Photo cred - Karel Chladek
It used to be that Christmas and New Year's Day food options were sparse and far between, putting you in the awkward spot of choosing between left-overs or eating at a generic retail chain. That is the case no longer.
Montreal's restauranteurs have responded with flourish in recent years, totally upping their game. And thanks to their fierce competition, your list of available options on these two statutory holidays has expanded steadily.
So let those left-overs "stew" in the fridge a little longer, and treat yourself to another meal outside the home these holidays. You've earned it.
Damas5210 Avenue du Parc, Montréal, QC H2V 4G7It turns out you won't have to stray very far from Mile-End to eat like a Pasha these holiday. This Middle Eastern eatery's stylish atmosphere complements their aesthetically pleasing dishes. And if you do go you'd be remiss not to try the Okra d'Alep, their signature Syrian dish.
1030 Avenue Laurier Ouest, Outremont, QC H2V 2K8
A quirky churchy theme provides the perfect backdrop for the classic French fare on offer in this Outremont restaurant. The FOMO will haunt you well into 2015 if you don't try their most excellent tartare de saumon. Don't say we didn't warn you.
Gibby's Steakhouse298 Place d'Youville, Montréal, QC H2Y 2B6If you needed a list of reasons that keep people pouring through the doors of this Old Montreal gem, its old Europe charm would clearly be #1. What — you need more reasons? Here's two more: their mouth-watering cuts of meat and excellent service. Also, if you ask for a "Monte Carlo Potato," your server will think you're in the know.
100 Rue Saint Paul Ouest, Montréal, QC H2Y 1Z3
The luxurious Nelligan Hotel is the perfect setting for this French-Québécois restaurant pitched at Montreal's upwardly mobile. But don't let the sticker shock hold you up — on New Year's Day, you're worth it.
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1 Rue Saint Paul Ouest, Montréal, QC H2Y 1Y6
Since 1997, Montrealers have flocked to this Mediterranean-themed establishment in the Old Port where live jazz is often on tap. Make sure to sink your face into their rack of lamb, which our city's discriminating connoisseurs simply cannot stop raving about.
39 rue Saint-Paul E, Montréal, QC H2Y 1G2
Old Port. Steakhouse. What's not to like? Other things to like include their old-school-style service We have it on good faith that their Fillet Mignon is to simply die for. The fancy fireplace, which is often the site of a roaring fire, makes for the perfect cherry on top.
Sir Winston Churchill Pub
1459 Rue Crescent, Montréal, QC H3G 2B2
This is where this listicle takes a populist turn. With three floors, DJ's, and a dozen huge TVs that are often tuned to sports, what better place to shake the post-New Year's Eve cobwebs out than with a brew and burger at this Crescent Street landmark?
506 Avenue Duluth Est, Montréal, QC H2L 1A7
Lamb, meat kebab, and lentil soup lovers rejoice! This is the place for you. Montreal's Afghan food Mecca feels warm and welcoming even when packed to the gills, as it often is. And what's our favourite non-food thing about this place? The fact that you can BYOB.
Mr. Smoked Meat
183, Saint-Paul Ouest, Montréal, QC H2Y 1Z9
Let's go back to basics now: smoked meat! While some Montreal smoked meat wags – are they a thing? – claim this shop boasts the best smoked meat in the city, we're won't necessarily stand behind that claim. Better to go there and find out for yourself.
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Velvet - Auberge Saint-Gabriel
426 Rue Saint Gabriel, Montréal, QC H2Y 2Z9
This historic Montreal inn, erected in 1754 – making it North America's oldest such institution that endures – features cavernous, brick-walled rooms. In the basement of this august upper crust playground, the Velvet Speakeasy, an underground electronic music haunt, is to be found.
3962 Boulevard Saint-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2W 1Y3
Boasting a veritable smorgasbord of curries and vegetarian offerings, one of our favourite things about this Indian restaurant is that they spice everything to your request. And the location is right, too: it is right on The Main.
365 Place d'Youville, Montréal, QC H2Y 2B7
This upscale Indian restaurant in the Old Port features white tablecloths and all the familiar Indian dishes that you know and love. Some reviewers go as far as to call this the best Indian restaurant in Montreal. Definitely worth checking out.