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Openings & Closings: July, August and September 2015

Passed in front today and the new restaurant seems open (or ready to open, was late when I passed), it's called Diolo and it's a African/Senegalese restaurant/caterer.

Jean Talon Market and vicinity (updates) 2015

I'm very curious about that shop, there has been no work at all in the inside (and the sign's been there for 4-5 months), but they keep showing up at the events.

Openings & Closings: July, August and September 2015

Can confirm that Chez Tousignant will be in the former Café Espresso Vittorio on Drolet (between Mozart and Bélanger). Work permit has been put up in the window, leading to S. Faita and M. Forgione's company.

Openings & Closings: July, August and September 2015

I had the exact same reaction to looking at their website...

Openings & Closings: July, August and September 2015

Looks like there is a new restaurant opening in the former Buffalo Bill on Jean-Talon between St-laurent and Parc. No signs or name that I could see, but tables set-up and what looks like a counter, albeit very different than the former setup. Wasn't open when I passed in front around 7:30PM.

LARGE restaurants in Montreal?

To be honest, any mid-sized restaurant should be able to accommodate you for 'only' 15-16 persons, if you can call 3-4 weeks in advance (and not around Christmas time). I've had to look for restaurants for office party for 25+ persons, and would rarely get a 'too small to accommodate you' answer.

I'll post some that we went to :

I've had some nice meals in the 'private' room at La Raclette, we were about 20-25 and the room was comfy. It's a BYOB too.

If you want pizza, Napoletana will definitely be large enough (also BYOB), or Pizzafiore in CDN can work too.

For a good greek place, Ouzeri will work. For Indian, try Bombay Mahal or Punjab Palace or Indian Curry House.

Italian, Il Piato Pieno has a very nice terrasse and huge restaurant (bonus, BYOB), but I find the food to be pretty normal. Da Encino close by is a little bit better.

Openings & Closings: July, August and September 2015

On Eater, they say the owner told the staff it was taking too long for the place to pick up steam... but not even one month?

You have to wonder is something else happened, because that's ridiculous and somebody certainly lost a ton of money just to redecorate and open the new place.

Openings & Closings: April, May and June 2015

Passed in front and the 'closed temporarily' sign has been replaced by bankruptcy notices, so I don't expect it to reopen. (remember reading he was looking to get alcohol permits and possibly try to respawn)

Openings & Closings: July, August and September 2015

Philly's now open. Passed in front in bike, so couldn't really stop to see, but they advertise selling submarines, wraps and fries.

Website doesn't seem very impressive yet :

Taking Serb M-in-Law to Russian resto- Your ideas SVP

There is also ermitage just down the street on CDN. (5024 CDN)

Never tried La Caverne, but have heard many good reports from friends/coworkers.

Openings & Closings: July, August and September 2015

You gotta wonder with those restaurants that open and close after 2-3 months. Seems like some people don't do their homeworks before opening. If you're launching a business and don't have the backbone to handle a few bad months to start, something's wrong.


FWIW, I've also bought many different products from Porcmeilleur (both fresh and frozen) and never had any problems whatsoever. I've always thought of them as the highest standard you could find, and hopefully it will stay true.

Recs for MONDAY lunch JTM/MileEx area

While I like DTC, I don't feel it works very well as a business lunch either (unless it's very relaxed).

So many restaurants closed. In Little Italy, Pizzeria Napoletana will be open, not much other I would think.

In parc-ex, IIRC, Bombay Mahal, Punjab Palace and Indian curry house will all be open, so should Panama.

In villeray, bistro l'enchanteur does not offer fantastic food, but should also be open and correct for a business lunch. Braseiro could also be open (says so on restomontreal), but I'd call ahead to see.

That being said, your suggestion of Harricana could work very well. I've only been twice on late afternoon/evening, but it wasn't too noisy and the food was good.

Openings & Closings: July, August and September 2015

Looks like Marc-André Royal (from St-Urbain and La bête à Pain) will also open a huge bakery/cafe very close to there in Griffintown.

Openings & Closings: July, August and September 2015

Didn't see anything on this board, but Stefano Faita and Michele Forgione will be involved with the new project to revitalize the Wellington Tower in Griffintown (right next to the Bassin Peel). Some food court type of thing will be under their supervision.

I wish them luck, but that part of Griffintown is still pretty unoccupied and not that attractive. I think there is a lot of potential if they do open more things around and if there is some sort of project for the Bassin Peel and the piers/park around.

Openings & Closings: July, August and September 2015

Could have been lebanese too, I remember going a few times, but that was something like 8-10 years back, so my memory is fuzzy. I think they closed because of a fire though.

As for the Starbucks, one of the former restaurant was named 'Smiley's' IIRC, and the last one was Egg/oeuf pun something. All the restaurants I've known at that location were always targeted to the offices workers around, and mostly never open for dinner.

Openings & Closings: July, August and September 2015

Few things I've noticed in that last couple of days (nothing huge).

-A new sandwich shop will open at the corner of De Castelnau and Casgrain, named Sophia's (or something like that) where there used to be a turkish/armenian pizza place.

- The old diner/breakfast place at the corner of Crémazie and Casgrain will become a Starbucks (don't remember the names of all the former failed restaurants there).

- There is renovations under way at the place right next to La Récolte on Bélanger between Chateaubriand and St-Hubert. There again, a lot of failed restaurants there in the last few years (some of them being open a month or two before closing). The sign says 'Philly's', but I'm not sure if that's new or the old thing that closed.

Montreal Mega-Visit In Progress

Thanks for all those reports, great read.

I also don't get the love for Miss Jean Talon for Montreal style pizza. I lived a few blocks from there for 3 years, would stop by once in a while to grab one and always think of it as pretty 'meh'. There are much better montreal-style options (albeit probably not in Parc-Ex).

Shish Taouk

My go-to shish taouk place is Al-Amine right next to the CDN subway station. I find that the meat is generally juicier that the one you'll find at Amir/Basha. I sometime also get the feeling that you will find some darker meat in there, but that seems to vary from one time to another.

Some of my friends would suggest Sindibad, also very close. It's also very good in my experience.

Vua banh mi sandwiches downtown location now open

They should be able to grab a huge chunk of business from the McGill ghetto crowd, especially if they are open quite late.

Openings & Closings: July, August and September 2015

The former dépanneur is being turned into a apartment though, so that won't be it. I guess we'll see soon enough with the former café!

Openings & Closings: July, August and September 2015

Posting it in this thread instead of always bumping up the old one, but it seems work will soon get underway on Chez Tousignant. We'll probably find out about the location soon, as they'll have to post the permit to do the work.

Openings & Closings: April, May and June 2015

Did not have time to enter, as I was in a hurry (and I'm not much of a coffee drinker anyway, so no rush to try it).

Jean Talon Market and vicinity (updates) 2015

Got to try them today, croissants were very good and at a great price (1.50$ each). Didn't see any chocolatines or almonds croissants, so maybe they were already out (albeit at noon, seems early).

Openings & Closings: April, May and June 2015

I just came back from the market and it was open today.

Openings & Closings: April, May and June 2015

While I generally agree on the sentiment, you have to wonder how much more food stores can open in the area and keep thriving. I can't think of anything that's clearly missing right now, and an argument could be made for a third wave local coffee shop (at least it's better than starbucks).

Ice cream 2015

Didn't find a thread for the different ice cream places this year (maybe due to the weather).

Recently tried a ice cream cup with caramel sauce, bretzel and peanuts from the new Monsieur Crémeux place on Beaubien and it was fantastic. Can't wait to go back.

Also had a iced custard cup from GEMA last week, while it's good, I wouldn't go out of my way to go back. Being custard, it's certainly a little bit different from ice cream, but I feel the price is a little high. You end up paying 7.50$ (with taxes) for a somewhat small cup and I thought they were a little cheap with the dressings.

Went a couple of time in the last month to Havres des Glaces at MJT, and it's still very good.

Tried the new Les Givrés location on de Castelnau one time too (about 3 weeks ago) and had the soft sorbet/ice cream mix, very good (it was mango at that time), always been a fan of their plateau location, so I think it's a great addition to the neighborhood.

Coaticook ice cream

I noticed last week that Coaticook is making a new line of ice cream named 'la gourmande'. Flavours that I have seen at the store (IGA) were 'Choco Amaretto', 'Mokaramel', Maple taffy (or something similar) and 'Pecan nuts, chocolate and double caramel'. Size is 1,5L and they cost 5,99$ at IGA (saw them at the small grocery store next to my home for 6,99$).

Ended up buying a Pecan Nuts, chocolate and double caramel one today, and while it's good, I find the chocolate and caramel overwhelm each other a little bit, and the pecan nuts are chocolated coated, which I don't care much for. I'd rather get the double chocolate or fudge regular flavor compared to this one.

I would be eager to try the maple taffy one, though.

Jean Talon Market and vicinity (updates) 2015

For those interested, there is a special offer for the opening of the SAQ valid today (was also there yesterday). Free bottle of Domaine Lafrance cider for every 50$ spent. You can combine this with the 10% rebate on 100$ and more this week-end, and there are quite a few wines and spirits on sale right now too.

Calling all Montreal Foodies!

Just to add, the old Greek neighborhood in Montreal is around Jean-Talon and Parc, and Panama is pretty much in it. While Milos is miles ahead in term of quality, you can certainly find some very good Greek sweets around there (my favorite bakery would be Afroditi) and some decent cheaper restaurants options. Panama would be the best IMO, but some people still swear by Marven's and I still very much like the Gyros from Souvlaki Village Grec (although it can be hit or miss). If you're lucky, on the weekend, one of the churches or the social club in the area will do souvlaki sticks sale, and they can be quite good.

For a completely different experience, you can try Kalavrita/Nouveau Hellas on Ogilvy (I think they changed names since I moved out of the area), but I never dared enter there.