The suburbs are growing, off-Island business is thriving, Quartier Dix30 continues to expand, and all those people need places to eat. But where can you dine on the South Shore? Right this way… we’ve rounded up a selection of delicious dining establishments that are sure to satisfy. [Image credit: iStock.com/GMVozd]
An Italian restaurant that has garnered rave reviews, Primi Piatti offers a hushed, intimate, modern ambiance. They serve pizza cooked in a wood-fired oven, and pasta, as well as some surprises in the form of traditional dishes like fresh pasta with ricotta, or rabbit braised in white wine. Fresh herbs flavour many of their meals. Fish and meat, particularly veal, fill out the menu. Remember to save space for dessert, and be sure to choose a bottle of wine from their well-stocked cellar.
Chez Lionel is a gastropub with a simple menu of creative comfort food that will stimulate your palate. Scallops, oysters and tartare appear alongside cassoulet, cheeseburgers and duck breast. Desserts are original and tempting, like crème brûlée with green tea and yuzu, or a Mason jar filled with chocolate and caramel. The modern decor is warmed by antique accents to create a lively atmosphere. Their wine list will impress you, as will their late-night and brunch menus. There is also a "ready-to-eat" version of Chez Lionel at Quartier Dix30.
Beer and local Quebec cuisine star at Balthazar. They offer 50 beers on tap, as well as a hundred different beers from Quebec microbreweries. A constantly changing menu offers Quebecois dishes which pair well with beer, like a pretzel with smoked pork, fish & chips, barbecued bison or boar ribs, or Amerindian-style smoked salmon fillet. This very spacious restaurant also has a semi-private room and a terrace.
A Bring Your Own Wine restaurant that just celebrated its second year in business, Dur à cuire resembles a Parisian bistro in both its decor and its menu. Foie gras appears in several dishes and the chalkboard menu may include homemade blood sausage, veal kidneys or risotto with snails. Other dishes, like Matane shrimp or beef short ribs, will remind you that you are in Quebec. The atmosphere is lively in the evening, and their warm, homemade bread rolls add a delicious touch.
Novello offers fine Italian and creative market cuisine. This spacious restaurant with sleek, fashionable decor is also a wine bar and a club. The menu features Italian specialties like antipasti, pasta, risotto, meat and fish, including a catch of the day. On Thursday nights, oysters are served with champagne, and a DJ plays music until late at night. Besides a terrace out front, an elegant, fully equipped private room is available for your event or meeting.
Café du Théâtre transports you to Paris for a meal of refined, classic French cuisine. For breakfast, and at brunch on weekends, you can sample the creations from in-house bakers. At lunch and dinner, croquet-monsieur, quiche, mussels, a charcuterie plate, veal liver, coquilles St-Jacques and many other French specialties are offered. Of course, the wine list features French wines exclusively, and French-themed cocktails are served every day between 3 and 6 pm. Your sweet tooth will be delighted by profiteroles, crème brûlée and crepes Suzette on the dessert menu.
Tasty flavour blends await you at Quai 99, located at the Longueuil marina and therefore offering a spectacular view of the Montreal waterfront. Their original, distinctive fusion cuisine menu features French, Mediterranean and Asian accents: mussels with curry, risotto with shimeji and foie gras, salade niçoise, flank steak with mushrooms or linguine with seafood. Your meal can be accompanied by a red or white wine from an extensive wine list that includes private imports. Streamlined decor is warmed by pink tones in the evening. The restaurant offers turnkey packages for weddings and other events.
Le Tire-bouchon is a French bistro with subdued decor and a friendly atmosphere, where all your attention is drawn to your plate. Dishes reflect the dual culinary influences of the owner, from France and Morocco. Accordingly, the menu includes profiteroles with salmon and shrimp, tartare, duck confit and beef steak, as well as pastilla, couscous, or lamb shank with prunes braised in a tagine. Dessert offerings include chocolate mousse and a maple syrup sweet, as well as citrus salad and Marrakech-style mint tea. Finally, the restaurant is aptly named as it offers an extensive wine list of mostly French wines.
A trip to Greece awaits you at Skara, especially if you can dine on the blue and white terrace, decorated with palm trees. Inside, columns enhance the Mediterranean decor, and a glass-walled wine cellar is located in the middle of the dining room. Their dishes will delight fish and seafood lovers, but lamb and veal also appear on the menu, to be accompanied by Greek wine for a full experience. The restaurant is also equipped with a private room in which they will gladly host your private or corporate events.
An Italian restaurant with a friendly atmosphere, Magia is located in a building that was constructed in 1853 and features exposed wooden beams in the dining room. The menu offers several kinds of pastas, pizzas and risottos, as well as antipasti, tartares and other Italian specialties like polpettes (meatballs). The restaurant includes a bar, a terrace, a skylight and a semi-private mezzanine. A private, fully equipped lounge, located in the basement, has stone walls and large armchairs upholstered in leather. Finally, a pantry section opened last spring with Italian specialties for take away.
Bidon Taverne Culinaire offers simple, comforting bistro classics, mostly prepared with local ingredients. The setting is dark and modern with warm materials like wood and leather. Onion soup with beer, poutine with smoked Kobe beef, flank steak with blue cheese, a variety of tartares, and duck confit with apple sorbet are a few items on the menu. Wine and beer lovers will find something to accompany their meal but the cocktail menu deserves special attention for its originality. Finally, besides the terrace, the restaurant also has a private room for 12, with views of both the kitchen and the outdoors.
Siam offers authentic, refined Thai cuisine, presented in a modern style and served in a large space with warm, golden tones and satin decor. The menu includes pad Thai, beef satay, many curries and stir-fried wok dishes, and the chef's specialty: red curry with roast duck. The wine list offers a wide choice of red and white wines, and lovers of beer, cocktails and spirits are sure to find something special. In summer, you can dine on a terrace overlooking Quartier Dix30.
Silva Grillades brings Portugal to the heart of Vieux-Longueuil! Their Portuguese tapas-style appetizers highlight seafood, with cod cakes and various styles of shrimp or squid, not to mention classic chouriço. As for main courses, a variety of grilled meats are available: beef, chicken, or duck, as well as fish or seafood, paella or caldeirada. Their wines are almost all from Portugal and you will find even a house wine, and several kinds of porto. In addition to the garden terrace, the restaurant has a private room and two semi-private rooms.
Here's a unique concept: Oasis Surf houses the only indoor surfing wave pool in Canada. Here's the place for an original outing with friends or a distinctive corporate event. You can imagine yourself on holiday, eating next to the blue wave, underneath palm trees. The chef serves cuisine from the world's most famous surfing destinations: Californian fish tacos, Bali-style grill, an Australian burger, and key lime pie from Florida. You might also stop in for a drink from their lengthy menu of cocktails and wines. And finally, you can prepare for your next tropical vacation by shopping for a swimsuit at the restaurant's boutique.