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The 15 Hottest Restaurants in Montreal, August 2014

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N.B. The most recent version of this map is here.

The August 2014 installment welcomes a record eleven new restaurants. What a summer! Consider this hodgepodge of hot spots a snapshot of what is a very dynamic restaurant scene.

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
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

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Le Sieur d'Iberville

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2490 Mount Royal Avenue East, Montreal
QC H2H 2M3, Canada
(514) 525-4448
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You have to appreciate the details at this 1950s-era tavern reboot: the salavaged wood bar top, jury chairs, restored vertical beer conveyor and custom growler bottles. Now nosh on some oak-fired rotisserie chicken, the house-ground burger and savour the fact that this part of town now has a proper, honest-to-goodness pub for after work punters and nocturnal carousers.

2. Salmigondis

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6896 Saint Dominique Street, Montreal
QC H2S, Canada
(514) 564-3842
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The newcomer with the most underground buzz includes kitchen talent like Brian Peters (Café Sardine), Robert Kaniak, Élyssa-Ann Tanguay (Arts Café) and Charles-Antoine Malenfant Beaulieu (Chez L'Épicier). The arrival of a restaurant that serves three squares from Wednesday to Sunday in the Little Italy/Marché Jean-Talon quarter is cause for celebration.

3. Pizzeria GEMA

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6827 St-Dominique, Montreal
QC, Canada
With Impasto and now Pizzeria GEMA, Stefano Faita and Michele Forgione have Dante street in Little Italy on lock.

4. Manitoba

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271 Saint-Zotique O., Montreal
QC H2V 1A4, Canada
(514) 270-8000
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Lesley Chesterman recently gave this Mile-Ex newcomer a rare three stars. Chef Christopher Parasiuk and owners Elisabeth Cardin and Simon Cantin "have pulled together one unique space", wrote The Gazette critic.

5. Cafeden

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Saint Laurent Boulevard, Montreal
QC H2S 3C4, Canada
(514) 419-1589
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Finally, a Vietnamese restaurant that deviates from the stock Tonkinoise pushers all over town - and in the vicinity of Little Italy and Mile-Ex, no less. Cafeden freshens up the concept with authentic fare that has won over more than a few area cooks in need of a pre-service pho fix.

6. 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 much-beloved 2013 critical darling Micro Resto La Famille pulled up stakes to open this breakfast/lunch/brunch/café in the Village.

7. Laurea

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381 Avenue Laurier Ouest, Montreal
QC, Canada
(514) 507-2160
With Laurea (and first floor gastropub Lorbeer) the second conversion of the old Laurier BBQ is complete. This one comes courtesy of Jeff Stinco, Eric Lefrancois, Cindy Simard and chef Hakim Chajar. [Photo: Ariel Tarr]

8. Grenade

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1603 rue Ontario Est Montreal, Quebec
H2L 1S5, Canada
(514) 525-4251
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François Forest seems to have his hands in every other new project to open of late in Montreal. His latest, Grenade, combines Asian street food and cocktails in the Village.

9. Victoria Pier

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Montreal
QC, Canada
Another serial entrepreneur, Dave Schmidt, has combined with SaintWoods and former L'Orignal chef Dan Geltner to give Montreal a bona fide beach bar under the gaze of the Jacques Cartier Bridge and Molson Brewery.

10. Rosewood

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60, rue Saint-Jacques, Montreal
QC, Canada
(514) 843-8585
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This gourmet burger and cocktail den in Old Montreal is from rocker Jonas Tomalty and Joverse principals Julian Arbia and Michael J. Killam.

11. Tapas24

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420, rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montreal
QC H2Y 1V3, Canada
(514) 849-4424
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The MTL Cuisine group recently enticed Catalan star chef Carles Abellan to open the only outlet of his popular restaurant outside of Barcelona. [Photo: Samuel Joubert]

12. Brigade

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1428 rue Stanley, Montreal
QC H3A 1P7, Canada
Wood-fired, Neapolitan-style pizza is happening Downtown now, thanks to the founders of the Yeh! Yogurt chain.

13. Industria

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100, rue Peel #112, Montreal
QC H3C 0L8, Canada
(514) 931-4545
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Former Macaroni Bar chef Sergio Mattoscio runs the kitchen at this fresh pasta, pizza and sfizi joint in the ALT hotel from the Houston restaurant group.

14. Foyer

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3532 Notre Dame Ouest, Montreal
QC, Canada
(514) 508-3532
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More wood-fired pizza - and salads, fresh fish, meats and desserts - this time in the Sud-Ouest in the former Saint-Henri General Store.

15. Henri Saint-Henri

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3734 Notre-Dame Ouest, Montreal
QC H4C 1P7, Canada
(514) 303-0777
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A gaggle of experienced restaurateurs threw their collective weight behind this spiffy overhaul of a derelict space on Saint-Henri's gentrifying restaurant row. Chefs Julien Messier-Cousineau and James Rainville are whipping up nostalgic twists on Eastern Seaboard coastal fare to receptive audiences.

1. Le Sieur d'Iberville

2490 Mount Royal Avenue East, Montreal, QC H2H 2M3, Canada
You have to appreciate the details at this 1950s-era tavern reboot: the salavaged wood bar top, jury chairs, restored vertical beer conveyor and custom growler bottles. Now nosh on some oak-fired rotisserie chicken, the house-ground burger and savour the fact that this part of town now has a proper, honest-to-goodness pub for after work punters and nocturnal carousers.
2490 Mount Royal Avenue East, Montreal
QC H2H 2M3, Canada

2. Salmigondis

6896 Saint Dominique Street, Montreal, QC H2S, Canada
The newcomer with the most underground buzz includes kitchen talent like Brian Peters (Café Sardine), Robert Kaniak, Élyssa-Ann Tanguay (Arts Café) and Charles-Antoine Malenfant Beaulieu (Chez L'Épicier). The arrival of a restaurant that serves three squares from Wednesday to Sunday in the Little Italy/Marché Jean-Talon quarter is cause for celebration.
6896 Saint Dominique Street, Montreal
QC H2S, Canada

3. Pizzeria GEMA

6827 St-Dominique, Montreal, QC, Canada
With Impasto and now Pizzeria GEMA, Stefano Faita and Michele Forgione have Dante street in Little Italy on lock.
6827 St-Dominique, Montreal
QC, Canada

4. Manitoba

271 Saint-Zotique O., Montreal, QC H2V 1A4, Canada
Lesley Chesterman recently gave this Mile-Ex newcomer a rare three stars. Chef Christopher Parasiuk and owners Elisabeth Cardin and Simon Cantin "have pulled together one unique space", wrote The Gazette critic.
271 Saint-Zotique O., Montreal
QC H2V 1A4, Canada

5. Cafeden

Saint Laurent Boulevard, Montreal, QC H2S 3C4, Canada
Finally, a Vietnamese restaurant that deviates from the stock Tonkinoise pushers all over town - and in the vicinity of Little Italy and Mile-Ex, no less. Cafeden freshens up the concept with authentic fare that has won over more than a few area cooks in need of a pre-service pho fix.
Saint Laurent Boulevard, Montreal
QC H2S 3C4, Canada

6. Ma'tine

1310 Maisonneuve Est, Montreal, QC H2L 2A5, Canada
Three of the principals in the much-beloved 2013 critical darling Micro Resto La Famille pulled up stakes to open this breakfast/lunch/brunch/café in the Village.
1310 Maisonneuve Est, Montreal
QC H2L 2A5, Canada

7. Laurea

381 Avenue Laurier Ouest, Montreal, QC, Canada
With Laurea (and first floor gastropub Lorbeer) the second conversion of the old Laurier BBQ is complete. This one comes courtesy of Jeff Stinco, Eric Lefrancois, Cindy Simard and chef Hakim Chajar. [Photo: Ariel Tarr]
381 Avenue Laurier Ouest, Montreal
QC, Canada

8. Grenade

1603 rue Ontario Est Montreal, Quebec, H2L 1S5, Canada
François Forest seems to have his hands in every other new project to open of late in Montreal. His latest, Grenade, combines Asian street food and cocktails in the Village.
1603 rue Ontario Est Montreal, Quebec
H2L 1S5, Canada

9. Victoria Pier

Montreal, QC, Canada
Another serial entrepreneur, Dave Schmidt, has combined with SaintWoods and former L'Orignal chef Dan Geltner to give Montreal a bona fide beach bar under the gaze of the Jacques Cartier Bridge and Molson Brewery.
Montreal
QC, Canada

10. Rosewood

60, rue Saint-Jacques, Montreal, QC, Canada
This gourmet burger and cocktail den in Old Montreal is from rocker Jonas Tomalty and Joverse principals Julian Arbia and Michael J. Killam.
60, rue Saint-Jacques, Montreal
QC, Canada

11. Tapas24

420, rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montreal, QC H2Y 1V3, Canada
The MTL Cuisine group recently enticed Catalan star chef Carles Abellan to open the only outlet of his popular restaurant outside of Barcelona. [Photo: Samuel Joubert]
420, rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montreal
QC H2Y 1V3, Canada

12. Brigade

1428 rue Stanley, Montreal, QC H3A 1P7, Canada
Wood-fired, Neapolitan-style pizza is happening Downtown now, thanks to the founders of the Yeh! Yogurt chain.
1428 rue Stanley, Montreal
QC H3A 1P7, Canada

13. Industria

100, rue Peel #112, Montreal, QC H3C 0L8, Canada
Former Macaroni Bar chef Sergio Mattoscio runs the kitchen at this fresh pasta, pizza and sfizi joint in the ALT hotel from the Houston restaurant group.
100, rue Peel #112, Montreal
QC H3C 0L8, Canada

14. Foyer

3532 Notre Dame Ouest, Montreal, QC, Canada
More wood-fired pizza - and salads, fresh fish, meats and desserts - this time in the Sud-Ouest in the former Saint-Henri General Store.
3532 Notre Dame Ouest, Montreal
QC, Canada

15. Henri Saint-Henri

3734 Notre-Dame Ouest, Montreal, QC H4C 1P7, Canada
A gaggle of experienced restaurateurs threw their collective weight behind this spiffy overhaul of a derelict space on Saint-Henri's gentrifying restaurant row. Chefs Julien Messier-Cousineau and James Rainville are whipping up nostalgic twists on Eastern Seaboard coastal fare to receptive audiences.
3734 Notre-Dame Ouest, Montreal
QC H4C 1P7, Canada

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