The Plateau Mont-Royal: Our suggestions for take-out
As the creative hub of Montreal, the Plateau Mont-Royal has a lot to offer. The neighbourhood is known around the world for its street art and distinctive architecture. It is a corner of the island of Montreal that attracts foreigners as much as Montrealers themselves.
From Parc Lafontaine to Parc Jeanne-Mance, Le Plateau, also known as le Petit-Paris, is a friendly place where gathering with friends is a favourite pastime, at least when it was or will be a possibility. It is crossed by major commercial arteries, such as Saint-Laurent Boulevard, Saint-Denis Street and, of course, Mount Royal Avenue; the choice of restaurants is so great that one sometimes doesn’t know where to turn.
While we wait for the dining rooms to reopen, the Plateau offers a variety of options for those who want take-out and support their favourite restaurants at the same time. Here are some suggestions for you.
Cafe-Counter – $ One of the best grilled cheese sandwiches in town just steps away from Laurier Park. And don’t forget their excellent coffee.
Neighbourhood restaurant – $$ (Back on February 2). Bistrot La Fabrique prepares great take-out dishes that everyone will enjoy. The menu is always well crafted and the dishes are comforting.
Middle Eastern restaurant – $ Healthy fast food par excellence, for grilled meat lovers and vegetarians alike. Sandwiches and keftas prepared on site.
Brunch – $ Open from 9am to 2pm every day. Eggs the way you want them: over easy, Benedict, omelette, as well as burgers and clubs for lunch and a selection of stews in Mason jars to bring home. One of our favourite brunch spots!
Tapas – $$ Tapas combos or a la carte, choose between the classic cod croquettes, pan con tomate, garlic shrimp and Spanish tortilla, evoking Spain in every bite.
Brasserie – $ Everything you’d want to find in a good brasserie including dishes to bring home and warm up at your leisure. You will be enticed by the ribs, the fried cheese or the salmon gravlax.
Korean cuisine – $$ The chef reproduces the family recipes of his partner (who is also his wife) with a modern twist. Everything is made by hand. We love the kimchi, the bibimbap and the dumplings (galbe mande). Interesting options for both carnivores and vegetarians.
Maam Bolduc/Le Gras Dur
Comfort food/Fast-food – $ This address has been serving comforting classics for 48 years. Club sandwiches and burgers just the way we like them. Breakfast is served all day for those who sleep in late.
Ramens – $ The ultimate ramen! Prepared entirely in-house. We enjoy this rich soup, Tonkotsu or Gomami, with pork or chicken, accompanied by the condiments that inspire us the most.
Patisserie – $ (Back on January 12). You can indulge in the popular and traditionally made kouign amann, for which their reputation is well established. You can also find one of the best croissants in Montreal, chocolatines, raspberry danishes, raisin rolls, apple turnovers, almond croissants, brownies and financiers.
Neighbourhood Restaurant – $ We’re getting hooked on Jose’s sandwiches. The most popular is without a doubt the Chicken Churrasco. We would travel for miles on our knees to taste their seafood soup. The menu is unpretentious and you can find local products at affordable prices.
Café chez Téta
Lebanese cuisine – $ While Café Chez Teta opened in the midst of the pandemic, the cafe is already carving out a place for itself in the hearts of Plateau residents. Good third wave coffee with traditional Lebanese dishes. A version of the menu is available for take-out. The star: the flatbread, manouché, with a choice of 6 toppings.
Deli – $ A Montreal classic that needs no introduction after over 90 years! One of the best smoked meats in town served with fries, coleslaw and pickles.
Middle Eastern Cuisine – $ Everything to satisfy our cravings for Middle Eastern dishes. We love the hummus, the kebabs, the fattouch salad and the amazing lamb shank. No surprises, just good stuff!
Bakery – $ Here, bread is available in all its forms. Some specialties are only available on Fridays. You can order in advance (which can be better as you’ll have more choice) or buy directly in person. A small corner of the bakery offers a few specialty products such as oat milk, but it’s mostly the ready-to-bake pastries that we love.
Sandwich shop – $ Here, no questions asked: you come for a good sandwich. You can choose between 5 options, each as good as the other. The Big Naan and the Halloumi steal the show in our hearts.
Byblos le Petit Café
Middle Eastern Cuisine – $ We often go to Byblos for its breakfasts and its famous feta omelet, not to mention the famous jams that combine lovely flavours like rose petals and pistachio and persimmon/lemon. We can’t forget the purees, yogurts and stewed dishes perfumed with enchanting spices.
Sushi – $$ Fresh and affordable sushi, kept simple and everything is good. We order the fried rice pizza with toppings of our choice, as well as sashimi and nigiris that we choose among the specialties of the house.
Ma Poule Mouillée
Portuguese Rotisserie – $ A classic rotisserie where Portuguese chicken is served many ways: in a sandwich, poutine, salad or simply drizzled with gravy. We accompany it with crispy fries for the ultimate experience. We’ve also fallen hard for the grilled squid.
Les Co’Pains d’Abord
Bakery – $ Amongst some of the best croissants in town. Classic pastries made with real butter and made fresh throughout the day. Nothing better than having a bite of chocolatine fresh out of the oven, and perfectly flaky. You can order sandwiches and desserts here as well to complete your meal (the brownie is amazing!) Les Copains has two addresses in the Plateau.
Afghan cuisine – $ While waiting to return to one of Montreal’s most beautiful terraces, we enjoy their authentic flavours at home. Lamb steals the show at Khyber Pass: three variations of lamb shank are offered, seasoned with fragrant Afghan spices. You can also taste the Afghan dumplings stuffed with leeks or beef. A real treat!
Fast food – $ An institution in Montreal, poutine heaven! It is available in nearly 30 versions. The menu also offers classic burgers and hot dogs with fries. You can order everything 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Les Chocolats de Chloé
Chocolate factory – $$. (Back on January 9th). Chocolates made on site with finesse. You can choose from about thirty chocolates with original flavours. We also like the classics revisited by Chloé such as, among others, chocolate covered marshmallows, chocolate sponge taffy, Chloé’s version of “turtles”, chocolate candied orange peels. In short, there is something for everyone.
Pastries – $$ Pastries that change with the seasons, always tasty and made with fresh ingredients. Chef-owner Stéphanie Labelle’s version of the lemon pie is among the best. We go for her version of the 1000 sheets or her delicious little cakes.