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vendredi, 13 mai, 2011
I was here simply because they are a gluten free option for one of our guests. The room belies what is to come, its contemporary well divided and pleasing to the eye. No overcrowded areas, the noise level is fun but non intrusive as many other BYOB places.
For the rest its a BYOB chain so what can you say about the food. The appetizers were given a thumbs up by some of the guests. I had a few of the calamari which were actually better than expected having been well cooked so the batter was crispy.
I tried the pasta which a friend had rated as good at our last visit, I found the linguine overcooked which can be forgiven as I like my pasta on the hard side. The sauce cannot be forgiven, it was bland and very overcooked
Others had the lasagna which disappointed also.
I must say it has to be expected in today's environment.
The service though was good and attentive despite a full house in a raetaurant that must hold over 200 persons
Liike many chain BYOB restos expectations should be limited. Ottavio's however has a super funky decor in a vast room that is beautifully divided. Some higher end restuarants could learn a thing or two.
The menu is limited to pasta pizza and Moules. Sounds sparse but when you think about it it makes for some great advantages in th end.
Such a menu means the food is fresh especially during the Mon-Wed nights when the moules are at volonte. The pizza was OK but I must say i asked for anchivies and hot peppers and I actually tasted the anchivies.
The salad and salmon appetizers were very respectable although the bread was a little limp as if it was being stored in a plastic bag.
Coffee was actually quite good and the service was prompt discreet and timed well,Ottavio pulled this off despite it being a chain, here also some higher end places could learn a thing or two.
Should you go yuup! Can you bring a new date here yup just because the place is well put together...and get a decent bottle of wine it makes all the difference
This was my 4th trip to the restaurant, a last minute decision when the wait time for our first choice Haricana was 30 minutes. I was rather surprised that there was room at Damas on a Thursday night.
On the phone I was asked if bar seating was fine, unfortunately my guest had other plans. We got a table in a n area I had never seen before right beyond the bathrooms. Apparently used for groups we learnt later..
The seating area in any other restaurant would have been great, yet it if felt we far from the action and tucked away not to be seen. The room was also quieter which in a sense also diminished the experience found in the main dining area.
My guest I learnt was not a fan of lamb which is probably an item on half the items on the menu. I've often repeated what a waiter mentioned "chicken! you can make chicken at home" so we were left with less options.
I ordered the eggplant salad which to my amazement well appreciated by my guest who after having ordered it also said eggplant was yucchy. This dish however has always been delish. Good ingredients make this dish pop.
We flowed with shrimp which is a generous portion of large shrimp. My guest was impressed with the quantity size and flavour of these crustaceans. She even enjoyed the garnish that surrounded the dish. To my taste the shrimps were too soft not even bite to them, but then again shrimp have never been my favourite. The last dish was a lamb suggestion from the waiter...he went on a limb I guess. It was actually good as the lamb was braised in a tomato based sauce, yet there was a lack of flavour considering the ingredients.
The wine was how can I say this nicely, not worth the price. The restaurant should include some more moderately priced wines with a little more punch.
All in all we had a great evening but I am still looking for that wow factor I experienced my first 2 visits to Damas.
The service was up to snuff and then some
My first visit to grenadine. Again half stars should be available on this site. Also note I do rate rather conservatively,hoping one day to actually eat somewhere with a 5/5 rating.
The location is charming and the room on first sight is eclectic enough, while with further consideration some additional decor would be of value...maybe more mirrors as the room is tiny in all respects.
Which brings up my first problem. Tables are too small, this is an issue at most restaurants. Once you have water, cutlery, bread, butter and wine on these tables you are constantly shifting things to make room. Thankfully the plates are not over-sized as in some establishments. Add to this that the tables are against a wall so consider your company so that couples are always left and right handed .
Our table unfortunately was also less than a meter to where the single washroom is.
The service was good throughout and the servers were all watering smiles a forgotten art in the service industry.
Let's start by saying that the bread and butter were up to snuff, not an easy feat in other places I've frequented.
The salad was delish with the just the right amount of dressing. The plate it was served in, well let's just say there is room for improvement.
The appetizers were good and properly proportioned , these included the mushroom scones and the dumplings. As far as the dumplings the sauce I found was too rich for the dumplings.
The main courses were I think a hit and miss. The boar was tasty enough with what I would say was a generous portion. The vegetarian dish was somewhat disappointing, the flavours of each ingredient was overpowered by the sauce while the "arancini" for a lack of the proper term was overcooked making the shell hard to cut even with a knife. It also suffered of an overwhelming taste of cheese.
The coffee was good and I skipped dessert while my guest had the creme brule which had little rum flavoring as described but still good.
I hope to return again and as is my habit judge a place after 2 meals.
I've visited this place about 5 times since my introduction by a friend and you will need an introduction since it is tucked away in a less than trendy area of Cartierville. Your also in a basement of a very ordinary looking apartment building.
The room is despite the above warm and friendly, the staff is sharp and helpful and the food is IMHO good enough to be called Italian home cooking. My ravenous friend believes their meatballs are as good as his own, which is saying a lot. This place also served me the best espresso I have ever had in a restaurant.
BTW the streets nearby have the most confusing traffic restrictions I have ever seen
By far the best value in dining anywhere in the city. The quality of the food more than makes up for a rather ordinary décor. The service is friendly and welcoming.
My date and I return regularly despite the fact we live more than a 30 minute drive.
If you haven't tried it lease do, the mackerel as art of the combo meals is absolutely stunning as is the salmon bones, you read right.
Sushi selection is limited but what they have is fresh, properly prepared and delish.
I happened to be in the area and decided to try this place as it seemed right.
it was 11:30 and there were already people waiting to be seated. We did get a table quickly and sat to enjoy a quick meal. First impression is that its way too cold for comfort, but as any good restaurant they listened to our comments and turned the puppy down.
The service was good despite the fact we waited quote a while. Here again our waiter didn't ignore us but instead ably managed our expectations.
The food was delicious. The eggs were well cooked the potatoes were tasty but not overly greasy. My companion had the pancakes which looked terrific and tasty even better with what I gather were fresh blueberries.
both dishes had poached apples. They arrived steaming tender and just enough sweetness to make you want to drink the syrup at the bottom of the bowl.
All in all a very positive experience in a restaurant that was packed and understaffed.
For those other breakfast restaurants I have reviewed you may want to dine there a few times and take away some tips.
They have a location on Fleury street that I have now visited twice. The room is best described as a designer's bad dream. In other words unmemorable looking too much like a cafeteria. The stark lighting does not help.
the food however is something else. On my first vist we were a larger group and the comments were positive all around. The pad thai was good, generous and properly spiced. The now ubiquitous General Tao was not drenched in sauce and lightly crisped, meeting the approval of our friend. Two of us had a Bol tye meal that included raw fish salad rice avocado and fish eggs. The presentation far surpassed our expectations that were based on the decor. The meal felt fresh and flavourful although my friend and I felt that the dressing, being tasty, overpowered the taste of the ingredients. We noted to consider asking for the sauce on the side the net time.
I returned recently with another companion and ordered the same dish and again it was very tasty.
P.S. the spring rolls are some of the best I have tasted and its a bring your own wine.
The only other issue i have is they close early for my taste
I have visited the other Panama eateries before so I have a predetermined expectation although nothing beats the location on Jean talon in park X..its just comfortable.
We ended up at panama Laval after our chosen stop Tong Pour advised the resto was closed for a private party of 700.
The fact Panama took us in was a very nice gesture. The room is wonderful in a practical sense with tables arranged so there is intimacy without separations. On this particularly cold night the room was warm and welcoming. Bravo to Panama for thinking of our comfort.
The wine was absolutely great in the sense it was served at just the right temperature. The food was in my humble opinion up and down. Nothing was bad but the fried calamari were a little chewy. The eggplant and zucchini were the highlight along with the octopus. The chicken was as expected with the lamb unfortunately not up to their standards.
Most nights I would of made a note to the staff but they did get us a meal and the company that evening was great.
P.S. our waiter was terrific but some nights we simply don't want the sea bass..
I like this place simply because the owner operators seem to be genuinely nice folks.
Some from my group looked beyond this fact and were not impressed with the service. It is molasses slow because food is not prepared in advance.
lesson learnt: If you are in a hurry and have traditional expectations on long it should take to get served...pick another restaurant.
Otherwise the food is prepared to order..so it is fresh, the ingredients are fresh. The spices are used judiciously. Overall the quality of the food justifies the prices.
If you are offered the soup as we were (I still don't know what it was) take it its delicious. I would tend to order the African dishes over the greek specialties but the moussaka was actually great other than being a small portion.
I was introduced to this eatery is an area where St Martin meets the 13.
First impression was of a local cantina serving some sort of Italian food.
When I entered the decor spoke more of a sports bar and although it was busy and almost full, it felt somehow empty.
My associates had already been here and raved about the subs and the pizza.
So pizza it was . Overall everything was good. The crust was just thick enough, the sauce was just the right amount and the ingredients mixed well together.
So all is good right? Somehow the food left me a little puzzled like the room..there was something missing, that WOW factor.
The subs looked generous in size and from what was left in the plates also good.
Of course it could of been me so I will reserve my final review for the next time I am there.
For the service, Juliano has one hell of a firecracker in the young woman that served us. She has charm, a memory and is constantly smiling...hang on to her she can make any food taste better .
Pricing is maybe a tad too much for my taste but then again it may simply have been me...
It may have been an off night or maybe there are few chioices in the area but the food was rather "very Average" to be kind.
The dishes that did stand out werethe Nan bread and one of the guest liked the beef curry , but it really was bland.
The briyani was also a little suspect flavourwise.
All in all not a very positive experienec.
Since I had recommended we try this it is unlikely I could get the other guests there again but I may try it once more just to make sure.
The decor, well I need not add to what others have mentioned.
Before castigating this review consider I only give 5 stars to the very best of the best and Parthenon is surely a good restaurant. The decor is best described as "funtional" with limited good seating.
The food this eveing was average with the calamar being the best choice over the chicken brochette and Pikilia for 2.
I was taken back a bit by the flavour ofthe tomato slices in the Pikilia which had flavours from other ingredients or so it felt.
The food is abundant the prices are more than reasonable and our server was patient and caring throughout.
Great place for a casual meal when you want to feel sated
WE like this place.
It is conveniently located despite being 12 KMs away, plenty of parking, always find a place for us without reservations and they treat us well.
So we can forgive many little problems that come up, which they don't .
The food is uneven but basically well prepared, well presented and a good deal
We always have more than enough food but seem to finish everything presented.
It is a BYOB which is great for us especially since we always travel with a teat tottler.
Great bang for your bucka nd the decor is not as tacky as some other places we tend to frequent.
I will guess that my review will not meet with the opinions of others. Sounded like a cool place and it is. Small eclectic and located in a tucked away part of Villeray that I frequented in a past life looking for things other than breakfast on Sunday.
As I guessed arriving there before 10:30 would assure us a table without a long wait and no sooner did we arrive that we had a "premium" spot by the window. Premium means we could actually get to our seats without having to climb over other diners..but not to worry.
Miniscule place with a miniscule kitchen so service was slower than like but we were well advised of the delay which I find most professional.
Food wise the menu is limited with crepes, eggs and healthier fare which for some reason I felt I needed after an evening of non indulgence.
Poached egg, some yogourt and muselix with 1 slice of toast and some fruit. Pretty healthy right .
I preceded this with a small glass of grapefruit juice which was actually quite good.
Overall the egg was poached very well indeed but the rest did not call for much of a cooking technique.
My guest had a crepe with cheddar, ham and asparagus. Crepe 100% cheese good but a little light, asparagus heavily grilled on one side only but my guest thought it was 100%, ham well too salty too abundant and actually too chewy. same fruits etc.
Coffee acceptable but milk in small individual containers is a nono for a "cool" place.
So not bad right but the kicker is it cost over $40 so I think there are quite a few other choices available and an extra slice of toast at a place called toasteur is not a bad idea
We had not been here for some years before we decided to have some chinese food that was somewhere other than Chinatown. I will go back to Chinatown when someone decides to make tasty food instead of cheap food.
But Tongpour had left a good impression on some of us and we were not disappointed when we did return.
The place is not much to look at a large room holding over 300 or maybe even 400 (dim sum sized) and the parking outside is a nightmare to navigate, don't ask.
We always have the same thing because of a very determined member of our group so its Cantonese chow mein, rice and eggplant which is quite good.
The dishes are huge and you can easily feed twice as many persons as you would think. But our determined friend eats nothing that swims or crawls in water and it is too bad because the salt and pepper shrimp are just too good to be true and at about 12$ for 10-12 shrimps they are a steal.
The soups are good and one day we will try something else I am sure .
Need Chinese save yourself the grief of downtown eat here and walk there ..cars are a hazzard near this area
I like this restaurant but hadn't been here n a few years so I was happy to see it still survived in an arae of Montreal that has seen happier days. This is not a place you sit and linger, you order eat and rush out...so my ratings are based on that style of restaurant.
The prices are more than reasonable for the quality and quantity of food served.
The room is literally unchanged and the menu from what I recall was a similar.
I am a fan of asian food buthave had resrvations about Korean food without really knowing why.
But one thing for sure is you want a seafood omlette/crepe this is the place. Nowhere else in Montreal is t as tasty or crunchy.
I also ordered the mandu which were acceptable and the korean version of a sushi roll that was also acceptable.
Service was good but rushed
I have been back a few times and had ups and downs. Was there at Christmas and had a whooping time but that was because of the company and not the food.
do not get me wrong the ingredients are all very good and the flavours fresh and vibrant. My recommendation is stick with the regular dishes rather than the sushi which is uneven and I find bland..but then again sushi has been dumbed down for years.
Want something delicious, the eggplant with beef is a winner as is just the eggplant. The shrimps are enormous and very tasty (from someone who does not like shrimp)
You can bring your own wine which means its noisy, but the service is number one and there is a young male waiter that is just too good looking to be true and always smiling.
I will return because of the freshness of the ingredients and the wait staff did I mention the waitresses are also hot!!
My second visit and this time again a toss up between Holder and Boris Bistro which has a splendid terrasse that will charm all comers.
But I remember Holder having a better quality of food. The reception was very welcoming and we were seated in a rather nice part of the restaurant despite the fact I was dressed in can only be described as clochard circa 1988.
My companion though more than made up for my appearance. The place is beautiful in a way that can not be readily understood. Practical with tables well located so that the nearness of other diners is forgotten despite the fact they could easily be pouring you wine without standing. tall ceilings add much to the feeling of privacy.
Only one thing before I forget the washrooms had 2 urinals and the tiniest sink I have ever seen, really!!
We had what I thought were the best part of the meal drinks and appetizers. My companion had the goat cheese on flaky pastry while I had the salmon tartare. The chevre was beautifully toasted on the top with just the right amount of warmth . It came with an olive tapenade that I felt was much too strong for the cheese, my taste of course. My salmon was delish with just the right amount of spice and herbs. It was listed to contain caviar but the quantities were unnoticeable to have much impact other than a few black specs.
We then had fish and chips and the pasta with lardons and mushrooms. The fish and chips was good but not 20$ good and I would say they should bring theirs in from around the corner at the fish and chips shop.... The pasta was I should of expected drowned with a rich cream sauce that overpowered everything else in th eplate although the smokiness of the bacon was present.
Wine was actually tasty but of course a compromise considering what we were eating.
Creme brulee yes, coffee yes
Now for service it was impeccable in many was prompt courteous and attentive, but I couldn't help but feel were being shuffled in and out with little concern to interact with the clients. I understand the concept of tourist trade and if Holder can live off of that super but me thinks the winter months could use a dedicated clientele that felt welcome for something other than their credit card.
Would I go back probably but I would stop at the salmon tartare with 2 white russians...
I was stumped for a place to eat on Christmas eve, as is my habit, and I came once again upon the web site of Labarake and said why not. It was a little out of our way, in an area I know little about. The fact the reference point was Loblaw's at the Angus yrads did not inspire great things at first. What a beautiful room. The high loft like cement ceilings the wrought iron stair cases, the brick walls (that look a little too perfect). So the room is great the tables are properly sized in my opnion but the seating has fixed backs and the chairs are too heavy for me to find a comfortable position. It should be said this is my issue.
We had a cocktail and I was happy to not to have to explain what a white russian is.After a few sips and a closer look at my guests quite provocative clothing I took a minute to look over the surroundings. Tables to the front the semi-open kitchen onto the back and left, very visible on the way to the WCs...quite clean I must say and the bar to the back which I find is misplaced, preferiingto see the bar closer to the entrance.
Our waiter was great he actually took the trouble to greet me by my name.
We began witha wine and unfortunately one of our guests prefers white so I did end up ordering something that really was not matched up with anything we had. Again I am rather unconventional and difficult so no shame on the waiter who had t bear with my questions.For the food. We ordered the cod balls on a stick, the scallops wrapped in ham and the calamari.
Everything speaks about first class ingredients and freshness. The scallops were well cooked and beuatifuly presented on a rather large plate. The italian ham was a tad undercooked for my tastes ( Ilke it crispy although that would mean an overcooked scallop). The cod balls again were well balanced but underseasoned with the salsa even more so. They also were cold which took away from the flavour. The calamari were good with teh fish again very fresh tasting. The batter was less that crisp possibly becasue they we sitting one over the others. The portion was also a little small.
For mains I had a hamburger which was well cooked well seasoned and had enough fries on the side to make McDonald's jealous. My partner's fisha nd chips again had a terrific qualiy fish but the batter was a little too thick and not crispy. A tempura batter would do justice to the fish they used. I did not taste the beef jowl but was give the thumbs up on this dish.
Just tweak the food a little
Cold night with only a few places to choose from. The room is gorgeous for my taste with a comfortable temperature, which for some reason many restaurants can't maintain. Our server was very good although as the room filled it became clear the resto was sorely understaffed this evening. The result was unfilled water glasses, dirty dishes left on our table for almost the entire evening and the one thing I do not want to see, hurried staff.
The cocktails were very good. The appetizers were uneven with the agedashi being the winner. The sushi was well made but uneventfull.
The 3 rolls arrived in sequence and were enjoyable and beautifully displayed. The most notable was the last, a roll with a sweet taste that included strawberries.
Overall the sushi was a little above average .
You should though try the black rice dessert which included a very tasty topping of mixed fruits.
I happened on this restaurant on New Year's Eve as a last resort of sorts. My original plans scuttled by a flu that kept us home. As well my favs were closed.
I have passed by several times without taking a close look at the interiors. My first impression was of a functional room with a simple clean design.at closer glance the work area looked cluttered an disorganized. The path to the back kitchen also had 3 bags of what was surely soiled linens to be cleaned. One would think it would be a better idea to keep this out of sight.
The meal was take out and I ordered a mix of sushi and rolls. The food was prepped in the 20 minutes stated.
In general the food looked acceptable. The sushi itself was also just passable with the rice especially having little flavour to speak of. The proportion of rice to fish was too high for my taste
The rolls were again lacking taste, with the flavours too blended. And unbalanced.
I can't speak of the service .
I am also surprised to see this resto rated higher than others I much prefer.
I chose this restaurant on a whim on an evening that called more for a home cooked meal since the weather was horrible and it was some 30 minute drive from downtown. My choice of Peruvian was simply a connection with my nephew's wife who is by all accounts Peruvian.
Call me simple but I had no idea what to expect as far as menu so I did what anyone should do is follow the waiter's recommendations.
Before I begin I have to say the room is quite ordinary with misplaced dollar store decorations on the wall. There were 2 large groups when we arrived and our reservation was sitting directly to the backs of one of these that left my companion rather distraught, she being claustrophobic.
It is that one of the great mysteries of restaurants in Montreal again showed its face. I tried to explain to the waitress that this table would not do and could she find another table. She only looked at me with doe eyes and I realized she spoke little or no English and not much more French. Just as we were preparing to leave a young waiter arrived and found a nice table for us.
For the food we ended up with a ceviche of fish followed by a beef dish that for the love of me I cannot remember. And here lies another mystery how restaurants can serve such large quantities of quality food at such prices. The plate was $20 dollars but more than enough food for 4 and the beef dish although lacking in tenderness .
As we ate our meal there were several other dishes passed besides us that looked also disproportionately large and delicious.
I really need to get back there one day when my appetite is as big as my eyes.
Their wine policy is also great with a $5 bottling charge on rather good wine
I want to make the point that I respect ratings chart and give out stars rather frugally but always in consideration of the costs.
I like this resto the food to me looks as authentic as possible with large portions, good flavours. This resto also takes its spicing seriously, so if you ask for hot be prepared as I was a little taken aback by a hot masala dosa which turned out was delish.
You must try the chicken 65 simply because of its name..as my friend describes it an Indian general tao but better.
Service is good the room is tiny so crowded but they do have the coolest swivel chairs that should be adopted everywhere.
Overall a cut above many in the area...also they did not make a fuss over my nasty bad habit (unintentional of course) of spilling water
I believe they are running out of corners in this area to open Indian/Pakistani restaurants. I was in the area and needed to eat before my sugar levels went off the charts. This place happened to be across the street from my usual haunt and I decided why not. Strangely or maybe not so there were at least 8-9 tables on a Sunday afternoon at 3. Completely renovated the room looks nice but un-inspired, no barriers to create some type of ambiance.
But I was here because for a thali dish you want all efforts on the food. The plate was fine with most ingredients fresh. A small dish of Paneer with onions was way too sweet and gooey for my tastes but otherwise a good dining experience.
The service was top notch with waitresses (whom I have seen elsewhere before) actually smiled..this being a lost art form in Montreal of late.
Me thinks I will give this place a try simply because I was well received on a day when i was just hungry and couldn't have cared less for these amenities.
Can I suggest we start a movement to ban carpets in restaurants!!!
Third time is a charm they say unless you are eating here. The food is pedestrian. The food is typical Vietnamese (south asian) fare with heavy use of sauces that overwhelm everything. Service was weak mainly because one waiter on staff for both the rather large room and a terrasse outside. Result the sushi chef was helping out when he didn't have his hands in someone's sushi.
Not cheap either with 2 meals over 40 dollars. It is a bring your own wine located right next to the SAQ express so there is some convenience.
For my tastes there are at least 2 other restaurants within 5 minutes of this location that offer the same fare except better and cheaper.
Maybe there is another saying for a forth visit who knows?
Food is consistent. Menu is unchanged in over 10 years maybe longer.
Killer terrasse if weather permits
Prices are reasonable
Staff is likeable considering the traffic
OK at times it is too loud too crowded
I still keep returning
Oh you jave to love the wine glasses....just like at my house on those family dinners
I love to eat a variety of dishes that tingle my palate and expand my taste buds.
So here we are at this rather nice looking restaurant. The wine celalr that you stumble on immediately after entering looks interesting enough but tonight I am hot and beer is what I crave.
First off I must say the staff is very attentive and professional. With the excption of when came time to pay my bill. Somehow the wait staff could not tell me if they accepted my American Express card..odd
OK for the food. We were steered towards 8 dishes for both of us which turned out to be more than enough food. Of teh 8 I would say that two were exceptional. The black cod was well cooked, moist flavourful and a generous portion. What followed was the sardines as I never had before, they looked more poached than grilled sitting beatifully on a slice of avocado. Delectable...I ws starting to think I had hit the motherload. Unfortunately the other dishes were either just soso or just plain. The stuffed rabbit mushrooms lacked colour and the flavours were jumbled to a point that it was difficult to distinguish the meat used. A few weeks after the meal the rest of the dishes have faded from my memory. I was reminded by my companion taht the calamar dish was not pretty to look at and the taste was really too mushy... a little crunch would have punched up the dish.
I may try this place again since I was a bit off that evening and the first 2 dishes showed me the kitchen is more tahn capable of delivering something tasty.
Tried this restaurant based on the comments from this site. Most are accurate in that this establishment provides an above avergae dining experience for a BYOB.
Fisrts impressions are so important, as we walked in we were greetd by a young host who had a smile from ear to ear. I felt welcome.
we were lucky to have a table even mid week as the restaurant was full of couples and some larger groups. The size of this reaturant is small but well laid ou with most of the tables able to have a view on the kitchen that was staffed by 4. The service was very polite and discreet. The noise level as expected is high the effect of customers able to BYOB
The menu is limited and we decided on the table d'hote despite the fact I was not particularly hungry.
I ordered for both of us with the crab slade, the gaspar porcelet frit followed by the lamb and the rabbit from Stanstead.
The menu included a cream of cauliflower with marrons...a tasty soup that arrived hot. This should be noted since many restaurants have a sad habit of serving soups just slightly above the room temperature.
The crabe salade although fresh was bland and uninspired but fresh with plenty of real crab. The pork was a big hit with both of us. Moist on the inside and slightly crunchy on the exterior with loads of flavour. Too bad it was such a small portion. The mains arrived after a perfect pause. I ate the lamb which was described as a souris d'agneau. Lamb shank which was very generous and cooked well although it was a little on the dry side which may have been caused by the meal being prepared the day before. The rabbit was also a generous portion and stuffed with a mixture containing bacon. Everything tastes better with bacon of course. beuatifully presented it also had dispapointingly a dryness to it.
The accompanyments were tasty and well balanced. dessert was apple something and lemon something. Both a good finish to the meal.
Overall the food is better than average although I would like to note that I found the tab to be higher than noted in other reviews, yet still worth while.
The waiters and host were excellent and other "hip/busy" rsetos should take some notes that you can still be customer oriented even while you are successful.
I honetsly did not know I was walking into this particular resto. Recognizing teh sign I recalled hearing this was a happening place . The only restaurant on Parc that seemed busy with large groups outside enjoying a cool summer night.
we ordered the greek salad, the chicken and the tempura monkfish.We also ordered two beers since I was too thirsty for wine. On a personal note one of the beers had a distinctive taste of cloves which I cannot bear under any circumstance but I will know for the next time. The wine list looked impressive, eclectic and well priced. The decor although hip was less than inspiring and the seating arrangements for some must be very uncomfortable, which for a restaurant is either the kiss of death of simply that quirkiness that everyone enjoys. The latter seems to be the case for Simone. The crowd is loud, young,well coiffed, fashionable. All things I am not.
And the food... of the three dishes the salad shone. Fresh, crisp, good blend of vegetables and the cheese was excellent. The Monkfish tempura in my opinion was a big failure. The batter was more fish and chips than tempura and the monkfish a delectable ingredient was reduced to filler and unrecognizable as monkfish. The batter also absorbed the sauce that was served with it making this a dish that failed on many levels. The chicken arrives on a yummy slightly hollowed out board that looks stunning with patatoes and other root vegetables. A very plump and moist bird but with little or no seasoning.
My espresso at the end was ok but not much more, even a little burnt.
Overall if you like to be with the "in" crowd and judge your restos by the company it carries this is the place for you. If I had someone to impress, think a thirty something, again this may be on my list for a light snack, for foodies hmmm maybe not.
One last thing, the service was excellent by some of the staff and completely uninterested by others.
I have eaten here twice. I tend to stayaway from Italian restaurants simply because rightly or wrongly I believe I can make better Italian at home
This resto though serves honest food that is fresh and tasty to most palates. Personally I prefer my sauce to be less sweet, simply a regional difference and the meatballs could be lighter and moister.
The pasta was good and the antipasto was also adequate.
Service was great. that evening the waitress had a smile throughout and was attentive without being overbearing
Bring your own wine a big plus.
Do not be fooled by the rating most will find the food to be very good
I waited a few days before writing this, otehrwise it would be a tirade on what poor service
I enjoyed a meal with a customer one evening m,id week. The restaurant was almost full but 3 tables were available.
Oddly enough our waiter had us stand in a cramped space until all tables had been set.
We ordered and the food that arrived was good. Cod cakes were on the menu as an apetizer. Not great but well executed. We also ordered the sardines, again well executed and the flesh was firm as should be.
When the plates were being removed one of my guests asked for more of the sauce that accompanied the cod cakes. I had not tried the sauce but it seemed muy guest found it to his liking. I almost dropped my fork when I heard our waiter say that the 1 ounce of sauce was only served with the cakes.
He must of noticed my shock and said is it OK in a rather confrontational manner. I answered no it was not OK but it did not look like I would change his mind. His response was I apply the rules I don't make them.
The mains came after the waiter took the time to serve 2 guests who arrived after us and so my fries were cold on the service.
Food was Ok and I may have actually enjoyed the grilled chicken and the ribs if not for feeling like I was taxing them with my business.
Bad day at work !!
Maybe! Should I be the proverbial dog that gets kicked? I think not.
Good food yes. WillI be back not likely.
I hope people in this industry realize eating out is an experience and not only about the food. If it was I would be eating less meals out.
Starngely we were out again a few days later same folks, food was of a lesser quality and just as expensive but guess what we were treated with a smile throughout. My guests are still talking about it.
I had heard both good and bad about this restaurant ad would of likely not been there last Saturday had it not been for an invitation to attend a group dinner for persons I do not know well.
Friendship finally won me over and I gladly accepted the date.
To be frank a group dinner on a busy Saturday night should never be used as a benchmark for any restaurant in both the food and service category.
All the guests ate from a :group Dinner: menu. I firmly believed I would have a choice of from the one page menu that was divided with appetizers fish and meats.
I was obviously not paying attention since this meant that we would all be eating family style. Th is fine in a group of close knit friends but casual acquaintances is another story.
oVEConsidering the :group: concept I found the food to be adequate. The first thing to arrive was the bread small loaves cut into pieces that still were attached at some places, meaning I had to handle bread I was not going to eat.. It was however quite good and soaked up some olive oil I asked the waiter for. next up the appetizers the usual Greek fare of spreads some calamari salad and feta. Unfortunately after 2 or 3 trips into the plate the appetizers mixed together creating an image resembling a Jackson Pollock painting. I noticed some guests stopped eating at this point.
Next up 2 plates one of meats that consisted of lamb chicken and sausage the other fish all shrimp and scallops. The chicken was acceptable and not to dry, the lamb fared worse being overdone and chewy. The sausage was simply not flavourful ( but I generally do not like sausage in any form). ~The other plate had some moist and tasty shrimp while the accompanying scallops were simply put blah tasting mainly of salt.
A side dish of potatoes was very good while the steamed vegetables could of used seasoning.
The service which many in this forum mention was poor was actually quite good , what was less impressive was the excessive noise and the heat on a cold evening.
Better than I thought. Overall in a tough Greek Montreal market I may pass on the next invite for group fare but if I do wander along one day I may just give this one another try
Th erestaurant has a fabled history as a pioneer serving middle eastern fare. It is still one of the better known rsetaurants in Montreal for this type of food.
Not knowing what to eat on a cold Friday night I figured eating anything that comes from warmer climes would lift my spirits.
A 20 minute drive and a fifteen minute search for available parking and we arrived.
I have been here a few times before and knew the decor was not what should attract people here, it is just that as years go on the decore becomes more and more afactor with this location. A large almost square room with low ceilings and nothing to interupt the size in any way. The walls are lined with mirrors that is so 80's and the glass top tables that are likely easy to maintain but add nothing to the dining experienec.
The food we chose was simply an assortment of appetizers including the eggplant sald the hummus kebbe a fatouche and a spread I do not now recall the name a mixture of red peppers and walnuts with a touch of heat.
The food arrived rapidly which lead me to believe some items are prepared in advance.
The hummus was good but not dazzling, the spraed although very fragarant and tasty was simply too overpowering to eat completely. The fatouche was adequate and refreshing as it should but again no wow factor.
The kebbe was warm and themeat was properly spiced, a little on teh large size for my companion who simply found them unattractive.
I genrally am not very squemish when it comes to restos having worked in a few restaurants , but it might be a god idea to limit the view of th ekitchen in this case. Not taht the area looked bad or dirty more the 2 ladies I saw preparing food that had aprons on that were soiled badly.
The restrooms could use a look at once in a while.
One last commnet it would be nice to feel welcome tehre was a perfunctory how was the meal and come again but it was definetly not hearfelt and it came across.
I will surely eat here again some day but I find there are now many other choices the enst time I crave this type of food.
No denying the owner is a charming person dedicated to her craft. Th eroom although barrren by many standards, is inviting with the select decorating pieces that make one forget we are in the middle of winter and Montreal.
The menu may be daunting at first with the various set menus however it turns out to be simple and easy to choose.
We had the tabouleh and the kibbe both of which were excellent. The pate with nuts was intriguing but in th eend just not my cup of tea.
The shrimps we had were wonderful, tasty and juicy. This from someone who usually does not like shrimps.
The rice that accompanied the shrimp was just out of this world with grilled nuts lying atop teh dish. Honestly the rice would ahve made this restaurant a great choice.
Teh owner was kind enough to offer us complemenatry desserts that appeared at first taste dry compared to the baklavea I usually taset, however as I ate them I realized they had more texture and complex tastes than the honey laden varieties.
The wine that accompanied th emeal was also nice.
This restaurant has it down pat if you are in the mood for honest fresh food.
Many years in this city and I had yet to try this resto.
First I like the place the lighting is in line with the image it wants to portray. The place is well assembled for such an odd floor layout out and the bar along the wall adds character in spades. The service that evening was exceptional. Attentive but in a stealth manner. I had a very fresh salad always welcome and the rabbit risotto. Generous amounts of rabbit even if it some was slightly on the dry side. The risotto perfectly cooked . so much so that I even enjoyed the carrots inside despite the fact I think iy so uncouth to use carrots in risotto .
The food was very adequate without it blowing my mond.
My companion had the tartar which he loved...yucchhyy. The wines suggested were very appropriate.
The coffee was absolutely astounding.one of the best had. I guess they have learnt how to use the equipment.
It is little things that make the difference, at one point there was some difficulty with the cork of the wine. The waiter seeing it would be a little more laborious excused himself and went to work on the bottle elsewhere. Nice touch. Nice experience for the first time.
Overall all the small things make this place some where I want to return. Maybe other would be restauranteurs should pay it a visit from time to time to see how it is done.
How do you write a review about a restaurant that in so few years has carved itself a reputation that spreads across Canada not speak of the chef owner who is a beast of a man in so many respects.
Well I figure the facts should speak for themselves. A group of 5 with reservations at 9 for a birthday. Simple request made weeks in advance. I was the first to arrive and was met by the hostess in can onlu be described as a sardine can passing itself off for the entrance. Having not made the reservations myself I asked for the reservation for the party of 5 which was possibly under either of 2 names. I was asked if I could provide a phone number which I did . This should of been the first sign, I was confronted with a bemused look and told the number did not match, when I asked what number she had I realized it was off by one digit and had been a mistake when they took the reservation. OK I waited a few minutes and asked again if I could take a seat at the table. The only response I received was :is all your party here:. HMM how does that matter mais wtf.
A few minutes later I understood much better. The hostess again looked at me called me by another name and asked if I was the aprty of 2. No I am with the reservation for 5. She looked at soemone else and asked them. No. and this went on throughout the lineup with no response. At this stage she looked at everyone and asked "who is next"
Wow , A few minutes later everyone arrived and I then asked for our table..all she could do was smile and leave the reception area to return minutes later with a request if we wanted a beer while we waited.
We finally got a table 40 minutes later crushed between 2 other groups who has assumed territorial dominance over their small area. The food was OK but not WOW. My daughte and I shared the "must have" pintendre for 2 and guess what it tasted like chicken. The other guests were pleased with the meals but eating 80 minutes late is not a pleasant experienec. The waiter was professional and recommended an excellent bottle of wine. The dessert and coffe were excellent but did not make up for the food. So if you enjoy a raucous evening in cramped quarters with cholesterol rick ingredients in your plates with the chance of being in the same room as a celebrity then this is your place especially if service is not that big a feature.
Drove by this place many a times and ws curious to see what it had to offer.
Overall the restaurant has a very pleasant appearance when entering. This I think is caused by the choice of warm colours that made me feel at home. The decorations are minimal but tasteful and whomever designed the layout made the best of the space.
The service was pleasant and efficient from beginning to end, it was a week night and not very busy. First thing I spotted was a couple having pizza which surprised me simply because I had imagined a different type of menu. When I looked over the menu I realized this was a neighbourhood greek restaurant that had re invented itself in the looks department but left the menu intact.
The plates were well presented but the food was average in my opinion. I had the moussaka , acceptable.
My companion was also impressed with the place but non descript in the food department.
Not sure I would eat here again the [rices seemed to be a little steep for the quality but come summertime I am sure many would make use of the small terrasse outside
There are not too many restaurants where the owners ,who are surely overworked, can come across as sincere and calm.
On the night my partner and I were there several tables were occupied and a few with large groups that are nightmarish at the best of times. It also looked like they were understaffed. A small room but a single server for meals and drinks is a daunting staff.
So when I say the service was discreet yet effective it is indeed a high compliment and our water glasses were refilled when empty. To top matters the waiter/owner took the time to assist us in our choices. It is refreshing to hear someone who is passioante boutthe food he serves.
We had two soups teh Azteca and the black bean, by far the Azteca was the most complex and tasty of the two. however the black bean by most standards was more than acceptable. This was followed by the guacomole, which I have very rarely, but as my companion mentioned it was tasy yet light with nuances of flavour and none of them overpowering. I also ordered the fish ceviche which although good had something missing jsut not enough wow flavours. Lastely we had th erecommended pepper stuffed with pork and tyhat lovely touch of pomeganite seeds.
All in all the food was good to graet the service was wonderful. Th eroom despite being small and a little crowded worked for what was an intimate supper.
I've eaten here 4 times and I think the food has acyually gotten better.
And besides that its in a out of the way palce so if you are trying to be a food hound this goes a long way in establishing your creds...but please return for the food.
One comment if the owner does read this ..set up a small display of the tableware you use to sell ..you would make my companion's day!!
I have eaten more times than any other sushi resto..and I do eat at many. Previously owned by what i woul dconsider a quirky chef who has now moved beyond my travel range in Laprairie.
Like anything new there is an adjustment time for restos and I have come to like this place for a combination of things. The service is as you like it fast or slow. The staff is friendly although not much in the suggestion departent.
The sushi is fresh and well made with the right proportion of rice to fish. They have some interesting items on the board.
I am not much of a tempura fan yet I will order it here on occasion.
Thisis the place I go to where I can feel at home and enjoy by my standards what a typical neighborhood sushi restauarnt would be liek in Japan (to some extent)
I am a little surprised it is not as busy some nights as it is a not only better tasting than most it is also a better deal.
I like the casula service this establishment affords. It is surly with a smile. Considering the number of customers the ait staff deals with each day I am surprised they maintain an air of calmness.
As with most restaurants one reason you go back is the service.
Food here is a hit and miss. It offers some great chicken..most of the time. Its wraps are delicious, generous and a bargain.
If I had one knock its the calamari which are usually a fav in most Greek restaurants...here they are too heavy, soggy and chewy.
I still return so something is right about Nostos
I like the spot despite my aversion to pub style food. It was also the only place open.
The food was actually as advertised better than the regular pub menu. My dinner date had the fish and chips and they were the real deal. Not too much batter. The pieces cooked at the righttemperature leaving the breading crisp.
Beer on tap great.
My only negative was teh burger advertised as Angus. Generous portion and well cooked but it may been frozen not that long before I ordered it.
Service was very nice indeed although the low cut tops the waitresses wear may be a little too much..
I have eaten at both locations and surprisingly the quality is consistent. The menu is vast he decor is sumptous considering a mid level price.
I've eaten teh hamburgers the fish and chips that were both good.
Previous times my dinner companion raved about the Maui salad and lo and behold she was ight a large portion fresh legumes and quite tasty.
The service has always been above par so I expect they hire with proven experience or they train the staff.
Either way I think they have a winning success
I read some reviews about the spaciousness of his restaurant and yes it is a nice room, the only poblem is that the tables are too small to hold the large plates. I asked for a larger table since I knew we would run out of space, as my partner and I tend to overdo sushi.
We were told alll th eother tables were accounted for. We ordered 2 appetizers teh Agedashi and sweet patatoe tempura with a bottle of Sake. The bottle of sake si actually three containers 2 the same size and a smaller one. Why who knows. The fisrt carafe was lukewarm but hey why complain. Then things went from irritating to downright Daliesque.
Afetr waiting for what seemed to be a very long tiem, and it was since the table next to us arriving later had been through teh first round of appetizers, teh waiter arrived with our sushi. I aksed about the agadashi and the sweet patato tempura. He had forgotten, Ok could you please order them!. After several more minutes he returned explaing the kitchen had told it they would be ready soon but they were still delayed.
I never quite understand why waiters feel that this will comfort guests.
After a few more minutes and no eye contact the gadashi arrives. When I ask about teh tempura a look of bewilderment crosses the waiter's face and off he goes. still some tiem later it finally arrives.
Needless to say with all this going on outr table is now overun with dishes.
At this time our waiter becomes the invisisble man, no where to be found and when he is in sight it looks like he istrying too hard not to look our way.
All we want is our last carafe of sake....
Alas we spent more time waiting than eating.
Nary a sorry from anyone. I expected that they would have at least offered us a complimentary anything.
The food is OK but I find the prices are higherthan most places, but this may simply be the West Isalnd factor.
Our bill at $143 without tip but with taxes was not small for 2 and felt we could of surely sone better
I was introduced to this resto by my wife who is a good judge of all things. I cannot say this is the best sushi in town but what does set this place apart is the service, the young man who is usually there has a great disposition and is the main reason, aside from the BYOB policy, that I keep returning. This is not to say the food is not good it is average with ups and unfortunately downs at times.
If you are looking for something in the Mile End I would at least give this one a try.
Besides with all the construction going it may be easier to get a table on weekends
Appearances can be deceptive. Located in a strip mall which looked deserted when we arrived, the interior belies its facade. The rsetauarnt although not "haut decor" is slick and functional. First the food which I found to be fresh and abundant. The grilled vegetables dish was the most generous serving I have had in Montreal with great variety. I stuck with the Italian fare and the pasta was well cooked the sauce was neither overburdened with spices (as is the norm in most establishments) nor too oily. Everyone had a good time and our waiter daniel was a real firecracker
In he west isl;and this is the place for pasta and oh the BYOB policy is nice
I eat regularly and always at lunch. I enjoy the buffet the steady stream of customers makes sure there aren't too many leftover dishes.
You can get in and out in 25 minutes with a full stomach of fresh food although I could not swear this is authentic Indian fare.
No surprises at Panama. The staff is super. The food is consistently good and it is open late enough for my schedule. I tend to order too much food so I often think its a bit pricey.
Although everyone raves about thechicken my fav is the cod.
What can you say about a place that serves simple yet tasty food made with the best fresh products avaialble. Add a great decor (for my taste) Knowledgable and friendly staff and you have a winning proposal. The only issue I have is I am a last minute person so at times I cannot get a table.
The octupus is delicious!