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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.

1. Le Vin Papillon

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2519 rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montreal, Quebec
H3J 1N4, Canada
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.

2. Ludger

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4001 rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montreal, Quebec
H4C 1R3, Canada
(438) 383-3229
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.

3. Kazu

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1862 rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest, Montreal, Quebec
H3H 1M1, Canada
(514) 937-2333
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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.

4. Le H4C

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538 Place Saint-Henri, Montreal, Quebec
H4C 2R9, Canada
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.

5. BlackStrap BBQ

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4436 rue Wellington, Verdun, Quebec
H4G 1W6, Canada
(514) 507-6772
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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.

6. Tkrestobar

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5940 ave. Victoria, Montreal, Quebec
H3W 2R8, Canada
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.

7. Brasserie T!

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1425 rue Jeanne-Mance, Montreal, Quebec
H2X 2J4, Canada
(514) 282-0808
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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.

8. Bouillon Bilk

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1595 boul. Saint-Laurent, Montreal, Quebec
H2X 2S9, Canada
(514) 845-1595
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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.

9. SAT FoodLab

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1201 boul. Saint-Laurent, Montreal, Quebec
H2X 2S6, Canada
(514) 844-2033
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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.

10. Ma Poule Mouillée

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969 Rachel, Montreal, Quebec
H2J 2J2, Canada
Has Romados' Portuguese chicken supremacy been usurped by a neighbouring upstart? Judging by the crowds flocking to Ma Poule Mouillée, possibly.

11. Micro Resto La Famille

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418, rue Gilford, Montreal, Quebec
H2J 1N2, Canada
(514) 508-8700
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The deft crew behind this pygmy café serves impeccable plates and provocative natural wines. Expect to queue.

12. Café Sardine

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9 ave. Fairmount, Montreal, Quebec
H2T 1C7, Canada
(514) 802-8899
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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.

13. Boucherie Lawrence

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5237 boul. Saint-Laurent, Montreal, Quebec
H2T 1S4, Canada
(514) 845-5115
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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.

14. Impasto

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48 Dante, Montreal, Quebec
H2S 1J5, Canada
Michele Forgione and Stefano Faita have struck gold with their finely-tuned Little Italy collaborazione.

15. M sur Masson

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2876 rue Masson, Montreal, Quebec
H1Y 1W9, Canada
(514) 678-2999
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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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1. Le Vin Papillon

2519 rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montreal, Quebec, H3J 1N4, Canada
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.
2519 rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montreal, Quebec
H3J 1N4, Canada

2. Ludger

4001 rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montreal, Quebec, H4C 1R3, Canada
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.
4001 rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montreal, Quebec
H4C 1R3, Canada

3. Kazu

1862 rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest, Montreal, Quebec, H3H 1M1, Canada
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.
1862 rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest, Montreal, Quebec
H3H 1M1, Canada

4. Le H4C

538 Place Saint-Henri, Montreal, Quebec, H4C 2R9, Canada
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.
538 Place Saint-Henri, Montreal, Quebec
H4C 2R9, Canada

5. BlackStrap BBQ

4436 rue Wellington, Verdun, Quebec, H4G 1W6, Canada
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.
4436 rue Wellington, Verdun, Quebec
H4G 1W6, Canada

6. Tkrestobar

5940 ave. Victoria, Montreal, Quebec, H3W 2R8, Canada
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.
5940 ave. Victoria, Montreal, Quebec
H3W 2R8, Canada

7. Brasserie T!

1425 rue Jeanne-Mance, Montreal, Quebec, H2X 2J4, Canada
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.
1425 rue Jeanne-Mance, Montreal, Quebec
H2X 2J4, Canada

8. Bouillon Bilk

1595 boul. Saint-Laurent, Montreal, Quebec, H2X 2S9, Canada
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.
1595 boul. Saint-Laurent, Montreal, Quebec
H2X 2S9, Canada

9. SAT FoodLab

1201 boul. Saint-Laurent, Montreal, Quebec, H2X 2S6, Canada
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.
1201 boul. Saint-Laurent, Montreal, Quebec
H2X 2S6, Canada

10. Ma Poule Mouillée

969 Rachel, Montreal, Quebec, H2J 2J2, Canada
Has Romados' Portuguese chicken supremacy been usurped by a neighbouring upstart? Judging by the crowds flocking to Ma Poule Mouillée, possibly.
969 Rachel, Montreal, Quebec
H2J 2J2, Canada

11. Micro Resto La Famille

418, rue Gilford, Montreal, Quebec, H2J 1N2, Canada
The deft crew behind this pygmy café serves impeccable plates and provocative natural wines. Expect to queue.
418, rue Gilford, Montreal, Quebec
H2J 1N2, Canada

12. Café Sardine

9 ave. Fairmount, Montreal, Quebec, H2T 1C7, Canada
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.
9 ave. Fairmount, Montreal, Quebec
H2T 1C7, Canada

13. Boucherie Lawrence

5237 boul. Saint-Laurent, Montreal, Quebec, H2T 1S4, Canada
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.
5237 boul. Saint-Laurent, Montreal, Quebec
H2T 1S4, Canada

14. Impasto

48 Dante, Montreal, Quebec, H2S 1J5, Canada
Michele Forgione and Stefano Faita have struck gold with their finely-tuned Little Italy collaborazione.
48 Dante, Montreal, Quebec
H2S 1J5, Canada

15. M sur Masson

2876 rue Masson, Montreal, Quebec, H1Y 1W9, Canada
After a recent return from a short hiatus, the restaurant that put Rosemont on the map is sharper than ever.
2876 rue Masson, Montreal, Quebec
H1Y 1W9, Canada

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