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Sauvage is Old Montreal's new Mediterranean spot for build-your-own mezze boards and champagne

Where Joverse once stood in Old Montreal is now Sauvage, an upscale restaurant and Bar with Mediterranean influences

JP Karwacki
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Tommy Dion
Translated by
JP Karwacki
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There's a Mediterranean wave sweeping through Montreal's culinary scene right now: After the restaurants Bazart and Babacool, it's time to welcome Sauvage, newly opened on St. Jacques Street in Old Montreal.

If the place seems familiar, it probably is: Sauvage is the new Joverse. Montreal owner and entrepreneur Matt Guerguerian has decided to not only rename his now-teenage child of business that was Joverse, an "upscale bar", into a completely revamped "upscaled restaurant-bar with Mediterranean influences."

Sauvage
Photograph: Duo Tang Studio
Sauvage
Photograph: Duo Tang Studio
Sauvage
Photograph: Duo Tang Studio
Sauvage
Photograph: Duo Tang Studio

With a complete shift comes an all-new team, accumulating not one but two chefs who each bring their own expertise to Sauvage's tables with meticulous dishes: Grilled fish, racks of lamb, tartares, ceviches, as well as some fresh salads.

"We want to highlight our customizable mezze boards," says Moe Chenoui, general manager of Sauvage; that's where you can order the proteins of your choice, accompanied by a few side dishes, to create your own tasting board. 

Sauvage
Photograph: Hallou Maryam
Sauvage
Photograph: Hallou Maryam
Sauvage
Photograph: Hallou Maryam

Equal emphasis has also been placed on the cocktail menu, with no less than 28 different concoctions, all to be sipped on the spacious terrasse outside, or inside with some grandiose decor done up by the Gaulay Brothers.

Expect that the atmosphere will be as electrifying as it was at the Joverse, with a series of guest DJs and themed evenings; with a 147-seat dining room on the first floor and an additional 114 seats in the basement, there will certainly be plenty of room to relive the glory days of this famous bar.

Sauvage
Photograph: Hallou Maryam
Sauvage
Photograph: Hallou Maryam

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