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New Restaurants Openings 2008

February 5th, 2008 · New Restaurants

Hurray for a new year, and new innovative Montreal Restaurants for me to relish and poop on!. Below is a list of some of the new restaurants that have Montreal foodies tongues wagging.

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M:brgr Restaurant

UPDATE: Read the M:brgr review

M:brgr, the new fancy burger joint brought to you by the owner of Moishe’s Steakhouse opened Tuesday, January 15th in the space Eden, (the kosher French restaurant) formerly occupied. Jeff Dichter and Lenny Lighter, co-owner of Moishes are the brain child of this new Montreal hot spot. They also have committed to donating a portion (5%) of all sales at M:brgr to Montreal Children’s Charities.

The menu offers a variety of burger choices from beef (AAA cut $8.75, Kobe $19.75), organic ($12), tuna ($17.75) and veggie ($9.95). There is also a wide assortment of topping some of the gourmet ones include Grilled green asparagus ($3), apple-wood bacon ($2), grilled oyster mushrooms ($4) and black truffle carpaccio ($10). You also get to choose from seven different types of cheese.

If burgers aren’t your thing there is a mac & cheese dish with a truffle potato chip crust ($13), sandwiches, Angus hot dogs and for the healthier eaters they also offer meal salads ($8.75 – $13.75) as well. To see the rest of their menu visit their website.

According to the Gazette M:Brgr restaurant has been averaging 300 customers a day and the burger is the result of the hard work and frequent tasting trips of the owners, including New York, where they tried out all the best hamburger restaurants, like BLT Burger, Rare, and Stan’s.

Lighter has been serving hamburgers at lunch at Moishes for years, so he knew with their history and experience that no matter what was out there, they could do it better. Dichter and Lighter say this is only the beginning. Plans are already afoot for more m:brgr outlets in Montreal and beyond, which would also donate a percentage of sales to charity.

Restaurant M:Brgr
2025 Drummond, Downtown Montreal
Hours: Mon-Wed 11:30 am – 11:00 pm, Thurs – Sat 11:30 am-Midnight
Website: www.mbrgr.com

DNA Restaurant

DNA restaurant in Old Montreal, headed by Executive Chef Derek Dammann opened officially today with a big buzz in the space formerly occupied by California Dream. The interior was designed by Bruno Braën(Braun-Braën)is the designer of DNA his previous work includes Le Club Chasse et Pêche, La Porte, Bily Kun, and Pullman. Chef Dammann has worked in top restaurants in Canada (Cassis and Zambri’s) as well as in Europe (Fifteen, The Fat Duck, and Le Notre). DNA is open for lunch and dinner and claims to serve a

Chef Dammann has worked in top restaurants in Canada (Cassis and Zambri’s) as well as in Europe (Fifteen, The Fat Duck, and Le Notre). DNA is open for lunch and dinner and claims to serve a Mediterranean, Italian type cuisine. The menu includes such dishes as agneau grillé ($28), aile de raie ($23), bouillabaisse ($25) and joue de Porc au cidre ($19).
Restaurant DNA
355 Marguerite D’Youville, Montreal
Phone: 514-287-3362
Hours: Lunch: 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm, Dinner: 5:30pm – 10:30pm

L’inconnu Restaurant

L’inconnu opened and has taken over space formerly occupied by Brunoise. They serve market-driven contemporary cuisine by Chef Jeffrey Stirrup. According to their website, the average price for a meal for two is $80.00 which does not include taxes, wine or gratuity.

The chef’s specialties include for Apps: braized pork belly, poached lobster with white asparagus, and foie gras au torchon. For mains: roasted fillet of beef with braized oxtail, roasted veal filet with lobster and sweetbread sausage and black cod. You can read the review from Voir (French only) here.

Restaurant L’inconnu
3807 St.André, Plateau Montreal
Phone: 514-527-0880
Website: www.linconnu.ca
Hours: Mon – Thurs 5:30 pm – 11:00 pm, Fri – Sat 5:30 pm – 11:30pm, CLOSED ON SUN

Le Pois Penché Restaurant

Le Pois Penché restaurant on de Maisonneuve has been open since December 2007 and is the latest venture for Montreal restaurant maven Peter Morentzos’ of Queue De Cheval, Trinity and MBCo fame. He is also associated with 40 West Steakhouse and is the founder of Eggspectations, Moe’s Deli & Bar, Bentley’s among others.

It is located in the long-abandoned Tudor House on De Maisonneuve at Drummond and covers two floors. Le Pois Penché is open 7 days a week and aims to be the downtown Montreal’s first decent restaurant to be open 24/7 (although not until summertime, winter till 3 am) and takes its Frenchness very seriously.

At this French bistro, you will not find ketchup, meat cooked past medium or anything other than French wine and a strictly French menu. The seasonal menu offers an early brunch served early in the day, a lunch menu and a full dinner menu. The menu is extensive and features everything from a seafood platter ($68.00 or $128.00), steak, and tartars (beef, lamb, and tuna ($22-$26).

Restaurant Le Pois Penché
1230 boul. de Maisonneuve Ouest, Downtown Montreal
Phone: 514-667-5050
Hours: 7 am – 2:30 am
Cuisine: French, Bistro, Brunch
Website: www.lepoispenche.com

Bofinger West Island

Bofinger Restaurant, the popular NDG southern barbecue haven recently opened a second location at. 3339-G Sources Boulevard (Centennial Plaza)514-685-3444 in Dollard-Des-Ormeaux (West Island, Montreal). Word has it is already pretty busy. They are also looking for wait staff /cashiers available days, evenings, and weekends.

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Kitchen Galerie Restaurant

October 25th, 2007 · Bistro Restaurants, French Restaurants, Market

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On Montreal Restaurant Kitchen Gallerie Chef Deck says:

They say that good things come in threes like the three musketeers, the three stooges, and the three little pigs. My entire life this was something that I wanted to deny because of the fact that I was a four fan, but after going to Kitchen Gallery I must say that I’ve found a newfound appreciation for this odd number (still hate five, seven and eleven though).

Chef’s Mathieu Cloutier and Jean-Philippe St-Denis threw out the riff-raff and the overhead to create a brilliant restaurant cooked, served, and bused all by themselves. The food here was top tier and there wasn’t a dish served that disappointed. We started with an amuse bouche of crème of yellow beets that was both refreshing and tasty. For our

Chef’s Mathieu Cloutier and Jean-Philippe St-Denis threw out the riff-raff and the overhead to create a brilliant restaurant cooked, served, and bused all by themselves.

The food here was top tier and there wasn’t a dish served that disappointed. We started with an amuse bouche of crème of yellow beets that was both refreshing and tasty. For our appetizers, we had the Fois Gras parfaits, Fois Gras Poiler with cranberries, oyster on the half shell, and innovative Fois Gras Peau cooked in the dishwasher.

For our main course, we opted for a seamlessly cooked cote de boeuf for two with a tarragon sauce (huge like Rita Macneil) and melt in your mouth filet of Cerf, both accompanied by roasted potatoes and root vegetables. For dessert, we ate mother-in-law’s yummy chocolate cake, berries with crème, and a caramel dried fruit tart. For the price, to quality ratio, Kitchen Gallery can’t be beaten.

Food: 9.0123132/10
Service: Nothing better than being served by a chef/10
Price: Twenty-four to thirty-two bucks for the 3 course Table d’hôte a person unless you’re an oyster or Fois Gras junky/10

Chef Deck signing out!

KITCHEN GALERIE MONTREAL RESTAURANT INFORMATION

60, Jean-Talon E, corner St-Dominique, Little Italy, Montreal
Phone: 514-315-8994
HOURS: Tues – Sat: 6:00 pm – 11 pm
Payment: Visa, MC, Interac
Cuisine: Bistro, French, Market

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Beniamino & Co. Repas Pour Emporter

October 10th, 2007 · Italian Restaurants, Market, Montreal Restaurants

Beniamino & Co. Montreal 

On Restaurant Beniamino & Co. Montreal Chef Deck says:

Bravo Mr. Beniamino for bringing the finest homemade panini sandwiches to our great city. For years I craved you but, but I hadn’t met you, and now I love you. Everything you make is perfect (especially your chicken salad sandwich with walnuts, peaches, pistachios, and some other stuff)!

Your salads are also top notch (the orzo salad, fennel salad, and all the others which are changed daily). I also have to mention that your hot lunch meals, which also change daily are truly flawless (scaloppini, different fishes, amazing meatloaf, fantastic meatballs, everything). Your big brother take-out / grocery store on McGill street is also just as fine according to my opinion. You guys know what’s up and never disappoint!

Food: 9.78938923/10
Atmosphere: teases you with tasty delights/10
Soul-feeding quality’s: you have officially added 3 years to my life that was once taken away from smoking/10

Chef Deck signing out!

BENIAMINO & CO. TAKE-OUT LUNCH RESTAURANT

455 Viger West, Square Victoria, Montreal
Phone: 514-861-7770
Website: beniamino.com
Hours: Mon – Fri: 7:00 am -7 pm, Food served at lunch 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Beniamino Market
32 McGill, Old Montréal, QC
Phone: 514-284-1711
Hours: Mon – Fri: 7:30 am – 11 pm; Weekends: 10 am – 9 pm

 

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Pizza Pita

September 20th, 2007 · Montreal Restaurants, Pizza Restaurants

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On Restaurant Pizza Pita Montreal Chef Deck says:

Pizza Pita is the only Montreal kosher restaurant in the city that I crave on a regular basis, Baruch Hashem. As well as being the only MK restaurant frequented by Chef Deck they claim to have the only Kosher drive-thru in the world (just a little piece of useless knowledge for the people, though I find it hard to believe that there isn’t one in Israel). The thing that is so special about their pizza is that perfectly orange grease, which many places try to duplicate but rarely succeed in doing. Another highlight is the amazing falafel, that you order and filled with many delights at the falafel counter. They also have a salad that is mixed in front of you, where again you add your desired fixings. Lastly a warning to all who are not kosher…You ain’t gonna find no 99 cent pizza here.

Atmosphere: Did you know that Itsich and Chava got married 2 years ago and already have 24 kids/10
Food: Deliciously dirty and Chez Danny-esque/10
Price: Rockefeller/10

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Pizza Pita

6415 Decarie, Montreal
Phone Number: 514-731-PITA (7482)
E-mail: info@pizzapita.com
Hours: Sunday to Thursday 7:30 am to 11:00 pm, Friday, 7:30 am until 1 hour before sundown, Saturday, 1 hour after sundown until 4:00 am
Delivering hours: Sunday to Thursday 11:00 am to 10:00 pm; Friday 11:00 am to 2:30 pm; Saturday 1 hour after sundown until 11:00 pm.

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Psarotaverna Du Symposium Restaurant

September 18th, 2007 · Greek Restaurants, Seafood Restaurants

Symposium greek restaurant

On Symposium Restaurant Montreal Chef Deck says:

Milos Restaurant started the trend, Faros had a stint close to the top, Phillinos was good once upon a time, but now if you’re looking for one of the best Greek restaurants in Montreal, restaurant Symposium won’t disappoint. The platter with grilled octopus, grilled calamari, and fried calamari was perfection.

All of the trios melted in your mouth and were seamlessly spiced. The highlight of the meal though where their special scallops (you ask why special? I’ll never tell). Eating them was like a party in my mouth which Richard Prior, Kevin Nealon, and Norm Macdonald all happened to be in attendance for. I thank you, Mr. Symposium for being so magically delicious.

Atmosphere: Oppa/10
Tastiness: 9.193834722/10
Hospitality: And Jesse Katsopolis thought he was cool/10

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Psarotaverna Du Symposium Restaurant

3829, rue St-Denis corner Roy, Montreal
Tel: 514-842-0867
Hours: Monday – Friday, 11:30 am – 2:30 pm, Everyday, 5 pm – 11 pm
Cuisine: Greek, Seafood

 

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Soupe Soup Restaurant

August 30th, 2007 · Montreal Restaurants

Soup Soup

On Soup Soup Restaurant Montreal Chef Deck Says:

We ventured to Cash and Curry for some imperial delights only to find out that it was closed for lunch. This made us have to find somewhere else to eat which led us to restaurant Soup Soup. We split the terrine de canard sandwich and goat cheese which were both light and very good.

My gazpacho was spiced perfectly and one of best I’ve ever tasted but the creme of mushroom was pretty lousy. Now ladies and gentleman here are the bad part, I left hungry and the bill was 35 bucks with tip. How in the hell this place thinks that their food is worth that kind of money baffles me. No one could get full eating their half sandwich and soup special for $7.95. Soup get off your high horse and know your place.

Atmosphere: Quite the pleasant little nook on Duluth/10
Food: 7.924236732/10
Price: I really hope it was a mistake/10

SOUP SOUP RESTAURANT INFORMATION

80 Duluth E., Plateau, Montreal
Phone: 514-380-0880

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174 St. Viateur St. Outremont, Montreal
Phone: 514-271-2004
Hours: Mon-Sat 11am-4pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Restaurant L’Avenue

August 22nd, 2007 · Breakfast Restaurants, Montreal Restaurants

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On L’Avenue restaurant in Plateau Montreal Chef Deck says:

Montreal restaurant L’Avenue reminds me of a fat American boy named Billy whose father took a 3 year sabbatical in France, moved to Montreal, and opened up a restaurant to support Billy’s eating habit. I know what you’re thinking everyone, I’m gonna tear this Montreal restaurant apart, but no no, I happen to be a huge fan of glutinous artery-clogging cuisine.

Breakfast is definitely the specialty at l’Avenue and never disappoints. The one item that I crave is their eggs benedict with chicken and fried potatoes (I know it sounds gross but order it and thank me later).Now onto the lunch menu.

The burgers are amazing (I love the Parisian…baguette, brie, asparagus), the club sandwiches are also unbelievable (get the one with avocado), but good luck finishing one unless your name is Billy, and they have a hot chicken sandwich that if you finish you get the second free. Fruit smoothies also quite delicious…add some booze for that extra pick me up in the morning.

Service: I feel like knocking out every waiter in that place for their lackadaisical additudes/10

Food: 8.8723468/10

Bathrooms: Absolutely the coolest in town because you can see yourself from all directions while watching and dancing to the Madonna video/10

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L’AVENUE RESTAURANT, MONTREAL

922, avenue du Mont-Royal Est, Plateau, Montreal
Phone: 514-523-8780
Payment: Cash, Interac
Hours: Mon – Fri 7:00 am – 11:00 pm, Sat 8:00 am – 11:00 pm, Sun 8:00 am – 10:00 pm

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Garde Manger Montreal

August 16th, 2007 · Market, Montreal Restaurants, Seafood Restaurants

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Garde-Manger Montreal Review by Guest Reviewer Dubers

Garde-Manger….so many evenings, so many blurry memories. Whenever someone asks me for the hippest restaurant in Montreal, my answer is always inevitably Garde-Manger.

Originally opened as an “anti-scene” joint in Old Montreal, this small resto/lounge has now been adopted by the Montreal foodies, barflies and hipsters alike. No other place can you enjoy fine dining, a well-selected wine list, beautiful cocktails and the opportunity to get naked.

If you are looking for runway waitresses that don’t know how to do wine service, overpriced martinis, Eurotrash and food that sucks, then St-Laurent Blvd. is slightly north/west. Garde-Manger boasts some beautiful staff but all are knowledgeable, quick and friendly (Julie and Jessica, you rock).

Owner/Partner Kyle is always around either pouring libations or mixing the tunes, never missing an opportunity to mingle with his loyal clientèle.

With a menu that changes daily on the chalkboard, past favorites and must haves are:

Large Seafood platter: Also lovingly referred to as the trough, this is SICK ACTION!!! This baby takes up your whole table and then some. For $125 bones, it’s the biggest and baddest in Montreal. A must for 4-6 people.

BBQ baby back ribs (I love you with your side of succulent potato salad) Is it wrong to suck on your neighbor’s saucy fingers?

Their fish and seafood is always fresh. Nothing like getting a “Loup de Mer” served on your plate while it’s still staring right at you. Delicious but creepy.

The atmosphere is very loud and not for the faint of heart. If you are looking for a quiet, uneventful evening, try Holder restaurant. It’s really tough to get a table at restaurant Garde-Manger and reservations are a must. Call in advance but drop in anytime for a martini.

Wearing the Troff’s decorative seaweed on your head to look like a Rastafarian 10/10

Tastiness: 9.99999999/10 (Deduction for that imperfect oval-shape olive in my martini, OK…10/10)

Getting a table on a Thursday night unless you call 16 weeks in advance/10

GARDE-MANGER RESTAURANT INFORMATION

408 St-François-Xavier, Old Montreal
Phone: 514-678-5044
Hours: Tue-Sun 6 pm – 3 am
Payment: Cash, Credit Cards

 

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Tripolis Restaurant, specialities Grecques

July 27th, 2007 · Greek Restaurants, Montreal Restaurants

restaurant Tripolis

On Tripolis Restaurant Montreal Chef Deck says:

Emanuele the Greek introduced use a few years back and since then I have been enjoying our great love affair. Of all the reasonably priced Montreal Greek Restaurants, I must say Tripolis you are my number one. Your grilled Octopus is at par with all the top Greek restaurants in Montreal.

The village Greek salad is almost perfect (could use goat feta but your olive oil is top notch), charcoal grilled lamb chops are amazing, lamb ribs make me weep, your grilled shrimp are big and beautiful, saganaki is perfection, great tzatziki, fried potatoes in olive oil so dang good, love your

The village Greek salad is almost perfect (could use goat feta but your olive oil is top notch), charcoal grilled lamb chops are amazing, lamb ribs make me weep, your grilled shrimp are big and beautiful, saganaki is perfection, great tzatziki, fried potatoes in olive oil so dang good, love your Horta, and best of all you have the mini wine glasses for your Malamatina. Ta boot you’re opened until 2 am every night and 5 am on the weekends!

Sitting on the terrace and people watching in park extension: So entertaining/10

Food: 8.23237/10

Atmosphere: Packed with all the neighborhood Greeks who tell amazing stories/10

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NEW TRIPOLIS, SPECIALITIES GRECQUES, RESTAURANT INFORMATION

679 St-Roch (@ Bloomfield)
Phone: 514-277-4689
Hours: Mon – Fri: 11 am – 2 am, Sat-Sun: 11 am – 5 am

Website: Restaurant Tripolis

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Patati Patata friterie de luxe Restaurant

May 29th, 2007 · Breakfast Restaurants, Casse-Croûte, Montreal Restaurants

Chef Deck says:

O Patati…. You’re like my best friend Guillaume, the country boy who moved to the big city. The city Influence helped you create amazingly delicious things like a themed burger (minty feta sauce covered temptation), a patatine…what crazy person would think to add fresh veggies to a poutine (me I like no peppers), and borsch almost as good as my grandmothers. Everything is just amazing, pitchers are cheap, and it’s hard to even spend 10 bucks on a meal.

Mini burgers (geniuses because everything is always better in mini): 10/10
Fries: 9/10
Bathroom: A little tight but clean: 10/10

Chef Deck signing out!

Patati Patata Restaurant
4177 St-Laurent, corner Rachel, Montreal; 514-844-0216
Hours: Mon – Fri 9 am – 11 pm, Sat & Sun 11 am – 11 pm
Pay: Cash Only

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