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The 12 Hottest Restaurants in Montreal, June 2014

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What is the most difficult reservation in town? Where is the buzz? Welcome to the ever in flux Eater Heatmap - where we take the pulse of Montreal's restaurant scene.

The June 2014 installment welcomes newcomers in N.D.G., Old Montreal, Mile End and Chinatown. All in all, a hodgepodge of hot spots that best represents what the culinary landscape of the city is all about.

Enjoy, and remember, this list is in no particular order.

12/05/13: Added: La Bête à Pain, Maïs, Lili Co., Hof Kelsten, Orange Rouge, Racines, Le Richmond
01/02/14: Added: Brasserie Bernard, Moteur, État-Major, Cardinal Tea Room, La Récréation
02/06/14: Added: Sel Gras, Le Shinji, Bethlehem XXX, Anabel, Le Serpent, Café Parvis, Au Pied de Cochon, Barcola
03/06/14: Added: Bishop & Bagg, Mercuri, Patrice Pâtissier, Saka-Ba!
04/03/14: Added: Les Coudes sur la Table, Galt, Taverne F, Biirū
05/01/14: Added: Labarake, Mesón, La Réserve, L'Gros Luxe, Majestique, Cantinho de Lisboa, Bar Mercuri
06/05/14: Added: Gia Ba, Chez Sophie, Le Mal Nécessaire, Ikanos, Sparrow

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Gia Ba

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Andy Su whips up the most authentic - and piquant - Szechuan in Montreal. This is not up for debate. His new restaurant in Monkland Village may put his old employer on Guy out of business.

Chez Sophie

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Chef Sophie Tabet and husband Marco Marangi, who serves as manager and sommelier, run this new French bistro in Griffintown. The couple left Lebanon in 2013 for Montreal. The Beirut version of Chez Sophie was a hit, it seems. One blogger called the restaurant Lebanon's only legit Michelin star candidate and wrote, after Tabet's departure: "I almost cried."

Le Serpent

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White-hot Le Serpent seems to have it all: cool digs (the industrial chic contemporary art space that is La Fonderie Darling), proven ownership (Hubert Marsolais and Claude Pelletier of Le Club Chasse et Pêche and Le Filet) and a name chef in Michele Mercuri.
The owners of Tasso now have a foothold on restaurant row McGill in Old Montreal. Ikanos serves haute Greek fare, with emphasis on mezzes and large platters of seafood, fish and lamb to share.

Cantinho de Lisboa

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The MTL Cuisine group's expansion in Old Montreal now includes Cantinho de Lisboa, a gourmet shop slash lunch counter with Helena and Portus Calle chef Helena Loureiro at the helm. [Photo credit: Samuel Joubert]

Le Mal Nécessaire

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Le Mal Nécessaire is a tiki bar, ostensibly, and duly serves a solid lineup of modern riffs on classic cocktails. But the food menu intrigues too, most notably for takes on siu mai, General Tao chicken and shrimp toast.

La Réserve du Comptoir

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Lawrence has a butcher shop and now Le Comptoir is in on the act, sort of, with La Réserve. While not next door to the original Mile End restaurant, the charc shop and sandwich counter enlivens a 'hood in need of a jolt. No, not a sit-down restaurant per se but notable nonetheless.

L'Gros Luxe

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L'Gros Luxe, a new restaurant/bar/café that "serves up fresh, affordable food and drinks 7 days a week in the heart of the Plateau", includes principals from SuWu and Cabaret Underworld and a designer whose work is on display at the former, as well as 3643 St-Laurent Apt. 200. Food is in the haute snacks/tacos/burgers/poutine mold, with emphasis on drinks. [Photo]

Majestique

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The good word on Majestique thusfar hinges on the Charles-Antoine Crête-curated menu, which includes a titanic 12-inch hot dog, and décor by Thomas Csano. [Photo]

The Sparrow

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The Mile End pub feels like a completely different restaurant after a kitchen retool, a new chef (Jay Taylor) and a total menu overhaul, from brunch to lunch, beer to wine. Prix fixe Sunday roast dinners too.
Can we call Mesón a Spanish bistro? You get the sense this is the vibe owners Sébastien Muniz and Victor Afonso and chef Marie-Fleur St-Pierre, all of Tapeo, want to inculcate. Casual with finesse, once more, rules the day. Plus brunch. [Photo]

Labarake / Caserne à Manger

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Labarake has a surefire, first impression advantage in old caserne de pompier digs in the Rosemont Angus Shops. The comfort food menu serves up burgers, ribs, a raw bar and a foie gras "du moment."

Gia Ba

Andy Su whips up the most authentic - and piquant - Szechuan in Montreal. This is not up for debate. His new restaurant in Monkland Village may put his old employer on Guy out of business.

Chez Sophie

Chef Sophie Tabet and husband Marco Marangi, who serves as manager and sommelier, run this new French bistro in Griffintown. The couple left Lebanon in 2013 for Montreal. The Beirut version of Chez Sophie was a hit, it seems. One blogger called the restaurant Lebanon's only legit Michelin star candidate and wrote, after Tabet's departure: "I almost cried."

Le Serpent

White-hot Le Serpent seems to have it all: cool digs (the industrial chic contemporary art space that is La Fonderie Darling), proven ownership (Hubert Marsolais and Claude Pelletier of Le Club Chasse et Pêche and Le Filet) and a name chef in Michele Mercuri.

Ikanos

The owners of Tasso now have a foothold on restaurant row McGill in Old Montreal. Ikanos serves haute Greek fare, with emphasis on mezzes and large platters of seafood, fish and lamb to share.

Cantinho de Lisboa

The MTL Cuisine group's expansion in Old Montreal now includes Cantinho de Lisboa, a gourmet shop slash lunch counter with Helena and Portus Calle chef Helena Loureiro at the helm. [Photo credit: Samuel Joubert]

Le Mal Nécessaire

Le Mal Nécessaire is a tiki bar, ostensibly, and duly serves a solid lineup of modern riffs on classic cocktails. But the food menu intrigues too, most notably for takes on siu mai, General Tao chicken and shrimp toast.

La Réserve du Comptoir

Lawrence has a butcher shop and now Le Comptoir is in on the act, sort of, with La Réserve. While not next door to the original Mile End restaurant, the charc shop and sandwich counter enlivens a 'hood in need of a jolt. No, not a sit-down restaurant per se but notable nonetheless.

L'Gros Luxe

L'Gros Luxe, a new restaurant/bar/café that "serves up fresh, affordable food and drinks 7 days a week in the heart of the Plateau", includes principals from SuWu and Cabaret Underworld and a designer whose work is on display at the former, as well as 3643 St-Laurent Apt. 200. Food is in the haute snacks/tacos/burgers/poutine mold, with emphasis on drinks. [Photo]

Majestique

The good word on Majestique thusfar hinges on the Charles-Antoine Crête-curated menu, which includes a titanic 12-inch hot dog, and décor by Thomas Csano. [Photo]

The Sparrow

The Mile End pub feels like a completely different restaurant after a kitchen retool, a new chef (Jay Taylor) and a total menu overhaul, from brunch to lunch, beer to wine. Prix fixe Sunday roast dinners too.

Mesón

Can we call Mesón a Spanish bistro? You get the sense this is the vibe owners Sébastien Muniz and Victor Afonso and chef Marie-Fleur St-Pierre, all of Tapeo, want to inculcate. Casual with finesse, once more, rules the day. Plus brunch. [Photo]

Labarake / Caserne à Manger

Labarake has a surefire, first impression advantage in old caserne de pompier digs in the Rosemont Angus Shops. The comfort food menu serves up burgers, ribs, a raw bar and a foie gras "du moment."