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Plateau Montreal is definitely the most diverse district in the city. These streets are home to amazing artisan bakeries and breweries as well as exciting and colourful festivals of Music and Art. The distinctly creative atmosphere is mirrored by the vibrant restaurant scene, which has captured the imagination of so many travellers and locals. Plateau is a place where your taste buds can travel the world. Here’s our list of the best of the best.
Enjoy a world class meal at Pied de Cochon. All kinds of delicious dishes are available, they tend to be traditionally French but all have many modern and foreign influences and each has undeniable character. Most meals at Pied de Cochon are based on Duck, Pork or Foie Gras and are packed with flavour and originality. The high quality of every dish as well as the friendly and accommodating staff, who are happy to answer customers questions have made this restaurant a legend in Montreal. Just be sure to book your table well in advance.
536 Avenue Duluth Montreal, QC H2L 1A9 (514) 281-1114
This charming and intimate little restaurant tucked away in Plateau gives you the sense of stepping into somebody’s home rather than a restaurant. True to your first impressions, the food that follows has a real home-cooked feel and is unbelievably good. Guests can order from a wide range of dishes with mains including, venison cooked to perfection and fresh salmon. Do make sure to try their excellent salads and of course save room for their decadent desserts, which include perfectly risen souffle, beautiful cakes and indulgent mousses. The restaurant has excellent service and is a wonderful place for a low key but delightful evening out with friends with their reasonable menu and invitation to bring your own wine.
330 Rue Marie-Anne E, Montréal, QC H2W 1B1 (514) 282-6342
A delightful cafe to visit on those days, when you’re craving the company of cats! Aside from the friendly felines, guests can enjoy an array of coffees and hot beverages as well as soups and sandwiches. It’s such a relaxing and unique experience to sit with a perfectly brewed latte and a delicious sandwich and watch as the handsome cats play with each other and roam around the room.
172 Avenue Duluth EMontreal, QC H2W 1H3 (438) 333-1505
A really cool cafe located on Montreal’s Mile End, Cagibi to some, really captures the essence of Montreal. The establishment, full of unique decorations and old school furniture is unique and unpretentious, innovative and open-spirited. There is always a lively and thoughtful crowd in Cagibi, consisting mainly of travellers and students, visiting to hear to the city’s best live poetry as well as to take part in alternative book clubs. The cafe serves vegan and vegetarian food, which is the talk of the town. Go to enjoy an excellent meal and the heart warming atmosphere.
5490 Saint-Laurent BoulevardMontreal, QC H2T 1S1 (514) 509-1199
Crudessence is a vegan restaurant that specialises in raw food. Their food is great, maybe it’s the presentation (every dish is like a work of art) but it’s probably just because only the finest local ingredients are used and the flavours are blended together with passion and incredible expertise. The food is nourishing and there are certainly some surprises on the menu including Burgers Chili and Lasagne as well as various ‘un’ Cheesecakes. For those, who are new to this sort of exciting cuisine, be sure to note the ‘Discovery Plate’ and the ‘Sample Plate’, so you can explore your options.
2157 Rue MackayMontreal, QC H3G 2J2 (514) 664-5188
An excellent place to catch a high quality breakfast and brunch to fuel you for your day of sight seeing and trekking through the streets of Montreal. The service is very quick and the staff are friendly. It’s mostly breakfast favourites on offer, such as pancakes and bagels and Egg’s Benedict but there are many delicious twists and unconventional ingredients making every dish a special treat. The Portuguese Omelette, for instance, stuffed with mouth watering spicy Chorizo, and eggs with their breakfast plates arriving cooked to perfection and just as you ordered. Enjoy their strong coffee and of course their fresh fruit smoothies.
Address: 2017 Ave du Mont Royal E, Montral QC H2H 1J7 514-544-3843
Hidden away on a tiny side street in Plateau, Le Chien Fumant may just be one of the best kept secrets in the whole city. If you’re looking for an amazing place with quaint charm, mind-blowing three course brunches and decadent dinners, then look no further. The ingredients are all locally sourced and you can actually taste their quality and freshness, not just the fruit and vegetables but also the English Muffins for breakfast time, which are baked every morning and the meat they serve up, which they cure themselves.
4710 De LanaudiereMontreal, QC H2J 3P7 (514) 524-2444
An unassuming restaurant located on the edgy street of Rachel, with the many tempting rows of roasting chicken and the enticing smell when you first enter; Ma Poule Mouillee, is a great find. First of all the portions are incredibly generous for the prices you pay and the flavours in the chicken and in the sauce are amazing. The poutine here is renowned and the mountains of well cooked fries covered in Portuguese style chicken and chorizo are, drenched in their signature peri peri sauce, are bound to have you craving another fix.
Rumi is a beautiful place to spend a summer evening in Montreal. The terrace and the restaurant are beautifully lit, creating an amazing atmosphere, which compliments the delicious middle eastern food. Of course they serve all the well known dishes but there is so much more on this menu, for those who are far more intimately acquainted with the culture and the food. The restaurant is named after Jalal ad-din Rumi, a medieval Persian Poet, who travelled through Afghanistan and Turkey. The food is in fact drawn from all three countries and sometimes even further a field, which means that many unusual and wonderful dishes can sampled here.
5198 rue Hutchison, Montreal, Quebec, Canada (514) 490-1999
One of the most authentic Sushi Restaurants in the whole of Montreal. Isakaya brings customers some of the rarest delicacies and some of the most unique dishes. Their Miso Soup is simple and delicious and their fish incredibly fresh. Sea Urchins are incredibly well cooked here and something of a local legend as is their sushi served in Maple Sauce. The salads are delicious and are dressed in their various signature sauces, Eggplant sauce is particularly popular. There are also a range of teas and Ramen dishes available. It may not be the most luxurious establishment in Montreal but for authenticity, expertise and flavour, this is the place.
3469 Ave du Parc, Montreal, QC H2X 2H6 (514) 845-8226