Mon Lapin translates to “My bunny” in English, but this shouldn’t be taken literally (although, with an ever-changing menu, a rabbit dish is not necessarily off the table). The owners of this growing restaurant chose the name in a playful nod to their friend — a well-known winemaker in the Jura region of France (Jean-Francois Ganevat), who lovingly uses it to refer to friends, old and new. Nestled in the heart of Little Italy, the warm openness of this sentiment reverberates throughout the ambient space, which features cushy leather booth seating that backs onto expansive windows and clean white walls. Led by executive chefs Marc-Olivier Frappier, Jessica Noël and sommelier Vanya Filipovic, the farm-focused food is expertly balanced with a carefully curated list of natural and biodynamic wines that pair perfectly with the dishes. Much to the relief of Montrealers, who had grown accustomed to waiting for a spot in the small space, the restaurant’s recent expansion was followed by a decision to start taking reservations. A flowery city-side terrace along the tree-lined Casgrain Street is a treat in summer months.