Located in the Centre Eaton de Montréal, Time Out Market Montréal is 40,000-square-foot culinary and cultural destination, smack dab in the heart of Downtown Montréal. Inside this expansive space (sporting a massive skylight at its centre, natch), you’ll find a handpicked selection 17 restaurants and chefs by the editorial staff at Time Out Montréal. It’s got every base covered, serving healthful vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options alongside mouthwatering local classic dishes that include poutine, French pastries, Vietnamese pho and bahn mi, juicy burgers, and a whole lot more. It’s got plenty to satisfy sparrow-like snackers as well, like heaping plates of oysters to enjoy with friends during a 5 à 7 in the bar section pouring of top shelf cocktails, pints from Québec microbreweries and an international range of wines.
There’s a lot to take in, so take your time browsing the eateries of Time Out Market Montréal. Clicking on any one of these stellar names and concepts will give you more information about them, as well as a chance to check out their menus available at the market. You should note that specials will occur and are bound to change—we don’t want to stem the creativity of these fine names in any way!—so you should pay visits to this culinary mecca now and then to see what new, fresh dishes are available.
While Jeffrey Finkelstein's Mile End bakery Hof Kelsten has long been known as the essential stop on a carb crawl in the city, this new concept created with pastry chef and associate Suyin Wong promises a whole new sugary avenue.
Featured dishes: Chocolate truffle jello, chocolate babka, caramel brownies, fruit crumble
Restaurateur Hideyuki Imaizumi and kaiseki chef Tetsuya Shimizu’s combined culinary efforts have us convinced that Marusan is serving up some of the best Japanese fare in town.
Featured dish: Curry donburi and ramen
This kitchen’s menu captures the bona fide flavours and aromatics of Vietnamese favorites while adding welcome twists and turns of their own invention.
Featured dish: Pho dip
Fast and dangerous
Leave it to chefs Charles-Antoine Crête and Cheryl Johnson to take your average salad, soup or sandwich and crank them to 11 with unexpected flavours and techniques.
Featured dish: Sandwiches, soups, salads
Haitian & Caribbean cuisine
Paul Toussaint’s passionate approach to Caribbean fare has been catching Montréal’s attention ever since the chef returned from Haiti in 2017.
Featured dish: Griot with piquant pikliz and pineapple-and-rum ribs to sides of accra fritters and fried plantains.
One taste of the avant-garde cuisine from these culinary wild cards is all it takes to understand why Montréal’s so fascinated with their vibrant fine-dining fare.
Featured dish: Whelk gratiné with miso butter, sturgeon cream, tartares or a microwaved foie gras sandwich.
By Claude Pelletier & Mélanie Blouin
Le Club Chasse et Pêche has been an absolute pillar of fine dining in Old Montréal ever since it first opened its doors in 2004. Claude Pelletier and Mélanie Blouin’s food is a meditative experience, and the chefs’ technique and form turn the ingredients into thoughtful creations.
Featured dishes: Braised pork-knuckle risotto, grilled and marinated octopus, brioche bun sandwich of sweetbreads and lobster.
The sparks from Foxy’s wood-fired menus are flying: Inimitable in its combination of fine dining with rustic fare, this Griffintown restaurant’s food finds few equals in the city.
Featured dishes: Pulled-duck coleslaw, oysters with burnt-onion mignonette, roasted turmeric cauliflower and chicken wings.
The real ice cream
It takes some serious skill to make ice cream, gelato and sorbet tempting for Montréalers who spend half their year in sub-zero temperatures. That means restaurant veterans Michael Dalla Libera and Nick Rosati had to offer something special at Dalla Rose, and, go figure, it’s their whole menu.
Featured dishes: Ice cream, sorbet and gelato.
Chef Normand Laprise—one of the most acclaimed and influential chefs of Québec—is a true champion of the farm-to-table movement and a keystone in our province’s cuisine, so it’s no wonder his burgers are the best in town.
Featured dish: Hamburgers, hot dogs, milkshakes, fries
At this eatery, Italian cuisine’s calling cards of fresh pasta and seasonally based dishes of antipasti are delivered in wonderfully delicious ways. Buon appetito!
Featured dishes: Pasta, antipasti
Among all the second-wave Neapolitan-style pizza joints to hit the streets of Montréal, Moleskine is at the top of our list. Chef Frédéric St-Aubin’s one-two punch of both traditional and seasonal ingredients makes us do a double take at just how fresh, comforting and fun the dishes are.
Featured dishes: Marguerite, Américaine, and Salsiccia pizzas.
Portuguese chicken, poutine and natas
Ask any Montréaler what should be on someone's dining bucket list in this city, and Romados is right up there at the top. The local love for this churrascaria’s Portuguese chicken and poutine burns hotter than their fiery rotisserie grills.
Featured dishes: Chicken slathered with an addictive, bright-orange piri piri sauce, poutine and pasteis de nata.
Veggies since 2017
We’re willing to bet money that this vegan-vegetarian stalwart’s lightning-quick service and delicious flavour combinations are sure to convert any ravenous meat eater looking for a greener snack.
Featured dishes: Vegan hot dogs, salads
Montréal food-truck pioneer Grumman ‘78 practically resuscitated the street-food scene back in 2010 with their fusion-heavy bites that continue to find few equals elsewhere. Blending inspirations from Latin American cuisine, Tex-Mex and beyond.
Featured dishes: Popcorn turbot tacos, Papas ‘78 (sweet potato home fries with queso) or a tomato salad with a cornbread crumble.
If you ever find yourself on the streets of Old Montréal wondering what’s causing a long line of locals and tourists to snake up the street, this café from Dyan Solomon and Eric Girard is the reason.
Featured dishes: Coffee, pastries, sandwiches, salads.
It’s dinner and a show here: Time Out Market’s Demonstration Kitchen is where up-and-coming culinary talent and accomplished chefs alike reach new audiences, support community initiatives or simply experiment.
Current chef in residence:
Laurent Godbout, until May 14th 2020.
Order this: Montreal smoked meat egg roll with mustard and pickle gel