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March 2020: The best new restaurants in Montreal are where you go to discover the boldest of the fresh faces on the scene, arriving on the proving ground of a fiercely competitive restaurant landscape: Will Joe Beef’s newest instalment to their empire live up to the hype? Once you nab a seat for omakase from sushi chef Junichi Ikematsu’s fresh counter, is it worth it? Well, we’ve eaten our way through the new names to proclaim what’s worth it. You won’t find anything here older than six months since opening, ensuring a fresh selection. This month’s refresh says ‘so long’ to vegan delights from Bloom Sushi in Old Montreal and outstanding Hawaiian-Filipino menus from Le Petit Vibe; they’re both fantastic, but we’re making room for new names.
From the cutting edge of creativity to serving solid traditional cuisines, the best new restaurants in Montreal are where you’ll find gamechanging quality. We won’t deny that the city’s best restaurants—especially the ones closest to Michelin star restaurants Montreal provides—are always worth a visit, but who’s going to be next in line to join those ranks? Locals know (and tourists want to know) all the classic spots for iconic Montreal food like the best poutine, the best bagels, the best Portuguese chicken or the best delis for smoked meat in Montreal, but there’s always a new name looking to catch our collective eye. These are the places to reserve a table at if you want to be gastronomically shook.
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