10 great Montréal lunch spots
Some great lunch counters have opened recently all across Montréal. From fresh salads to homemade pasta to brunch all day, this is where you should be stopping by for lunch.
What happens when Charles-Antoine Crête, Cheryl Johnson, Jeffrey Finkelstein and designer Zébulon Perron collaborate on a project? Surprisingly, you get a clean, minimalist space that serves… salads. Yes, salads! Several combinations of shredded vegetables are served at this fast food spot, a haven for those of us who want to eat healthy, delicious food without compromising on quality. Foodchain is vegetarian and has several vegan options.
The Joe Beef family has partnered up with Derek Dammann of Maison Publique to open this fabulous new luncheonette in the heart of the southwest. Located in a gigantic industrial building, the loft-style dining room is large and flooded with light. The menu includes items such as an-all day breakfast sandwich, tartare, plentiful salads and sandwiches and seasonal dishes.
Located in the heart of Saint-Henri, Sumac is the ultimate Middle Eastern lunch spot in Montréal. The buzzing restaurant is always busy, but the wait is well worth it. Dig into the smooth and rich spreads, fresh salads and scrumptious grilled meats. The fresh pita baked on site is addictive and the perfect complement to any of the dishes on the menu.
il Miglio is the newest addition to the Club Chasse et Pêche family. The casual establishment is Italian in nature and serves a short menu of antipasti and fresh and cooked pasta dishes that change every week. All the pasta at Il Miglio is made fresh on site and cooked à la minute when ordered. You can also treat yourself to one of their wines by the glass. Buon appetito!
Comptoir Sainte-Cécile is owned and operated by chef Ségué Lepage (formerly of Le comptoir vins et charcuteries) and Adèle Prud’homme and located near the Jean-Talon Market. A small counter with stools and a couple of tables allows you to sit and have a bite or take one of its many meals to go. Popular for its sandwiches and soups, everything on the menu is delicious and its brunches are not to be missed. It also provides a nice selection of Québec wines to purchase.
This latest restaurant from the team behind Pastaga is a cool breakfast and lunch counter located in a commercial building in the Mile Ex. Tricot Principal serves pastries, gourmet sandwiches, hearty salads and lunch boxes in a colourful room that doubles as a great working space.
Although influenced by many Asian cultures, Jiep Jiep leans more towards Korean cuisine with a rotating menu that relies on market finds. Try the bibimbap, the jigae or the Jiep Jiep poutine with a miso broth and roasted potatoes. Each main dish comes with two daily side dishes and the food is served on beautiful wood trays.
Olive et Gourmando
Now an institution on the Montréal food scene, Olive et Gourmando is still one of the best spots to grab lunch in Old Montréal. Everything on its menu is divine, from its delicious sandwiches (the Cuban is a classic) to its seasonal soba noodle salad, daily specials and, of course, homemade pastries.
This tiny Plateau Japanese restaurant only has a dozen seats, but if you can score one at lunch, you’re in for a treat! NOREN specializes in Japanese street food and snacks. The menu is short, but includes takoyaki and okonomiyaki as well as a miso soup, a salad, edamame and a weekly dish that’s always changing.
Located in a historic building in Old Montréal, Titanic has been serving a loyal clientele since 1989. The extensive menu is filled with delicious options such as generous gourmet sandwiches, hearty salads, comforting daily specials and homemade desserts prepared on site daily.
It would be inconceivable to write about lunch spots in Montréal without mentioning Wilensky. The Mile End institution has been serving its lunch special since 1932. You can enjoy one of its grilled all-beef baloney and salami sandwiches with pickles, an old-fashioned soda and a side of nostalgia.
Mayssam Samaha, blogger
Mayssam Samaha is a food and travel writer and blogger. She travels the world in search of the next culinary discovery. From Iceland to South Africa, she’s already visited over 30 countries and there’s nothing she enjoys more than wandering around a farmers’ market in a foreign city.