Hopkins Adds Elegance to Monkland Village Restaurant Scene
5626 Avenue Monkland, Montreal, Quebec
Monkland village was once a quiet street with only a few restaurants and some specialty shops. Over the past few years it has quickly become a bustling street packed with restaurants, cafés, salons and boutiques. The Taverne, and more recently, Lucille’s have been the token “upscale” restaurants on the street. But neighbourhood newcomer Hopkins is bringing a new concept and modern elegance to the Monkland restaurant scene. Hopkins is a namesake restaurant after Chef Liam Hopkins (formerly of Restaurant Park) in collaboration with personal chef and food stylist Nicolina Servello. It is no surprise that these two have put together something as beautiful and delicious as Restaurant Hopkins.
You will be wowed when you enter. The Hopkins team completely transformed the original Lucille’s location from seafood dive, to elegant eatery. The multi-level mirrored bar adds depth and light, while the marble and addition of soft colours and gold detail create a sleek and stylish space.
We were invited to taste some of Hopkins’ cocktails and best dishes last week and were impressed by the décor, lovely menu, and extremely gracious hosts. We sampled several courses including a house charcuterie platter, scallops, lobster, and New Zealand rack of lamb. It also happened to be a beautiful summer evening (surprising……I know), and though there is no terrace, all windows were fully opened making the small space feel very open and bright – it almost felt as if we were dining al fresco.
I live very close to Monkland and could see myself back here again and again. Hopkins is the perfect spot for a dinner date, 5 à 7 with friends, or even just for some of their house-made charcuterie and wonderful wine pairings. Also, keep your eyes peeled for Porco – another new addition to Monkland Village by the same duo behind Hopkins!
Scroll down for pictures of Hopkins, the menu we sampled, and shots of some of their delicious and summery dishes!