Call it a exercise in curiosity by seven friends from the restaurant world, each coming into the project from their respective disciplines. It's not some chef supergroup, and it's not the type of thing to garner massive media attention—but you still want to check it out.
It's not a bar, it's not a café, it's not a restaurant, it's not a deli, it's not a bakery, it's not a pastry shop; but at the same time, it's all of those things at the Nita Tout Garni sandwich shop.
This team behind Nita includes wine importers Gabriel Monnin and Marc Bungarten of Dutty Wine and Bar Henrietta, as well as Nicolas Despeyroux of Vins Nomad, Étienne Sirois of Bar Henrietta, former Voro and Café Crew chef Jesse MacDonald, François Letendre-Joachim of Shaughnessy Café, and Charles Bouchard.
In addition to their offer of gourmet sandwiches, one will be able to leave with a few bottles of privately imported wine, as well as a cup of good coffee created especially for the address by the micro roasters at Anchored Coffee.
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The beauty of Nita's business is that thanks to the multidisciplinary nature of the team, everyone gets involved in order to offer a product that is up to par: They ensure the quality of the products by making everything themselves, with two types of bread for the sandwiches (including a vegan one), the vegépâté, the sausage inside the breakfast sandwich, the salmon gravlax, as well as the syrups that accompany their homemade sodas. While we counted seven sandwiches when the Time Out team visited, we were told that the menu would evolve over time, depending on the season and availability of ingredients.
Much of the Nita's interior is devoted to its open kitchen, but we can still sit at the counter to wolf down a sandwich in the warmth before heading back out on the road. In a few weeks, we might also see other take-away meals such as some soups and salads, but also some prêts à manger meals, as well as some aperitif supplies - enough to leave equipped for an evening back home.
Nita Tout Garni (5687 Parc Avenue) is currently open Wednesday to Sunday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., but hopes to eventually open seven days a week.