142 Fairmount Avenue West | Website
A breath of fresh North-African air on Montréal, La Khaima (“the nomad tent” in Arabic) is a decidedly Mauritanian eatery surprisingly located in the heart of hipster Mile-End. The entire concept is based on comfort and hospitality typically found in Saharan nomadic tents.
7660 Newman Blvd. and 1595 des Laurentides Blvd. (Laval) | Website
Known for its fresh Asian fusion cuisine, impeccable service and chic décor, Kyomi can welcome groups of up to 300 people, yet has an intimate atmosphere that’s perfect for a tête-à-tête for two. The menu ranges from tempting tartars and tempuras to fresh salads and sushi.
586 Villeray Street | Website
Owners Pascal and Éricka welcome guests to this friendly neighbourhood bistro in the Villeray–Saint-Michel–Parc-Extension neighbourhood, serving up fabulous fare in the finest French tradition. Take a seat on the cozy patio and uncork your favourite wine while savouring delicious dishes from the table d’hôte or the tasting menu. – 586 Villeray Street
112 de Maisonneuve Blvd. East | Website
Often regarded as one of the first high-end BYOW bistros in Montréal, O’Thym serves traditional and perfectly executed French market cuisine with impeccable service. The restaurant has a strict two-service schedule and reservations are strongly recommended.
Lannes & Pacifique
200 Beaubien Street East | Website
Wedged between Mile-Ex and Petite-Patrie, this high-end and sought-after bistro offers a refreshing twist on the traditional BYOW experience thanks to a refined menu concocted by Northern Ireland native Adam Lynas and a creative decor.
4323 Ontario Street East | Website
The rejuvenation currently happening in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve is partly due to audacious restaurateurs who have opened up shop in the neighbourhood – Bagatelle is a fine example. The eatery serves the best garlic escargots in Montréal, bar none.
1124 Laurier Avenue West | Website
The crown jewel of affordable Asian-inspired restaurants in the city, Coba is located in trendy and upmarket Outremont and serves reasonably priced Asian fare (from sushi to classic cooked dishes) in a beautiful, peaceful setting.
189 Dante Street | Website
Self-dubbed the “first pizzeria in Montréal”, this unassuming Italian trattoria set up shop in what used to be a small bar where Italian immigrants would unwind and play cards after work. Napoletana now serves impeccable, simple yet flavourful, wood-fire oven pizzas and an extensive selection of antipasto.