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Rotisserie Panama Restaurant

August 9th, 2007 · 13 Comments · Greek Restaurants, Montreal Restaurant News, Montreal Restaurants

Rotisserie Panama, Grecque

On restaurant Rotisserie Panama Montreal Chef Deck says:

When i was just a little tyke two staples in my diet were Ruby Foo’s poo poo platter and Rotisserie Panama’s lamb chops. They both helped make me into quite the portly child and left me with fond memories of deliciousnesses. Recently my family ventured back to restaurant Panama (unfortunately not Ruby Foo’s cause it was demolished but we still have a brick) to see if the memories would hold true but were highly disappointed. All the meat (lamb chops, veal chops, chicken) was under spiced, mediocre, and lacked that coveted charcoal flavor. The greek salad was OK, the tzatziki was tzatziki, the grilled octopus was undercooked and horrible, and the fried calamari was nothing to write home about. The only worthwhile mentions were the fried zucchini and eggplant, the horta, and fabulous honey balls. Sorry Rotisserie Panama but you’ve lost that Olympian statues.

Service: Friendly Greek mother figures/10

Food: 6.645676987/10

Crushing my memories like Lenny crushed that poor bunny: Shed a single tear for me/10

Chef Deck signing out!

Rotisserie Panama Restaurant Information

789 rue Jean-Talon Ouest, Montreal, QC
Phone: 514-276-5223
Payment: Cash, Major Credit Cards
Hours: Weekdays 11 am – midnight, weekends 11 am – 1 am

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  • Fugese

    Bro, the place sucks! I felt like jumping in a shower after eating there…everything was drenched in “evoo”! btw-I hate that chick too…

  • dubers

    Fugese is an angry soul. Go eat some hagen Daz and cheer up. The service at Panama is great and done real family style. Chef Deck, you were right to love it as a child, it did not change, your palate did. Still good meats and a good place for family dining. But I agree with Chef Deck, there are better places for “da Greek food”.

  • ANDRE

    THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST AMAZING LAID BACK ENVIRONMENT WITH THE TASTE OF GREECE ,THE QUALITY OF A MEDITERANEAN DISH AND THE PRICES OF A THIRD WORLD..(LUNCH MENU) DINNER IS STILL MORE THAN FAIR.
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  • François

    Dear Fugese, if you look yourself in the mirror,
    you probably hate what you see….

    Rotisserie Panama is a great place,
    food is fantastic, and the service excellent
    Anybody who says that this place sucks….
    is a real piece of shit….

    • oz oz

      well ya asshole, you work there washing dishes moron!

  • Lynne

    Very disappointing. Waiter was rude, food was terrrible. Very little choice, and only available food was grilled chicken and fish. Even potatoes that were suppose to be so great were undercooked, no taste, and were swimming in oil. Could not even get a glass of water cause they ran out of glasses. What restaurant has food on the menu, runs out of all except chicken, and then tells people what to order. Never again, and anyone wanting great greek cuisine should think twice. Even Casa Greque and Old Vieux Deleuth out does Panama.

  • George

    Oct. 11/08 &: 700 P.M.
    We were seven with reservations dining at Rotisserie Panama, D.D.O., Que..
    To begin with, this is not an establishment for quiet, relaxed dining. Only a quality set of headphones would serve to reduce the excessively high noise level generated by the patrons of the restaurant.
    For our introduction to the establishment, the wiater completely ill-advised us when we asked him for advice re: ordering the specialties.
    He said not to order the Chicken Brochette, in favour of the Grilled 1/2 Chicken. Five of us heeded his advice.The chicken arrived cut up into 8 miniscule pieces, heavily oversalted, dry inside, and dripping in oil; a complete disaster.
    I returned my dish immediately.
    I was told that this is a “sharing restaurant” and that is why there were 8 (Fricosie-sized) pieces.
    When we were first seated, there were no water glasses, and of course no water. Three separate attempts were required to have the complete table serviced with water, while one individual was compelled to search for a glass and serve herself.
    One also needs to be very patient in order to tolerate the untardy service between dishes.
    The calmare apetizer arrived repleat of oil.
    The first morsel revealed more batter than squid.The second was so rubbery, it couldn’t be
    masserated enough to get it down one’s throat.
    The bland flavour only served to further disappoint.
    The so-called garlic potatoes arrived, again swimming in oil , completely devoid of garlic with a substantial influence of lemon .
    Once again this was returned.
    The Mediterranean Sea Bass that my wife ordered reaked more of oil than the water in which the fish is accustomed to swimming .
    We attempted to order the lamb specilty only to be told that there was none left. Incidentally, we were further informed that the lamb is served on the bone and that it would not only be shared among the three of us that desired it, but were compelled to slice it at the table ourselves; not something to which any of us were acccustomed.
    Furtheremore, the 2 green salads arrived with sustantially wilted lettuce, once again overdosed with oil.
    Finally, even the teenager who ordered a simple souvlaki pita was unable to ingest her meal. She cliamed that it was bland and the tzaziki was not only lacking garlic, but was compared to plain commercial yogurt that one purchases at a supermarket.
    The only redeaming item served to us was the plate of round potato fries (accompanying the souvlaki) which to my astonishment were tasty, unsalted, and not drenched with oil.
    I must of course mention that the owner’s representative was not only courtious but very accomodating in that the entire meal was on the house.

  • Rhonda

    On Saturday, to my disappointment, a group of us went to Panama in Dollard-Des-Ormeaux for dinner. The service was atrocious; we had to serve ourselves water and the waiter recommended food that none of us liked…
    Only one bread basket was served to a large table of 7 people; the green salad was wilted and drenched in oil; the roasted lamb was supposed to be served on the bone for all of us to share and cut up on our own (I’ve never had to do that on my own in a restaurant before) and then we found out that there was none left. The grilled chicken may have been grilled, but was served in a puddle of oil and was very salty; it was also served in small pieces, like a chicken fricase, although it said a half grilled chicken on the menu. The sea bass was tasty, but also extremely oily. The roasted garlic potatoes did not taste roasted. They tasted boiled, slightly browned, drowned in oil and some lemon juice (how dissappointing!). The chicken souvlaki pita was not very good; the tsatziki lacked garlic and tasted like plain yogourt with some onions. The fried potatoe rounds were actually tasty and not too oily or too salty.
    The overall dining experience was unpleasant, and none of us from our group of friends will return to this restaurant to try it again, even though the management did not charge us for our meals.
    I was told that this was supposed to be an authentic greek restaurant, with excellent greek food. I was really disappointed and wonder if it is possible that we just hit on a very bad night.

  • http://eatwellmontreal.com/rotisserie-panama/#comment-5562 Sherri

    I went to Panama in town a while ago wanting to try this “so called lamb”. When I ordered it they said they ran out.
    Years later I decide to go to the recently opened Panama in DDO. We got there at 600pm and ordered the lamb and they again said they ran out. Did I mention it was 600pm. Do they ever have the lamb???? So I ordered the simple grilled in lemon and oregano chicken pieces. Ok but I can do it better on the grill at home!
    If they always run out of lamb maybe they should consider making more of it especially if its a weekend.

  • Nick

    Take a minute and read my story..you won’t believe it!
    I had gone here at Panama in Mtl., about a year or 2 ago just for a souvlaki pita take out..ok it was fine. However a few months ago I said to my wife, let’s go try it and have a sit down meal. Well, here we go…the tall flanky goofy waiter comes to the table and greets like a good greek boy and then we asked him to repaet the patatoe choices – so he mocked us by demonstarting with his hands the mash patatoe, the long french fires, or round oven patatoes..like we needed sign language to understand the description of which the patatoes came in.
    He already lost his class with that one…So he brings the food….and then, I never saw him.
    again.
    Didn’t refill up the water, didn’t even pick up the plates when we finished, never even came back during the meal to see if we neeeded anything, or if everything was at least fine.
    In fact, when we finished, it was the owners daughter that picke up our plates..
    So now the bill comes and I walk to the cash to pay the moron and I tell him :I guess I’m suppose to tip you now too…”
    He repleis; “wel you don’t have to”.
    I said I know but because I respect the business I will but your service was a joke…I sadi to him..You didn;t even bring us water, you never came to see if the food was fine, you didn’t even pick up the plates..”
    You will not believe what this clown replied to me – get ready:
    “why were you really that thirsty….”
    I said “are you ‘f’n’ kidding me or what?
    “uhhh I’m just joking…” he replies.

    Can he be anymore pathetic.
    Can you imagine…someone is trying to run a business and has this jackass (sorry I have to say it – this loser greek park-xer ) working for them…what a shame..

    I called the owner when we left because I was going to start yelling if I stayed there..and I told her what happened – and she apologized and I felt bad for her, because she lost 2 customers all because this moron she has working for her has the service ability of a maget…and not to insult anyone but I told her that her waiter isn’t even fit to pump gas…
    Anyhow, for those of you who are greek as I am, I think you can relate to the greek loser attitude I’m talking about. You know one of those geeky greeks (geek is okay btw) that became Maga-Johnny overnight….

    Tripoli rules!!!!!!!!!!!

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