Neighbourhood Food Guide: Saint-Henri, Montréal
In recent years, Montréal’s Saint-Henri neighbourhood has transformed from a working class neighbourhood into a food lover’s destination. It’s home to the Atwater Market, one of the city’s largest farmer’s markets, and Notre-Dame Street, the neighbourhood’s main artery, which is full of restaurants, cafés, bakeries and bars. If we have to choose, here are six spots you don’t want to miss.
3001 Notre-Dame West; foiegwa.com
Judging from the long lineups, weekend brunch at Foiegwa is a popular choice. Open until 2 a.m., this modern diner is trendy, yet casual, with a menu that’s a cross between classic diner fare and a more modern approach. The Ricotta Blueberry Pancakes are fluffy and served in a pool of maple syrup. The eggs are excellent all ways, but if you’re feeling especially hungry, order the handmade spaghetti with truffles, a 64-degree egg and Parmigiano Reggiano.
4606 Notre Dame West; cordovasthenri.com
Cordova is a small, trendy café and bar with Spanish influence. This is a great spot to visit if you’re craving a caffeinated pick-me-up or a cocktail and snack. The menu is composed of small dishes that include many “conservas” (elevated canned fish), – which is an Iberian speciality. In the summer, day drinking at Cordova is highly recommended.
4609 Notre Dame West; dallarose.ca
There’s no better place to enjoy a refreshing treat on a hot day than at Dalla Rose. The cute, pastel-hued ice cream shop specializes in handmade cookies and ice cream, which means that you can combine flavours to make the perfect ice cream sandwich. The maple sandwich with chocolate cookies is a popular choice, featuring fior di latte ice cream and an oozing maple centre. Several vegan options are also available.
3618 Notre Dame West; sumacrestaurant.com
Sumac is one of Saint-Henri’s most beloved restaurants. The Middle Eastern establishment is a welcoming, light-filled room with friendly staff. Picking one dish is difficult, but luckily Middle Eastern food is meant to be shared. Choose from luscious dips and fresh salads, or pick a pita sandwich or a generous plate. The sabich plate is a favourite, as is the garlic labneh with Bulgarian feta, dukkah and paprika oil. Both are served with freshly-baked pita bread.
3721 Notre Dame West; sataybrothers.com
The Satay Brothers’ addictive fusion of Singaporean and Malaysian food started as a seasonal stand at the Atwater Market. Their permanent spot on Notre-Dame Street is one of the town’s unique restaurants. The decor is over-the-top Asian kitsch, the ambiance is electric and loud, and the food is delicious. Classics include laksa soup, steam buns with pork belly or tofu, and papaya salad. Beer, wine and cocktails are also on the menu at this family-run spot.
5001 Notre Dame West; barloic.ca
Bar Loïc, located on the west end of Notre-Dame Street, is an intimate haven of good taste and great wine housed inside a renovated heritage building. The natural and biodynamic wine selection is a good reason for heading to this cool spot, not to mention the warm decor of burgundy reds and warm wood tones; the excellent, veggie-friendly regional cuisine is why you’ll want to keep going back.