Brothers Ari and Pablo Schor named their snug neighbourhood eatery after their grandmother and that warm, family feel is the mainstay of this intimate but generationally pleasing restaurant. Small in both square area (no more than 30 seats) and menu choice (around 10 plates in total), nevertheless the brothers’ Argentinian background via six years as chef and front of house at Montreal institution Liverpool House gives a sophisticated blend of cuisines. Expect empanadas that manage to be both crispy and melting with weekly changing fillings, squid, quail and Italian-inspired zucchini wrapped in chard, a selection sure to please carnivores and veggies alike particularly when paired with excellent natural wines and Canadian craft beers. It’s located on a residential street corner in Verdun where real Montreallers live, eat and go to the park opposite.
3900 Rue Éthel, Verdun, Montreal, Quebec, H4G 1S4