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.
Montréal’s Mile End has greeted vegetarian and vegan-friendly Falafel Yoni with open arms. The menu is short but every item is perfection. Go any time of day and the restaurant is filled with locals who can’t get enough of the falafels or the sabich (pita with fried eggplant, a hardboiled egg and all the fixings).
Colette Grand Café
Located in elegant Holt Renfrew, this boutique café serves up French-style dishes for those who need a break from shopping. Their delicious brunch is served all day on weekends.
The Nora Gray team is behind this new Saint-Henri spot. Pizza, wine, and coffee is the concept and what’s not to like? Fresh pasta is also front and center as well as the Sunday Italian-inspired brunch! Go around back all day long to enjoy the café and pastry part of the equation inside or on their sunny outdoor terrasse.
It’s hard to pigeonhole this new Saint-Henri spot into a specific category. Café, casual eats and wine bar are all fitting adjectives for this self proclaimed “coffee, cocktail and conservas” establishment. Cordova serves Spanish-inspired bites, which include charcuteries, cheese, tapas and conservas or high end canned fish and seafood.
Un Po’ Di Più
When news came out that the team behind the extremely popular Olive & Gourmando was opening a new restaurant, the Montréal foodie community was very excited! Un Po’ Di Più (or “a little more”) is open all day long “from slow mornings to festive evenings”. The menu includes fresh, seasonal local fare prepared simply and meant to be shared. Please note that Un po’ di più is only open for breakfast and lunch while the owners wait for their alcohol licence.
Le P’tit Tri
With only a dozen seats available, Le P’tit Tri is mostly a take-out counter delighting the Rosemont crowd with fresh sushi and daily specials featuring seasonal ingredients. Le P’tit Tri is the latest venture from the Tri Express family and is run with the same passion and friendly professional service.
Le Elsdale café-buvette-boutique
This quaint and lovely café-restaurant-boutique is in the trendy and artistic Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie area, where you’ll find Molson Park and the famous Beaubien cinema. Visit for breakfast, stay for lunch, have a glass of wine at dinner, and purchase a few items from their boutique focusing on Québec-made products such as chocolates, ceramics and preserves.
Located in Old Montréal on the fifth floor of the Ssense building, this spot is truly one for the senses. The architecture is just breathtaking! The entire interior of the building has been cladded in concrete and the café space is flooded with light from the state-of-the-art skylights that cast a gorgeous light and shadow show on the entire dining room. Take a seat at the concrete bar or the communal table and enjoy one of their simple yet creative dishes for brunch or lunch.
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.