Izakayas, Japanese pubs, are becoming popular in Montreal. And what makes Kinoya Izakaya so special is its décor, which mirrors the inside of a Japanese fishing boat or a wooden grotto. Expect a classic Japanese salute on your arrival and tasty sashimi, octopus balls, and okonomiyaki.
4250 Rue St-Denis, Montreal, QC, Canada, +1 514 508 5200
A non-meat eaters’ paradise right in the middle of the McGill ghetto, Lola Rosa offers a great selection of homemade vegan and vegetarian dishes. Their burgers, nachos, and burritos are some of our favorite comfort dishes. The restaurant itself is small and cozy, with 20 tables at most, and with babioles, a cartoon character, dangling everywhere. Wooden walls infuse the restaurant with an earthy ambience. Take a look in the drawers of your table while you’re there; quirkily they are stuffed with notes from previous customers.
545 Rue Milton, Montreal, QC, Canada, +1 514 287 9337
The meat at La Salle à Manger is delicious; from mouthwatering venison carpaccio to the perfectly cured pork chop, this restaurant knows how to cook its cuts. The atmosphere is on the casual side for a fine dining experience, but this allows you to enjoy haute cuisine in a relaxed environment, something that patrons love about this restaurant.
1302 Mont-Royal Est, Montreal, QC, Canada, +1 514 522 0777
Regular customers have been pining for Les Deux to get a Michelin star and it can only be a matter of tme. The restaurant offers superb gastronomic French cuisine in a warm and relaxed environment. The room is small, with only 11 wooden tables, and decorated with eclectic local artwork. Book ahead if you want to get a table.
Restaurant Le P’tit Plateau is a French-style bistro that specializes in delicious meats. Their food excels elsewhere too; from the poached pears to slivered-almond-sprinkled floating islands, the menu is so exquisite that you will devour anything you are presented with. BYOW is a nice touch for cost-conscious diners.
330 Marie-Anne Est, Montreal, QC, Canada, +1 514 282 6342
For cheap and tasty chicken, head to Romados. Known by locals as one of Montreal’s best-kept secrets, you can get chicken, chips, and a salad for less than $10. The restaurant was founded by Portuguese Fernando Machado so there are clear Portuguese influences. Even their equipment is custom-made from Portugal and shipped to Canada.
115 Rue Rachel Est, Montreal, QC, Canada, +1 514 849 1803