Upscale Eats in Downtown Montreal

In the culinary wasteland of downtown Montreal, it’s easy to get lost in a sea of poutine, schwarma and cheap pad thai. But a handful of oases stand out in an otherwise arid neighbourhood, and the recent the arrival of NDG stalwart Bofinger offers a glimmer of hope that downtown could be on the upswing.

The insanely popular BBQ house has opened a downtown location, with the same ribs, pulled pork sandwiches and other smoky meats that made the original such a hit. 1250 University Street, (514) 750-9095.

A convivial bar and grill perfect for burgers and pints, this is as close to cozy as you’re likely to find downtown. 1250 Bleury Street, (514) 866-1787.

Sur Bleury
Way down on Bleury (hence the name) is this airy sandwich spot, open only for lunch. Check the mean steak sandwich and gourmet grilled cheeses. 1067 Bleury Street, (514) 866-6161.

Le Social

This hopping gastro-nightclub, located in a heritage mansion, features an in-house restaurant for late-night eats, from the chef behind the popular but ill-fated Sing Sing seafood restaurant/nightclub. 1445 Bishop Street, (514) 849-8585.

Karaoke and sushi are both on the menu here; the latter is good enough to make you sing. Fresh fish and a refined menu of Japanese delicacies make the restaurant’s location, above a Burger King, incongruous. 486 St. Catherine Street W., 2nd floor.

Image courtesy of Stu Spivack on Flickr.

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