Agrikol was I loved it! Agrikol is a fairly new restaurant and bar locating in the Gay Village area, which serves some Haitian food with interesting cocktails. It's also one of the few restaurants in Montreal that people start to line up outside before its opening time. If you've never had Haitian cuisine, I suggest that you do!
Le Butterblume, locating on the main, is a restaurant, a cafe, as well as a boutique. This hybrid cafe is started by a team of the Pâtisserie Rhubarbe and Olive et Gourmando alum, which is at the border of Mile End and Little Italy. Not only the owners, Julie Romano and Nadine Boudreau, have strong restaurant résumés, so does the chef, Jens Ruoff. After my first visit, it has become one of my favorite weekday and weekend brunch spots!
NOREN, a cute Japanese restaurant on rue Rachel, has opened its door lately, and went viral on social media due to its minimal, and clean decor. The food? They were delicious! Simple menu, yet comforting items that I wouldn't mind to visit everyday.
Byblos Le Petit Café, situated a bit east of Station Laurier, is a cozy, neighborhood cafe that is known for the Persian breakfast/brunch. I had such a carb-loaded, and soothing morning there with a friend on a Saturday morning.
HVOR, meaning "where" in Danish (pronounced "vor"), brought a new dining concept to Montreal's food scene. There's no menu, and everything is up to the chef, hence just like the Nordic "omakase", where the chef decides what to serve. As the waiter told us that there's a bit of Japanese influence on chef S'Arto's creations, I found it, coincidentally, matched with his dining concept!
Foxy, the new sister restaurant of Olive et Gourmando, is located in the newly-restaurant-blooming neighborhood, the Griffintown. Unlike O+G that serves hearty soups and sandwiches, Foxy focuses on slow-roasted grills, which there's a fire oven installed in the restaurant. Since there was already a huge hype about it, and went with high expectations, came out without disappointment.
Montreal Plaza was definitely one of the most anticipated restaurants in town. Why? Because it's the new project from chef Charles-Antoine Crête, whom is the ex-Toqué! chef and his partner Cheryl Johnson. Located in the Plaza Saint-Hubert, among those random boutiques, the eccentric decor definitely made the restaurant popped.
The Mackenzie Room was probably the most epic meal I've ever had so far. I had the chance to stay at Vancouver for 2 days after the trip to San Francisco, hence I got the opportunity to explore the food scene! Instead of going for Japanese food, my friend had given me few choices. The Mackenzie Room had caught my attention when I tried to look up the menu, because there is none on the site! They offer a menu (written on the chalkboard) that is in season, which totally reminds me one of my favorite restaurants in Montreal, Provisions 1628.
The Progress, locating near the Japantown on Fillmore, is the sister restaurant of the famous State Bird Provisions, which is a michelin one-starred restaurant. They are geographically right next to each other as well. Since my friend and I couldn't snap a table at the State Bird Provisions, we were glad that at least we got one at The Progress. Though The Progress has not yet earned a michelin star yet, the Esquire magazine has named it the 2015's best new American restaurant, and the chefs/owners, Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski, are the masters behind the scene.