Where to eat around the Rogers Cup
The 2019 edition of the Rogers Cup presented by National Bank has descended once again upon Montréal. From August 2 to 11, the best male tennis players will be competing at Parc Jarry’s IGA Stadium. Crowds of tennis lovers will be heading to Villeray and Mile-Ex to watch the games and since you might want to know where to fuel up while you’re in this trendy part of town, below is a list of some of our favourite establishments.
5 to 10-minute walk
Basterd is an eco-friendly restaurant that aims to fight food waste by using “ugly” fruit and vegetables in their seasonally driven cuisine. It’s equipped with an Instagram-ready interior and a sunny terrasse facing Parc Jarry.
Dépanneur Le Pick-Up
Head to his charming convenience store slash snack bar for its excellent burgers, grilled halloumi sandwiches and loveliest sun-drenched terrasse.
10 to 15-minute walk
If you’re an oyster lover, then this is the spot for you. Huis Clos also serves classic fare that goes well with its extensive beer, cocktail and wine menus.
Tapeo Bar à Tapas
Tapeo Bar à Tapas is a great neighbourhood restaurant that also happens to be one of the best restaurants in Montréal. The delectable authentic Spanish tapas and the excellent and friendly service make Tapeo a great spot to have dinner. Reservations are recommended.
Le Petit Alep
Le Petit Alep serves an authentic Syrian cuisine from Aleppo. The food is fresh and full of flavour. Try the fattoush salad, the spicy kebab terbialy or a delicious mazza spread.
By the owners of Tapeo comes Mesón, a casual neighbourhood bistro serving Spanish-inspired comfort food in a gorgeous decor. Whether you decide on dinner or weekend brunch, this spot will surely surprise and satisfy you. Reservations are recommended.
Intimate and cozy, Moccione serves excellent market-driven Italian dishes that include homemade pasta and exquisite sauces along with an outstanding wine list.
Comptoir Sainte-Cécile is a charismatic establishment that’s at once convenience store, lunch and brunch counter and take-out spot with a serious collection of Québec wines and ciders. It’s the perfect place to grab a gourmet sandwich or a delightful brunch on the sunny terrasse.
15 to 20-minute walk
Dinette Triple Crown
Dinette Triple Crown takes care of all your Southern comfort food needs. Get some of the best fried chicken and brisket in town to enjoy at the park across the street or at Parc Jarry before heading to your game.
Impasto is one of the best authentic Italian restaurants in Montréal and it just happens to be a few blocks away from the tennis courts. Indulge in luscious pasta dishes and delectable homemade salumi as well as great desserts. It’s open for lunch on Thursdays and Fridays.
A most beloved Greek tavern, Panama Rotisserie is a Park Ex institution that serves a variety of meze and grilled specialties such as lamb chops, octopus and more.
The intricate ceiling light fixture that spans the entire length of the room dominates Bar-St-Denis’s stunning décor. The menu counts some elevated bar fare such as a burger and chicken nuggets, but it also serves gems such as lamb tartare topped with fattoush.
Chef Anita Feng’s unique Sichuan cuisine shines at Denise, an intimate and cozy spot where you’ll be happy to tuck into a plate of spicy goodness.
A cozy and self-serving spot, Pumpui dishes out some of the best Thai-inspired curries in Montréal. The green curry, the fried chicken and the papaya salad are some favourites.
Longer than 20 minutes
A little steakhouse serving some of the best meat and seafood, Gus is located on trendy Beaubien Street, in the heart of La Petite-Patrie, another hip Montréal neighbourhood.
Cul-Sec, Cave & Cantine
An excellent wine bar where you can buy bottles of natural or biodynamic wine to go or to drink on site accompanied by delicious food in a great ambiance.
Restaurant Manitoba’s hyper regional cuisine is always a great adventure: discover some of Québec’s edible wild and unique cultivated produce. Manitoba is open for lunch onThursdays and Fridays.
Le Diplomate is a cozy and intimate restaurant designed around a long bar that facilitates conversations with the kitchen staff. The menu consists of seasonal small plates to share and a great wine list.
Mile-Ex was one of the first restaurants to establish itself in the up-and-coming Mile-Ex neighbourhood. Enjoy the street food menu rooted in French techniques and inspired by seafood. Open for lunch on weekdays.
Lou is a charming diminutive restaurant serving a simple menu of sliders, salads and homemade desserts as well as oysters and wines by the glass to be enjoyed on the colourful terrasse.
Chez Tousignant serves some of the best burgers and poutines in Montréal. Everything is homemade, including the hot dogs and buns.
If you love Vietnamese food, head to chic Cafeden, where you can feast on green papaya salad, pho and more specialties in an elegant décor or on the charming terrasse.
Vin Mon Lapin
Part of the delicious Joe Beef family, wine bar Vin Mon Lapin is an outstanding eatery serving a market-driven regional cuisine with one of the best natural wine lists in town.
Bottega / San Gennaro
If the temperatures are soaring and you’re in the mood for some ice cream, head to Les Givrés on De Castelnau Street or Havre-aux-glaces at the Jean-Talon Market. For great frozen custard, the take away at GEMA is always a good idea. For cake and pastry lovers, head to Mlles Gâteaux or Le pain dans les voiles to satisfy that sweet tooth.
Café Larue & Fils
Whether you’re arriving in Villeray via the Jarry, Jean-Talon or De Castelnau metro stations, there is a Café Larue & Fils nearby to keep you well caffeinated throughout the day.
An Italian-style café located a block east of Parc Jarry, Vito will make you feel like you’re part of the extended family while serving you an excellent espresso.
A tiny but mighty café with great iced coffee and sandwiches.
Dispatch Coffee’s roasting facility is in Mile-Ex. You can try the excellent beans at the store front café equipped with a terrasse.
This Montréal coffee institution recently moved its roasting facilities to Mile-Ex. Eat and fuel up at this location or at the Jean-Talon Market one.
Bars and breweries
Alexandraplatz Bar is inspired by German biergartens, and a seasonal gathering point for the Mile-Ex trendy folk who head there for a glass of natural wine and “parking lot sunsets”.
Vices & Versa
Vices & Versa is a popular neighbourhood bar and restaurant serving over 40 different kinds of draft beers along with a menu that includes several vegan options.
A neighbourhood bar since the 1960s, Miss Villeray is a great spot to grab a drink and a bite and get to know some of the locals.
EtOH Brasserie is an artisanal micro-brewery with a large variety of beers on its menu.
Brasserie Harricana is a microbrewery and restaurant that is open from noon until 2 am every day. The house craft beers are a must.
PS: don’t forget to visit the Jean-Talon Market while you’re in the neighbourhood; it’s an absolute mecca for all food lovers!
Mayssam Samaha, blogger
Mayssam Samaha is a food and travel writer and blogger and the founder behind the blog Will Travel for Food. 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. She is also the founder of the SAISONS intimate dinner series highlighting Québec products and chefs.