But don't worry. I'm here for you, friend, and I'm here to totally recommend one amazing place, situated in Montreal's Ahuntsic, that'll literally change the way you look at tartare.
Le Petit Flore (1145 Rue Fleury E) is an adorable bistro specializing in French cuisine. They have tons of different dishes to choose from, like croque monsieurs, eggs Benedict (with duck confit!), crepes, and a whole lot more.
To my understanding, they have a permanent lamb tartare with Turkish spices that's offered on their Table D'Hote menu.
But the tartare I tried was their tartare du moment - and it was to die for.
This dish changes periodically. When I first went, I had their beef tartare... and let me tell you, I was blown away. Not only was it fresh (as is to be expected of any decent tartare), but it was also expertly made, with flavours and textures that complimented each other.
Which is why tartare is basically one of my favourite dishes, ever. We're super lucky to be in Montreal, where there are tons of great places to nosh on tartare. But a select few do stand out from the bunch.
This Plateau restaurant is known for many things: steaks, cocktails, and, of course, tartare. Although all their dishes are delicious, they've got a special skill for making some of the most delicious tartares you'll ever try.
Tartare, carpaccio, tataki, and gravlax lovers, rejoice. Bistro Lustucru specializes in some seriously ace raw dishes, but their tartare selections (like bison, honey beef, and coriander salmon tartare) and tastes are absolutely out of this world.
Located in Montreal's Plateau, this restaurant is known for serving up some seriously delicious French dishes. Their steak tartare is particular popular, and for good reason: one bite, and you'll be dreaming about it for days.
Synonymous with "awesome tartare spot" in Montreal, Marche 27 is pretty much a paradise for tartare lovers. Bonus points: they've got tons of protein selections (from scallop to veal and anything in between), so if you're down to try something a bit more unique, you know where to go.
An awesome restaurant in Old Montreal serving up French cuisine, Holder is known for their seriously on point dishes. Their salmon and beef tartares are no different; trust, they'll make you weep real tears of foodie joy.
This Griffintown spot just might be what every food lover's dreams are made of. The food is always fresh and tasty, and their tartares? Out of this world. Although they have a very solid selection, their miso duck tartare in particular is a huge hit.
Specializing in seafood, it's really no wonder that Rosemont's La Betise makes a salmon tartare that might just ruin you for all other tartares. Fresh and incredibly flavourful, with a texture that can't be beat, the next time you crave an on point salmon tartare, you know where to go.
This Syrian/Armenian restaurant near Montreal's Little Italy is amazing. All of their dishes are bursting with flavour, but their Syrian beef tartare dish (kibbeh nayeh) is seriously special. It's fresh and tasty, and spiced perfectly so that every single flavour in the dish truly shines.
Located in Villeray, this Spanish tapas-focused restaurant is absolutely something you need to try if you haven't already - ASAP. Their dishes are always tasty and always cooked to absolute perfection; their famous beef and salmon tartares are no exception, managing to stand out among a menu of stellar dishes.
This Ahuntsic cafe is one of my favourite spots in the city, and if you've ever been to Le Petit Flore, then you know exactly why. The food here is phenomenal, and although their tartare dishes change, no matter what you end up getting, you're guaranteed it's going to be fresh, made from super high quality ingredients, and straight-up awesome.
The quintessential amazing, oldschool diner, this St-Henri spot is famous for its beyond amazing food. And, with oldschool sineage, jukeboxes on the tables, and a super friendly vibe, Greenspot is one of the most awesome places to cop some vintage vibes, too.
Located deep in Montreal's West Island, La Roulotte is worth a visit for their beyond tasty poutines. The fact that you'll be instantly transported into nostalgia land the second you step foot into this diner? Well, that's just an added bonus.
This Beaubien institution serves up delicious burgers, poutines, and other fast food dishes. But one of the coolest things about this spot? Definitely their oldschool vibes, including those classic jukeboxes on the tables.
Alright, be prepared to get blown away by this fact: Montreal Pool Room has been around for over 100 years. Yes, that's a century of steamies, guys. It's hard not to feel that oldschool feel as soon as you step foot into this institution, even if they moved from their original spot across the street.
I don't even think I need to tell you how much I love Beautys. Open in the 40s, not much has changed at this Plateau/Mile-End spot since: the food is good, the staff is awesome, and the whole place has the most authentic oldschool vibes around.
Home of the poutine hot dog, the "everything but the kitchen sink" dessert, the chicken waffle burger, and many, many more delicious concoctions, Jukebox also happens to have some of the most vintage vibes out there. Trust, the second you step into Jukebox, you're transformed into the 1950s.
A popular spot for poutine and other fast-food fare in Montrela's Pointe St-Charles, Paul Patates has been around for years. Their decor is oldschool chique, complete with jukeboxes on the counter. Bonus points for their famous - and delicious - spruce beer, which you should totally try at least once in your life.
Located on the Plaza St-Hubert, Le Roi Du Smoked Meat has been around legit forever. And if you've ever been there, you know exactly why: their smoked meat game is basically untouchable. Taking a step into this spot is like taking a step back in time... but with better food, probably.
Although Chez Tousignant hasn't been around for quite as long as some other spots on this list, the food they make is high-quality and highkey delicious. Mix that in with a sleek design that's a slightly fresher version of an oldschool casse-croute, and you've got pure magic.
This Ahuntsic diner is mainly known for its delicious poutines, and the fact that it's open 24/7. But the vibe here is unbeatable; it looks and feels like a legit diner from the 80s, from the barstools to the Betty Boop decals on the wall.
Alright, raise your hand if you know where Fleury Street is. Is your hand raised? Well, it totally should be.
Spanning through Ahuntsic, and parts of St. Michel and Montreal-North, Fleury is an incredibly trendy, up-and-coming strip that I think deserves a little bit more recognition. Okay, I'm slightly biased; I've lived near Fleury my whole life, and recently moved much closer to it.
Which, of course, means that I know everything there is to know about this Ahuntsic artery. Including all the best places to go and nosh on some seriously amazing food.
I seriously cannot express to you guys how in love I am with this spot. Other than having one incredibly fun and unique-looking terrasse, some awesome vibes and a warm and friendly atmosphere, Le Chien Rose offers up some of the most legit food I've ever tasted.
Specializing in fresh and tasty tapas, and an ever-rotating menu, there is literally no way you can be bored at this bring your own wine spot. The menus theme changes about once a month, with some notable past themes being "Mille Et Une Nuites", "Festival Western", "Aloha", and this month's "Bayou" theme.
Alright, who here's down for a little slice of France? Everyone? Perfect, because at Le Petit Flore, that's exactly what you're going to get.
The atmosphere here is incredibly welcoming and friendly, making it feel as though you've been eating here for literally forever. And although the vibe is awesome, that's not even the best part: the food here is on a whole other level of awesome. Featuring classic French cuisine - like salmon tartare, croque monsieurs, and smoked salmon penne - Le Petite Flore should seriously be next on your list of spots to check out.
I've written about this Fleury burger spot in the past, and honestly, it deserves all the shout-outs. This burger joint/butcher uses incredibly fresh and high-quality ingredients to create some of the tastiest hamburgers - and other dishes you've ever tried, hands down.
A sample of the super delicious delights on their menu? The "Le Mariné Maison" burger, featuring homemade pesto, capicollo, and eggplants; and the delectable "Le Sophistiqué", with onions, swiss cheese, and fruit chutney. Delicious? You know it.
A relatively new bring your own wine restaurant in Ahuntsic, Le Millen's already been making a huge splash, mainly due to the fact that their food is legit out of this world amazing.
Their menu includes classic French dishes (with modern twists) that are incredibly tasty, and made with only the highest quality of ingredients - like, for example, their "Le Millen" style beef tartare, with julienne fries, their crusted veal with lard foam, and their cep mushroom arancini dish with spinach and white butter emulsion.
Where my traditional breakfast food lovers at? Honestly, if you're a fan at all of breakfast food, then La Poule Fleury is going to very quickly become your brand new bae.
First of all, if breakfast is your jam, then rest assured that you're not going to find very many places quite like La Poule Fleury. They've got tons of breakfast options for you to choose from, and use only the freshest and highest quality of ingredients, which means that their dishes? Yeah. So, totally tasty, and so unlike anything you've ever breakfast feasted on before. People who love to indulge in the most important meal of the day, this one's for you.
This Ahuntsic institution has been in the neighbourhood for roughly three decades, and when a spot has that much staying power, you know it must be amazing. But don't think that the only testament to this spot's pure, sheer awesomeness is the fact that it's been open for an incredibly long time. The food here? Literally (yes, literally) mind-blowing, friends.
I can go on and on forever about how fresh this food is; about how each flavour makes your taste buds basically come alive; but honestly, you just have to try it for yourself. It's beyond words at this point. But, protip? If you go on a day where they're serving up salmon tartare, don't hesitate to get that. Expertly marinated and prepared, L'Estaminet's salmon tartare is a legit experience.
One of the newer restaurants on the Fleury strip, Walter Bistro is already known for having some seriously game-changing cocktails. Honestly, I'd can't even tell you how many times I've indulged in one of their beverages since it's opened up (too many times to count, though, TBH).
Their drinks aren't the only awesome thing at Walter Bistro, though. They've got a full menu - which includes sharing plates - featuring fishes blike fried bocconcini, house-smoked smoked salmon, arugula and fig salad, and much, much more.
Breakfast on point, life on point. And the breakfasts at Zagrum? Super, super on point. Not even going to lie to you guys, I can't even tell you how many breakfasts I've eaten here. But no matter how many times I go, I never get sick of this place. It's legit that amazing.
Their menu consists of dishes made from quality ingredients, like bone-in ham, fresh fruit, and homemade cretons. The menu itself is super innovative, offering breakfast dishes like a crepe "maki roll" with cream cheese, hollandaise sauce, and smoked salmon, and multi-grain French toast with honey syrup. Also, bonus points for their extensive gluten-free menu, meaning that even those of us who can't tolerate gluten can freely enjoy a meal at Zagrum.
This Fleury restaurant serves up super fresh and tasty Vietnamese/Asian fusion dishes - like General Tao chicken, grilled beef and chicken, wonton soup, and fried ice cream - all for incredibly inexpensive prices. Although you might think that you've had these dishes in the past, honestly, you've never tried them like this; every single bite is incredibly flavourful and, honestly, life-affirming. Yes. It's that amazing here.
At this stage in the game, you guys know how much I totally adore Chez Ma Tante. I truly, strongly believe that everyone in the entire world should get a steamie - and/or poutine - here at least once in their lives (but honestly, you'll definitely be coming back here for seconds/thirds/twentieths).
Serving up strictly steamies, fries, and poutines, Chez Ma Tante has built up a cult following thanks to their incredibly tasty, simple dishes. Just trust me on this one, guys, the next time you're on Fleury street, do yourself a favour and pop in to this spot.
Down to impress your date? Then you've got to take them to Le St-Urbain.
Not only is the vibe super intimate and friendly, making it the perfect spot to get to know bae better, but the food here is actually amazing. They've got things like risotto with ricotta salata, oysters, grilled salmon, scallops, and much, much more, all making for a dining experience on Fleury you won't soon forget.
Activity time. Close your eyes and think of a place where fine dining, tapas, authentic cuisine, and many more gastronomical delights live harmoniously in the same neighbourhood. We'll give you a few seconds. Done? Good. Now what did you imagine? If you said the Plateau, or even downtown Montreal, then we're sorry. You're wrong. Luckily, you have this article to enlighten you about the food scene in Ahuntsic, where pure happiness comes to get served on a plate. Read on for Probably the Best Restaurants in Ahuntsic.
How long have you been going out to your favourite restaurant and ordering the exact same thing? Too long, my friend. Too long. If you're looking to break the cycle of predictability, then Le Chien Rose is perfect for you. Serving tapas on a menu that changes monthly, the possibilities are literally endless... and tasty. And infinite tastiness is a beautiful thing.
Do you dream in bacon? Does your cheat meal include steak garnished with ground beef? If so, you may be a carnivore. It's okay. Don't be afraid. Embrace it. And go pay a visit to Le Tablier Rouge. Every serious meat eater's happy place, Le Tablier Rouge doubles as a butcher shop and a burger bar. Which means that no matter what, the meat you're getting is fresh, juicy, and delicious.
If you've ever been to France, then you know how extraordinarily amazing French cuisine is. If not, I've got bad news. You've missed out, son. But don't worry. You don't have to frantically search Expedia for the next flight to Paris to get a taste of an authentic Croque-monsier. You do have to get yourself to Petit Flore, though, tout de suite!
Do you like authentic Italian food? Was that a rhetorical question? The answer to both of these is yes. The answer to your intense craving for pizza is Sapori Di Napoli. This cozy Italian restaurant is probably the closest you'll get to eating food in Italy without having to buy a plane ticket. Which is a good thing - with all that money you save, you can get yourself another plate of gnocchi.
Technically a café, but don't let that stop you from bringing your appetite. Le Brûloir also serves up some pretty legit meals... and if you ever want to know what it feels like to be in flavour heaven, try one of their grilled cheeses. They're game changing.
Ball is life? No. Barbecue is life. And nobody does it as good as Joe Chicago in Ahuntsic. Are we covertly implying that Joe Chicago is life? Maybe. Probably. Just take a look at that platter and tell me your reason for existing hasn’t just been affirmed, though.
Good news for those of us who like to drink while eating (or just drink, we don't judge). Not only does Les Incorruptibles serve up extremely delicious French cuisine, but it's also a seriously legit bar. Fancy a cocktail modelled after Marilyn Monroe with your bison carpaccio? Of course you do. And now you know where to go to get it. Bonus points for Les Incorruptibles' vintage inspired decor and menu, which all comes together to create a really unique dining (drinking?) experience.
I think it's pretty fair to say that sushi is joy. Seriously. Having a bad week? Grab some sashimi with friends. Class is boring? Bring in a bento box. Sushi put things into perspective. And when you have amazing sushi, things just seem to fall into place. Don't believe me? Get yourself to Sushi Ami and see how much clearer your life seems. And if there are some things that even great sushi can't solve, then hey, at least you've tried some on point fish.
We’ve expressed our love for Paulo et Suzanne before, but no Ahuntsic listicle would be complete without mentioning this 24/7 diner. Yes, you read that right. 24/7. Which means poutine, hamburgers, breakfast - whatever you want, whenever you want. Breakfast-for-dinner and 3AM-snack lovers, rejoice.
Breakfast is not just a meal in Montreal. It's a lifestyle. And with eight different types of Eggs Benedict, we think it's safe to assume that Zagrum takes breakfast just as seriously as Montrealers do. Extra points for their huge terrasse, because who doesn't feel like gorging on a four-egg omelette while working on their tan?