Anyone staying in Montreal should block out a day for St-Henri. You’ve probably been thinking of venturing out of downtown for a while, but you just never quite seem to find the time or don’t know where to start. Well, now that you have this guide, there are no more excuses! The neighbourhood has been thriving in the last few years and we’re at awe with how many restaurants and cafes this area now offers. Here are some great places to get you started:
4662 Rue Notre-Dame O
We’ve been hearing lots of whispers about the impeccable food and service at Tuck Shop and our first dining experience there did not disappoint. With a menu based on seasonal cooking, the selection of food changes often and the choice of meat changes daily based upon what’s in stock. One of their signature dishes, crispy pork belly served with oyster mushrooms on a bed of aged gouda sauce, is absolutely divine -I almost scraped off all the sauce from the plate! Their butcher cut is also highly recommended and the selection of drinks (cocktails in particular) and desserts are superb. The servers are extremely friendly and attentive, which makes the dining experience even better.
Even though the restaurant was packed, our server Max checked up on us frequently and added a personal touch, sharing a list of some of his favourite restaurants before we left. It’s not the cheapest option and we definitely recommend you to make a reservation beforehand as the restaurant is consistently busy, but the effort is well worth the experience.
3911 St-Jacques, corner Laporte
After crafting Singapore street food at the Atwater market for a few years, the owners of Satay Brothers, Alex and Max Winnicki, opened their restaurant on St-Jaques just a bit more than a year ago. Upon our first visit, Alex came to take our order and he gave us a few recommendations.
Since owners and servers always give the best tips, we decided to go for it and were very pleased with our order. Their steamed pork buns are a classic, soft and moist, very tender and drizzled in sauce. If you’re a vegetarian, they also serve tofu steamed buns. The tastes of their laksa and satay skewers (chicken, beef or pork) were very authentic, which is a rarity in Montreal. If you want to have the full Southeast Asian street food experience, try the Kueh Salat: a dessert made with coconut, pandan and sticky rice. Keep in mind that it’s cash only.
2360 Notre-Dame West, Local 104
Earlier this year, pastry chef Patrice Demers opened his own pâtissier in Montreal. As someone with a sweet-tooth, I couldn’t be happier. Located in the heart of Little Burgundy, the shop is divided into two sections; the boutique section showcases gorgeous pastries (beware of drooling all over it) while the café serves desserts, lunch and dinner.
For the desserts, their signature cream puffs are made to order so the puff is always crisp and fresh. I tried the one with Bahibe chocolate, caramel and banana and recommend sharing between two since it’s quite filling. The cheesecake mousse is a personal favourite; it’s topped with a small dash of berries jam but tastes just as good on its own! Patrice also serves savoury treats along with coffee and wine, which makes it even harder not to fall in love with this classy space!
4615 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest
I did an interview with the owners of Rustique back in March and I’ve been going there ever since. From the décor to the pies, Rustique is all about providing their customers with the ultimate home baked goods experience.
While there are only a few tables in the store, the bright and cozy space makes it a great spot to spend an afternoon. Their mini pies and cheesecakes are perfect for nibbling and satisfy all my wishes at once. Their menu changes seasonally and you can keep track of what they have in store on their Facebook Page.
2661 Notre-Dame Ouest
Many of you must have been to Burgundy Lion, so we won’t bother to introduce that good old British pub here. But if you’re looking for a great place for drinks, Drinkerie is definitely an option. The bar has an old-school vibe and their drinks menu is priced fairly reasonably. It’s very close to Theatre Corona, which also makes it a great spot to hang out nearby before heading off to a concert!
There’s also Café St. Henri, which roasts their own coffee beans, and Leche Desserts, famous for their donuts in the St-Henri neighbourhood. The list can go on and on!