So my girlfriend and I were trying to think of a place to go to and got onto the topic of Top 5 spots each of us wants to go to. I never really thought of a whole list, I have a random selection of stuff. One of these will be knocked off the list in a couple of weeks and I can't wait!
Pastaga: I passed by here on foot when it was freshly opened and loved the space, the tables were gorgeous but I knew nothing of it. Started digging a bit and found out it's Chef Martin Juneau, who was the genius behind La Montee de Lait which was a memorable dinning experience. I still don't know much other than the cuisine is south of france. But I want it!
Icehouse: This sounds like it's right up my alley. Southern food done well. I love comfort food, and I'm a sucker for fried chicken. Anything rustic, home style and excellent, I want! Nick Hodge seems to be delivering that here
Joe Beef: We're knocking Joe Beef off the list in a couple of weeks and that should be fun, for the exact same reason as Icehouse. The simple flavours done well. I kept hearing about this place for years and never went. It was always "Right, forgot about Joe Beef. Ah, next time" and it's since then exploded into this almost Momofuku status. My fault for waiting! When this gets knocked off the list, I'll probably just replace it with Liverpool House right next door!
Lemeac: This has been recommended by a few people who's palates I trust so for a brunch, it makes the list.
Les 3 Petits Bouchons: We go to Artigiani on St-Denis as often as we can. The food is great, wine is cheap, staff is awesome. On the way we sometimes pass this place and it looks good. The plates look appetizing, kinda like french-country cooking. I'm very intrigued by it.
ADDENDUM: Yeah had to add this. The Grumman78 spot in the Faubourg downtown. I can't wait for this to open, and I REALLY hope these guys are eventually allowed to sell their stuff on the street.