Located at 545 Milton Avenue in the Montreal’s Milton-Parc neighborhood, Lola Rosa’s proximity to McGill University attracts both students and locals to its vegetarian, Mexican fusion cuisine. The restaurant also offers vegan and gluten-free options. Inside is seating for 40 diners; at each table, a set of pull-drawers contains notes and drawings from previous patrons, which often include funny messages, love notes, and other mementos. Menu items range from simple salads to the famous nacho plate. Portions are small, but filling. Try the Lola’s Nachos or polenta dish, and for dessert, anything will do! Meals range from CAD8 to CAD12. Lola Rosa has a full liquor license and accepts cash, debit, and credit cards. It is easily accessible from McGill Metro Station, and the 80 and 24 buses.
Myriade is a popular, yet nondescript nook of a cafe in the Concordia University area. Along with standard coffee options, Cafe Myriade exceeds expectations with their creative tea blends, delightful presentation, and the absolute best latte in the city. The staff are likeable and never rushed, though the line can sometimes be long as the place is always bustling. The small interior is suited for small groups and short stays, however the patio is better equipped for groups in the summertime. In winter, the interior is very cozy and warm. Myriade also stocks ground coffee, so if you want to enjoy their flavor in the comfort of your home, you can buy it here.
If you're looking for an upscale Asian fine dine, look elsewhere, because Noodle Factory wastes no time on pretty decor or formal niceties. The dining area is as simple as they come - small and cozy, with a handful tables, and there's a lot of conversation, laughter and general noise flowing around, yet Noodle Factory doesn't fail to bring the hungry locals in droves. Best known for their hand-crafted dumplings and noodles, this joint boasts of top picks such as spring onion pancakes, prawn dumplings, General Tao chicken and spicy pork with noodles, among several others. There are some vegan and vegetarian alternatives available as well, as such, this little family-run eatery has a lot to offer. If you're hankering for some authentic dumplings and/or a hearty Chinese fare, without spending a small fortune, Noodle Factory is your best bet; definitely worth a decko! Oh, and hit the ATM before getting here, unfortunately, they do not accept cards.
Located in the middle of Montreal's Plateau Mont-Royal neighborhood Bagel Etc. is the perfect breakfast joint. With the likes of Leonard Cohen stopping by to enjoy "the classic" (or eggs benedict), it is the perfect place to enjoy brunch any time of the year. Each breakfast is served with your choice of bread, including a bagel of course! The urban/retro décor provides the perfect atmosphere, inviting you to take a trip back to when a diner was king! Always bustling with people, be sure to get there a few minutes before you would like to eat because everyone else has the same idea, especially on Saturdays and Sundays!
Patisserie Harmonie is a far cry from your run-of-the-mill bakeries. Located on Rue de la Gauchetière, in Chinatown, the vibrant bakery and dessert place offers a wide range of Asian desserts and baked goodies. With an impressive menu of over 50 dessert preparations, the bakery offers several cakes, Asian pastries, sweetmeats and bakery items that are quite rare to find in Montreal. Apart from local hits such as hokkaido and sesame balls, among others, they also serve quite a selection of bubble teas and specialty beverages.
Try the delicious northern Italian cuisine at this upscale restaurant. Located in a historic building, the ambiance is elegant, yet still warm. The season dishes are prepared using the finest ingredients. The Prix Fixe menu is a tad expensive, but well worth the cost. The friendly and attentive staff will suggest the perfect wine to pair with your meal.
The brainchild of Xiao Dan Song, Qing Hua takes you on a gastronomic journey through the flavors of China. One of the hidden gems in the city, is the place to be for a bite of the scrumptious Chinese dumpling. Brilliant crafted and plated to perfection, the food served here packs a hefty punch of flavor and authenticity, that is certain to have you coming back for more. The signature shrimp, pork and cabbage dumplings boast are not-to be-missed, while the fried mushroom dumplings and the classic wonton soup are also well-worth a try.
Restaurant Beijing, the lesser known gem of Chinatown, has been in business since 1989. The menu features an authentic Chinese fare, featuring lots of seafood specialties like ginger lobster and salty and spicy squid, to name a few. Apart from these, meat and poultry preparations like General Tao chicken, Peking duck and spicy green beans with pork are also quite the local hits. Vegetarians need not fret, since they have a good selection of vegetarian dishes as well. Don't be surprised if you spot a celeb at this modest restaurant, stars like Adrien Brody and Jim Belushi are regular guests at Restaurant Beijing.
Located on Boulevard Saint Laurent, SAT Labo Culinaire Foodlab is a part of the Société Des Arts Technologiques in St. Laurent district. The trendy and unusual dining destination is quite distinct in its offerings and demeanor. Featuring a spacious terrace arrangement, the eatery offers a seasonally-inspired menu that is a product of innovation and experimentation - a concept that was accepted and appreciated quite immediately by the Downtown neighborhood. Although the menu is thick with lots of meat and poultry preparations, there are a few vegetarian options available. Labo Culinaire Foodlab is often sought for private events and celebrations, for more information, visit their website.
Offering a range of French-Canadian and North American comfort food, Montreal Pool Room is exceedingly popular with the locals. On offer here is a delicious selection of hot dogs, poutines, burgers and such. Delightfully low prices, totally drool-worthy offerings and quick service is a part of the Pool Room experience. A mainstay of the Boulevard Saint Laurent, since 1912, Montreal Pool Room has been winning tourists and locals over with its honestly-cooked, rad fast food. A visit to Montreal warrants a decko at this little joint!