2022 was a year in which the restaurant industry in and around Montreal experienced its own set of challenges known to all, such as staff shortages, telecommuting, and the rising cost of living. All of this has not stopped Montrealers from supporting restaurant owners by going out to their favorite places or discovering what's new!
We salute the courage of everyone in the industry in this year of transition.
Here are our 10 favorite restaurants that opened in 2022.
1577 Avenue Laurier E, Montréal, H2J 1J1
If you love Peruvian-Japanese fusion as much as we do, Nikkei is sure to please. The cocktail menu alone is worth the trip, but you will also be charmed by the wonderful atmosphere and the creativity of the dishes!
355 Rue McGill, Montréal, H2Y 2E8
Another trendy place that opened in 2022 is Bar Pol. Not only is their branding excellent, but you'll be delighted by the quality of the food they serve. From 18-month Jamón Serrano to preserves, you can clearly feel the Spanish inspiration in the menu. A happy hour that will last forever, we guarantee it.
2186 Rue Ste-Catherine O, Montréal, H3H 1M7
From the same owners as the very popular Ganadara, this brand-new restaurant has quickly made its place in the Montreal foodie scene. Japanese restaurant specializing in tempura, udon noodles, and Japanese tenders. There is a nice selection of Sake and wonderful highballs.
4094 Rue St-Denis, Montréal, H2W 2M5
If there's one restaurant that's long overdue, it's Chef Massimo Piedimonte's Cabaret l'enfer is a unique experience from A to Z. They do absolutely everything on-site, the kitchen is open and the tasting menu is sublime and changes with the seasons.
240 Avenue Laurier O., Montréal, H2T 2N8
If you love Mae Sri and Pamika Thai restaurants, then you'll fall in love with the Wine Room. Combine your love of Thai food with specialty wines, all in a cozy chic atmosphere.
3779 Rue Wellington, Montréal, H4G 1V1
Take advantage of the time you wait for your meal to imagine yourself in the historical pictures of Verdun. A must in the new 2022 brunches! The place is small and gaining in popularity, expect to wait a bit before getting a seat during rush hour.
1234 Rue de la Montagne, Montréal, H3G 1Z1
Yoko Luna is far from being an ordinary restaurant, in one visit you will be transported into another completely immersive universe. Throughout the evening, you will be able to enjoy cocktails and dishes of Japanese inspiration while attending different cabaret-style performances. Stroll through the different rooms to experience the different atmospheres and settings. A must-try!
1224 Rue Crescent, Montréal, H3G 2A9
If you like Chinese food and fondues, this is a place to visit! With the all-you-can-eat option, you can choose absolutely everything that goes into your broths. Make your own sauces, choose your own broths and enjoy it all in your individual portion or shared with a group.
4922 Rue Sherbrooke O, Montréal, H3Z 1H3
For this one, we're heading to Westmount for a brand-new seafood and meat grill. Tuesday through Thursday, oysters are $1 from 5 pm to 7 pm. We highly suggest you share one of their platters which are decadent and tasty. Plus, they're open for brunch, which is also worth the trip. Only open since September, this is a new must in Montreal!
3580 Rue Notre-Dame O, Montréal, H4C 1P4
Several wine bars have appeared in recent years, but this one stands out by offering a menu based on plants only. Rest assured that the menu will please everyone with its creativity, fresh products, and diversity of options. A nice selection of wines awaits you by the glass and by the bottle.
Click here to view all new openings in and around Montreal for 2022.