The best griot in Montreal

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Montréal boasts an invaluable culinary scene that is not only diverse but also profoundly varied. The richness of Haitian cuisine stands as a testament to this diversity. While we’ve previously had the pleasure of unveiling our list of the finest Haitian restaurants in the city, it seemed fitting to spotlight another gem of this cuisine: griot.

This emblematic dish, comprised of tender pieces of pork marinated in flavorful spices before being fried to perfection, epitomizes the essence of Haitian cuisine. Often served with rice, sauce, and salad, this dish is a tribute to the indulgence and generosity that characterize this culinary tradition.

Imported directly from Haiti, griot has managed to captivate the palates of Montrealers, quickly earning a cherished spot in their gastronomic hearts. Each establishment on our list is committed to offering you an authentic and memorable taste experience. So whether you’re a food enthusiast eager for new culinary adventures or a Haitian cuisine aficionado, dive without hesitation into this list of the best griots in Montreal and allow yourself to be transported, if only for a meal, to the Caribbean’s jewel.

Marché Méli Mélo

Marché Méli Mélo originally opened its doors on Jarry Street as a small grocery store in 1984. After gaining significant popularity among the neighborhood’s residents, the establishment expanded its offerings a few years later to include a dining section. Since then, patrons have been indulging in excellent Haitian dishes at Méli Mélo, including their signature griots, available for both dine-in and take-out. These dishes beautifully reflect the cultural diversity of the neighborhood. We adore this unassuming spot for its generous, flavorful, and affordable offerings.

640 Rue Jarry Est
Montréal

Palme

At Palme, the menu is akin to a journey through the Caribbean, thanks to its vibrant flavors—or, in the chef’s own words, a representation of the countries where palm trees thrive. Open since January 2018, Palme is the go-to spot in the Village for savoring delectably reimagined Antillean cuisine, with their griot being a particular favorite among patrons.

1487 Rue Sainte-Catherine Est
Montréal

Casse-croûte Sissi & Paul

Sissi et Paul is a highly popular snack bar located on Jean-Talon East. Within its cozy dining room, the establishment offers a variety of delicious Haitian dishes. Griot, macaroni salad, acras, and much more await you here! Our favorite? The griot. It’s undoubtedly a must-try from their menu.

2517 Rue Jean-Talon Est
Montréal

Kwizinn

Kwizinn is an excellent restaurant in Verdun that serves delightful Haitian dishes. Since 2017, the establishment has been offering dishes bursting with warm flavors, including a succulent griot.

4030 Rue Wellington
Montréal

Tropikàl Restobar

Opened in March 2021, Tropikàl is a charming modern restaurant offering a unique and luxurious experience of Caribbean and Afro-Latin cuisine in Saint-Henri. In the kitchen, Chef Jae-Anthony takes the lead with a delightful fusion menu that transports us to the tropics and elevates Caribbean cuisine to new heights in Montreal.

3426 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest
Montréal

Tropikàl Restobar

Ouvert en mars 2021, Tropikàl est un charmant restaurant moderne qui propose une expérience unique et luxueuse de la cuisine caribéenne et afro-latine dans Saint-Henri. En cuisine, c’est le chef Jae-Anthony qui mène la danse avec un délicieux menu fusion qui nous emmène sous les tropiques et élève la cuisine des caraïbes à un autre niveau à Montréal.

3426 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest
Montréal

Tropikàl Restobar

Ouvert en mars 2021, Tropikàl est un charmant restaurant moderne qui propose une expérience unique et luxueuse de la cuisine caribéenne et afro-latine dans Saint-Henri. En cuisine, c’est le chef Jae-Anthony qui mène la danse avec un délicieux menu fusion qui nous emmène sous les tropiques et élève la cuisine des caraïbes à un autre niveau à Montréal.

3426 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest
Montréal
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Photography by Alison Slattery



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