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The 15 Hottest Restaurants in Montreal, August 2014

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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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Le Sieur d'Iberville

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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.

Salmigondis

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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.

Pizzeria GEMA

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With Impasto and now Pizzeria GEMA, Stefano Faita and Michele Forgione have Dante street in Little Italy on lock.

Manitoba

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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.

Cafeden

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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.

Ma'tine

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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.
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]

Grenade

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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.

Victoria Pier

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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.

Rosewood

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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.

Tapas24

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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]

Brigade

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Wood-fired, Neapolitan-style pizza is happening Downtown now, thanks to the founders of the Yeh! Yogurt chain.

Industria

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

Henri Saint-Henri

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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.

Le Sieur d'Iberville

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.

Salmigondis

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.

Pizzeria GEMA

With Impasto and now Pizzeria GEMA, Stefano Faita and Michele Forgione have Dante street in Little Italy on lock.

Manitoba

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.

Cafeden

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.

Ma'tine

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.

Laurea

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]

Grenade

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.

Victoria Pier

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.

Rosewood

This gourmet burger and cocktail den in Old Montreal is from rocker Jonas Tomalty and Joverse principals Julian Arbia and Michael J. Killam.

Tapas24

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]

Brigade

Wood-fired, Neapolitan-style pizza is happening Downtown now, thanks to the founders of the Yeh! Yogurt chain.

Industria

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.

Foyer

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

Henri Saint-Henri

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.

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