It's easy to get stuck in a food rut. We are programmed to feel comfortable and happy with familiar foods and tastes. But staying in your safety bubble is pretty much the antithesis of fun. Variety is the spice of life.
So - step outside your culinary safe zone and explore the many different styles of cuisine Montreal has to offer. We are blessed to live in a city with such a rich cultural makeup and our restaurant culture is a true reflection of that.
We've combed through some of the best international restaurants and here are a few that all boast rave reviews.
8. Les Délices De L'Ile Maurice, Mauritian
Where: 272 Rue Hickson // Verdun
Why you should go: Mauritius is an Indian Ocean island nation known for its beaches, lagoons, reefs, and delicious food. Check out this Verdun joint for some authentic East African island delights.
7. Restaurant Phnom Penh, Cambodian
Where: 7153 Côte-des-Neiges Rd // Côte-des-Neiges
Why you should go: Named after the capital and most populous city of the Southeast Asian country of Cambodia, this busy West-side Montreal spot is well known for its mouth-watering traditional dishes and lively casual atmosphere.
6. Junior Restaurant, Filipino
Where: 1964 Notre-Dame St W // Griffintown
Why you should go: Junior serves delicious Filipino dishes and brunch in a very fun and laid-back intimate space in the very trendy neighborhood of Griffintown. It's been around a few years now and is definitely a must-taste.
5. Restaurant Nonya, Indonesian
Where: 151 Rue Bernard O // Mile-End
Why you should go: For 9 years this spot was the only restaurant in Montreal that served Indonesian food. The meal here comes with many small plates, and tasting menus for 2 are offered at a very good price.
4. Gracia Afrika, West African
Where: 3506 Notre-Dame St W // Saint-Henri
Why you should go: Not far from the Atwater Market this Bring Your Own Wine spot is a secret gem of the city. If you love African cuisine you probably know about this spot already, if you never tried it - it's a great place to start.
3. Restaurant Om, Tibetan
Where: 4382 St Laurent Blvd // Plateau
Why you should go: Tibetan food may sound a little obscure for Montrealers. That's because it is. Some of their specialties include momos–similar to steam-cooked dumplings– a sweet and fried piece of bread, as well as soups and tea. Also very veg-friendly!
2. Restaurant Queen Sheba, Ethiopian
Where: 4525 Park Ave // Plateau
Why you should go: Sharing is caring, and that is what Ethiopian style eating is all about. Sharing and sampling a plate of mouth-watering Ethiopian specialties with friends and family. Another very vegan and veg-friendly option too!
1. Little sheep hot pot, Mongolian
Where: 50 Rue de la Gauchetière O // Chinatown
Why you should go: This is quite the experience. Similar to Korean or Japanese BBQ at Mongolian Hot Pot you prepare the food yourself at your table. Pick up a tray and head to the raw buffet to choose the items of your choice, and then cook them in a steaming pot of intensely flavored traditional broth. Yum.