KazaMaza was the first Middle-eastern restaurant that I visited 4 years ago.
Pizzeria GEMA is one of them. As the restaurant is only few blocks away from the Jean Talon Market, the ingredients of their appetizers and pizzas use local products that are available at the market. There are two words to describe their food, fresh and home. Oh! If you are too full for pizza, their homemade ice cream is worth a detour too.
Ikanos is located on Old Montreal's one of the busiest streets. The restaurant has its reputation out there for specializing in contemporary mediterranean cuisine. Recently, Ikanos is making its way to join the brunch game in the city by introducing a unique brunch experience remaining true to the Ikanos style, a Mediterranean style menu with a twist on classic brunch staples.
Taqueria Arturo is brave to break to silence of the street and bring some Mexican food to the neighborhood!
Intercontinental Hotel of Hong Kong, Yan Toh Heen is recognized as one of the world's finest Chinese restaurants that specializes in Cantonese cuisine, and also the recipient of 2-michelin stars!
Arthurs Nosh Bar in the neighborhood St-Henri is no longer a secret. Despite the old classic Jewish restaurants in Montreal, Arthurs immediately became the city's new favorite soon after its opening. Their menu not only features classic Jewish dishes such as sandwiches made with challah bread, and potato latkes, but also elevates simple Jewish-European dishes by modifying with their own unique twist. Unless you are there right when they open, otherwise, expect to wait!
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!
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.