Kitchenette
By Valérie Guerriat

Open to the World

Jeremy Passat and his partner Mathieu Dechezelle opened the Kitchenette on November 13, 2015. "We were living in Saint-Barthes, in the Caribbean and wanted to open our own restaurant," says Jeremy. Initially, the duo looked everywhere and even considered opening in Australia.

"All we knew is that we wanted a restaurant with an open kitchen in an open and pleasant environment. I have a friend who already lived here and was always raving about the charms of Montreal. We considered several locations," recalls the restaurateur.

After weeks of research, Mathieu and Jeremy finally narrowed their sights on a location on René-Lévesque Boulevard, opposite the Radio-Canada Tower. They fell in love with the restaurant's many windows, the string of eccentric columns and above all, the massive counter overlooking the work space that was completely clear and open.

It was essential for us to work in sight, in front of the customers. We invite them to come and observe the construction of their dish. - Jeremy Passat, chef-owner
Mathieu Dechezelle is the co-owner of La Kitchenette Montreal.
Mathieu Dechezelle, co-owner of La Kitchenette, stands in the restaurant's bright dining room.

Repatriating the South

The Kitchenette's menu consists of French cuisine, delicious and precise, rigourous in the country's culinary techniques and execution, but the food also evokes the exotic lands of the Caribbean, Asia, North Africa and South America. Those dining have the impression of being on a true journey faced with these many "fusion" dishes.

"We know that this term is overused, we've heard it enough, but we continue to believe in what it speaks; the binding of flavours, cultures, the abolition of partitions, and innovation. These are core values ​​for us," says Jeremy.

The Kitchenette's menu consists of a French cuisine, delicious and precise.
Photo credit: courtesy The Kitchenette
The Kitchenette's menu consists of a French cuisine, delicious and precise.
Photo credit: courtesy Kitchenette

New Home

This great fluidity is seen as much on the plate as in the working methods of this young and dynamic team. Jeremy works primarily in the kitchen, but moves throughout the dining room, and Mathieu, who first provides service and customer contact, is quick to lend a hand to his team when the need arises.

They want everything to circulate. Their passion is to allow people to eat well. To date, their connection is extremely strong with customers, with a mutually loving relationship.

"You really feel at home here and we intend to stay here awhile," says Jeremy. "We always dread the winter, but we found among the people here something so warm that we no longer miss the Caribbean sun."

The Kitchenette's menu consists of French cuisine, delicious and precise, rigourous in the country's culinary techniques and execution, but the food also evokes the exotic lands of the Caribbean, Asia, North Africa and South America.
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