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Frunchroom

Undergoing the most rapid growth by far of Montreal’s downtown core, the René-Levesque corridor between Drummond and Guy is now home to...


Undergoing the most rapid growth by far of Montreal’s downtown core, the René-Levesque corridor between Drummond and Guy is now home to the city’s most concentrated area of new real estate development, in addition to a vast improvement to the restaurant offerings on the boulevard’s north side.

Last December the Bier Markt opened its doors to much praise (part of which can be found in these pages), and a couple months ago we had the pleasure of accepting an invitation to an intimate tasting at the strip’s newest addition, Frunchroom.


Billing itself as an Italian-fusion diner and bar, the casually stylish room is inspired by the Prohibition era, specifically Montreal’s own reputation at the time as the as the ‘Paris of America’ - how little has changed, n’est-ce pas? 

    

Back in the day, jazz musicians traveled often to this ‘Sin City of the North’ to perform their music in one of the city’s many cabarets, while patrons sipped drinks that are today reflected on the restaurant’s cocktail menu - ‘Bees Knees’ (gin, fresh lemon, honey syrup, egg white, bitter orange), and ‘Scofflaw’ (Pomegranate liqueur, white lillet, rye, fresh lemon, simple syrup) among others.


Backing up the experience is a varied menu that goes more than a few steps above mass tourist appeal, and features some refined and innovative flavor combinations, signature menu items like their stuffed pizza, and spot-on service that will no doubt appeal to locals and visitors alike. Of note for us was a savory duck confit ravioli and far above-average beef tartare.

Smoked salmon pizza           
Arancini
The space itself is upbeat and multipurpose, easily transitioning from biz lunch central for the vicinity’s suit set during the day, to a high-energy hockey crowd when our beloved Habs are playing a puck’s throw away at the Bell Center, to an ideal evening out with friends, to even a date night.  Word also has it that an outdoor terrasse will set up out front.

And from where the name? In the 1920’s the ‘Frunchroom’ was slang for the front room used for welcoming and entertaining guests, and for going out for lunch/dinner with friends. Well then, let’s do frunch!   

D.G.

Frunchroom
1425 Bd. René-Lévesque Ouest
(438) 384-1920

Prices: 20-30 $

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