Le Vin Papillon
2519 Rue Notre-Dame O, Little Burgundy
In Little Burgundy, the team from the always-packed Joe Beef and Liverpool House have created a veggie-friendly restaurant that even the most salad-averse locals have grown to love. It helps that Le Vin Papillon doesn’t treat produce in a typical way. You’ll find smoked carrots that act as a stand-in for brisket, hearty wood-roasted cauliflower, and squash fried in brown butter with muhammara (a Middle Eastern red pepper and walnut spread). The list of natural wines is extensive, curated by one of Montreal’s best sommeliers, Vanya Filipovic, who can tell you exactly what will taste best with your dinner.
551 Rue Saint-Martin, Little Burgundy
What was once a nineteenth-century stone church rectory in Sud-Ouest is now one of Montreal’s buzziest fine-dining restaurants. The farm-to-table concept is familiar, but Candide sets itself apart with a tasting menu of beautifully presented dishes, with the vivid colors of each ingredient on full display. The menu changes monthly, but you’re likely to find a mix of jewel-like edible flowers, tomatoes, and eggplant; electric-orange carrot medallions; snow-white crabmeat; and bowls of ripe blueberries and raspberries among the various small plates. The wine list is one hundred bottles deep, and the sommelier, Emily Campeau, is a trusty guide for pairings.