La Habanera allowed me to have a taste of Cuban food. Locating right in the downtown of Montreal, it has soon become a hit spot. The restaurant offers Hawaiian-inspired shareable plates, as well as an extensive cocktail menu.
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.