Louie Deligianis’s Favourite Restaurants in Montreal

The latest restaurant fixations from Bistro La Franquette’s chef Louie Deligianis, from where he takes guests from out of town to who’s making the best burger in town.

Louie Deligianis’s Favourite Restaurants in Montreal
The Main

The Main

July 3, 2024

Chef-owner of Bistro La Franquette Louie Deligianis is among the hardest working chefs in the city. Running the 45-seat New French restaurant with his partner Renée Deschenes in Westmount, the food is often moving seasonally with a lot of love and care alongside perennial classics.

With a name inspired by the French phrase “à la bonne franquette,” Deligianis and Deschenes deliver straightforward and unpretentious cooking and service respectively without sacrificing the heights of quality: Home-spun pastas, in-house sourdough loaves and halloumi, carefully sourced ingredients—the works.

Earning his stripes everywhere in Montreal from cooking under Jason Morris, executive chef of MARCUS at the Four Seasons, and their restaurants La Fantôme and Pastel to Joe Beef, he remains humble in light of his tutelage. That’s why we wanted to ask him about his favourite spots in Montreal.

From where he takes chefs from out of town (Snowdon Deli, Otto Yakitori, Pony BBQ) and a chef that no one’s talking about enough in Montreal (Johnny Hamilton at Keela) to who’s making the best bread (Antep Kebab) and burgers (Lou’s)?

These are Louie Deligianis’s favourite restaurants in Montreal.

Taverne Sur Le Square

A Westmount Square institution blends together the very best of French bistro fare, Italian trattorias and steakhouses into one solid offering that can upscale any night out on the town.

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Restaurant
French
Westmount
Atwater
Snowdon Deli
Smoked Meat
Jewish
Sandwich

Snowdon Deli isn't just a restaurant; it's an institution. For those in the know, it's a nostalgic trip down memory lane. For newcomers, it's a delightful discovery waiting to happen. This iconic Jewish deli, with its vibrant matzo ball soup and cheese bagelach, transports you straight to the heart of classic Miami eateries, echoing the charm of places like Wolfie’s Rascal House. Outlasting local legends like The Brown Derby and Ben’s, Snowdon Deli stands as a testament to timeless taste and tradition.

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Restaurant
Deli
Côte-des-Neiges
Snowdon
Otto Yakitori Izakaya

While many serve it today, Otto Yakitori stands out as Montreal's progenitor for authentic charcoal-grilled yakitori. Founded in 2016 and named "Otto" to pays homage to its founders' roles as fathers, the izakaya offers a focused menu with skewers of various chicken cuts. Adorned with wild wall art and warm lighting, the menu also features Japanese specialties like sashimi, uni chawanmushi, mazemen, and ramen. Best of all, the sake, beer, wine, and cocktails don’t stop flowing here until the very last minute they’re open.

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Restaurant
Japanese
Downtown
Guy-Concordia
Pony BBQ

This Korean BBQ project from the minds behind spots like Otto Yakitori and Bar Otto is a wildly decorated place that evokes the side streets of Seoul. Atop their swish circular and subway-tiled booth tables, you can cook up stuff like 48-hour marinated short ribs, fatty pork belly, king oyster shrooms, and all the other fixings. There are standalone dishes as well like bibimbap, steamed egg gyeranjjim, and rabokki, a type of tteokbokki with added ramyeon noodles.

Restaurant
Korean
Downtown
Guy-Concordia

Elena

Elena
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Restaurant
Italian
Saint-Henri
Place-Saint-Henri
Lou's Pointe-Claire

Why’s the core of the island got to have all the fun? A supergroup of principles from spots like Loïc, Name’s On The Way, and a bunch of other projects have opened this proper American joint in Pointe-Claire. Sporting interior design of soft tones and leather by Kyle Adams Goforth and Sid Lee Architecture, the restaurant serves high-end takes on diner classics—club sandwiches, cheeseburgers, mac and cheese—alongside some more upscaled options like crab cakes and steak-frites. They also make a point of serving a tidy amount of classic cocktails with an eye to martinis and variations.

Restaurant
American
Pointe-Claire

Keela

Keela

A labor of love by partners Kristin and Johnny, Keela warmly welcomes diners to its intimate and charming space in the Village. Bringing a wealth of experience and passion to their neighbourhood, Johnny’s a seasoned chef with stints at Lucille’s Oyster Dive and Park who applies himself to a menu rich in comfort food classics and daily specials, while Kristin ensures a seamless dining experience on the floor. Signature dishes include wood-fired flatbreads, burgers, steak frites, and appetizers like piri piri shrimp and celery root carpaccio. With a customizable three-course sharing menu on offer as well as a drink selection including organic and natural wines and house-crafted cocktails, it’s great place to enjoy a wooden terrace by summer, and a warm interior of brick walls, wood floors, and a large bay window in the winter.

Restaurant
Indian
Downtown
Beaudry
Antep Kabab

Antep Kebab near Concordia University is a quick-service spot known for its delectable Turkish kebabs on rice and as the star of sandwiches served in freshly baked sesame bread. This halal eatery draws a diverse crowd of students and workers, standing out with a commitment to authentic flavors and affordability. While it’s a no-frills spot, the quality’s undeniable here: Whether you’re a student on a budget or simply craving authentic Turkish cuisine, Antep Kebab’s fresh, flavorful dishes make it a top choice. The casual atmosphere and quick service ensure a satisfying experience, whether it’s in its small dining space or taking its menu to go.

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Restaurant
Middle Eastern
Downtown
Guy-Concordia
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