Written by Dahlia Merlo on 09.12.15

Better known for their brunch, Prohibition is pulling out all the stops for their dinner service. And they should get more hype for dinner, because the incredible flavours they whip up for the morning crowd are also available for dinner.

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The restaurant is family owned, so of course the married couple who run it, Matt and Stephanie, treat it as an extension of their home. Don’t be surprised if Matt recognizes you from that time you came for brunch 2 years ago (we definitely were)! They take the time to listen to their customers, and as a result, they’ll probably know your drink order as you walk in the door.

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Their wine selection is great and their reserve selection even better. They choose what goes into the reserve collection based on what they enjoy drinking at home. They bring it in to the restaurant to try it out and if the patrons like it, it sometimes makes it on the permanent wine list. Their reserve doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg either: you can grab a bottle for $45 or splurge for $120. And if you’re not a wine aficionado, they help you out with descriptive tags with details about the notes and flavours of the wine.

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As for the food, well, they’re full of surprises! One of our favourites is the chicken and dumpling stew ($20). If this doesn’t grab your attention right away, trust Matt’s recommendation. It doesn’t disappoint. The dish can only be described as home. It makes you feel warm inside with all the comforts of a home cooked meal. You’ll find a soup bowl with thick broth, shredded chicken and vegetables, and filled-to-the-brim dumplings.

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Another favourite is the savoury bread budding with wild mushrooms and leeks ($8). A delicious starter with meaty mushrooms and loads of flavour, this dish is a lot of fun to eat. Their classic salmon tartare (available as a starter or main at $16 or $30) is fresh, simple, and everything you want in a tartare.

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Try the kale salad with maple vinaigrette, orange, feta, figs, walnuts, and cherry tomatoes ($13). It’s worth a taste even for those who turn up their noses at salad (because you can’t make friends with salad, right?). But this one is great, and they don’t skimp on all the good stuff.

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Their cheese-burger with maple bacon (from Tranzo) served with fries or onion rings is another winner. We recommend getting the onion rings. They’re massive and not overly battered. Order your burger medium-rare if you know what’s good for you.

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And dessert. If there was ever a place to save room for dessert, it’s Prohibition. Personally, we have a special section in our stomachs reserved for dessert, so we never have that problem. Definitely order their deep fried chocolate chip cookie dough ($6). It oozes chocolate and will absolutely satisfy that sweet tooth.

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The Monkland Village is picking up steam with great new spots opening up alongside old haunts that help keep our standards high. Next time you’re wandering NDG looking for a spot to grab dinner, don’t forget about Prohibition! Walk down the steps to their cozy restaurant, grab a seat, and prepare to be welcomed to the family.

Photos by Dahlia Merlo (@dahllii).

5674 Av de Monkland, Montréal, QC H4A 1E4
(514) 481-8466

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