It’s time to expand your foodie horizons by exploring the latest establishments in Montreal.

Here is our monthly restaurant round up!

 

Jiao Dim Sum Bar

 

Open since last fall, the dim sum bar Jiao reinvents the typical Chinese brunch and serves dishes at affordable prices. Jiao is all about offering you tasty food surrounded by chic decor. The creative minds behind the new place, are nightlife familiar faces Tongue Bui and Olivier Berkani from École Privée and Phoenix1, which explains the overall trendy vibe in the Old Port. On the menu, you can choose from  variations of dim sum, dumplings,  seafood, and even try a 100$ Louis XIII Remy Martin infused dumpling if you’re up for it. The food is beautifully plated and the flavours are surprising, allowing the quality of ingredients to shine through the dishes. They just launched a new brunch menu featuring tasty dishes such as a decadent fried spring roll made with condensed milk and served with fresh fruits.

 

Parma

 

When it’s time to grab authentic Italian food for lunch downtown, the options are still pretty limited.  Thanks to Parma Cafe, a new location on De La Gauchetière, you can now feast on delicious arrancini served with tomato sauce (from the owner’s famous family recipe),  cutlet sandwiches, pasta, pizza, calzones and one of the best cannolis I’ve ever had in Montreal. Make sure to stop for breakfast on your way to work, since they also carry a frittata and cheese, tomato, egg, and capicollo sandwich and Italian-style espresso.

 

Golden Dragon

 

You’ll have to take a trip to the south shore to try the latest restaurant  brought to you by The Lucky Belly Group (the team behind Le Blossom, Miss Wong, Le Red Tiger, Kamehameha Snack-Bar etc.), but it’s worth it. Le Golden Dragon is a new-age Chinese restaurant and bar, decored with graffitied walls, Chinese lanterns, umbrellas and Asian posters of famous blockbosters. On the menu, you can find shareable Chinese plates, like General Tso’s Frog Legs, classic fried rice and papaya salad, as well as a whole fish head, a true delicacy in Chinese cuisine. The cocktail menu has been created by co-owner and famed Montreal mixologist Manny Vides Jr. and proposes drinks on the sweet side, something common for an Asian restaurant.  If fruity cocktails isn’t your thing, go for their Old Chinese Fashion, tweaked with honey and an all spice blend.

 

Lloydies Mile End

 

 

Caribbean food is derived from the diverse cultural influences that were bestowed on the Caribbean islands, transforming it into an ultimate exotic indulgence. First established in 1987, the Caribbean food restaurant Lloydie’s prides itself on introducing West Indian staples to Montreal having opened new location last fall in the Mile End. It is now easier for everyone to feast on beef patties, oxtail smothered poutines, jerk fries, and sandwiches packed with choices of jerk chicken or pork.  You would definitely hate yourself for stopping by without giving a go to their macaroni pie, a decadent and tasty comfort food staple in the West Indies.

 

Bootlegger 

 

I am somewhat picky in the cocktail department and I don’t bother going somewhere where they don’t know how to make them properly.  I’m also a girl who likes whisky with all her heart as there is something about it that tastes sexy to me and makes me think of speakeasy bars with velvet drapes hanging in the windows and the smell of cigar smoke in the air. Most of the time, it ends up being a real challenge to find bars that deliver in both categories, until I discovered this hidden gem.  With lovely live music and a huge drink menu, Bootlegger proposes over 200 whiskies from around the world and a an interesting twist on classic cocktails. They also organize monthly whisky tasting with national bramd ambassadors from major distilleries.

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