Industria Brasserie Italienne
and Wed. and Fri. to midnight; Sat. to midnight; Sun.
Wheelchair cheap jerseys access: YesParking: On the street with meters
Price range: Starters $5 $18; pasta and pizza $14 $25; main courses $17 $34; desserts $6 $8.
MONTREAL Restaurants tend to be classified by their cuisine's nationality, be it Indian, French or Italian. We also rank them by price, location and occasion, as in 10 great restaurants to pop the question, for Mother's Day or for a Valentine's dinner that won't break the bank. I've written a ton of these lists in the past and marvel at how far they've come. Other blogs and sites give us beauties like: The 10 best restaurants for poutine when you're hungover; restaurants with great tiki cocktails for a girls' night out; or even top picks for restaurants where they play the music so loudly that you won't have to talk to your date. There is a list, my friends, for everything.
And yet the one that seems to be missing is: Where to take a teenager for dinner. There are plenty that tell us where to take kids for dinner, or even babies, but the teenager is a very different animal. Forget about ordering off the kiddie menu the teenager favours a flashy setting and trendy music. Portions must be generous, and at this age, a little culinary adventure is in order and by that, I mean something fun like sushi and calamari, not the far too serious multi course tasting menu. It's a great time to dine out with your kids, because instead of colouring at the table, they're finally conversing. And for many kids (OK, boys), the restaurant switches from a drag to delight especially if you choose the right one. would definitely rock any teen's world.
That said, I'm sure management's goal was not to draw in youngsters as much as young urban professionals. Located in the hip Alt Hotel (the cheap and cool new property in the Germain hotel group) in the eastern part of Griffintown, Industria is an independent restaurant on a corner of the hotel's second floor offering views of the condominium heavy 'hood down below. With its high ceilings, metal chairs, butcher block topped tables and black pleather banquettes, the industrial loft decor adds a good dose of Blade Runner to the Italian brasserie theme. TV screens abound, and the focal point between the dining areas is a huge glassed in wine cellar, glowing like some sort of flying saucer. I was with two teenagers, both of whom were in awe. "I want to live here!" said one of them, a sentiment no doubt shared by the hundreds snatching up condos in the area.
After taking my seat, I perused the menu while some sort of faux Pharrell pulsated in the background. The chef here is Sergio Mattoscio, http://www.cheapjerseys11.com/ who made his name as a contestant on Top Chef Canada, as head chef at Macaroni Bar and as the creator of that calorie clocker of a dish known as gnocchi poutine. The menu is big on small plates made up of small bites ("sfizi") that can be ordered solo or grouped together to form a fabulous antipasti spread. We began with arancini, fried calamari, tomato and mozzarella, gnocchi poutine and something called a salmon bomb, which came highly recommended by our friendly and efficient waitress. As for beverages, in true brasserie form, there's a predictable lineup of commercial beers as well as classic cocktails. The wine list gets a thumbs up, as the selection is well thought out and well priced. Our bottle of Bolgheri Il Bruciato 2012 came in at $45, less than double its SAQ retail of $25.25. Deal.