New Montréal casual restaurants
Montréal offers locals and visitors a vast array of places to enjoy a wonderful unpretentious meal. Below is our list of some casual spots that will bring pleasure to your taste buds.
Doshirak anyone? The Korean lunch box idea is popular at this Mile End Korean fusion restaurant. Bibimbap and ramen are also top picks when you’re in this trendy part of town.
Not many people would think of opening up a curry counter / grocery store on one of Little Italy’s most popular streets. Chef Jesse Mulder who trained in Thailand and came back with his knowledge, took the chance and the results are great. This casual 12-seater offers various curry dishes that are changed and updated regularly.
Take a trip to the islands with this new Caribbean restaurant in the Mile End. Jerk pork, chicken and vegetables, patties, stewed peas, plantains and their popular cucumber salad make this family-run place inviting. Homemade sauces should not be missed.
Situated in NDG’s Monkland Village, newly opened Porco serves their specialty, porchetta. This place is a must for those who love the traditional Italian dish of roasted pork. In addition to weekday lunch and dinner, Porco is also open for weekend brunch.
Café Baba Yaga
The team from Old Montréal’s l’Orignal are behind this Eastern European 12-seater restaurant. Paczki (Polish doughnuts), pierogies, borscht and the popular cabbage rolls make this St-Henri location a favourite with the locals.
Indian, Japanese and Thai curries are the focus at this new restaurant. There’s a 7-course tasting menu available so you don’t miss out on specialty items such as their homemade yoghurt and delicious bhajis.
A visit to this new Montréal snack bar will make you feel like you’ve taken a trip to Hawaii. Dan Pham and Phong Thach from Le Red Tiger are behind this sun-filled location where you can have some tropical fun. Poké bowls, smoothies and ice cream in very Instragammable fantastic fish shaped cones all help in taking away the winter blues.
The Hochelaga-Maisonneuve area of Montréal is enjoying this latest addition to their Ontario Street. Heirloom pizza focuses on traditional and delicious pizza made in their oven imported straight from Italy. They also offer a few homemade pasta dishes. The brand new location is clean and slick in various beige tones and the gorgeous mosaic in black and white line the bar and pizza counter.
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.