Top Montreal Restaurant News (updated)
Summer is finally here and, with the warm weather comes great (food) news. Montreal restaurants and bars are getting ready for their busiest season with impressive new openings, revamped menus, decors, chefs… just in time so we can enjoy summer in Montreal even more.
New chef and new (amazing) food menu at Mayfair
Mayfair is a cocktail bar and spiked tea room on Rachel Street named after one of London’s most opulent neighborhoods. Recently, they hired Marie-Eve Lemieux (formerly at Lucilles) to create a new “easy to share” and perfectly parable with cocktails new menu that is really impressive.Expect fresh and colorful salads, salmon gravlax, fish & chips, and handmade pasta.
New opening : Joiea sociale
A new Italian “aperitivo style” restaurant opened where Mercuri restaurant in Old Montreal used to be. Joiea Sociale will specialize in the “aperitivo” concept, where guests can enjoy complimentary Iitalian snacks, live music, in addition to a wide selection of antipasti and pizzas at a fair price from 5-7 daily .
New opening : Chef’s Table
The crew behind Le Speakeasy in Old Montreal recently opened their second project in the same neighbourhood. The concept of Chef’s Table wants to be “old school” while most of the dishes are prepared and served by the kitchen team… at the table. The chef is Marie-Anne Bédard (aka Madame Le Chef), who also runs the kitchen at Le Speakeasy, and the front of the house is a power team: Cédric Saint Onge, Nicolas Delrieu et Alexandre Dalma.
New addition : Blossom now has a terrace
Le Blossom Bar was already a huge hit since its opening last December. With its majestic pink blossom tree in the middle of the restaurant and its A-team (the owner, Dam Pham, and his team, also runs : Kamehameha Snack Bar and Le Red Tiger). Now, they added a new outside patio on De Maisonneuve Street for the summer. You can now enjoy your sake selection and sushi platter outside, or under the Blossom tree if you still prefer.
New addition : Kampai Garden is now open for lunch
Kampai Garden, the very cool “beer garden” restaurant downtown inaugurated their terrace for the season, and launched a brand-new lunch menu at the same time. All summer, you can now enjoy the delicious food of chef Antonio Park outside, on Sainte-Catherine street, during lunch time (Monday to Friday).
Reopening : Le Marché des Éclusiers is now open
Great news for Le Marché des Éclusiers fans: it just reopened for the season ! The outdoor restaurant, bar, terrace open daily will serve : coffee and pastries in the morning, lunch, dinner and drinks 7 days/week in Old Montreal. There is also going to be a “Farmer’s Market” on Thursdays and Sundays all summer-long. Now, time to have fun in the sun !
New chef and new menu at Le Richmond
The Italian “happening” restaurant Le Richmond in Griffintown recently opened their gorgeous backyard for the season, while launching a summer menu by new executive chef Francesco Franci. The Richmond’s patio will, without a doubt, be the summer hotspot, and even better, with a new exciting menu that is perfecto for “al fresco” dining.
UPDATED JUNE 19th
NEW LOCATION : Invitation V Vegan Bistro
This vegan bistro, that used to be located on Bernard St. in Outremont, just moved to a brand new and much bigger location in Old Montreal. With a refresh decor and a new “market”, the team of Invitation V wishes to bring a new exciting vegan experience in a comfortable environment to this vibrant neighbourhood.
NEW VOCATION:Zibo! is the caterer of Renaissance Hotel’s rooftop patio
The restaurant-bar Zibo! located in front of Renaissance Hotel on Robert-Bourassa Boulevard in downtown Montreal recently became the official food and beverage caterer of the chic hotel rooftop terrace. The restaurant, known for its Californian-style cuisine featuring salads, pizza, pasta and grilled dishes, created a custom-made menu that will only be served at Air Terrace.