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The 15 Hottest Restaurants in Montreal, November 2014

A record update.

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| Randall Brodeur

The November 2014 Eater Montreal Heatmap welcomes a record eight new restaurants to the fold in the likes of Westmount, Mile End, Little Italy, Griffintown, the Plateau and Downtown Montreal.

Enjoy.

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
07/03/14 Added: Cafeden, Callao, Henri Saint-Henri, La Queue de Cheval Burger, Salmigondis, Sa-Fran, Scarlet Exclusive, Le Sieur d'Iberville, Le Slang, T & T Tacos and Tortas
08/07/14 Manitoba, Foyer, Grenade, Ma'tine, Rosewood, GEMA, Laurea, Brigade, Tapas24, Industria, Victoria Pier
09/04/14 Added: Café Zéphyr, Bagel St-Lo, Le Bon Vivant, Hà
10/02/14 Added: Mon Ami, Sumac, Notkins, L'Orignal, Café Sfouf, June Rose, Isle de Garde
11/05/14 Added: Balsam Inn, Cirkus, Fitzroy, Fortune, Junior, Lea, Ping Pong Club, Wilfrid sur Laurier

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Saint-Henri has viable Middle Eastern food now, thanks to David Bloom and chef Raquel Zagury's fresh-to-order falafel, shawarma, salads and spreads. [Photo credit: Instagram, tejanoburrito]

Notkins

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Daniel Notkin, the man behind Oysterfest, has himself a restaurant. The Downtown space is immense and the menu, led by executive chef Pierre Robillard, part homage to the coastal seafood culture of New England and the Atlantic provinces. Partners include Éric Lefrançois, Nuno Aguiar, Jean-François Gagné, Karim Adm and general manager Emilie Rainville.

L'Orignal

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L'Orignal is not new but the restaurant just hit reset with a new look, new menu and new chef (Omar Zabuair, late of Tavern on the Square and Joe Beef).

Ma'tine

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Three of the principals in the 2013 critical smash Micro Resto La Famille left the Plateau to open this breakfast and lunch café in the Village.

Café Sfouf

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This new café in the Marché St-Jacques quarter of the Village is open for breakfast and lunch Wednesday to Sunday.

June Rose

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A new spin on à volonté retro Chinese fare and cocktails, as only Big in Japan can do. The refurb of the old Ginger feels like a cross between a film noir set and opium den.

Isle de Garde

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Montreal may be flush with burgers, pizza and ramen of late but these are salad days for craft beer too. This new brewpub in La Petite-Patrie sports a tidy menu of bar snacks and no less than two dozen suds on tap.

Balsam Inn

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The principals in Baldwin Barmacie, Dominion Square Tavern and Whisky Café quietly opened Balsam Inn on October 31. Like next-door neighbour Dominion Square Tavern, partners Alexandre Baldwin, Alexandre Wolosianski and Nicole Lemelin have made overt efforts to re-contextualize the century-old space to evoke the Golden Age of Downtown Montreal. As a result, all traces of recent tenant iBurger have been eradicated. The flatbread-happy menu makes good use of an original cast iron, wood-fired oven.
Toulouse native Julien Joré, formerly of Brunoise, 357c, Au Cinquième Péché and Au Petit Extra, is the owner and chef of this new restaurant in the old Pyrus Bistronomique. Girlfriend Stéphanie Labelle, who owns the excellent Pâtisserie Rhubarbe around the corner, provides the desserts.
Prolific designer Zébulon Perron is responsible for this sleek new space from the restaurant group that gave us Grinder and Hachoir. The Portuguese and Spanish inflected menu comes courtesy chef Matt Doyle and sous chef Ian Milner.

Wilfrid sur Laurier

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All herald the return of the dynamic Brunoise duo of chef Michel Ross and Zach Suhl. The two now hope to revive the space once held by Laurier mainstay La Petite Ardoise.

Ping Pong Club

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Cocktails, beers, high-low bar food and table tennis, in the former Royal Phoenix and from the same group behind Salon Officiel and Mme Lee.

Fitzroy

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The spectacular conversion of the 50-year-old Boul Noir pool hall comes from the visionary trio of Kevin Latrem (Apt. 200), Kyle Fowler and Jean-Simon Royer (Porte Rouge) and designer Amlyne Phillips. A former Rachel Rachel cook handles the "fast food gourmet" menu.
This Pinoy restaurant from d.j. brothers Jojo and Toddy Flores, Julian Somera and Oenopole wine agent David Pendon looks the part and features a Filipino chef with chops in the kitchen. Griffintown - and an entire community - badly wants this place to succeed.

Fortune

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The principals in this new wave taco counter and casse-croûte in Little Italy hail from Notre Dame des Quilles, the Royal Phoenix and Phoenix 1 food truck.

Sumac

Saint-Henri has viable Middle Eastern food now, thanks to David Bloom and chef Raquel Zagury's fresh-to-order falafel, shawarma, salads and spreads. [Photo credit: Instagram, tejanoburrito]

Notkins

Daniel Notkin, the man behind Oysterfest, has himself a restaurant. The Downtown space is immense and the menu, led by executive chef Pierre Robillard, part homage to the coastal seafood culture of New England and the Atlantic provinces. Partners include Éric Lefrançois, Nuno Aguiar, Jean-François Gagné, Karim Adm and general manager Emilie Rainville.

L'Orignal

L'Orignal is not new but the restaurant just hit reset with a new look, new menu and new chef (Omar Zabuair, late of Tavern on the Square and Joe Beef).

Ma'tine

Three of the principals in the 2013 critical smash Micro Resto La Famille left the Plateau to open this breakfast and lunch café in the Village.

Café Sfouf

This new café in the Marché St-Jacques quarter of the Village is open for breakfast and lunch Wednesday to Sunday.

June Rose

A new spin on à volonté retro Chinese fare and cocktails, as only Big in Japan can do. The refurb of the old Ginger feels like a cross between a film noir set and opium den.

Isle de Garde

Montreal may be flush with burgers, pizza and ramen of late but these are salad days for craft beer too. This new brewpub in La Petite-Patrie sports a tidy menu of bar snacks and no less than two dozen suds on tap.

Balsam Inn

The principals in Baldwin Barmacie, Dominion Square Tavern and Whisky Café quietly opened Balsam Inn on October 31. Like next-door neighbour Dominion Square Tavern, partners Alexandre Baldwin, Alexandre Wolosianski and Nicole Lemelin have made overt efforts to re-contextualize the century-old space to evoke the Golden Age of Downtown Montreal. As a result, all traces of recent tenant iBurger have been eradicated. The flatbread-happy menu makes good use of an original cast iron, wood-fired oven.

Cirkus

Toulouse native Julien Joré, formerly of Brunoise, 357c, Au Cinquième Péché and Au Petit Extra, is the owner and chef of this new restaurant in the old Pyrus Bistronomique. Girlfriend Stéphanie Labelle, who owns the excellent Pâtisserie Rhubarbe around the corner, provides the desserts.

Lea

Prolific designer Zébulon Perron is responsible for this sleek new space from the restaurant group that gave us Grinder and Hachoir. The Portuguese and Spanish inflected menu comes courtesy chef Matt Doyle and sous chef Ian Milner.

Wilfrid sur Laurier

All herald the return of the dynamic Brunoise duo of chef Michel Ross and Zach Suhl. The two now hope to revive the space once held by Laurier mainstay La Petite Ardoise.

Ping Pong Club

Cocktails, beers, high-low bar food and table tennis, in the former Royal Phoenix and from the same group behind Salon Officiel and Mme Lee.

Fitzroy

The spectacular conversion of the 50-year-old Boul Noir pool hall comes from the visionary trio of Kevin Latrem (Apt. 200), Kyle Fowler and Jean-Simon Royer (Porte Rouge) and designer Amlyne Phillips. A former Rachel Rachel cook handles the "fast food gourmet" menu.

Junior

This Pinoy restaurant from d.j. brothers Jojo and Toddy Flores, Julian Somera and Oenopole wine agent David Pendon looks the part and features a Filipino chef with chops in the kitchen. Griffintown - and an entire community - badly wants this place to succeed.

Fortune

The principals in this new wave taco counter and casse-croûte in Little Italy hail from Notre Dame des Quilles, the Royal Phoenix and Phoenix 1 food truck.

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