When we visited in 2007, this bright spot in Vieux-Montréal was a few days from opening. We got a peek at the decor -- white leather-like walls and banquettes, a neon-pink glow from recessed spots in the ceiling, a serious sound system with a corner DJ booth -- and at the food, the brainchild of an Algerian-born wunderkind who most recently was sous chef at the acclaimed Ferreira Café. He has a heavy hand with the cilantro and homemade mint oil, and his crab cakes were, simply, perfect (the secret: Japanese bread crumbs known as panko). Since we didn't see the kitchen working under the pressure of a full house this is a recommendation with an asterisk, but the preview was very promising. Plans called for the kitchen to be open until 1am.
- © Frommer's 2013