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Rôtisserie St-Hubert dining room returns to Côte des Neiges after a four-year absence

    As readers of my restaurant stories know very well, the Rôtisserie St-Hubert chain has always been high on my list of dining experiences. My “go-to” spot has long been on Côte des Neiges Road. But four years ago the land where the restaurant sat was repurposed for a residential high-rise building. St-Hubert had to conclude its lease, with a promise to return again at the same location.

    Medeiros family tries yummy smash burgers at Yumi Burger near Concordia University

      We met our daughter downtown and she came up with a fantastic recommendation to eat at smash burger specialists Yumi Burger, conveniently situated at 1448 Rue Mackay in the heart of Montreal.

      A smash burger refers to a variety of hamburger creations involving the action of “smashing” or pressing down on a spherical mass of ground beef onto a heated cooking surface, commonly a griddle or skillet.

      Lavender Grill and Lounge adds some definite flavor and color to the Byward Market

        Lavender Grill and Lounge opened in the Byward Market in the summer of 2022, the vision of owner Reza Khakbaz.

        Lavender, of course, is a light shade of purple or violet. It applies particularly to the color of the flower of the same name. Khakbaz and his team have certainly taken advantage of the connection, from the décor to the coloring of some of the drinks like my blackberry smash tea mocktail, a combination of blackberry and Earl Grey tea.

        The magic touch of John Borsten: Starling, YOW and Apothecary are his latest creations

          John Borsten is indeed the picture of success when it comes to Ottawa restaurateurs. Borsten is the visionary behind five Zak’s Diner locations, Zak’s Cantina, Grand Pizzeria, the Metropolitain Brasserie as well as the historic York on William (YOW) building, which encompasses Starling Restaurant & Bar and Apothecary Cocktail Lounge The latter are part of a multiple-dining concept featuring a rooftop terrace and street-level patio.

          A return trip to the fabulous Métropolitain Brasserie in Ottawa

            Last summer I made my first visit to the Métropolitain Brasserie in Ottawa, conveniently located next to the Byward Market at 700 Sussex. That is just steps away from Parliament Hill. Home to Ottawa’s largest oyster bar, the restaurant is open seven days a week, serving lunch, dinner and brunch on weekends.