Best of Montreal:
BARS AND RESTAURANTS
Step aside New York. Montreal is most definitely the city that never sleeps, with its myriad of new and exciting bars and restaurants to try. No matter if you’re in the mood for a fancy night sipping cocktails at a hidden bar or looking to tantalize your senses with flavourful dishes, our round up will most definitely leave you satisfied.
—By Marie-Ève Venne
*Please refer to each individual establishment’s website/social media concerning their hours of operation as businesses begin to gradually re-open.
690 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest
In case you’ve been sleeping under a rock for the past two years, it is my pleasure to inform you that the 90s are definitely having a moment. Jumping on the trend, The Farsides delivers some tropical food and drink options in a ‘90s hip-hop theme. They serve a mix of Thai and Hawai’ian cuisines created by Chef Athiraj Phrasavath (who is also behind Laotian food hall stand Thip Thip, at Le Central) and feature fancied-up of classic street food dishes such as Drunken Noodles with yellow curry sauce, lobster, and, in an unusual touch of decadence, cognac.
236 Rue Saint-Zotique E
Owned and managed by husband-wife team Pasquale Martone and Karine Massicotte, this Italian restaurant offers grass-fed beef and house-made charcuterie, as well as homemade breads, pastas, and a vegetarian-friendly menu. They also serve a range of Northern Italian vegetable dishes, like polenta crostini with gorgonzola and pomodorini. Mucca’s wine list is influenced by Italy’s northern regions — think Veneto, Piemonte, Liguria and Toscana, among others. They also serve classic cocktails such as Negroni and Sbagliato.
640 Saint-Paul St W Suite 10
The first thing that grasps you as you walk through Still Life’s door is the stunning 2400 square foot space. Much of the bar is built on concrete, and a large metal and glass partition allows them to split the space if needed. The menu comes in key ingredients that change with the seasons. For the liquor menu, mixologist and co-owner Andrew Whibley was inspired by Italian aperitivi. He has mounted a map that is easily accessible from 5 p.m., when the offices are emptying, until the end of the evening. One of the central ideas of this project is sustainability, which is why cocktails are built around four fruits – pineapples, pears, strawberries and tomatoes – so that the entire fruit is used when possible.
TBSP at the W Montreal
901 Rue du Square-Victoria
The brand-new restaurant inside the W Hotel is about to become your new favourite gourmet hot spot. Named Tbsp., the restaurant showcases Italian-inspired cuisine stamped with modernity and celebrates local fresh products. Inside the restaurant, the only non-local foods are olive oil and balsamic vinegar in which the homemade focaccia is soaked – even the yuzu that perfumes the table salt comes from Laval. A must-taste on your visit: gnudinis with parmesan and rapinis, bursting with flavors. This new kind of pasta invented at Tbsp was born of a culinary error, but we most definitely don’t hold it against them.
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