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Mike Cohen Reviews: Poissonnerie & Restaurant Rayan serves up sensational seafood

It has been 12 years since Poissonnerie & Restaurant Rayan opened its first location in Rosemount. There are now four locations and counting: 4528 rue Belanger in Rosemount, 6080 Côte-des-Neiges, 2020 Lanthier in Ottawa and the first franchise at 8090 Langelier in St. Leonard.

Poissonnerie & Restaurant Rayan offers casual dining with a Middle Eastern feeling. Nothing here is pre-made. The concept is quite unique. Upon your arrival, customers head directly to one of the chefs and choose from the wide selection of fresh fish and shellfish lining the bar. The service is prompt and convivial. It is quite novel to go to the seafood bar to handpick your dinner.

Glenn J . Nashen Reviews: Brunch or lunch: Always ready at Ben & Florentine

    Since 2009, B & F restaurants have been rolling out across Quebec and other parts of Canada. In May they will open their 49th location in Beauharnois. They are renowned for perfectly seasoned, diced P.E.I. potatoes that adorn so many of their dishes. With their crispy exterior and their soft chewy interior they are perfectly cooked just like an oven baked potato. Their famous old-fashioned skillets are also a hit.

    Ristorante Atrio at à Embassy Suites by Hilton Montreal

      I have always loved the Embassy Suites brand, but when Stewart handed me a menu I was impressed with the selection. Located across the street from the Palais des congrès and minutes from Old Montreal, the hotel’s Ristorante Atrio has a steady clientele from hotel guests alone for breakfast, lunch, supper and the very popular Manager’s Reception. But as Stewart told me, because of the attractive menu, combined with excellent prices, many people at conventions at the Palais or headed to or from the Old Montreal have discovered this hidden gem.

      Grillys9305 in St. Léonard is an excellent choice for family dining

        I often drive down Lacordaire Boulevard in St. Léonard for business. The large Scores Restaurant on that strip was always a big favorite of mine. Then last year I noticed the sign in front had disappeared, replaced by Grillys 9305.

        Recently, curiosity got the best of me and I dropped in to meet owner Maria Tsimboukis, her sister and brother-in-law George Tsonis. George has decades of restaurant experience under his belt and serves as the general manager. After undertaking extensive renovations and re-branding the property Grillys 9305 (the latter is their civic address) they opened and customers began to arrive in droves.

        Glenn J . Nashen Reviews: JJ’s Salades Etc. makes a strong first impression on Côte des Neiges Road

        With a slogan of “Eat fresh, Live well,” it is easy to see that JJ’s Salades Etc (https://www.jjssalades.com/contact-us) is on track to become West-End Montreal’s premier salad and sandwich hot spot.

        Located in the medical district on Côte des Neiges Road, between Linton and de la Peltrie, JJ’s has a healthy variety of all-homemade options. Their fresh produce, dressings, juices and dessert snacks will surely please those seeking a healthy meal at a great price.

        Montreal’s Le Bird Bar & its Foodora connection

          I must confess that I am quickly becoming a huge fan of foodora, the on-demand food delivery service.

          Le Bird Bar joined foodora a few months ago. You must check the foodora site first to see which days you can order from Le Bird Bar. At the moment they do not provide the service Thursday through Sunday. “We are really happy with the arrangement,” Lallouz told me. “Customers are so pleased to have this opportunity to get our chicken and other favorites right to their door. At the moment it is the only type of delivery service we provide and the system works very well. Foodora was so reputable, it was an easy choice to go with them.”

          Popular Scores Restaurants continues with expansion of trendy new Grand Saladier feature

            From the moment Scores Restaurants (https://www.scores.ca) made its debut in Quebec in 1995 I was a fan. Renowned for its famous Rotisserie chicken and delicious back ribs, it now has over 38 restaurants and counting in Quebec and Ontario.

            A subsidiary of Montreal-based company Imvescor Inc (imvescor.ca) which also oversees the operations of Baton Rouge, Toujour Mikes, Ben & Florentine and Pizza Delight, Scores always appealed to me for many reasons. It starts off with their terrific all you can eat, soup, salad and fruit bar, a great way to start a meal. You can literally make that experience your meal or for a small add on price get things rolling with some soup and a wide array of choices.

            Dunn’s Famous Decarie Boulevard

              Dunn’s Famous Decarie Boulevard benefits from a winning formula.

              Nine years ago a Dunn’s Famous opened on Decarie Boulevard near Jean Talon in the spot that once housed La Diligence (The Stage Coach). It shares the same parking lot with Kanda Sushi and Amir. Expertly run by General Manager Tony Sama and co-manager Eric Blake, this is well-oiled machine which is always crowded. They know how to treat the client here. The dining room can seat 105. They also have a busy takeout business and offer home delivery from 5 pm to 11 pm., the latter requiring a minimum $15 order before tax. The place is open 24 hours Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings and up until 2 am on other days.

              Mikado: Montreal celebrates 30 years of serving some of the best sushi in town

              There was a time not too long ago when I did not particularly care for sushi. We’d go to a sushi restaurant or pick it up for home and I’d generally order chicken or salmon teriyaki. However, while frequenting the popular Mikado Restaurant (www.mikadomontreal.com), I gradually developed a taste for this amazing Japanese favorite.

              Mikado first opened its doors in 1987 on St. Denis Street and followed that up with another locale on Laurier Street near Hutchison. The latter relocated to a new and larger space nine years ago. Chef-owner Kimio Nguyen introduced an NDG locale on Monkland Avenue in 16 years ago.

              Pacini restaurants offer up plenty of variety and announces new program battling food waste

                When I heard that the Pacini restaurant chain had launched a new program to deal with food waste, I was intrigued.

                Every year on Earth, people waste 1.3 billion tons of food, which is responsible for releasing 3.3 gigatons of greenhouse gases per year. According to FAO, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, this is not only a major economic loss, but also “a serious detriment to the natural resources humanity depends on for nourishment.” In addition, the more food that’s wasted, the bigger the environmental impact.

                Pizzeria is charming choice for dinner in Old Montreal

                  For a few years now, when in Old Montreal, I have walked by BEVO Bar + Pizzeria (http://bevopizza.com/en) on St. Vincent and noticed the lively atmosphere. Via word of mouth I began to hear very good things about the food.

                  BEVO was on my list of restaurants to try in 2017 and on a recent Sunday evening it was mission accomplished. Our party of three were seated at a window side table with the charming Rebecca as our server. She has been on staff for three years and is presently studying accounting at university