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The 15 Hottest Restaurants in Montreal, November 2014

A record update.

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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.

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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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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Sumac

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3618 Notre-Dame Street West, Montreal
QC H4C 1P5, Canada
(514) 935-1444
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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]

2. Notkins

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1101, rue Bleury, Montreal
QC H2Z 1W1, Canada
(514) 866-1101
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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.

3. L'Orignal

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479 Rue Saint-Alexis, Montreal
QC H2Y 1X4, Canada
(514) 303-0479
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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).

4. Ma'tine

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1310 Maisonneuve Est, Montreal
QC H2L 2A5, Canada
(514) 439-9969
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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.

5. Café Sfouf

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1250 rue Ontario, Montreal
QC, Canada
(514) 507-8777
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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.

6. June Rose

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16 Avenue des Pins, Montreal
QC H2W 1N3, Canada
(514) 439-7054
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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.

7. Isle de Garde

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1039 rue Beaubien Est, Montreal
QC H2S 1T3, Canada
(514) 831-0181
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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.

8. Balsam Inn

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1237 Rue Metcalfe, Montreal
QC, Canada
(514) 507-9207
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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.

9. Cirkus

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1481 Laurier Est, Montreal
QC H2J 1H8, Canada
(514) 303-9030
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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.

10. Lea

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4922 rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montreal
QC, Canada
(514) 508-0545
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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.

11. Wilfrid sur Laurier

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222 Laurier Ouest, Montreal
QC H2T 2N8, Canada
(514) 495-4961
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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.

12. Ping Pong Club

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5788 Saint-Laurent, Montreal
QC, Canada
(514) 272-7464
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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.

13. Fitzroy

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551 Avenue du Mont-Royal, Montreal
QC, Canada
(514) 686-2153
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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.

14. Junior

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1964 rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montreal
QC, Canada
(514) 944-8636
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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.

15. Fortune

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6448 Saint-Laurent, Montreal
QC, Canada
(514) 303-3111
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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.

1. Sumac

3618 Notre-Dame Street West, Montreal, QC H4C 1P5, Canada
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]
3618 Notre-Dame Street West, Montreal
QC H4C 1P5, Canada

2. Notkins

1101, rue Bleury, Montreal, QC H2Z 1W1, Canada
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.
1101, rue Bleury, Montreal
QC H2Z 1W1, Canada

3. L'Orignal

479 Rue Saint-Alexis, Montreal, QC H2Y 1X4, Canada
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).
479 Rue Saint-Alexis, Montreal
QC H2Y 1X4, Canada

4. Ma'tine

1310 Maisonneuve Est, Montreal, QC H2L 2A5, Canada
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.
1310 Maisonneuve Est, Montreal
QC H2L 2A5, Canada

5. Café Sfouf

1250 rue Ontario, Montreal, QC, Canada
This new café in the Marché St-Jacques quarter of the Village is open for breakfast and lunch Wednesday to Sunday.
1250 rue Ontario, Montreal
QC, Canada

6. June Rose

16 Avenue des Pins, Montreal, QC H2W 1N3, Canada
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.
16 Avenue des Pins, Montreal
QC H2W 1N3, Canada

7. Isle de Garde

1039 rue Beaubien Est, Montreal, QC H2S 1T3, Canada
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.
1039 rue Beaubien Est, Montreal
QC H2S 1T3, Canada

8. Balsam Inn

1237 Rue Metcalfe, Montreal, QC, Canada
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.
1237 Rue Metcalfe, Montreal
QC, Canada

9. Cirkus

1481 Laurier Est, Montreal, QC H2J 1H8, Canada
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.
1481 Laurier Est, Montreal
QC H2J 1H8, Canada

10. Lea

4922 rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montreal, QC, Canada
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.
4922 rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montreal
QC, Canada

11. Wilfrid sur Laurier

222 Laurier Ouest, Montreal, QC H2T 2N8, Canada
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.
222 Laurier Ouest, Montreal
QC H2T 2N8, Canada

12. Ping Pong Club

5788 Saint-Laurent, Montreal, QC, Canada
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.
5788 Saint-Laurent, Montreal
QC, Canada

13. Fitzroy

551 Avenue du Mont-Royal, Montreal, QC, Canada
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.
551 Avenue du Mont-Royal, Montreal
QC, Canada

14. Junior

1964 rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montreal, QC, Canada
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.
1964 rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montreal
QC, Canada

15. Fortune

6448 Saint-Laurent, Montreal, QC, Canada
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.
6448 Saint-Laurent, Montreal
QC, Canada

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