a two-storey affair, proposing a creative tapas-style take on traditional Filipino dishes, including beef cheek sisig, octopus kilawin, and crispy pancit. Its bottom floor houses a 25-seat speakeasy, where drinks lean tropical, with rum bases, mango and lychee juices, and coconut milk woven throughout.

4 Av. Somerville, Westmount
QC H3Z 1J2, Canada

4. Ristorante Donato

4825 Rue Sherbrooke O, Westmount, QC H3Z 1G6, Canada

A meaty new addition to the Westmount dining scene, this chic Italian spot is serving a foie gras-and-black-truffle-topped filet mignon, 20-ounce rib eyes, and a porterhouse done Florentine style. But Donato’s pastas and pizzas — ranging from a creamy, saffron-laced lobster spaghetti to a pistachio pesto, zucchini, and ricotta pie — are turning heads, too.

4825 Rue Sherbrooke O, Westmount
QC H3Z 1G6, Canada

5. Gia Vin & Grill

1025 Rue Lenoir, Montréal, QC H4C 2Z6, Canada

St-Henri’s sizzling new arrival comes from the minds that brought us two other Montreal favourites: perennially bustling pizzeria Elena and swoon-worthy pasta purveyor Nora Gray. Though Gia keeps with the Italian tradition, the team is now directing its attention to the grill. Operating out of an annexe to the old RCA building, Gia is serving up arrosticini (charcoal-grilled meat skewers), plus an array of seafood and vegetable dishes, and pastas, like its pici all’anatra, a traditional, duck-laden Tuscan specialty. Open for lunch and dinner.

1025 Rue Lenoir, Montréal
QC H4C 2Z6, Canada

6. Lulu Épicerie

2507 Rue Notre Dame O, Montréal, QC H3J 1N6, Canada

The Little Burgundy stretch of Notre-Dame West is known for its culinary heavy-hitters (including three Joe Beef group destinations) — and now, it’s also the home base of a brand-new spot that pays homage to Lebanese culture and cooking. Lulu is an épicerie and food counter, where one can grab a shawarma (filled with chicken, beef, or garlicky home-made fries), shish taouk or kafta sandwiches, or flatbreads with za’atar, cheese, or both. If the purpose of your visit is to stock up on picnic provisions, add a container of hummus and a couple Bonjus pyramid-shaped juice boxes to the haul.

2507 Rue Notre Dame O, Montréal
QC H3J 1N6, Canada

7. Pubjelly

600 Rue Marguerite-d'Youville, Montréal, QC H3C 1W7, Canada

Old Montreal’s latest arrival is an oyster-shucking, pizza-making wine bar from the team behind neighbouring Jellyfish Crudo + Charbon. Expect chef Mathieu Masson-Duceppe to be serving up veggie-loaded sharing plates and Roman al taglio pizza, both classically and creatively topped, and straight out of the wood-fire oven inherited with the space (a former outpost of La Pizzaiolle). For oysters, they come raw and cooked, and in one case, made Carbonara style, with béchamel sauce, bacon, and green onions.

600 Rue Marguerite-d'Youville, Montréal
QC H3C 1W7, Canada

8. Folfol

1208 Av. Van Horne, Outremont, QC H2V 1K3, Canada

When Montreal’s leading Syrian restaurant opens a complementary takeout counter, it’s sure to get noticed. Nestled into a space across the street from Damas, street food counter Folfol offers up many of its progenitor’s classics, plus some promising new sandwich options: Think cheeseburgers spiced with sujok, or falafels, roasted lamb shoulder, and chicken shawarma wrapped in saj, an unleavened Syrian flatbread. Note: There’s no seating on-site.

1208 Av. Van Horne, Outremont
QC H2V 1K3, Canada

9. Lucki Delite

4816 Av du Parc, Montréal, QC H2V 4E7, Canada

Mile End denizens were sad to see Guyanese restaurant Cuisine Caraibe Delite go last summer, but in its place came Lucki Delite, which takes on the mantle of serving affordable Caribbean food in the area. Expect a sweet and sour salt fish cucumber salad, some spicy beef patties, and coco bread sandwiches filled with jerk chicken (or squash), barbecue pork ribs, or fried fish — plus a sunlit space that plays host to intimate concerts and art exhibitions.

4816 Av du Parc, Montréal
QC H2V 4E7, Canada

10. Kouzina Niata

221 Rue Saint- Viateur O, Montréal, QC H2T 2L6, Canada

With Kouzina Niata, owners Angelis Sarbanis and Lampros Tsalamengas set out to recreate the dishes they grew up eating around the kitchen table. The standard play is a slice of flaky phyllo pie, but expect daily add-ons like moussaka and pastitsio (a baked dish made with ground meat, béchamel sauce, and a layer of long tubular pasta). It’s all coming out of a Zébulon Perron-designed space — complete with an épicerie section and counter seating.

221 Rue Saint- Viateur O, Montréal
QC H2T 2L6, Canada

11. J'ai Feng

43 Rue Beaubien E, Montréal, QC H2S 1A7, Canada

Former chef-owner of defunct dumpling eatery Trilogie Anita Yue Ming Feng is serving noodle lunches, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., out of her brand-new specialty grocery shop, spotlighting regional Chinese cuisines, with an emphasis on Sichuan flavours. Don’t forget to grab a jar of her fiery chili oil to go.

43 Rue Beaubien E, Montréal
QC H2S 1A7, Canada

12. Moccione Pizza

380 Rue Villeray, Montréal, QC H2R 1G9, Canada

After mesmerizing Montrealers with their pasta primping skills, the team behind Moccione has taken the leap into the world of pizza-making. Expect nine different pies, including one topped with potatoes, rosemary, and smoked mozzarella; and another with rapini, sausage, and garlic confit. Additional menu items, like an asiago-filled arancini appetizer and a pistachio-orange-ricotta cannoli for dessert, wonderfully round out the menu. Note: The pizzeria takes over the location of Moccione’s sit-down pasta restaurant, which is scooting over to St-Denis and reopening later this spring.

380 Rue Villeray, Montréal
QC H2R 1G9, Canada

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