After the show, when the kitchens have closed, there are still a few tables open for night owls with gourmet tastes.
Jatoba restaurant, just off of Square Phillips, has become a downtown staple. They offer a succulent menu inspired by Japanese and Chinese cuisine. Their chef, Olivier Vigneault, is a lover of the Asian palate. He first distinguished himself at Yuzu in Quebec City, then at Montreal’s Miso. Renowned for its sashimi and Hida beef tartare, Jatoba is also known for its large variety of savoury small plates, from its delicious pork and shrimp dumplings to its exquisite asparagus with teriyaki sauce. In a hip décor, it’s hard to resist the temptation for a nightcap.
Opened from Monday to Wednesday, until 10:00 PM and from Thursday to Saturday until 11:30 PM.1184, Square Phillips
2. CAFÉ DU NOUVEAU MONDE
Classics aren’t just found on the stage of the Théâtre du Nouveau Monde. Gourmets also enjoy its renowned bistro cuisine. Its beef tartare, mushroom-and-ham ravioli and entrée-sized pizza with crème fraîche and bacon are favourites. The Café du Nouveau Monde, which has been a hit since its opening, is the preferred meeting spot for artists and culture hounds because its ovens are still going well after the curtain closes.
Opended on Monday until 9:00 PM, and from Tuesday to Saturday until midnight. 84 rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest
3. TAVERNE SQUARE DOMINION
“I’m a man of simple tastes. I’m always satisfied with the best,” so said famous writer Oscar Wilde. This witticism perfectly illustrates the success of Taverne Square Dominion (TSD, as the regulars like to call it). Its charm comes to life in the details that count: incomparable service, honest flavours and a magnificent décor. The rows of spirits lining the wall will certainly make you want to extend your happy hour, and its menu, though never long, has everything to sustain foodies into the late hours. And, as fine palates are always at the ready, the Taverne is too. Its doors are open until midnight every night.
Opened every evening until midnight. 1243 rue Metcalfe
4. FERREIRA CAFÉ
A real father-daughter success story and a cornerstone of downtown, chef João Dais has greatly contributed to the success of Café Ferreira. The best meals that Portuguese cuisine has to offer are created with great quality and irreproachable products. As part of the Ferreira guarantee, the oils are produced on site and the fish—which come from Portugal—are recuperated and served within 24 hours. And, as dedicated Hab fans, the restaurant promises you a full dinner within 60 minutes before game nights at the Bell Centre. You simply have to come back at the end of the third period to claim your glass of Port and your share of the house dessert! Also of note: after 10 P.M., the fixed menu is only $28.
Opened from Monday to Saturday until 11:00 PM and on Sunday until 10:00 PM. 1446 rue Peel
TEXT: Maxime Beauregard-Martin
PHOTO: Patricia Brochu