When American tourists start flocking to Montreal next week, many of whom will head to its historic district, they’ll have a brand new resto-bar to sample: Sauvage.
Housed in the sprawling two-story space of Rue Saint-Jacques that previously housed the Joverse Supper Club, Sauvage broadly defines its offering as Mediterranean, encompassing everything from Greek specialties to tzatziki and taramosalata (fish roe dip) with French Bordeaux and Mornay sauces, and Levantine staples such as tahini, za’atar and sumac. These flavors dress its offering of raw dishes – think tartare, ceviche and carpaccio – and grilled options: swordfish, octopus, scallops, filet mignon, tomahawk steak and rack of lamb, among others. The kitchen is run by executive chefs Christopher Shawn Pierre (Modavie, Jacopo) and Sary Hussein (Vallier Bistro, Restaurant di Menna).
Montreal entrepreneur Matt Guerguerian, owner of CÃ´te-Saint-Paul Caribbean Seasoned Dreams restaurant and several other Montreal businesses in the 2K Consulting group, bought Joverse in early 2020 and worked on his makeover, first into a revamped Joverse. , then in Sauvage, since.
When the time came to fit out the 3,200 square foot space, Guerguerian enlisted the help of the Gauley brothers, the Montreal design firm behind the looks of a number of other newcomers to Montreal. , including the gourmet Italian restaurant 212, the lively district of Saint-The restaurant Henri BarBara and the new Ryu branch in Griffintown.
Guerguerian says the restaurant’s name was chosen for its association with nature and rawness, and the brown and beige-toned space has been redone to telegraph these themes. On the top floor are textured cement walls and an oversized fixture made up of mirrors, vinyl, and LED lights programmed to the beat of music played throughout the space. In a press release shared with Eater, designer Toby Gauley is quoted as saying (in French, but translated here), “The immense light that steals the show represents the fire around which humans have gathered since time immemorial. “
On the lower level is a space of 114 places which they nickname the âcaveâ thanks to its dark and cavernous feel. A front terrace adds 102 seats.
Sauvage is the latest in a wave of restaurant openings in Old Montreal to materialize following the province’s second lockdown and subsequent easing of restrictions, and joins Babacool on Notre-Dame, the French brasserie Place Carmin, technically in the CitÃ© du Multimedia stretch, and the next joint of vegan burger Bvrger.
Sauvage is open Wednesday to Sunday, from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. at 52 rue Saint-Jacques.