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Best of Montreal 2012

Best of Montreal 2012

Every year in Montreal we’re faced with the same questions, will it be a cold winter? Are my winter tires good for one last season AND most importantly out of all the restaurants in Montreal, which ones are the best?! Some people think it’s a question of taste, but the people have spoken! Find out who Montreal's Best really is?

Best Ambiance

Jardin Nelson

403 Place Jacques-Cartier, Montreal, QC, H2Y 3B1
: (514) 861-5731
: French
This welcoming charmer, smack in the heart of Old Montreal, is a summer-loving haven where live jazz music wafts on the breeze (from early May to Thanksgiving), white wine sangria arrives in sweating glasses, and potted plants and oversized umbrellas set a romantic scene. Choose from the design triumph of the rear courtyard or the twinkly lit Place Jacques Cartier front terrace to watch artists and street performers show off. On the food front, brunch raves flow in, with the bacon breakfast crepe leading the charge. A record of exceptional service seals the deal.
: À Gogo Lounge

Best Bar & Pub

Burgundy Lion

2496 Rue Notre Dame Ouest, Montréal, QC, H3J 1N5
: (514) 934-0888
: Comfort Food, Fish & Chips, Pubs
Steps away from Atwater Market and the Lachine Canal, Burgundy offers refuge for overtaxed Notre Dame antiquers. Part traditional British pub, part modern lounge, the Burgundy serves up quality Limey fare (try the Scotch eggs and breakfast mushrooms) in an atmosphere energized by footy fans looking to catch a match. The pub is armed with an impressive selection of traditional whiskeys and beers, and a highly imaginative cocktail menu adjusts itself to suit the occasion or season.
: McKibbin's - Downtown

Best Bistro

Leméac

1045 Avenue Laurier O, Montreal, QC, H2V 2L1
: (514) 270-0999
: Bistro, French
This classy Parisian-chic eatery is the kind of place you’d take your mother for her birthday - and score points for your pick. All trendy crowd, stone floors, French movie posters and buzzing atmosphere, Leméac sets the bistro scene smartly. The restaurant supplements its traditional French dishes (think blood pudding, steak frites and cabillaud) with more creative concoctions to appeal to foodie hipsters. The Outrement terrasse is brilliant for late-night summer dinners. An elaborate wine list, a smattering of Quebec cheeses and a mess of homemade desserts round out the menu. Come for brunch brioche or hold out till after 10pm, when the late-night table d’hôte special pulls them in for its $22 starter-plus-main offering.
: Leméac

Best Brasserie

Le Pois Penché

1230 Drummond St, Montreal, QC
: (514) 667-5050
: French, Comfort Food
This is the kind of place you go to, to say that you went. The full-fledged French brasserie experience pulsates here, from the authentic foie gras parfait right down to the flirty serving staff. The nostalgic appeal of “comfort food” finds play in steak tartare, Monte Cristos and duck confit. Some of Toulouse-Lautrec’s finest wall hangers remember the restaurant’s provenance. Staff is attentive, offering just the right amount of checking in without becoming cloying. The bar has a great view of the terrace, which is right next to the bike path on de Maisonneuve.

Best Bring Your Own Wine

Portovino Ristorante (Dorval)

1290 Route Transcanadienne, Montreal, QC, H9P 1H7
: (514) 800-5301
: French, Italian
Considered one of the original “apportez votre vin” restaurants in town, this decade-old staple attracts with its French-inspired Italian standards, including fresh fish, tortellini with a rosé cream sauce, juicy ossobuco and whack of homemade desserts. Smack in the Carrefour Laval, the largest mall in Quebec, Ristorante Portovino adjusts its table d’hôtes weekly, but they always feature local favorites and seasonal ingredients. Servings are big and Sunday brunch rocks. Oh, and the SAQ is just a two-minute dash away.

Best Brunch

The Sparrow

5322 Boulevard Saint-Laurent, Montréal, QC, H2T 1A5
: (514) 690-3964
: Breakfast
A low-key, old-school interior - complete with French-book-crammed bookcases, vintage wooden chairs, a wood and brass bar, and an L-shaped couch near the windows - provides an excellent backdrop for tasty, reasonably priced brunchtime superstars. Servers are down-to-earth and friendly; the anglo bartender is attentive enough; clientele is hip and deck-shoe clad. Brunch sings with pork and eggs, applesauce and homemade tater tots. There’s a well-curated drink list and much praise for the place’s resident Jenga game. A word to the wise: this Mile End joint is cash only (but there’s an ATM at the top of the stairs).
: Dejeuner Cosmopolitain

Best Café

La Croissanterie Figaro

5200, rue Hutchison, Montréal, QC, H2V 4B3
: (514) 278-6567
: Bistro
La Croissanterie Figaro bills itself as “un petit coin perdu de Paris” (“a little lost corner of Paris”) - a claim it lives up to sweetly. This Outrement art-nouveau café is a delicious dwelling to tuck oneself into a window booth on a snowy winter lunchtime to eat croque monsieur with melty cheese. Across from the Ukrainian Federation, the place enchants visitors with its excellent quiche and carrot cake, and its tables made from old sewing machines. Open past midnight, this is one special spot for folks seeking late-night chocolate croissants and a chill atmosphere. The menu is in French only.

Best Chinese

La Maison Kam Fung (Chinatown)

1111 Rue Saint-Urbain, Montreal, QC, H2Z 1Y6
: (514) 878-2888
: Chinese, Seafood
The entrance to this secret Asian paradise is hidden in the rear of a shopping passage on the third story of La Place du Quartier. Once there, find a vast, open interior adorned with laminated posters of mythical Chinese characters, traditional Chinese embroidered artwork and hand-carved dragons wrapped around pillars. As for the food, on-line reviewers cheer the lunchtime dim sum. Waiters circle the tables with carts of these bite-sized marvels ($4 to $6 each), and customers pick from 30 types of tender dumplings, spare ribs, mushrooms, spicy shrimp and so on.
: Maison Vip

Best Comfort Food

Le Gros Jambon Diner

286 Notre Dame O, Montreal, QC, H2Y 1T6
: (514) 508-3872
: Diner, Breakfast
This retro diner is the real deal, complete with its cramped tunnel of a bar-stool-lined interior, long counters and vintage posters. The menu is comfort laden, whether you find the stuff in Coney Island hot dogs with thick-cut slaw, meatball subs, mac and cheese, poutine or BLTs (or Gros Jambon’s unique twist on the things - BDLTs, where D equals duck confit). There’s innovation in the comfort, too (think chicken and waffles with horseradish maple syrup and eggs bathed in mushroom sauce). Every item is homemade here, including the bread, sausages and Coca Cola mayonnaise. Portions are generous and leftovers are to be expected.

Best Diner

Deville Dinerbar

1425 Rue Stanley, Montréal, QC, H3A 1P4
: (514) 418-0516
: Contemporary / Eclectic, American, Burgers
Visitors should don their elastic waistbands before visiting this classic American-style diner that’s attracted a buzz as bright as its interior hot pink lights since it opened in Montreal’s core earlier this year. A menu of comfort food turned gourmet reveals original touches on old standbys, like Philly cheesesteak spring rolls, wonton mac and cheese, toasted marshmallow milkshakes and bacon-wrapped dog sliders. Deville has a pleasant vibe and the jukebox app that lets you request songs through your phone is a bonus.

Best Fine Dining

Beatrice Ristorante

1504 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montreal, QC
: (514) 937-6009
: Fusion, Italian
Tucked into the belly of the city, Beatrice Ristorante enjoys a serious rep for serving fresh, upscale Italian vittles. The place prides itself on offering diners an authentic Italian dining experience, complete with the kind of passion for food that culture so famously embraces. Menu highlights include braised veal agnolotti in wild mushroom sauce, grilled striped bass and veal chops with a peperonata crust.

Best First Date

Kyomi Restaurant

7660 Boul. Newman, Montréal, QC, H8N 1X8
: (514) 363-3602
: Asian, Fusion
Grab a bottle of vino and your best girl or guy and hunker down at Kyomi, a bring-your-own-wine joint that's got the perfect setting for your scene-setting romantic idyll. All sleek and fuschia and glass, with lighting that subtly changes colours and a goldfish pond at the entrance, the setting here is perfect for getting something classy started. On the second floor of this Lasalle delight are nine private seating areas, sectioned off by curtains. Highlighted by traditional sushi, sashimi and maki, the fusion Asian menu focuses on fresh, tasty fare that's beautifully presented.
: La Belle Province

Best French

Bistro Cocagne

3842 Rue Saint-Denis, Montreal, QC, H2W 2M2
: (438) 800-3549
: Bistro, French, Seafood
Come discover our menu of generous flavours that vary by season, inspired by our local produce. Enjoy our warm surroundings, laid-back ambiance and friendly and professional staff. The Restaurant is open daily except Mondays and Tuesdays. We look forward to seeing you!
: L'Express

Best Greek

Mythos Ouzeri Estiatorio

5318 Avenue du Parc, Montreal, QC, H2V 4G7
: (514) 800-2481
: Seafood, Grill, Mediterranean
It's all Greek to everyone at this Mile End hotspot where the extensive menu is as Hellenic as they come (from the salt on the tables to a good selection of Greek vinos). A riotous bouzouki band performs from Thursday to Sunday, and it's not uncommon for diners to leap to their feet in response. Specialties include fried bread with a pepper and feta cheese dip, mint-infused lamb mincemeat and fried-to-delicate-perfection zucchini chips. Portions are big.
: Marathon Souvlaki

Best Hamburger

M:brgr Brgr Bar

2025, rue Drummond, Montréal, QC, H3G 1W6
: (514) 906-2747
: Burgers, Comfort Food
The concept is pretty simple here: pick a bun (whole wheat, regular or lettuce wrap), pick a patty (AAA beef, organic beef, veggie, Kobe beef, tuna or chicken), pick a cheese (options include cheddar, piave, goat and blue), pick some toppings (the vast list includes house-smoked bacon, grilled salami and grilled oyster mushrooms), enjoy. Part cramped burger joint/part high-volume cocktail bar, m:brgr is an undisputed leader in the downtown burger scene. Regulars recommend bypassing the build-your-own menu (your picks can add up), and opting for a pre-made burger or the burger of the day. And if you’re not in a burger mood, the pulled pork mac ’n cheese scores big. Lubricate yourself with a Bailey’s shake.
: Buns Hamburger House

Best Indian

Atma Fine Indian Cuisine

3962 Boulevard St-Laurent, Montreal, QC, H2W 1Y3
: (514) 448-4028
: Indian, Vegetarian
This stylish Plateau tribute to the Dark Continent is a genuine treat for anyone with a passion for this special cuisine. Comfortable and modern, the atmosphere here delivers diners to India with a range of house specialties, including curried shrimp, lamb madras and daal soup. Every dish is offered from mild to extra spicy, and there are tasty vegetarian options, as well. The upstairs dining area is a spectacle of colour and atmosphere.
: Buffet Bombay Mahal

Best Italian

Venti Osteria

372, St-Paul Ouest, Montreal, QC, H2Y
: (514) 284-0445
: Italian
Venti Osteria, gloriously located in the cradle of Old Montreal, serves up homemade cuisine in a relaxed, hip setting. From charcuterie to slow-cooked porchetta, everything is prepared with passion here, along with an abundance of fresh seasonal ingredients. A traditional osteria is a simple Italian “eat-and-drink” purveyor of uncomplicated food, and raw and rustic Venti Osteria fits the bill exactly. The shrimp salad with fennel and capers and homemade salami are standouts.
: Bottega

Best Jazz Bar

House of Jazz

2060 Rue Aylmer, Montreal, QC, H3A 2E3
: (438) 800-3547
: Steaks, Comfort Food, Barbecue (BBQ)
This Montreal landmark is a favourite of locals with a taste for old-school soulful musical accompaniment to their dining experience. The funky-seedy interior's set off by mirrors that cover the walls and ceiling of the stage, reflecting the House of Jazz's giant chandeliers, wall-lined wine bottles, stained glass windows, horse and dog statues, and grape-cluster lights. Serving staff is efficient and friendly; the chicken and ribs combo is satisfying; the escargots are suitably garlic kissed. But the real draw here is the music: nightly performances (twice on weekends) of eclectic jazz talent are supported by fantastic acoustics.
: Upstairs Jazz Bar & Grill

Best Late Eats

Resto La Banquise

994 Rue Rachel E, Montreal, QC, H2J 2J3
: (514) 525-2415
: Fast Food
Long line-ups are the hallmark of this never-closed poutinerie - among the city's best - but so is a prevailing sense that it's always worth the wait. Just a couple of minutes from Lafontaine Park and the Mont-Royal Metro, the place attracts diners at all hours, stumbling in to sop up their swill with more than two dozen choices, including La Rachel (mushrooms, peppers and onions), La Danse (chicken, onions, bacon and peppers sauce) and, for purists, La Classique. If you're a fan of heat, order the Kamikaze.
: Resto La Banquise

Best Live Music

Upstairs Jazz Bar & Grill

1254 MacKay, Montreal, QC, H3G 2H4
: (514) 931-6808
: Grill, Burgers, Tapas / Small Plates
Sa file d'attente est d'office à cette poutinerie toujours ouverte – parmi les meilleures – mais ça semble toujours valoir la peine d'attendre. A quelques minutes du Parc Lafontaine et du métro Mont-Royal, l'endroit attire des clients à toute heure, qui viennent s'échouer pour absorber leur cuisine grasse avec plus de deux douzaines de choix de poutine, incluant La Rachel (champignons, poivrons et oignons), La Danse (poulet, oignons, bacon et sauce au poivre) et pour les puristes, La Classique. Si vous aimez les sensations fortes, essayez la Kamikaze.

Best Lunch

Enoteca Mozza (Centropolis)

505, Promenade du Centropolis, Laval, QC, H7T 0A3
: (514) 800-7840
: Italian, Pizza
“In our family,” the website for this cheerful Laval eatery proclaims, “lunches and dinners always took two or three hours. But we can't always live la dolce vita.” True enough. It's why Enoteca Mozza offers a lunchtime table d'hote - updated w- so lunchers can eat well and then book it. Guests pick from a menu heavy in Italian classics and contemporary favourites - think Mamma's slow-cooked meatballs, heavenly chicken parmigiana, veal mascota and osso bucco with half-day braised veal shank - but the standout is always the wood-fired pizza.
: Schwartz's World Famous Smoked

Best Martini

Baldwin Barmacie

115 Avenue Laurier Ouest, Montréal, QC, H2T 2N6
: (514) 276-4282
: Cocktails & Martini
Starting from the premise that booze is the best medicine, Baldwin Barmacie dresses itself up as an old-time apothecary whose modern cocktails are served in old-fashioned drug bottles under the moody glow of dangling chandeliers. Bartenders play pharmacist, serving a hipster crowd from a long list of well-priced ($8-$9) and creatively concocted martinis, including the crowd-favourite apple and the signature bloody dirty. The lounge is super sleek and always happening, but far from pretentious. Food is yummy and a worthy adversary to the bevvies.
: Jello Martini Lounge

Best Mediterranean

Elounda Restaurant

1818 Boulevard de la Côte-Vertu, Montreal, QC, H4L 2A6
: (514) 331-4040
: Greek, Mediterranean, Seafood
Solid, serious Greek food is the order of the day at this strip mall surprise. Fresh-sourced portions are generous; diners can share apps easily and everyone can get by without a main course. Highlights include feta-smothered Greek salad, zucchini chips and grilled chicken. But Elounda is a seafood restaurant above all, and the noise is loud for the mussels, sardines, anchovies, calamari, jumbo shrimp and crab cakes on offer here. The grilled swordfish entrée is a minor miracle.
: Restaurant LA Goelette

Best Mexican

Casa de Matéo

438 Rue Saint-Francois-Xavier, Montreal, QC, H2Y 2T3
: (514) 844-7448
: Latin American, Mexican
Six-times Consumers' Choice award winner, Casa de Matéo is an authentic Mexican gem nestled in the hub of the arts district in Old Montreal, just steps away from the Notre-Dame basilica and Place d'Armes Metro station. The guac is prepared table-side here, the margaritas are fresh-squeezed and the "Aguilas de Mexico" mariachi band featuring Señor Macario Rodriguez rocks. 'Nuff said.

Best Middle Eastern

Karoun Restaurant

411 Boul Cure-Labelle, Laval, QC, H7V 2S8
: (450) 682-6820
: American, Lebanese
Finding Armenian food is a bit of a trick in this city, making Karoun a kind of victory from the get-go. Guests to this Laval treasure sample from an array of exotica, including the salty Armenian yogurt drink Aryan, stuffed vine leaves and the always reliable hummus. The standout dish is the kebbe naye, a raw-meat spectacle whose unique flavours are set off brilliantly by onion and mint. Lots of opportunity to share here. Seal the deal with some flaky and highly original baklava.
: Amir

Best New

Hambar Restaurant Bar

355 Rue McGill, Montréal, QC, H2Y 2E8
: (514) 380-2222
: Market
Located on the main floor of the trendy Hotel St-Paul, the former Vauvert - all high-ceilinged and tall windowed - Old Montreal's Hambar is a pork lover's haven from the moment one arrives and pays homage to the ceiling-hung jambons in the entranceway. The sparkly all-white décor is set off by handsome communal tables, an elegant bar, walls of pickled treats and a pair of crimson meat slicers from which a cascade of ribbon-thin starring numbers regularly emerge. Main courses include tender sweetbreads, duck and pork. The wine list, famously designed by superstar sommelier Philippe Poitras, is a gem.

Best Original Concept

Pastaga

6389, boul St Laurent, Montreal, QC, H2S 3C3
: (438) 381-6389
: French
This new restaurant on St-Laurent Boulevard below Little Italy celebrates the anise-flavored aperitif pastis, and the small-serving/single-dish French-bistro cuisine (there are no apps or mains here) that best complements it. Hip waiters deliver crispy yellow pike with pumpkin purée and rapini salad and waffles with sautéed wild mushrooms, greens and Parmesan in an unpretentious atmosphere. Pastaga's interior is reminiscent of a wine bar, especially with its unusual L-shaped tables. The wine list at this bright, comfortable restaurant that sits among a trio of contemporary art galleries is two pages of all-natural options.

Best Pizza

Bevo Bar & Pizzeria

410 Rue St-Vincent, Montreal, QC, H2Y 3A6
: (514) 861-5039
: Pizza, Italian, Pubs
au pastis, cet apéritif à saveur d'anisette, et sert des plats bistro de petite portion d'un seul met qui accompagnent bien cette boisson populaire. On ne trouve pas d'amuse-bouche ou de plat principal dans cet établissement. Les serveurs à la mode vous apportent du doré jaune croustillant avec une purée de citrouille et une salade de rapinis avec des gaufres accompagnées de champignons sauvages, des verdures et du parmesan dans une atmosphère sans prétention. L'intérieur rappelle le bar à vin, surtout les tables en forme de L, assez inusitées. La carte des vins est contenue sur deux pages et propose des choix tout naturels dans ce restaurant confortablement assis parmi un trio de galeries d'art contemporain.
: Pizzeria Napoletana

Best Portuguese

Portus Calle Restaurant & Marisqueira

4281 Boulevard St-Laurent, Montreal, QC, H2W 1Z4
: (514) 849-2070
: Seafood
Portus Calle, all wood, brick and glass, invites visitors into the Portuguese heart of Montreal with a real-deal ambiance and menu. The 100-person dining room affords a splendid view of the inner workings of the kitchen where chefs prepare all manner of Portuguese specialties, including caldo verde soup, carne de porce à alentejana and Lisbon-spicy chouriço sausage. Tapas is big here, so bring pals to share your cod croquettes, hardshelled clams and grilled prawns. Desserts are yummy and the Portuguese cheese table is a perfect closer.

Best Poutine

Poutineville

1348 Beaubien Est,, Montréal, QC, H2G 1K8
: (514) 544-8800
: n/a
Put on your stretchy duds before heading out to this Rosemont-area gem, where the make-your-own craze is alive and well. Navigating the choices is no small feat in this poutine dream, where fries, gravy, toppings (try the hot dog slices) and cheese come in a slew of options. The dish arrives hot, stringy and big. If your imagination fails you, go for the premade poutine. Hold out for the brownie cheesecake for dessert.

Best Private Dinner

Rib 'N Reef Steakhouse & Cigare Lounge

8105 Décarie, Montreal, QC, H4P 2H5
: (514) 800-6424
: Grill, Seafood, Steakhouse
For half a century, generations of Montrealers have hunkered down inside the class-act wood-paneled walls of this handsome hideaway, for private dinners of USDA prime dry-aged beef, fresh fish, filets and crisp produce. Cole slaw is complimentary, tabletop pickles are snappy and the wine list is a modern wonder. The wait service is utterly top notch, undertaken by pros who've been waiting tables since before you were born. Taking your digestifs in the upstairs cigar lounge make for a stylish finale.
: Sofitel Montreal Golden Mile

Best Private Lunch

Houston Avenue Bar & Grill

1001, Square Victoria, Montréal, QC, H2Z 2A8
: (514) 800-6497
: Grill, International / Global, Steaks
Turn lunch into an elegant affair at this urban-chic restaurant whose culinary offerings are the very definition of good taste. All of Houston's steaks are plucked from reserve Angus beef programs that guarantee a high level of marbling and a minimum 30 days of aging. The mixed grill is a shoutout to carnivores with its half rack of pristine barbecue ribs, roasted chicken breast and grilled chorizo sausage. Baby back ribs are slow cooked for seven hours before hitting the grill in a barbecue dressing. The 10 to 13 ribs per rack are served with done-to-perfection fries and fragrant salsa.

Best Ribs

La Louisiane

5850 Rue Sherbrooke O, Montreal, QC, H4A 1X5
: (514) 369-3073
: Cajun / Creole
Let Louis Armstrong play you into this Big Easy beauty where the spiced cornbreads and sweet potato fries with spicy mayo are music to your taste buds. The blackened fish of the day and crawfish etouffe are unassailable. And the alligator and crab cake starters are simply off the hook. Of course, it's mostly about the ribs at this cozy NDG standby. Just sweet enough, just light enough, just juicy enough. Go Fred Flintstone on the dinosaur ribs. The open kitchen adds an aromatic touch to the experience.

Best Seafood

Maestro S.V.P

3615 Boul. Saint-Laurent, Montreal, QC, H2X 1V5
: (514) 842-6447
: Seafood, Tapas / Small Plates, Cocktails & Martini
The tapas-style calamari, oysters Rockefeller and a little number called the seafood tower are serious draws at this intimate seafood joint on Saint-Laurent. On-line reviewers rave about the freshness of the featured player here, whether cooked or raw, hailing from one or the other side of the country. A record on the wall tracks oysters consumed, and happy-hour prices up the count. The vibe here is hip and the bartenders are, too.
: Milos Restaurant

Best Spanish

Pintxo

256 Roy E, Montréal, QC, H2W 1M6
: (438) 800-1177
: Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates, Seafood
Save the plane fare to the old country and, instead, step into this excellent Plateau Spanish Basque restaurant, where new-style tapas-style cuisine is as artistically presented as it is hungrily devoured. The menu doesn't miss any popular Basque dishes, and favourites include Pintxo de Pulpo a la gallega, Langostinos a la Gitana and Bakalao a la Bizcalana. Pintxo is also known for its exhaustive list of Spanish wines, offered by the glass or bottle.
: La Sala Rossa

Best Steakhouse

Gibbys

298 Place D'Youville, Montreal, QC, H2Y 2B6
: (514) 282-1837
: Seafood, Steakhouse
Walk into Gibby's, one of Montreal's oldest and finest steakhouse restaurants, and be transported to another time, when diners took refuge in community taverns to swill beer and trade tales of hardship. Meals begin with the quaint custom of pickle dishes and breadbaskets. The menu from there is timeless steakhouse, highlighted by choice cuts and classic styles - all generously plated - like beef Wellington, steak Diane and escargot. Don't miss the chocolate delight dessert. Servers wear uniforms and old-world sophistication, and the dining room hums with the bustle of satisfied clientele.
: Moishes Steakhouse

Best Sushi

Shô-Dan (Shodan)

2020 Rue Metcalfe, Montreal, QC, H3A 1X8
: (514) 987-9987
: Japanese, Sushi, Desserts
A feast for every sense awaits diners at this downtown find, loudly acclaimed as one of the best sushi restaurants in the city. The muted, refined décor is intimate and inviting, and the seafood salad never disappoints. Try the magnificent makis, like the chef's special or the “kiss me more” maki. The dessert maki with green tea ice cream is a winner.
: Tokiwa Japanese Restaurant

Best Terrace

Terrasse Sur l’Auberge

97 Rue de la Commune Est,, Montréal, QC, H2Y 1J1
: (514) 876-0081
: International / Global
For an unbeatable eyeful of the Old Port and a whack of other Montreal landmarks, this unpretentious rooftop patio on the roof of the Auberge du Vieux-Port Hotel is the place to situate yourself. Open from the end of May through mid-October, this sprawling top-piece is a favourite for nibbling cod croquettes, sipping clear sangria and watching the International Fireworks Festival. Come early to snag a table.
: Bar Le Saint-Sulpice

Best Thai

Gourmet d'Asie

2481 Rue Fleury E., Montreal, QC, H2B 1L4
: (514) 418-0501
: Asian, Thai, Vietnamese
Keep your eyes peeled for this little restaurant in the Ahuntsic neighbourhood. Set amongst several other shadowy Chinese and Vietnamese eateries, Gourmet d'Asie stands out for its comfort-laden dynamic and clean, stark, well-lit surroundings. Imaginatively prepared Thai food is perfumed, generously served and well priced. Everything is fresh here, and tastes splendidly homemade. Gourmet d'Asie is a BYOB joint.
: Restaurant Thai Express

Best Vegetarian

Aux Vivres

4631 boulevard Saint-Laurent, Montreal, QC, H2W 2B3
: (514) 842-3479
: Vegetarian
This cheerful restaurant all dressed in white attracts veggie and meat eaters alike, but the entire (and extensive) menu is vegan. The vegetables, tofu and tempeh are local and organic. Original food creations include the fantastic Mekong sandwich, chili bowl with guacamole, and bok choy with grilled tofu and peanut sauce. Try the dragon bowl with extra dragon sauce and never look back. Portions are plentiful and prices are reasonable. The on-site juice bar is a special touch.
: Aux Vivres