Ever since Italians migrated to Montreal’s Mile End neighborhood after World War II, the area has had a strong café culture. Chez Boris and its all-organic, Russian-inspired food and drinks offer a new take on the neighborhood’s émigré pedigree. Chalk drawings of famous revolutionaries share space with Perestroika by Mikhail Gorbachev, and black and white snapshots of Saint Petersburg hang on the wall.
This isn’t a place to take sides on where Russia’s been or where it’s going. It’s a place to enjoy the specialty: Boris’s savoury, made-to-order donuts, inspired by his Russian bubby. A loving grandson’s tribute to his grandma never tasted this good.