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Adam Aspelund, Ludger chef, co-owner
Adam Aspelund, Ludger chef, co-owner
Randall Brodeur

The 15 Hottest Restaurants in Montreal, October 2013

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Adam Aspelund, Ludger chef, co-owner
| Randall Brodeur

Where the buzz at? Where, in other words, do I eat today? It's the one constant query when it comes to Montreal's food scene. This is where the ever-changing Eater Heatmap comes in; shining the spot on restaurants that are front of mind with ahead-of-the-curve critics and diners.

And, like Montréal, it's a hodgepodge. A wine bar in Little Burgundy, an Asian snack bar in Côte-des-Neiges, a butcher shop with serious sangwiches. But what a lot of these restaurants have in common - and this is what's so compelling about Montreal right now - is that they've popped up in the most unexpected of places.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Le Vin Papillon

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Dave McMillan, Fred Morin, Vanya Filipovic and Marc-Olivier Frappier's no reservations wine bar is an elegant companion to Joe Beef and Liverpool House.
This buvette gourmande is yet another recent notch in Saint-Henri's belt. A menagerie of regulars love-tweet about the mindful cocktails and bar food on the regular.
When Kazuo Akutsu opened his divey pub in a Downtown hole-in-the-wall, he introd a soulful new style of Japanese food to California roll-jaded Montrealers. Three years on and Kazu still jams.

Le H4C

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The architect owners of this shiny new Saint-Henri spot did a tidy refurb job on heritage post office digs. But chef Dany Bolduc's food (late of Réservoir) is the story here.

BlackStrap BBQ

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One of the thrills of Blackstrap BBQ, besides Dylan Kier's champion brisket, pork, turkey and chicken, is placing bets on how early in the day his wife Clara Barron will tweet that the restaurant has run out of meat.

Tkrestobar

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This wood-panelled restaurant-cum-Western Union outlet is the only place in town with ramen burgers, fried chicken and Momofuku-style pork buns. Côte-des-Neiges just got weird.

Brasserie T!

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Toqué!'s coquettish cousin is the restaurant Quartier des Spectacles patrons have long hungered for. Normand Laprise and Charles-Antoine Crête hit the brasserie bullseye with this one.

Bouillon Bilk

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Chef François Nadon's résumé is an illustrious one, with tours of duty at Brontë, XO and Trois Petits Bouchons. His conscientious, contemporary cuisine has animated a junk shop-strewn strip of lower Saint-Laurent.

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Laloux expats Michelle Marek and Seth Gabrielse run the most inventive, experimental restaurant in the city. The unlikely venue (the Société des Arts Technologiques) and neighbours (Café Cléopâtre and Montreal Pool Room) make it all the more alluring.

Ma Poule Mouillée

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Has Romados' Portuguese chicken supremacy been usurped by a neighbouring upstart? Judging by the crowds flocking to Ma Poule Mouillée, possibly.

Micro Resto La Famille

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The deft crew behind this pygmy café serves impeccable plates and provocative natural wines. Expect to queue.

Café Sardine

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Café Sardine's Third Wave (and doughnut) bona fides have been widely disseminated but now that the Mile End spot has transformed into a ramen-dispensing izakaya by night, the stakes have been upped.

Boucherie Lawrence

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Yes, Boucherie Lawrence is a butcher shop but one that dispenses some of the most addictive sandwiches in the city (porchetta anyone). All made on house rolls and with respectfully raised meat from small independent producers, of course.

Impasto

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Michele Forgione and Stefano Faita have struck gold with their finely-tuned Little Italy collaborazione.

M sur Masson

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After a recent return from a short hiatus, the restaurant that put Rosemont on the map is sharper than ever.

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Le Vin Papillon

Dave McMillan, Fred Morin, Vanya Filipovic and Marc-Olivier Frappier's no reservations wine bar is an elegant companion to Joe Beef and Liverpool House.

Ludger

This buvette gourmande is yet another recent notch in Saint-Henri's belt. A menagerie of regulars love-tweet about the mindful cocktails and bar food on the regular.

Kazu

When Kazuo Akutsu opened his divey pub in a Downtown hole-in-the-wall, he introd a soulful new style of Japanese food to California roll-jaded Montrealers. Three years on and Kazu still jams.

Le H4C

The architect owners of this shiny new Saint-Henri spot did a tidy refurb job on heritage post office digs. But chef Dany Bolduc's food (late of Réservoir) is the story here.

BlackStrap BBQ

One of the thrills of Blackstrap BBQ, besides Dylan Kier's champion brisket, pork, turkey and chicken, is placing bets on how early in the day his wife Clara Barron will tweet that the restaurant has run out of meat.

Tkrestobar

This wood-panelled restaurant-cum-Western Union outlet is the only place in town with ramen burgers, fried chicken and Momofuku-style pork buns. Côte-des-Neiges just got weird.

Brasserie T!

Toqué!'s coquettish cousin is the restaurant Quartier des Spectacles patrons have long hungered for. Normand Laprise and Charles-Antoine Crête hit the brasserie bullseye with this one.

Bouillon Bilk

Chef François Nadon's résumé is an illustrious one, with tours of duty at Brontë, XO and Trois Petits Bouchons. His conscientious, contemporary cuisine has animated a junk shop-strewn strip of lower Saint-Laurent.

SAT FoodLab

Laloux expats Michelle Marek and Seth Gabrielse run the most inventive, experimental restaurant in the city. The unlikely venue (the Société des Arts Technologiques) and neighbours (Café Cléopâtre and Montreal Pool Room) make it all the more alluring.

Ma Poule Mouillée

Has Romados' Portuguese chicken supremacy been usurped by a neighbouring upstart? Judging by the crowds flocking to Ma Poule Mouillée, possibly.

Micro Resto La Famille

The deft crew behind this pygmy café serves impeccable plates and provocative natural wines. Expect to queue.

Café Sardine

Café Sardine's Third Wave (and doughnut) bona fides have been widely disseminated but now that the Mile End spot has transformed into a ramen-dispensing izakaya by night, the stakes have been upped.

Boucherie Lawrence

Yes, Boucherie Lawrence is a butcher shop but one that dispenses some of the most addictive sandwiches in the city (porchetta anyone). All made on house rolls and with respectfully raised meat from small independent producers, of course.

Impasto

Michele Forgione and Stefano Faita have struck gold with their finely-tuned Little Italy collaborazione.

M sur Masson

After a recent return from a short hiatus, the restaurant that put Rosemont on the map is sharper than ever.

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