When in Montreal: More Restaurants Worth Exploring
Enrico Frank Andreoli of Montreal continues his expansive collection of reviews on the many amazing restaurants in his hometown with his third list of the city’s best restaurants.
Dépanneur Le Pick Up
Enrico Frank Andreoli mentions that Dépanneur Le Pick Up is a conundrum of sorts. Its clientele is a mix of construction workers and hipsters. The place itself seems like it isn’t quite sure what it is, being a breakfast restaurant, sandwich counter, and corner store. The breakfast items, though delectable in their own right, pale in comparison compare to their sandwiches. The most famous of the Le Pick Up sandwiches is probably the most popular sandwich in Montreal – the Vegan Pulled Pork.
On 176 Saint Viateur West Street, people can find Île Flottante. What used to be Les Deux Singes de Montarvie has reached the top of the mountain in the popular TripAdvisor website. This new incarnation has improved a lot of things about the place with Chef Sean Murray Smith coming up with a tasting-menu-only setting that showcases mostly vegetables. The dishes are creative and adventurous, especially in their combinations and presentations.
Enrico Frank Andreoli loves a good wine as much as anybody, and a good meal that comes with it is more than just a bonus. In Le Diplomate, Chef Aaron Langille provides customers with dishes taken from local produce. The preparation is obviously given a lot of time and effort, as well as a lot of planning. The recommended items are whelks with buttermilk and dill or duck neck with sauerkraut, green onions, and cranberries. All these, of course, are great with anything from their impressive wine collection.
Boucherie Bar à Vin Provisions
Boucherie Bar à Vin Provisions on 1142 Avenue Van Horne, Outremont, is another sandwich counter which doubles as a butcher shop during the daytime. However, at night, it transforms into a wine bar with some of the best brochettes (skewers), steak, and sausages. While meat is the primary item on the menu, there are some non-meat options served here, such as shrimp and veggies, according to Enrico Frank Andreoli.
Anyone who knows of Damas knows that it has a story that’s as inspiring as its menu items. It burned down in 2015 and was rebuilt to be as good or even better than its first incarnation. It has mezze, char-grilled main items, and some of the most beloved Syrian-flavored dishes.