Anthony Bourdain opened a Part Unknown episode in Ethiopia with the statement "Where is home? Most of us are born with the answer—others have to sift through the pieces."
Montreal is a veritable and wonderful melting-pot of cultures. Many people call this their first home, others call it their second home. This results in an ideal environment to cultivate the growth of this bold new culinary movement, that takes classic cuisine and re-packages it for young tastemakers.
Propelled by a fleet of young entrepreneurs "sifting through the pieces" a new wave of restaurants are continuously cropping up.
With food inspired by the flavors and spirit of their roots, and more importantly, by a restless entrepreneurial drive and out-to-change-the-world millennial sensibility. Creating the perfect storm for a culinary revolution, right in our very own city.
9. Falafel Yoni
Where: 54 Rue Saint Viateur O // Mile-End
Why you should go: I wrote about Falafel Yoni a couple months ago before the spot actually opened up, I was really excited about finally having some good Israeli-style falafel available in central Montreal. Well, looks like it's been a success! Falafel Yoni opened in late April, and just within their first weeks, sold out of their house specialties by mid-day. For a new business that is, by far, the best problem to have.
8. Bar Pamplemousse
Where: 1579 Saint-Laurent // Downtown
Why you should go: Located slightly north of China Town the brand spanking new Bar Pamplemousse is right in the heart of the festival action in Montreal. Not only do they have over 20 different local microbrews on tap for you the choice from they also have a stunningly beautiful interior and light food options like the butter chicken pizza pictured above for you to indulge in.
7. Uncle Tetsu
Where: Pierce Street // Downtown
Why you should go: Renown Japanese cheesecake company Uncle Tetsu is set to open up their Montreal location this summer on Pierce street - last we heard it will be this month - just a few blocks away from the Guy-Concordia area. This fluffy Japanese dessert is so popular that they even get their logo knocked-off and copied by other companies. Needless to say, once this spot opens up, it will be a hit.
6. Spice Bros
Where: 3343 Sources Blvd // Dollard-des-Ormeaux
Why you should go: We recently wrote about Spice Bros because as soon as this spot flew onto our radar, we all got really excited and didn't even notice that the spot is in DDO. With an awesome "eat-on-the-go" and a customizable menu, you can either choose from a "bro bowl" or "frankie roll" as a base item and then pick your own filling and toppings as you like it. As you can see pictured above, portions look plentiful, healthy, fresh, and delish.
5. Helico Cafe
Where: 2009 Avenue de la salle // Hochelaga-Maisonneuve
Why you should go: Coffee-lovers alert! Brand spanking new super cute cafe in the east end. This super laid-back and charming cafe just opened up. Not only do they serve coffee and baked goods but also do a seriously tasty looking light and fresh brunch and lunch. If you've never been to the east end, here is your excuse.
4. Pikeos MTL
Where: 4293 Notre Dame Street West // St-Henri
Why you should go: Pikeos Mtl just opened its doors about a month ago and we are really excited about this concept. Creating modern Peruvian dishes, this is something we don't often find in Montreal. With a central location on Notre Dame West right near the Atwater Market, this place is not only a must-try for food but delicious summery hand-crafted cocktails. They also have tapas and cocktail special just for happy hour.
Where: 4007 rue St Denis // Plateau
Why you should go: Calling all sea-food fans, this new chic and charming Plateau spot is the place to try if you love oysters, fish, muscles, crab, and other local sea food delights! With a menu that is perfect for sharing, think small delicious plates, and an extensive curated wine list, this spot is perfect for a summer date.
2. Joie Sociale
Where: 54 Rue Saint Viateur O // Mile-End
Why you should go: Nothing is more comforting than rustic Italian food. A new classic Italian eatery just opened up a week ago in the Old Port, and it looks molto buono, meaning very good in Italian. They also have crazy affordable lunch deals like a pizza and Peroni beer for only $15, and 5 à 7 specials as well.
1. Jiao Dim Sum Bar
Where: 399 Notre Dame West // Old Port
Why you should go: I wrote about this spot as soon as it popped onto my radar a couple of months ago. I love traditional Dim Sum, and the fact that someone in the city was taking the Dim Sum experience and spinning it with a fun nightlife/bar twist sounded very appealing to me. Although this spot had not opened quite yet, they are set to open shortly and we will definitely let you know first.