New lunch counters in Montréal
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.
Dave Plant Food
Inspired by the over abundant Ottolenghi counters in London, Dave Plant aims to offer fresh and seasonal breakfast and lunch options for the Montréal crowd. From homemade pastries to generous salads and delicious sandwiches, this address is a must visit.
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 quality. Foodchain is vegetarian and has several vegan options.
Chef Fabrizia Rollo has recently opened a pasta and sandwich counter on Park Avenue in partnership with chef Danny St-Pierre. Feast on homemade pasta and sandwiches made on homemade focaccia to enjoy in the tiny, sunny store or to take away for a perfect office lunch or dinner at home.
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!
Aliments Viens is basically a butcher shop that specializes in artisanal charcuteries, which you might have already tasted at some of the best restaurants in town such as Toqué! or Maison Publique. However, while you’re there picking up a few slices of salami or saucisson, make sure to order one of their outstanding sandwiches made on Hof Kelsten bread.
Espace culinaire Fletcher
Located inside the Museum of Jewish Montreal, Espace culinaire Fletcher is open for breakfast and lunch and serves Montréal-style Jewish food as diverse as the Montréal Jewish community is. Try the bagel board with your choice of St Viateur or Fairmount bagels and homemade gravlax or any of the other specialties.
Pandan Snack Bar
Pandan Creamery becomes Pandan Snack Bar in the winter. The St-Henri spot is now serving popiah, a soft and thin, wheat-flour Malaysian crêpe concoction filled with all kinds of goodies such as veggies, prawns, tofu and more. Don’t forget to order some homemade pickles to munch on with your popiah.
Westmount’s Café Bazin is partnership between chef Antonio Park and pastry chef Bertrand Bazin. The savoury menu is classic French bistro and includes classics such as bœuf bourguignon, ratatouille and vol-au-vent. The dessert menu created by chef Bazin is outstanding and deserves a trek to Westmount to dig into the chocolate and coffee tart, the pistachio and raspberry choux or any of the other delicacies prominently displayed in the luminous space.
If you don’t like to wait until the weekend to enjoy brunch, then head to Wellington Street’s Restaurant Well, which serves brunch 7 days a week. From a healthy yogurt and fruit to elaborate tartines, breakfast poutiness and classic brunch grub, there’s something for everyone on the well thought-out menu.
Fantastic cakes, crispy chocolate chip cookies, scones, pastries and the irresistible Gus bread are some of the items found at Lou. David Ferguson, chef and owner of Gus restaurant, located right next door, has partnered with Kathy Daehler and Ciaran Tierney to bring locals fabulous sweet and savoury goods. The space is small and charming, and their food is irresistible.
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 allow you to sit and have a bite or take one of their many meals to go. Popular for their sandwiches and soups, everything on the menu is delicious and their brunches are not to be missed. They also provide a nice selection of Québec wines to purchase.
Le Butterblume Épicerie
Butterblume’s boutique and grocery store offers ready-made meals, fabulous and delicious sandwiches, tarts, prepared salads, a vast variety of Québec wines and beers and let’s not forget to mention their dark chocolate with fleur-de-sel cookies. Pick up and eat out or sit in their bright and nicely decorated space and enjoy!
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.