2019 Culinary Spots: The Newest Restaurants in Montreal

When it comes to food, Montreal is notorious for some of the best restaurants in the world. Just recently, celebrity chef Rachael Ray divulged on her television show that she was preparing “a love letter to a place I love in Montreal,” while showing viewers how to make a schnitzel dish with zhug. Loosely basing the recipe on St. Henri restaurant Arthurs, she went on to say that the small Jewish nosh bar served “some of the best food I’ve ever had on the planet.”

Which Montreal restaurant will be next to make waves? Who’s to say – but these newest restaurants are on our radar for 2019’s top culinary spots.

Cafe Po di Piu
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Po’ Di Più

Transport yourself to a lazy day in Italy by stepping into Po’ Di Più, Olive and Gourmando and Foxy owners latest joint in Old Montreal. This casual spot has received rave reviews from food critics, most notably Lesley Chesterman who gave the restaurant an almost perfect rating of three and a half stars. Offering an Italian inspired brunch menu on the weekends and small plates like burrata and roasted carrots, mushroom bruschetta and Niçoise tuna salad, it’s easy to indulge. Chesterman also noted that the cocktails were so good, she found herself licking the ice cubes clean!

Basterd Restaurant
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Don’t let the name fool you; there’s nothing menacing about this spot! Aimed to reduce food waste and have a more eco-conscious approach to fine dining, this cheeky restaurant is using “ugly” veggies that usually wouldn’t make the cut. Purchasing their produce from Jean-Talon Market vendors, Basterd caters to both day and night crowds, as well as those who are wanting to pair their out of this world fusions like duck spring rolls with cocktails and wine. Dishes are beautifully plated and have offerings for both meat lovers and vegans on the menu. Those in the evening are most likely living in the area in condos like Ateliers Castelnau, as it’s just a short five-minute walk away.

Food Halls: Coming (Hopefully) in 2019

While they are yet to open – major culinary news for Montreal has been the three high-end food halls that are set to open in the city this year. Most anticipated is the Time Out gourmet food hall that will have 16 restaurants, two bars, and a few other miscellaneous areas within the Eaton Centre. With a hazy opening date of “sometime late 2019” there’s still no buzz on who will be on the menu boards – though Time Out has said they are focusing on bringing, “food hall versions of local restaurants.”

Le Trou

It’s hard to believe it’s taken so long, but Griffintown finally has its own dedicated bagel producer. Similar to Mile-End’s iconic spots like Fairmont and St-Viateur Bagel, it’s mainly a to-go bagel shop but does serve ready to eat options like sandwiches and coffee for those who want to sit and enjoy the hustle and bustle of the production process. Serving Montreal classics like sesame, poppy, and plain bagels, they’ve also created the namesake Griffintown bagel for locals to enjoy. Located a short six-minute walk away from NOCA condos, residents finally have a viable option for fresh, bagels that aren’t from a grocery store!

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