By Sebastien Robillard
I was invited a couple of weeks back to the opening of Watts. Located on the Plateau on Roy corner St-Denis, it resides in the location of the old Salon Officiel bar. Mathieu Cournoyer previous manager of Salon Officiel and now owner of Watts re-imagined the legendary dive bar, conceptually evolving it and striving to offer the plateau a moredynamic space, paralleling the avant-garde nature of the community.
His thoughts were:
“The neighbourhood is eager for something different. Something more mature, modern, interesting… just plain interesting. Somewhere away from Saint Laurent but still somewhere with good food, good drinks, and good music.”
Watts’ commitment to offering innovative design extends beyond it’s interior and is expressed perhaps most fluently in its wonderfully crafted cocktails and beautifully curated wine list. The menu is a combination of traditional and progressive starters with a focus on Neapolitan style pizzas featuring locally sourced ingredients, hand crafted by chef Herve Lamontagne.
While I was there I got to try a few of their signature cocktails as well as their food. My favorite drink was the Red Snapper a twist on the conventional Bloody Cesar made with Bombay gin, Clamato, Salsa Verde, lemon and spices. As for the food I enjoyed their pizza, a thin crust with interesting and tasty ingredients that make their pizza original. I also had the Meat Balls served with tomato sauce and Parmesan that were just what meat balls should be.
The decor is also pretty cool and laid back as they have a few tables, booth and bar. It’s always nice to have different option depending on the type of night we’re looking to have. Overall, good food, cool drinks and friendly service, I think this will be a nice addition in the neighborhood.
351 Roy Street East, Montreal H2W 1N1