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.
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.
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.