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lundi, 22 août, 2005
I had probably given this establishment 5 stars before but last night was quite a disappointment.
First, since the last time we visited this place, the prices have sky-rocketed and the portions became a bit smaller (a smaller plate). The hamburger had a good BBQ taste but the meat was no longer as juicy as it was in the olden days. Secondly, the fries were not the Suzy Q fries that were part of their signature; 3/4 of the plate was filled with little remnants of fries. The Heiniken beer was $8.95! The restaurant was almost empty at 7pm on a Sunday, almost unheard of for this establishment when at one time there were at least 20 people waiting in line to be seated (capacity has gone up to 200). A portion of fries alone will cost one $6.25, espresso/cappuccino about $4.25 just as an example. We left the place disappointed especially since it has become a somewhat touristic trap.
I ordered the escargots and was surprised to see the plate covered with pieces of mushrooms...The Cesar salad was good but the dressing came from a bottle. Service was extremely slow (the restaurant was full and only had one waiter). Prices a bit steep for what they have to offer. This was my second visit.
Excellent option for a casual evening BYOB. Freshest ingredients. Great service. It has become our regular weekly place.
Malgré le fait que le poulet était assez bon, hélas, c'est loin d'être le poulet grillé à la portuguaise.....les pommes de terre étaient excellentes, comme le riz et la salade, le service professionnel et très courtois, nous allons surement y retourner mais peut être commander autre chose, car le menu est assez varié. Les prix un peu salés pour un "fast-food" à la portuguaise mais les portions sont quand même très généreuses.
Extremely popular restaurant in Westmount (always full). Prices reasonable. Service impeccable. Generous portions of delicious food (most of the time we have to ask for a doggy bag). At the end of each meal, we are served fortune cookies with a plate full of delicious walnuts. It has become our regular dinner hang-out. Worth a detour!
My husband asked for the grilled chicken and I had the calamar; I asked for garlic butter on the side and the waiter was a bit insulted and said "why would you want to change our recipe?". The chicken was ok - nothing more and not really resembling the authentic Portuguese rub that many Portuguese eateries practice. My calmar was ok - but the sauce was extremely bland. Service was ok but nothing out of the ordinary. The chicken, by the way, was not done completely and parts of it were almost pink. From the outside window looking inside, I noticed that the grill was not very clean and neither were the counters. Three hours later, my husband had something similar to gastroenteritis. I regret I have to write this but in my 50 years of eating at Montreal restaurants, this never happened to me or my husband. The decor is pleasant, but I would much rather prefer for the grill itself to be cleaned every day. The accumulated grease on the grill was quite a sight.
Le trésor caché.....the hidden gem...vegan-friendly restaurant in NDG. We are meat-eaters par excellence but the menu not only showed an excellent, balanced vegan diet, but also the answer to many people that are lactose and gluten intolerant. The line-up of a richly-created menu was simply fantastic. The wine list (among them Chateauneuf-du-Pape) was surprisingly affordable and the espresso was excellent. Service was beyond expectations. What a great new place! Bravo!
Prix fixe for lunch menu at $25. Good value. Fresh ingredients. The salmon tartare could have used a bit more lemon, salt and throw in some capers and snipped dill. The tuna hamburger though was bland. The lamb chops were excellent and so was the fish of the day. A nice experience nevertheless.
We ordered delivery for a variety of things - soup, rice, beef with crunchy spinach, etc.etc. The moment I opened the beef it smelled like rotten eggs. I threw it out.
We used to go more often to this restaurant when everything was being made from scratch each morning. This time I believe things really changed.
We were a table of 3. The full course menus were like most items on the regular menu, quite overpriced for what it was offered. The wine list was in poor supply and the penne came with inexistent sausage swimming in a rose sauce. Espressos were excellent, as always. Service was polished.
Beautifully decorated restaurant resembling Santorini; nice outdoor terrace for dining al fresco. We ordered quite a few appetizers (hot and cold) but were disappointed in the tarama, eggplant dip and the kopanisti which was way too salty. Ordered a moussaka which at $29 was overpriced and mediocre. The sardines (appetizer) was ok. The dessert (galaktoboureko) was good and so was the Greek coffee. Overpriced restaurant to compensate for the BYOB policy. Service was professional throughout. A bit of a disappointment considering.
Magnificent small restaurant run by family. You feel as though you're part of the family! But the food.....especially all the soups, are simply wonderful. Try the Tom Yum soup which is very filling! At lunch they have specials. A real hidden gem!
I have previously reviewed this restaurant a year or so ago but after today's visit, I had to redo my review.
Unfortunately it was not one of our most memorable times. I ordered an onion soup which came within minutes. It was a generous bowl but the soup had salad croutons scattered and the small chunk of mozzarella was sinking. After the first taste, I noticed something was definitely wrong with the soup. After the second slurp, I noticed the pungent taste that just did not make any sense: the soup was filled with soy sauce. I returned the soup promptly as it left a bad taste in my mouth and ordered the large kosher hot dog which came dressed with half-moon onion slices, cold bacon bits and a humongous bun which I left almost untouched. The onion rings were ok but nothing to write home about. My husband's hamburger was sinking in the gigantic bun and topped with cold bacon slices and Kraft individually wrapped processed cheese. Service was very, very slow and we were told they had a new chef trainee.
This is what happens when a new restaurant is opening and is an instant hit. Instead of continuing to renew, modify and make things better, the quality goes down and live off the reputation. Personally, I do not think I shall visit again. At least not for now.
A run-of-the-mill resto on Somerled Avenue, more or less cafeteria atmosphere. Prices are quite reasonable but food is quite greasy (although the squid platter was good but quite greasy). The lamb chops also had a lot of fat and some were burned. The chicken wings were also burned and too tough. The Cesar salad was a bit wilted and was swimming in dressing. The chicken rice soup was good. The garlic butter was cold. Service with a smile came at the end unfortunately when the waitress refilled my cup of coffee. The menu itself has pictures and is quite extensive. A lot of take-out with very reasonable prices.
Good prices, excellent service, generous portions. However, the desserts are a tad too expensive (a slim apple pie slice goes for $6.75).
Nous nous sommes arrêtés pour 2 allongés sur la terasse, et mon mari a voulu commander les hamburgers miniatures à 14$. Quel délice et quelle surprise agréable de passer des bons moments. Service impeccable. Plats superbes. On reviendra le soir, ça c'est sur et certain!
Nous avons eu l'idée de nous arrêter devant ce resto et par hasard, nous nous sommes assis à une table sur la terasse.
À part de la bouffe qui est excellente et les portions assez généreuses, nous avons eu l'impression d'avoir diné dans un resto de quartier ....à Paris. Mais quelle ambiance agréable! Et le service! Grâce à une attitude d'un resto qui sait comment continuer à améliorer et innover le menu et la philosophie, on voit bien que ce resto ne vit pas selon sa réputation, mais sait comment répondre aux besoins de sa clientèle. Nous avons passé une soirée sublime! Merci!
Excellent food (very few know how to prepare octopus)...everything done from scratch! Prices are very reasonable. Although the service was extremely slow, we will definitely return.
We needed a shot of afternoon espresso so Mandy's was the only place that had an empty parking spot in front of it.
The place looks absolutely fabulous, a touch of old, a touch of new, an array of salads served in artsy bowls.
Unfortunately, I was looking for the usually large espresso machine but could not find it. Instead, they had a singular Nespresso machine and at a price of $4.00 (one shot) it would be served in a paper cup. Hm. I said "No thanks".
Prices of salads are, if you ask me, a bit exorbitant. For $15 a salad,it must be exceptional and within the walls of a well reputed restaurant. This is not a restaurant or a bistro per se. It is a coffee shop. For the price I'd probably go elsewhere. But then again, if one charges $4.00 for an espresso, it should not be served in a paper cup (unless of course you want it "to go").
Very pleasant dining al fresco on Monkland Avenue. Shared 1 appetizer (arrancini) and 1 pizza cappriciosa. The thin crust and toppings were great. The arrancini was good too. The service was very professional. Will be sure to return.
Just stopped by for an espresso and a dessert (which was fantastic). This is one of the few kid-friendly places. Inside it looks like a real family place and at the back of the restaurant there is a huge table capable of seating about 18 people. Have seen pizzas, salads, burgers, etc. Not cheap, but the best and freshest quality. Outside seating too, bathrooms spotless clean, service is A-1. Only opened 8 months ago but I am sure it will become a spot for us!
An espresso should have some foam on top; mine had none (at $3 an espresso, no less). I wanted a chocolate Danish heated a bit but they had no means of heating anything so I chose a blueberry/apple muffin. Service too had a lot to be desired (a simple smile costs nothing). Mostly frequented by students who opt for a bit of fresh air when doing their homework.
We have dined here on many occasions and the food seemed to be "ok", not more than that.
But last night was a huge disappointment.
The Roquefort "Moules et frites" plate contained almost no blue cheese. Another plate with Moules Marinieres was swimming in a huge soup plate that when the mussels were consumed, the liquid almost came to the rim of the plate. The 2 other plates of pastas were mediocre. And the escargots appetizer was swimming in oil (not butter as it is supposed to be). The Roquefort Moules et Frites was nicely returned to the manager who later on brought a plate with (this time) the blue cheese advertised.
The attitude of the manager left a bit to be desired, and was reluctant to "make place" for us on the ground floor, saying the tables were all reserved. Incidentally, after almost 2 hours, no one that had presumably reserved the tables ever showed up.
Unfortunately, this establishment is now a franchise and no longer has the individual touch we so much long for. And for the price (even though it is a BYOB), I find it quite high for the quality.
A great neighbourhood eatery. But - after we had gone there for the third time in less than 1 month, I started noticing that the General Tao Chicken's sauce was not the Tao sauce but the one used for the orange duck. The sauce was good, too thick, though, and too sweet. The Tao is a totally different sauce and a bit spicy. It seems that they sugar everything (even the dry garlicky spare ribs).
No menu at this eatery, right in the heart of Westmount. One has to get up and read the available meals on the wall. The chicken piccata consisted of 4 very tender chicken breast thin pieces with garlic pasta on the side. The 4 lamb chops (again with pasta) was a bit tough and could hardly be chewed. The eggplant parmigiana (again with pasta on the side) was ok. The salmon with pasta on the side was ok too. The soups were very good. All in all, not a bad experience, however, for what one gets, the prices are a bit too steep. The place was a bit crammed without air conditioning or even air circulation or a fan.It says "Iranian restaurant" yet Iranian specialties were non-existent.
Nous avons opté pour le menu special de 21h à minuit pour 25$. Quelle surprise agréable! Tout était impeccable. Les portions sont immenses, le service excellent, le stationnement est gratuit (en arrière du resto) mais il faut réserver! Pour ceux qui veulent de la qualité à un coût presque minime (comparativement à la qualité et au NOM de l'établissement, c'est une solution idéale). Seul bémol: très bruyant mais.....plein de vie et joie! Une vraie revelation!
We have not as yet tried this restaurant in the evening, but lunch today was not only good, but a wonderful deal. Very friendly and knowledgeable staff, who not only suggested but recommended menu items which in the end turned out to be fabulous. Excellent value!
En été, ceux qui veulent manger et boire vite, et qui nont pas le temps de se relaxer, cest une belle place, près du canal. Faut aller chercher votre bière, bouffe, etc. Les prix sont un peu élevés, mais si vous voulez manger et boire vite, cest LA place. Vous pouvez, lors dune promenade, emmener votre chien. Ambiance conviviale. Le sandwich « viande fumée » était très bon, de même que les bières! Il ny a pas de service à la table, il faut aller au bar et vous servir vous-même. Menu très limité, puisque laccent se met sur la bière, qui est très bon marché. Une bonne découverte!
After waiting for 10 minutes at the door to be seated, our presence was finally acknowledged and we went to eat on the terasse. The appetizers (fried dumplings and egg rolls) were quite good. The 2 entrees were garlic chicken (very small chicken pieces) and the Pad Thai which really disappointed me as it was quite greasy and had very little meat and only 2 small shrimp. Prices are quite reasonable and service is passable.
Probably the best egg rolls and sweet and sour soup all around. The General Tao chicken was a bit bland, but was a generous portion and the chicken was truly succulent. My companion's shrimp with lobster sauce was more like a huge soup; the shrimp were excellent and the portion generous. Service was excellent! We will most definitely return.
Cet établissement n'est plus ce qu'il était auparavant.
D'abord, les prix ont presque doublé.
Mon conjoint a commandé un sandwich à la viande fumée. La viande n'était pas "old fashioned" et la coupe était mediocre (couper la viande fumée est une spécialité en soi). Moi, j'ai commandé un hamburger qui également était très tiède. Les frites étaient satisfaisantes. La soupe aux nouilles a été servie dans une grande tasse à café (je me demande qu'est-ce qu'ils ont fait avec les bols).
Le service était un peu brusque. Je ne pense pas que nous y reviendrons.
Très, très decevant.
Beautiful restaurant with a nice terrace. We chose to dine on 4 appetizers which was plenty between the two of us. The calamari plate was very good with the organic salad but it would be a good thing to put all the sauces "on the side" and not on the calamari. The steamed veggie dumplings were also great, nicely served, with a simple soy sauce for dipping. The spring rolls were crunchy and fresh. But the salmon tartare with salad and fries was absolutely sublime! Service was a bit disorganized (servers were really overwhelmed so it is understandable) but extremely polite and really helpful. Presentation of each plate was worthy of being photographed. Prices a bit steep but the quality was superb! We will definitely return.
Since on Mother's Day we decided to dine out (something light) and it was a cold day, we strolled down Bernard Avenue and spotted this eatery. The terrace was almost full, equipped with heating stands, so we were seated at a table for 2 outside. We chose to share a Cesar salad (excellent) and each had a pizza (organic salami and Margherita). Both were excellent and it indeed reminded me of a Neapolitan pizza! The espressos were also great. The service was fantastic throughout. Contrary to the previous critique, we were the ones that had to ask for the bill. This is now definitely on our regular list. What a fantastic find! Bravo!
Un brunch - service rapide et attentionné, belle presentation, bonne nourriture, nous allons certainement y retourner!!!
Was not too impressed with the service; a very aggressive waiter that tried to tell us what to eat and how to eat it. I chose the calamari (hot appetizer) and asked for garlic butter on the side. The plate with the calamari was as cold as ice so the calamari lost their warmth in a few minutes. I waited for the garlic butter for 20 minutes. My husband's lamb chops were huge (probably goat) and cooked much too rare. The salad that came before was ok. Our friends shared a grilled bass and a Greek salad which was fine. Overall, the waiter was not too eager to attend to our table because we did not order any wine. Service was extremely slow despite the fact that the restaurant was almost empty. A bit disappointed but willing to give it a second chance.
Ideal place for a quick lunch, breakfast, early supper if you're on the run. Excellent for take-out if you don't feel like cooking. Salad bar and soups, ethnic tidbits (from samosas to latkes and egg rolls, etc.), bagels, smoothies. Cakes, tortes, cookies. Mostly organic. Those with allergies can dive into gluten-free stuff. Excellent espressos too. Service with a wide smile and a staff that aims to please. Truly a neighborhood gem.
Endroit tout à fait ideal pour un espresso en vitesse, des gateaux excellents, ou des repas (licence alcool) ou simplement des mets à emporter et il faut pas oublier qu'ils ont une boulangerie artisanale sublime!!! Que ce soit à l'intérieur ou à l'extérieur, profitez d'un latté avec un croissant et rencontrez des amis. Le temps passé vite!!!
Seul bémol: fermeture à 17h00 ou 18h00 tous les jours. Autrement, un endroit relax, avec un service impeccable!
Food is excellent, service is quite slow but that is because everything is done from scratch and extremely fresh! (there was only one server for about 60 people plus the manager). Dancing galore and delightful female singer who brought back memories from the old country. Generous portions. Will definitely return!
What a wonderful place to unwind and have a good espresso!!! And the baristas didn't know what else to do to please their customers! Everything is fresh, clean, service always with a smile, it has become our regular spot on Sundays and other days too. Keep up the good work!
We had one hour before a doctor's appointment so we decided to have an espresso there.
1) Beverages are ok. Rien de plus.
2) They should get rid of the high step going to the terrace; anyone could break a neck there, especially since you're going outside with a tray and there's no special button for wheelchair access (let alone a wheelchair).
3) Barista was very rude and snapped at my husband when he asked if he could get a glass of water.
4) Outdoor tables were left unclean, no one even bothered to clean the tables.
5) When I didn't leave a tip at the cash, I got dirty looks.
Sorry, they will not see me again there.
L'un des meilleurs espressos en ville! Ambiance dégagée et relax de quartier, on a l'impression qu'on est en Italie (quel bonheur!). Seul bémol: argent comptant seulement et aucun glaçon disponible pour nos verres d'eau!
Endroit tout à fait ideal pour ceux qui veulent manger du bon poulet qui a un goût exquis! Les prix sont plus qu'abordables, tout est bien moins cher qu'ailleurs, le service est impeccable! Que ce soit pour un diner, souper léger ou plus consistent, c'est la place.
We have dined at this restaurant many times over the last several years and we were never, never disappointed. It's almost always full so there's a high food turnover, which means it's fresh. They have specials galore, vegetarian-friendly, and whether you're going there for a full meal or just on Saturday afternoon for a Turkish coffee and a baklava, they will treat you with the greatest respect. Their keftas, kebabs, salads, fish, etc. are simply to die for.
Great outdoor setting although a bit noisy (buses, trucks, cars). The humongous beef soup (similar a bit to Ramen) had everything in it and had to take half of it at home, but most of the ingredients were just thrown in uncooked (could have at least been blanched a bit) into a clear and very bland liquid that was supposed to be soup. Honestly, it was not really worth $9.50. Other friends at our table were quite pleased with their meals but squinted a bit at the prices. We will return, though.
Malgré l'ampleur de cet établissement d'une capacité d'environ 200 personnes, il n'y avaient que 4 tables d'occupées.
J'ai commandé les calamars en entrée et je trouve que 11$ pour un petit plat qui contenait Presque 75% de panure est un prix assez exorbitant. Une autre commande pour la viande fumée "old fashioned" n'a pas été respectée, malgré les plusieurs questions posées au gérant et à la cuisine à cet effet......on nous a livré l'oeuil de ronde. Bof.
On a commandé un café grec et on nous a apporté une sorte de latté avec de la crème fouettée. Les baklavas nageaient dans un syrop écoeurant de sucre, miel et cachaient le vrai goût sublime d'une bonne baklava.
Le service était lent malgré le resto vide. Il a fallu demander de l'eau, du pain, et attendre une éternité pour la facture.
Enfin, payer 11$ pour une assiette de panure (moins les calamars) est un peu cher pour nous.
Probably amongst the few Indian restaurants with authentic cuisine. The beef Vindaloo, the butter chicken, the naan bread, were simply delicious. Service was excellent. As always, dessert was on the house. Will definitely return with our friends.
Nous étions quatre personnes pour le brunch. Il faisait beau, le soleil brillait et le resto était plein.....bon signe!
On nous donne 2 tables et l'une d'entre elles a du être bien fixée puisqu'elle bougeait tout le temps....bon...
Un ami a commandé les "pancakes" (14$) et les 3 autres l'omelette aux fines herbes avec frites ou salade (14$). Le café filtre s'élevait à 2,50$ ch. et les tasses de café au lait 3,50$ ch.
Tout était bon, par contre, je trouve que les prix sont un peu trop élevés: par exemple, pour environ 14$, l'assiette de pancakes contenait seulement 3 petites pancakes, quelques bleuets et un peu de crème fraîche (fond d'un petit ramequin). Présentation manquait beaucoup - on aurait pu mettre un peu de syrop, sucre glaçage, etc. Le prix de ce plat je trouve exorbitant!
De plus, les assiettes restaient vides pendant à peu près une demie heure jusqu'à ce qu'elles aient été ramassées. Le service était un peu inattentif, et après avoir payé la facture (environ 90$ pour un brunch pour 4 personnes y compris la taxe et pourboire), les serveurs se promenaient autour de nous et j'avais l'impression qu'ils voulaient qu'on s'en aille!
Je le répète, la bouffe est très bonne, même excellente, par contre, le seul bémol est que les prix sont exorbitants!
Voilà un resto qui est un...secret bien gardé, presqu'un bijou!
La nourriture (poisons que vous commandez vous-même en arrière au comptoir), la salade, les frites maison, le riz, tout était d'une fraicheur inimaginable! Le service avec le sourire, toujours, bien organisé, les prix sont incroyablement bons! Nous allons surement devenir des réguliers!
Jimmy n'est pas un resto de prestige. C'est un resto de quartier. Le menu n'a peut-être pas change depuis longues années, cependant, ils ont bien établi une clientele régulière spécifiquement du 3ème age. Le personnel ne porte pas des gants blancs, cependant, ils ont une approche conviviale, et si je ne me trompe pas, eux aussi, travaillent chez Jimmy depuis plusieurs années. Le fait que quelqu'un a mentionné que le service est pourri est une vraie insulte; les serveuses sont des femmes dans la soixantaine et meme plus; elles gagnent leur vie et devront être respectées! Peut être que l'ambiance est simpliste mais le resto est toujours plein et les prix sont vraiment bon marché.
C'est par hasard qu'on s'est arrêté à ce resto cet après-midi; et comme le soleil brillait et l'atmosphère était sympa, on a decide d'y s'asseoir dehors. On a opté pour les nos 63 et 64, les sandwichs "submarine" avec des saucisses. Les plats étaient énormes et généreux, avec salade garnie fraîche, 3 grandes saucisses et deux moitiés de focaccia garnies aux tomates. Le service était impeccable quoiqu'au début les saucisses étaient froides et le garçon de table nous les a rechauffé vite tout en s'excusant.
Nous allons y retourner, c'est certain!
Right in the heart of Peel Street, this vibrant restaurant with an ultra-modern and elegant décor was a pleasant surprise, particularly the outdoor dining area which was very comfortable.
La nourriture délicieuse, à des prix abordables, bien assaisonnée et le service impeccable.
On songe d'y retourner sans doute.
Without mentioning the accent on organic health-oriented food (sandwiches, soups, gluten-free baked goods) the coffees and teas are great! A place that caters to people of all walks of life, all ages, relaxed atmosphere, child and pet-friendly. The owners and knowledgeable staff aim to please and make customers feel at home, as though you're one of the family.
Great neighborhood eatery. Excellent service. Food and presentation equally great! While we were dining we never had to ask the waiter for anything (he kept filling our glasses with ice-cold water)....At the end of the meal, the roasted honey walnuts were simply to die for...It has become one of our regular restaurants!
We wanted something different and went in to consult the menu. The place only had 3 tables filled and saw that you can only have the all-you-can-eat sushi for $23.99. Needless to say, we asked if there was a menu a la carte. The hostess rudely pointed "you can go in the basement for Chinese food". The tone was direct and rude. This was the second time we went into this restaurant. And we did not eat either on our first visit.
I looked at the menu on-line and it mentions "all those leaving untouched food will be charged extra".
We turned around and left.
I had picked up my daughter and friends at the Berri bus station one day at 7am and figured it would be nice to treat them so we all went to Beauty's, known as the famed breakfast institution where one might rub elbows with movie stars working on location.
I ordered only 1 coffee. The 3 girls ordered breakfast with all the trimmings. I had to go across the street and get some cash because they would not take any credit cards (maybe it's changed today). The final bill came to about $70 tip included.
I find this exorbitant and was sorry it was too early in the morning because I would have gladly taken them to the Ritz known for their Eggs Benedict.
Service was so-so.
Too bad many restaurateurs gain acceptance and fame and then only rely on their reputation thereafter.
Bien que cela fait longtemps depuis qu'on a fréquenté ce resto, un autre commentaire d'aujourd'hui a rafraîchi ma mémoire.
Nous étions 4 et sommes allés pour un brunch. La bouffe était super-bonne, mais ce qui m'a épaté c'était le service. Le garçon de table, par contre, nous a servis comme si c'était une faveur qu'il nous faisait. On a du lui demander encore du beurre, du pain, des verres d'eau, du café, etc.....aucune initiative et chaque fois nous étions intimidés puisqu'on l'a "dérangé".
Nous irons une fois de plus car la nourriture est très bonne, l'ambiance est excellente et l'emplacement est idéal.
This is pure Lebanese gastronomy.
Everything is made from scratch, presentation of dishes is beautiful, all done with extreme care and paying attention to the smallest detail. It shows that it is a family-run business who love what they do.
We only ordered a snack - a falafel, kibbe and tabouleh salad. Everything was sublime! Service was extremely warm and friendly.
Although the prices are not cheap and it's a BYOB place, we are most certain to return!
I've been going to this place for an eternity......I heard too that way back in the sixties, people would drive all the way from the States (near the border) and take out dozens of croissants which I believe are the best (they only use unsalted butter). Their quiches and French pastries are to die for...Years ago, before it changed hands, Duc used to close for the summer. To say what is best here would be an "embarras de choix". Indeed, a hidden gem.
This is a coffee shop in our neighborhood and we used to go there for an espresso on a daily basis. That was at least 20 years ago. Of course, their pastries, salads, and cakes are well reputed and delicious even though they were a bit pricy.
However, 2 years ago, we went again for an espresso and it tasted like reheated regular coffee. I asked to have it remade but it still tasted mediocre. A real espresso should have a foamy top even after 10 minutes. My espresso had none. When I re-showed it to the server at the cash, I was told to just "take it and drink it already".
Nous étions 3 et avons opté de partager le meze pour 2 qui contenait 5 sortes de meze. Excellente présentation, quoique les portions n'étaient pas si copieuses. Nous avons aussi partagé 2 mezes chauds (calmars et petites boulettes d'agneau). Les calmars contenaient plus de panure que des calmars mais le goût était bon. Les boulettes étaient très minuscules (format kebab). La soupe aux lentilles était onctueuse mais le goût était un peu fade. Les côtelettes d'agneau étaient cuits à point. Le pain et la marinade (que nous avons répété plusieurs fois étaient excellents). Bref, nous avons eu une belle expérience, le décor est beau, l'ambiance est très bonne, le service impeccable. SAUF.....les prix étaient un peu salés:
2 bières Cheval Blanc (faites en Turquie)
1 portion de 3 côtelettes d'agneau
1 boulettes agneau
1 meze pour 2 (pour partager en 3)
1 café turc (malheureusement, ils ont une machine pour le faire!)
Le tout avec pourboire 125 $
Quoi qu'il en soit, et malgré les prix élevés, je peux dire que les meilleurs ingrédients ont été utilisés, tout était frais, fait-maison et je songe d'y retourner!
We have eaten here several times so when I saw the restaurant listed here I simply had to put in my 2 cents.
Simple, Persian wholesome comfort food. Grilled meats, vegetarian friendly, and so very delicious. You get soup or salad, a huge plate of rice and beef or chicken kobideh (kabob), grilled tomato, and as many cups of tea as you want (tea is free). Pita, butter and vidalia onion slices. The food is excellent. Portions are so large that the meal can be shared at no extra charge. There are also lunch specials. Closed on Mondays. No alcoholic beverages.
While our car was being serviced we dropped by for an impromptu breakfast. Two regular small coffees, a cinammon bun and a small english muffin with an egg, half slice of ham and processed cheese. Wasn't anything to write home about especially having to pay this exorbitant price, however, when you're the only coffee shop in the area, some can get away with just about anything.
Great outdoor ambiance, inside very elegant, almost plays an integral part of the Lafontaine Park. Although the presentation was splendid, a lot of the elements were pre-cooked (e.g., bacon). Prices a bit steep for an establishment that claims to be a non-profit organization. Excellent professionalism insofar as waiters are concerned, but a bit slow (quite a long walk from the kitchen to the outdoor patio and a bit short of staff.....the place was packed)...An excellent place to dine al fresco, enjoy the sun, nature and life!
Portions extrêmement généreuses. Service impeccable. Endroit idéal après le "shopping" ou lorsqu'on veut manger quelque chose vite. Propreté sans égal. À recommander!
Nous sommes arrivés vers 22h et on nous a servis avec un sourire. Tout a été impeccable! Le poulet succulent, les frites superbes, la sauce, et la soupe au poulet a été formidable! La qualité, le professionalisme, superbe! Certes, c'est pas un resto pour une soirée romantique. C'est un resto quand on a faim et on désire de la qualité pour son argent!
We were passing through and at around 9pm, we ached for an "allongé" so we sat outside and waited about 15 minutes for the table to be cleaned. This eatery is in a shopping center, so the view is not the best, but the area is quite lively.
We ordered 2 allongé espressos and 1 had to be returned as it tasted like last week's. They brought a new one promptly which was done to perfection. Two desserts, the lemon meringue and the key lime pie were delicious, but I found the price of $6 a slice a bit too steep and the portions a tad too small.
The menu is a bit overpriced but looking over at other tables, not many people were eating; just coffees, beer and chat.
Solution géniale pour manger tard et de....trouver du stationnement (après 21h00 c'est gratuit!).
Nouvelle administration, bonne bouffe, très variée, allant d'une pizza souple et légère, jusqu'à des plats gastronomiques. Les desserts sont spectaculaires et la crême glacée semble être artisanale. Les vins sont remarquables également.
Le service est satisfaisant, sauf à la fin, lorsque j'ai utilisé ma carte Interac, la serveuse n'arrêtait pas de regarder alors j'ai du me retourner afin qu'elle ne puisse pas voir mon NIP. Bizarre.
Je recommande ce bistro que ce soit pour un allongé, un gâteau, ou un repas copieux.
Whether one is very hungry or simply have a need for a snack, this place is ideal (provided you find parking on Queen Mary Rd.).
Service is impeccable, portions are very generous and this is by far the best tarama I've had! They also have a wonderful grilled chicken with olive oil, garlic and rosemary (it comes in cut-up pieces and if an entire chicken is too much, you may order just half).
Very professional, well timed and organized kitchen staff.
This has become a regular spot for us.
This is not your typical "resto du quartier". However, it's filled with complexities....it has a vibrant aspect but with quite an intimate feeling. Its chef, Ali, cooks everything from scratch. Nothing from the can. And everything is with an accent on "healthy". The appetizers are a mix of Mediterranean influence (hummus is here again made from scratch), the red lentil soup is a work of art, and in the evenings, the lamb dishes are exquisite. And if you don't feel like eating, by all means, you can drop in just for a baklava and black Iranian tea and enjoy the atmosphere.
Not the best location but once youre inside, you feel as though youve stepped into a restaurant in the heart of Greece.
Décor is simple yet authentic; service is very friendly and attentive. The grilled chicken pieces were done to perfection. The taramasalata was also perfect, not too salty. For a whole chicken the price was reasonable, however, for a small portion of roasted potatoes I find that $5 was a bit too much, although they tasted wonderful. Greek coffee at $2 was great too.
They have a great front counter with fresh fish which you can have weighed and grilled to your liking and in accordance with current market prices. Everything was super-fresh, clean, and children-friendly.
I will definitely return and try the calamari, the skordalia and grilled red snapper. But the chicken taste still lingers, marinated to perfection in lemon, garlic and fresh rosemary
It was 5:30 pm and there were only 2 people in the restaurant. I ordered a Infernale pizza (small, and at $11.99 I found it a bit too steep). My dinner companion ordered a classic hamburger.
We waited one hour for the order and on many occasions asked if the cook was on strike (jokingly). There were 4 waitresses sitting down at a far end table and joking around. Actually, we almost walked out.
Finally our order came. While my pizza was "passable", I felt the hamburger was a bit odd-looking so I tasted a piece. It was awful. The texture was like meatloaf and it seemed as though the meat was processed. We called the manager and he was kind enough to exchange the meal for ribs. After yet another half an hour, the ribs came and they were "passable". Nothing special either.
I do not really know how the orders would have been handled had the restaurant been full. It was on a Thursday night, and at 6:30pm we were really the only ones in the restaurant. I wonder why.
Prices were a bit steep all around. Honestly, I do not think I shall frequent this restaurant in LaSalle again.
The smoked meat platter (a l'ancienne, old-fashioned) was not as copious as in other delis, the smoked meat on my plate and on my companions' plates was still in the process of "curing", was not tender, and above all, it was so salty I left half of my portion on the plate. The atmosphere was a bit gloomy, and the service approach was one synonymous to a greasy-spoon clientele. Unfortunately, the young hostesses were never with a smile and when we changed places with another section (because the air conditioning was at full blast on our backs), they did nothing but shrug their shoulders.
Excellent spot on a sunny day with friends for a late lunch. Prices cannot be beaten. Service was a bit unbalanced but all in all I would most definitely return. Beautiful presentation of food with fresh ingredients.
We went a couple times here after shopping; their beer variety is quite limited. The food is quite pricey but they can surely make a good panini with roasted peppers and the portion is quite generous.
What saddened me, however, was the view of the slot machines, where many older patrons were desperately and passionately playing to make up for their previous losses. The view was worth more than 2 credits in Psychology classes.
P.S. I am adding here comments for another visit to this establishment, on a Tuesday night around 7:30pm. There only were 2 tables occupied (including us). I opted for the large Cesar salad only to have a few leaves in a huge plate. Obviously, I sent it back; for $8.95, I could have fared better at the Ritz! They promptly sent me back a more proper portion but still, it was NOT worth the price.
My husband chose the chicken BBQ plate (1/4) which was (according to him) good.
It is clear that even this restaurant feels the economical pinch; even the slot machines' seats were empty.
Very noisy place, sometimes crammed, but once you are seated at your table, prepare yourself to feast on Portuguese delicacies. The chicken takes time (sometimes close to an hour, because they do it from scratch, and not reheat it like other commercial establishments). The sardines are to die for. This is not a place for a romantic dinner, it is lively, vibrant, and an excellent place to just eat when you are hungry.
I have read some of the critique below and honestly, naming the staff "nasty" is outright nasty. They are overworked, must answer to every customer's whim, have little space to work with, and I believe when you say that you have to wait 3 hours for chicken, it's an exaggeration. But hey, if you want fast, go to St. Hubert or Swiss Chalet. Or to Vichy.
This is for the new Dunn's deli at Decarie & Jean-Talon.
No words can express the pleasure we have had (been there 4 times already) not only with the food but with the staff. Another big PLUS is you can find parking space! Everything is fresh, the service is with a smile and extremely professional, only the freshest and best ingredients are used.....it has, in short, become our deli hang-out place (it is open 24 hours).
It has certainly made a "killing", what with the Baton Rouge across the street......especially when the staff at Baton Rouge do not even get a 1% discount when they buy their food there!
Great place, location, food and staff! Way to go!
Une fois de plus, nous avons (pas par choix) débarqué chez Panos. Le fait qu'il y a toujours une queue avec une multitude de gens affamés ne veut pas dire que le resto est bon. Le resto est un vrai "tourist trap" et comme plusieurs restaurateurs-gens d'affaires, ils planifient des trajets touristiques auprès les hotels et les gros bus qui emmènent des touristes. Ces touristes y mangeront une fois (le forfait inclut la bouffe) et bien sur, même si le repas n'est pas bon, ils ne se souviendront pas l'endroit ou le nom du resto.
Cependant, il y a des gens comme nous, et nous nous souvenons bien d'avoir été (dernièrement) traités comme des articles sur une ligne roulante comme dans une usine......
Premièrement, le choix n'est pas tellement vaste. Deuxièmement, les prix sont assez exorbitants pour la qualité et la variété en question. Le saumon que mon mari a dégusté avait l'air d'avoir été déjà cuit et rechauffé au micro-ondes. Mes calmars étaient dignent de réparer une nouvelle paire de chaussures.
Également, le garçon était très impatient lorsqu'il était en train de prendre nos commandes; à un moment donné, nous nous sommes arrêtés pour nous reposer un peu et le garçon a enlevé les assiettes sans nous demander rien. Et lorsqu'on lui avait presque crié qu'on n'a pas fini, il a fait semblant de ne rien entendre.
Je sais que pour critiquer un restaurant, il faut donner plusieurs chances, 3 en tout. Mais c'est la 5ème fois qu'on a fréquenté ce resto et cette fois ci, je le jure que c'est la dernière fois.
Dommage que quelques restaurants vont atteindre une réputation excellente en raison de leurs efforts, pour ensuite se délaisser et faire de sorte que la réputation puisse travailler pour leur réussite. Ça va plus comme ça. La clientèle montréalaise est présentement plus raffinée, plus cultivée en ce qui a trait à la gastronomie, et ce, plus que jamais! Et j'en suis fière!
This too is a review of the newly opened establishment on Sources in West Island. Portions are simply huge, and the West Island is the only place where one can have a draft for just $1.50! Absolutely recommended!
Dommage qu'après avoir attendu longtemps, on nous conduit dans un "petit coin minable". Ceux qui commandent de l'alcool sont mieux servis que ceux qui n'en commandent pas (ou s'ils demandent uniquement un verre d'eau avec des glaçons..).
La bouffe......bof.....est probablement passable (je n'ai mangé que très peu).
Mais ce qui m'a vraiment laissée PAF étaient les pseudo-cuisiniers qui remplissaient le buffet. J'ai demandé une tranche de beuf rôti au jus et il me l'a claquée sur l'assiette comme si j'étais un animal. Sans me regarder, sans sourire. Une visite suffit! On est partis totalement dégoûtés.
Il y a beaucoup de restaurants qui méritent une chance de plus, mais celui-ci, le patron s'enfiche pas mal.....tout ce qui compte est la "table roulante", la quantité, etc.
Whether it is during the winter months (inside seating, très intime) or during the summer months (al fresco), this is the ideal place to meet with friends, have an espresso, or eat, anytime of the day or night. Boasting a little Parisian touch, this bistro de quartier is excellent as far as food and service are concerned. Try the great sandwiches, the croque-monsieurs, the grilled chicken salads, and of course, their daily tâble d'hôte which is very imaginative. Service is at times slow (depending on who you're getting) but all in all, the atmosphere is very "dégagée" and pleasant. Don't forget to try their desserts. They are really delicious! Only negative thing I have to say is that finding a parking spot is at times difficult.
Nous sommes allés en groupe il y a quelques années à midi. Premièrement, le garçon était plutôt intéréssé à servir des boissons. Cela dit, l'établissement est assez rusé de prendre les commandes et de nous faire attendre un peu trop longtemps afin que nous puissions nous bourrer du pain et commander des boissons encore une fois. Dès que les plats sont arrivés, je vois que mon steak haché était brulé à l'extérieur et cru à l'intérieur. La salade nageait dans un bain de mayonnaise camouflée et les patates ......n'étaient que des petits restants de morceaux de patates qu'ils ont refrit une fois de plus! Pour le prix exorbitant demandé, et le service médiocre, je préfère un restaurant genre binerie car c'est là que je m'assurerais d'un service impeccable, amical et avec des prix super-abordables.