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Griffintown Restaurant Montreal Review

May 28th, 2009 · 29 Comments · Montreal Restaurants

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On Montreal Restaurant Griffintown Chef Deck says,

You know how when you play broken telephone the phrase “I want to eat a banana” becomes something like “is your sister eating a lama?”? Well Chef Deck has a feeling that somehow the phrase “Café Griffintown is so so” turned into “Café Griffintown is the bomb yo”. After many recommendations I had great expectations for this Montreal resto, and though I was excited by their menu, the food was relatively bland (needless to say it was no Liverpool House). We started with Buffalo Mozzarella and ham cheese sticks which were just wrong. This is not a cheese you deep fry because it releases the water, and the ham they used just overpowered this fine delicacy. We also started with gravlax on toast that was decent but nothing to tell mommy about. For the mains we ate a duck, lamb, and beef Burger which was good, and pasta which supposedly had duck confit in it (I could barely find a piece though) and truffle oil. I think they also forgot to salt the water for the pasta (big no no) because it was bland, and they really went cheap on the truffle oil. So don’t let my message get convoluted, because this Montreal Restaurant is just not worth the hype!

Tastiness: 6.23412847128 / 10
Ambiance: Bleh / 10
Price: mains $15-$25 / 10

Chef Deck signing out!

Griffintown Restaurant Information

1378, Notre Dame West
Montreal, Québec, H3C1K8
Metro: Lucien-L’Allier
Hours: Tues – Sat: 10 am – 10 pm, Sat – Sun brunch 10 am – 4 pm
Payment: Interac, Visa, MasterCard
Telephone: 514-931-JAZZ (5299)
Email: info@cafegriffintown.com
Web: Cafe Griffintown Website
Features: live music Tuesday, Thursday and Friday

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  • http://www.aaronfraser.ca/ aaron fraser

    ouch.

  • J

    Been here years ago as they started off as lunch diner. Was decent with ok prices.
    They did try a bit too much. Overly ambitious menus at times. Guess things haven't changed as they extended into evening service. Oh well.

    • Sarah

      The restaurant hasn't been open under its current management for that long, not sure what you are talking about here.

    • Isabel of Montreal

      You may be talking about the OTHER Griffintown Café, down the street. I think it should be mentioned to people who have never been here that there are two places with the exact same name, on the same street. You gotta know to know.
      My experience at THIS place has only been brunch: tastes good, SLOW service. Like, Café Joe's level of slow, you know what I mean?

  • http://twitter.com/TheGourmetGirl Elaine

    Appreciate your honesty and candor.

  • http://www.twitter.com/LineAtallah Line

    Something I hate in restaurants, is when they pretend they are gourmet restaurants, where, in fact, they should just brand themselves as a pub or bistro.
    I had some very very refined meals, in places you would never imagine. I think food styling, decor, and marketing should be clearly separated from gastronomy.
    I do believe, we first start eating with our eyes, but when the bite reaches the mouth and the expectations don't match, the disappointment becomes just more important.

  • dawn

    It does look bland and boring. Sounds like they are probably not doing too well, and cutting back on the overall experience…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Rozita-Naghshin/870450710 Rozita Naghshin

    I agree with Line. I tried a year ago, and didn't impress at all…

  • http://eatwellmontreal.com Chef Deck

    Merci for the support y'all…..The peeps of Facebook weren't as nice (i cried)

  • shelbot

    chef deck, I know you love saying Buffalo Mozzarella. just that should have made you love this restaurant

    • http://eatwellmontreal.com Chef Deck

      It's because i want to marry a Buffalo

  • T

    the place has amazing live music 4 nights a week… no cover charge!!
    I am suprised that this seemingly obvious characteristic of the restaurant was not mentioned at all.

    • http://eatwellmontreal.com Chef Deck

      Thanks for the heads up….Chef Deck must go back because he's feeling that his experience was not the norm!!!

      • http://twitter.com/holmesME Lindsay Davis

        Friday night is the BEST

  • Curtis

    I rather enjoy the restaurant, and the music is top notch. Sure it's young and growing, but chef makes good food, it's improving and unpretentious. I say this as a professional cook with 7 years experience and rather high personal standards

  • Disappointed

    I couldn't disagree more with this review, it reflects noting of my experiences at this charming restaurant. To my mind the slap stick analogies and failure to reasonably apply a rating metric are more likely to be an accurate review of the reviewer than his subject.
    I have eaten at Liverpool House and the like in the area and would highly recommend this restaurant.

    • Sarah

      Couldn't agree more!

  • Name

    what no credits for the music ?????

  • Name

    Sorry if the administration forgot about saying something for the music – but friday its a great Blues band and Thursday its Roger Walls with the One Two Trio great jazz swing and standards for dinning and listening (its a new world and today its up to the musicians to promote themselves -I now find that clubs and establishments won't do that – the owner always says – How big is your following of people for us- not : I will promote your band if you play here) ————– Roger walls.com

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  • Name

    what no credits for the music ?????

  • Name

    Sorry if the administration forgot about saying something for the music – but friday its a great Blues band and Thursday its Roger Walls with the One Two Trio great jazz swing and standards for dinning and listening (its a new world and today its up to the musicians to promote themselves -I now find that clubs and establishments won't do that – the owner always says – How big is your following of people for us- not : I will promote your band if you play here) ————– Roger walls.com

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  • Moycca

    I just went to the griffintown a couple weeks ago and from all these reviews i dont get it. Perhaps they have gotten a new cook? We had the burger and some corn bread and it as all very good. Im a restaurant owner myself and that burger was delicious. Maybe this place deserves another try for those who werent impressed forst time around.

  • Mona

    Tried it twice for dinner on Sat night and once for Sunday brunch. Loved the ribs, but they were out of them on my second visit. I had grilled shrimp which were really quite good…odd sides though. I love the music Saturday night as both times it was ragtime which really gave a New Orleans feel to the evening. I just now made a reservation for next week as I have guests coming into town and one of them loves this place.

  • Cb4

    can i order fried chicken and cornbread at this place?

  • http://www.pomperlut.be/ Restaurant Brugge

    really good post thanks 

  • http://www.duresto.ca/ Guide restaurant

    Is it just me or the food presentation on those  photos is not really great? 

  • http://www.jugarjugar.net/ Jugar Jugar

    I actually found the food was beautifully furnished and very attractive. I was motivated by the thought this restaurant would be great, but when I go there a little disappointed because it’s not really like I imagined, but it looks like it is pretty good