It’s an age-old question: What’s for dinner? This week, your answer comes courtesy of these five restaurants, all of which have opened their doors in Montreal over the past couple months.
Comptoir 21: Fish + Chips + More
At this slim, wood-filled Mile End diner, crisp, battered fish is served alongside addictive fries and your choice of five sauces. The menu runs long, including burgers galore, salads and calamari, but we say visit for that British standard. Mains, $1.50–$11. 21 St. Viateur St. W., 514-07-FISH.
Araucaria: Chilean Chic
With an upright piano, antique lighting and a classical music soundtrack, Araucaria serves Chilean classics, like empanadas, homemade sausages, and beef and avocado sandwiches, in an upscale environment. Go for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Mains, $5.50–$8.25. 5607 Parc Ave., 514-278-6134.
Rotisserie Piri Piri: Fast & Spicy
Tuck into sumptuous charcoal-grilled chicken at this no-frills fast-food-ish spot, which also offers some surprisingly upscale choices, like salmon and rosé sauce over pasta, grilled rabbit, or cochon de lait. Mains, $5–$13. 416 Mont Royal Ave. E., 514-476-1338.
Like the Little Burgundy neighbourhood itself, Le Boucan represents a mix of high and low, serving mid-range Southern-style BBQ. Our pick is the Pit Boss platter: half-chicken, half-rack of ribs, pulled pork, fries, and homemade BBQ sauce. Mains, $12–$42. 1886 Notre Dame St. W., 514-439-4555.
Forget Coaster’s. Hielo has moved in to La Cité, and it’s kicking things up a notch with a supper club concept that’s more filet mignon than bacon cheeseburger. Mains, $12–$27, 3575 Parc Ave., 514-843-3825.
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