With the Holiday season approaching, we (hopefully) will have more time to enjoy some down time with family and loved ones. Between all the Christmas parties and family dinners we must attend, why not plan a restaurant date with a friend that we haven’t seen for a while? And, to help plan ahead your “off day”, here is a list of 6 new restaurants to try this Holiday season.
This restaurant opening was one of the most anticipated of the year. Monarque, the new project of Lemeac team, is located in Old Montreal and has been a massive hit since its opening. Offering two different types of atmospheres, one more casual and one more formal, the vast space features an impressive open-air kitchen and the menu is signed by Jeremie Bastien. Considering his father’s restaurant (Lemeac) is still going strong after 15 years, we can imagine Monarque is already on its way to a great success.
This new restaurant can count on both a power team in the kitchen and the dining room. Sommelier and Maitre D, William Saulnier (Hoogan & Beaufort, Les 400 coups) is here on a new journey with the recent opening of Pineau, serving a wide and interesting selection of wines by the glass paired with a tasting menu created by chef Sarak Tiann. Along with mixologist Julie Bélanger, this neighbourhood restaurant, with its friendly trio and interesting concept, will soon become a new favourite in the city.
Located inside brand-new Birks luxury boutique hotel, there is another jewel (other that every piece of jewelry sold at Birks boutique of course) to be found: Brasserie Henri. The decor of this French-inspired restaurant is signed by superstar designer Zebulon Perron and the menu is inspired by the best Parisian brasseries. Head to Henri for the stunning decor, the cozy atmosphere and the first-class service. The restaurant should be adding a brunch menu soon to their offer, but is now only open for lunch and dinner.
Power team behind other successful Asian-inspired restaurants such as: Blossom, Kamehameha, Red Tiger and Miss Wong, have struck again with the opening of a new address where the focus will be on a old-fashioned Chinese decor and decorations that has nothing to do with the food. Golden Dragon will be serving Chinese and Asian specialties in a funky and funny atmosphere as of January. But they are planning their soft opening this week, if ever you are in the mood for some “quality” Chinese food.
This new hot spot on the North Shore of Montreal is already a hit. With a decor signed by Zebulon Perron (its first one on the North Shore) and a fun and diverse menu created by Les Chefs! contestant Frederic Dufort, new 425f is the place to be, whether you live nearby or not. The menu includes charcuterie, oyster and cheese platters, and a special “chef’s inspired menu” that changes daily.
Quoi de b’oeuf
What happens if you take an always-packed breakfast joint near Atwater Market and decide to open it at night ? That’s exactly what the owners of Quoi de n’oeuf, a breakfast restaurant that has been going on for almost a decade on Notre-Dame Street west, did. They decided to “flip it” at night with a bistro concept and name it Quoi de b’oeuf. This new concept, open every night, has been inaugurated last week. The menu includes, of course, meat plates, but also salads, pastas, and casual and hearty meals.
By Catherine Maisonneuve, Lifestyle Editor