One of the very hottest spots in Montreal right now, Haitian restaurant Agrikol is a festive space decorated with art from the island, exuding a warm, welcoming vibe. Opened in early 2016, it is the work of two very hip couples: Régine Chassagne and Win Butler, members of Montreal-based Arcade Fire; and Jen Agg, owner of Toronto’s Black Hoof and Rhum Corner, and Roland Jean, a Haitian-born Toronto-based artist.
The menu revels in Haitian classics, like griot and oxtail stew, as well as conch, accras (savory and starchy beignets), and whole fried fish. The griot is a real standout—pork packed with flavor and a little heat, slow cooked then fried for a crispy exterior—atop pickled onions and served alongside fried plantains and a vinegary cabbage slaw. Add a side of rice and peas and you’ve got a deeply satisfying meal.
Agg has a strong cocktail background, so it’s no surprise that Agrikol has an interesting drink menu, dominated by rum. Haitian Rhum Barbancourt has a strong presence, and is available by the glass, half bottle, and full bottle. The Ti punch pairs Barbancourt with fresh-pressed sugar cane juice and lime. The Dark and Stormy uses house-made ginger beer brewed with black peppercorns, for a strong and spicy companion to the rum.
1844 Rue Amherst, The Village, Montreal
Open everyday 6 pm to midnight