There’s so many amazing places to eat in Montreal, and while some are well known, some are not. Here’s a list of my favorites from a recent trip!
Not to be confused with it’s partner restaurant, Big In Japan, this speakeasy style bar is easy to miss if you don’t know what you’re looking for. This is the entrance:
When you walk in you travel through a narrow hallway into this cozy space.
Great for spending an evening of chatting or as a before dinner or after dinner drink spot.
Right next door to Big In Japan Bar is Patati Patata – an amazing place for poutine. Obviously there’s a ton of places with good poutine in Montreal, but I think Patati Patata was my favorite of the ones we tried (and there were a lot). It was tasty and hearty with the bacon and eggs, but it was noticeably less greasy than other versions, which meant I felt I had indulged myself without feeling weighed down the rest of the afternoon. That’s difficult to find with a dish like poutine.
This restaurant is now in my top five. We stumbled upon it our very first night in Montreal and loved it so much that we decided to make it our final meal in Montreal as well. It’s off the main roads and small, but the wine selection is extensive and the staff is so knowledgable and welcoming. Plus, the food was “oh my word how did they make this” good. Both times I ordered the gnocchi (made in house), I couldn’t resist! Currently trying to recreate it at home, but not expecting to achieve it. This is a must-go in my opinion.
I didn’t take pictures here for two reasons. The first (practical) reason is that we had to do a very late dinner as it was the only time we could get a reservation so it was very dark, the second however, is because I wanted to only focus on the experience. This was our splurge dinner for the trip and it was worth going all out. This restaurant has been featured on two Anthony Bourdain shows (that I know of) and is the best kind of fine dining food because the owners always add unexpected and unpretentious things to the menu. Quality ingredients, quality cooking techniques, and then something usually wrapped in bacon or just over the top. The menu, which was hilarious to have our waiter list everything from since we can’t read french very well, always changes, but we did order the lobster spaghetti, which our waiter told us is always on the menu. I will get it when I come back (which I must) because it is out of this world. This is a great place to enjoy a long dinner and some good wine. If you can’t snag a reservation, you can check at Liverpool House, owned by the same guys and just down the street – we’ll be trying there on our next Montreal trip.
On to a way more casual hidden gem. Romados does Portuguese style rotisserie chicken, and they do it well. Go right before a typical dinner time to avoid waiting in a huge line and grab yourself a half chicken and some poutine. There’s also baked goods if you manage to have room for dessert.
If Romados is busy or you want more room to sit down, you can try walking down the street to Ma Poule Mouillee, which we found thanks to a tip from a boutique owner. Apparently the guy who owns Ma Poule Mouillee worked at Romados and decided to make his own restaurant. Both Romados and Ma Poule Mouillee are delicious, but I did end up liking Ma Poule Mouillee slightly more only because I preferred their sauce.
A brewery and pub in Mile End of Montreal, Dieu du Ciel was recommended to us by friends who share my husband’s love of beer. We tried a few different breweries in Montreal, but this was easily the best one. We shared tasters of everything on their draft list, but my favorite was the Rosee D’Hibiscus – it was tart and herbal and perfect for a warm July evening. My husband’s fave was the Mosaika – a pale ale with mosaic hops.
These places were the best of the best and are the spots we’d highly recommend and want to visit again ourselves, but there’s so many options in Montreal. Have you been? What are your favorite food and drink spots in the city?
Other things from Montreal I loved so much I had to write about them:
From this post:
- Big In Japan Bar
- Patati Patata
- Le Chien Fumant
- Joe Beef and Liverpool House
- Ma Poule Mouillee
- Dieu du Ciel