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Where to Eat Right in Rosemont

Venture past Papineau for some banh mi, fried chicken, Tunisian briks, and more

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Rosemont is a veritable mixed bag when it comes to eating. Unlike Hochelaga with its French bistros, Park Ex with its spread of Indian eateries, or Mile End with its trendy lunch spots, Rosemont isn’t dominated by a particular cuisine or dining style. Instead, it feels more like a meeting place for a host of different culinary vibes spilling in from other neighbourhoods. Régine’s enormously popular brunches feel like they could have teleported from the Plateau, restaurant Awkwaba somehow manages to pull off an effortless combo of Greek and African cuisine, and Portuguese spot Casa Vinho gets all the classics right.

Many of Rosemont’s eateries are clustered on Beaubien, especially on the west side — eastern Rosemont is pretty darn residential. And then, further south, there are the commercial pockets of Masson and the Angus Shops.

Looking for places to eat west of Papineau? A separate guide to La Petite-Patrie covers those.

Health experts consider dining out to be a low-to-moderate risk for the vaccinated. For updated information and regulations, please visit the official sites of the Quebec government and Montreal’s public health authority (Santé Montréal).

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Restaurant Mastard

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With a name that roughly translates to “big and husky,” Mastard comes through with dishes that are appropriately hearty. But chef Simon Mathys (previously Manitoba) doesn’t sacrifice on finesse, with ingredient’s from Quebec’s land and lakes gorgeously plated and intricately flavoured.

Veganation

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This cafe-meets-grocery-store-meets-caterer sticks to a simple menu of vegan (and gluten free-friendly) soups, bowls, sandwiches and salads. Expect fresh, colourful ingredients, and all the veggies and grains you can pack into one dish. 

La Rose des Sables

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This Tunisian spot delivers rich Mediterranean flavours in a homey, warm space. Bring a bottle of your own wine to enjoy with a tagine or one of the restaurant’s signature briks (filo pastry pockets stuffed with meats, veggies, cheeses and eggs.)  

Régine

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Wildly popular Régine draws line-ups for its brunch most weekends, but here's a tip — they do it on weekdays, too. A classic approach with creative touches makes it shine — the corn waffle with smoked salmon or the coconut milk and mango jam oatmeal are just a few examples.

Mitch Deli

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Operating from within De Lorimier record shop Le 180g, the team at pandemic-prompted sandwicherie Mitch Deli is serving what has become a top contender for the best fried chicken sandwich in the city. Also on offer: a polenta-encrusted calamari sandwich, a mushroom sandwich for the books, rotating seasonal veggie dishes, and a reliable natural wine selection.

La Boulette

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With burgers and tartares done with a focus on fresh and local ingredients, La Boulette got into the upscale comfort food game a few years before it took over the city's culinary scene. It also has possibly the swankiest wine for any burger spot in town, with a list made up of private imports.

Mon Petit Poulet

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There’s no scarcity of good chicken in Montreal, but even in this rotisserie-mad city, Mon Petit Poulet manages to stand out. Beyond the classic roast and fried chicken and chicken burgers, nuggets, and hot sandwiches, Mon Petit Poulet also offers ribs, beef burgers, and gussied up club sandwich that adds smoked meat and baconnaise.

Le Elsdale Buvette de Quartier

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Part café, part buvette, part gourmet shop, Le Elsdale takes regulars from early morning espresso to evening apéro in a cinch — with some elegant bites to boot. Consider their pecorino-dusted carrot cavatelli or halibut in an asparagus and lovage coulis.

Hoogan et Beaufort

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Eater Award-winning chef Marc-André Jetté's first restaurant is a celebration of all things fresh and fire-cooked. A fire pit is key to the restaurant's perfectly Québécois and French approaches.

Randall Brodeur

Sandwicherie Sue

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It's not a regular banh mi, it's a cool banh mi: Susan Lo beefs up the Vietnamese classic with marinades, aioli, and entirely novel concoctions like her Chinese eggplant or shiitake mushroom sandwiches. Plenty of vegetarian options here, too.

Mojito & Margarita

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From two owners, one Mexican and one Cuban, Mojito & Margarita manages to smoothly blend the two culinary traditions in a menu featuring cuban lechon (roast pork) tacos, ceviche tostadas, an orange-infused tres leches flan. A fruity, equally hybrid cocktail menu rounds it all out.

Pollo Gustoso de Campagne

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Could the city’s best fried chicken be nestled at the back of this small Beaubien Street grocery store? A number of Rosemont denizens believe so.

Restaurant Steve Anna

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A Haitian snack bar and community hangout churning out all the staples: tender cubes of griot, fried beef tassot, and kalalou, Haitian-style okra stew.

Casa Vinho

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A colourful neighbourhood Portuguese restaurant doing classic Portuguese flavours: grilled octopus (and other seafood), bifana (marinated pork cutlet), and, of course, grilled chicken.

Bring your own wine and pull up a seat for two disparate cuisines that somehow work despite the apparent mismatching. Akwaba does dishes from all over Africa, alongside Greek food, and is surely the only place in town serving both mafe (peanut stew) and moussaka. Choukouya (spiced, braised meat) is one of the big specialties.

Restaurant Mastard

With a name that roughly translates to “big and husky,” Mastard comes through with dishes that are appropriately hearty. But chef Simon Mathys (previously Manitoba) doesn’t sacrifice on finesse, with ingredient’s from Quebec’s land and lakes gorgeously plated and intricately flavoured.

Veganation

This cafe-meets-grocery-store-meets-caterer sticks to a simple menu of vegan (and gluten free-friendly) soups, bowls, sandwiches and salads. Expect fresh, colourful ingredients, and all the veggies and grains you can pack into one dish. 

La Rose des Sables

This Tunisian spot delivers rich Mediterranean flavours in a homey, warm space. Bring a bottle of your own wine to enjoy with a tagine or one of the restaurant’s signature briks (filo pastry pockets stuffed with meats, veggies, cheeses and eggs.)  

Régine

Wildly popular Régine draws line-ups for its brunch most weekends, but here's a tip — they do it on weekdays, too. A classic approach with creative touches makes it shine — the corn waffle with smoked salmon or the coconut milk and mango jam oatmeal are just a few examples.

Mitch Deli

Operating from within De Lorimier record shop Le 180g, the team at pandemic-prompted sandwicherie Mitch Deli is serving what has become a top contender for the best fried chicken sandwich in the city. Also on offer: a polenta-encrusted calamari sandwich, a mushroom sandwich for the books, rotating seasonal veggie dishes, and a reliable natural wine selection.

La Boulette

With burgers and tartares done with a focus on fresh and local ingredients, La Boulette got into the upscale comfort food game a few years before it took over the city's culinary scene. It also has possibly the swankiest wine for any burger spot in town, with a list made up of private imports.

Mon Petit Poulet

There’s no scarcity of good chicken in Montreal, but even in this rotisserie-mad city, Mon Petit Poulet manages to stand out. Beyond the classic roast and fried chicken and chicken burgers, nuggets, and hot sandwiches, Mon Petit Poulet also offers ribs, beef burgers, and gussied up club sandwich that adds smoked meat and baconnaise.

Le Elsdale Buvette de Quartier

Part café, part buvette, part gourmet shop, Le Elsdale takes regulars from early morning espresso to evening apéro in a cinch — with some elegant bites to boot. Consider their pecorino-dusted carrot cavatelli or halibut in an asparagus and lovage coulis.

Hoogan et Beaufort

Randall Brodeur

Eater Award-winning chef Marc-André Jetté's first restaurant is a celebration of all things fresh and fire-cooked. A fire pit is key to the restaurant's perfectly Québécois and French approaches.

Randall Brodeur

Sandwicherie Sue

It's not a regular banh mi, it's a cool banh mi: Susan Lo beefs up the Vietnamese classic with marinades, aioli, and entirely novel concoctions like her Chinese eggplant or shiitake mushroom sandwiches. Plenty of vegetarian options here, too.

Mojito & Margarita

From two owners, one Mexican and one Cuban, Mojito & Margarita manages to smoothly blend the two culinary traditions in a menu featuring cuban lechon (roast pork) tacos, ceviche tostadas, an orange-infused tres leches flan. A fruity, equally hybrid cocktail menu rounds it all out.

Pollo Gustoso de Campagne

Could the city’s best fried chicken be nestled at the back of this small Beaubien Street grocery store? A number of Rosemont denizens believe so.

Restaurant Steve Anna

A Haitian snack bar and community hangout churning out all the staples: tender cubes of griot, fried beef tassot, and kalalou, Haitian-style okra stew.

Casa Vinho

A colourful neighbourhood Portuguese restaurant doing classic Portuguese flavours: grilled octopus (and other seafood), bifana (marinated pork cutlet), and, of course, grilled chicken.

Akwaba

Bring your own wine and pull up a seat for two disparate cuisines that somehow work despite the apparent mismatching. Akwaba does dishes from all over Africa, alongside Greek food, and is surely the only place in town serving both mafe (peanut stew) and moussaka. Choukouya (spiced, braised meat) is one of the big specialties.

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