Set below the 7m-high ceilings of a century-old heritage building in Saint-Henri, Savsav—a play on words from “ceux qui savent savent” (or IYKYK)—is the new all-day social club. Along with a beautiful, naturally-lit ambiance with custom furniture and a six-foot light fixture of white oak, waxed cord, and 60,000 handmade glass beads by artist @jamiewolfond, the project comes from BarBara alumni and serves coffee and tea by day and mostly natural private import wine and cocktails by night, as well as a menu for breakfast/lunch/dinner that evolves; there’s a different menu every week on Thursdays and Fridays.
Set inside the Sheraton Hotel downtown, the long lounge of Stanley is set below its towering three floors of windows looking out onto René-Lévesque Boulevard Ouest. Operating at just about all hours of the day, it ain’t just for people staying at the hotel, and that’s a good thing: Their menu is uniquely set up with different single-person and sharing portion options with only slight bumps in price. Want that steak or tartare platter for three or four people? No problem. Wolf it down for yourself? That’s an option, too. Thanks to its chef Alexandre Martin, all of it is cooked with an absolute precision you love to see in a hotel setting.
Taking over the space that once housed Cafécoquetel, Sae Low comes from chef Minh Phat Tu of Mui Mui and Anemone. True to its address’s former tenants, it’s a café and wine bar doing simple, small plates with pan-Asian influences on plates of seasonal Quebec products (a hallmark of Minh’s work). Think salmon tataki salads, or donburi-style bowls with spicy tuna, shiso and cucumber or roasted oyster mushrooms with peanut sauce. It’s simple and fresh with a wine list and coffee menu to match as well, making this place just as good for afternoons as it is for late evenings.