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  1. Went back to Globe on St. Laurent last week for the 1st time in a long time.... Not since the unfortunate death of one of the chefs. I see Sacha Lima heads up the kitchen now and I remember him from back when Fred Morin was still in charge. Menu was familiar and I was hopeful.

    The biggest change I noticed is portion size... The nice roasted chicken breast went from a great meal with excellent sides, to a small little pathetic chicken, two carrot sticks and what probably was one mashed potato. What was once 5 scallops is down to 3. Even the bread portions seemed to have been managed by the waitstaff serving no more than 1 piece per person at the table. I left hungry and left I overpaid for what was served.

    Anyone else experience this or was it a one bad night? I would not return based on my experiences, but I am hopeful that others still enjoy The Globe.

  2. The May issue of Conde Nast traveller states that the bar at Hotel Godin is one of the world's hottest new bars. Makes me think all these world's best lists are just full of it.

    Still the rooms in the main hotel section are nice if you like that stark decor. Request one with a seperate bath and shower with a western view if possible.

  3. the problem with the license is not the lack of paperwork and but the opposition to giving them one, due to their affiliation with the Buena Notte and Globe's (similar owners) which have been known to utilize restaurant alcool licenses for club settings and packing then the place up over capacity.

    I have even heard that Glove will be imposed to close down for a full month due to its multiple capacity infractions

    A weekend drink at the bar at Globe was forbidden without a food order.

  4. The chef's gonna be Kerry Simon from Las Vegas... that is the latest non official big rumour... the steak house king....

    I believe that rumour was confirmed last night at the press conference. Either way, Kerry Simon was at the party.

    Great party :biggrin:

  5. Maybe "dick" was too harsh a word. Besides, if that offended you I must say you are way too sensitive. Get over it. You can't please everyone all of the time. Don't be such a baby.

    If you want specifics, when we called for the reservation, you, Zach, made us feel like it was a big "Pain in the ass" to accomodate us, it was almost as if we were disturbing you. As if taking a reservation was such a ploddingly pedantic chore. So, yes, I refer to "all of the above" as "dick". It wasn't meant maliciously, just simply, matter of fact.

    Just a hunch, but maybe your "cheeky" attitude had something to do with the way your were handled on the phone. Also, since he did "accomdate you" as I suppose you weren't a table for two, Zach probably was just trying to ensure that you didn't arrive at lets say 7:30 with 2 other large groups thus creativing a backlog in the kitchen thus causing your above long wait between courses complaints.

    ABG

    PS: Zach has always done a super job with the resos. I still owe him one from Valentine's Day 2004.

  6. Our budget for the whole wedding + honeymoon is $20,000. Now since I'm new at this, I checked out some websites and they suggest putting 40% of your total budget towards food & booze (including rental fees) so that means about $8,000 in our case. Now we don't know the exact amount of people yet but it should be around 50, so it comes out to $160/pers. I'm pretty sure we can come up with something pretty good for that amount!

    When is the wedding? What season? That might help in nailing down a place.... I''ve done many a party at Bice and Tony is always great, just get a contract as to what is included and not included to avoid any surprises. A ceremony on the terrasse would be lovely.

    $12,000 honeymoon sounds perfect to me.... PM me for ideas! Its my favorite thing to plan next to a party.

  7. To be fair, I found the jist of her posts on both Anise and Christophe to relate more to the financial value. Anise is expensive and this lady, an American tourist no less, found she got poor value for the price paid. Is she right? Its up to each individual egulleter to decide. This probably explains why she loved Brunoise so much, fantastic food for an excellent value.

    I'm afraid you might have scared her away Carswell so this debate might end here.

    Maybe she got her facts wrong and maybe she doesn't know a Beaujolais from a Chateaux Margaux. Not everyone, including myself, is a master of food and wine. If fact, I would venture to say that this would be true for the majority of the population and hence, dare I say, the majority of clients who frequent restos. I agree that some of her language and contentions (day old bread) is probably off, but I take it with a grain of salt. Even the top tables have off days. Even Lesley gets it wrong sometimes! :)

    I was reading the Voir write up on Europea and someone commented that the $60.00 tasting menu which the writer describes as "an excellent value" is the food budget for many families. When restos get such hype and the bills for 2 get well over $100.00 per person expectations generally get let down. I would sympathise with them if they felt "cheated" to a point, especially if the meal was "the one big dinner out of the year".

    I hope more people post their personal experiences at different tables around the city, its been very slow at work lately and I love the distractions!

  8. Quoted from the New MTL Resto Thread - Identifier

    I do however understand where you are coming from, most SAQ CEO's have had a good handle on marketing (if you like the smart approach of doing money hungry moves like dep wines for no real long term vision), yet a very poor one on management. You do have a point on the overall face lift of the last ten years, anything under that type of achievement would have been criminal in my books.

    That's the original point. The SAQ is much more customer friendly: later hours, telephone support, knowledgable staff, stores like the one in Rockland and hence, who really has to settle for dep wine anyways? If you want quality product, it is available. Is that marketing or management? Its a mix of both I guess.

    Yes, Dave, I like the LCBO too. So many new world wines we don't have here. I still think the SAQ has fostered to a degree the changing paletes of Quebecers. Port, for example, is much more popular here than the rest of Canada. Lots of people read those little flyers that the SAQ puts out monthly with the Gazette and use them as a guidebook for what to try and sample and explore. At least I do.

  9. ABG, the only problem about the SAQ running a business with customer in mind is that it is not really a business, not one that needs to be competitive anyways. That is the problem with the SAQ, you could run it blindfolded and it would still operate with massive profit.

    Okay, so like most companies, the guys at the top are on the take. I'll grant you that because you seem to have done a lot of research. But, honestly, the SAQ isn't what it was in the 80's and I don't believe they are running around blindfolded. Revenues are way up and our thirst for quality products and new products grows. Where was Porto in Quebec 10 years ago? Now that SAQ at my country home has 2 walls devoted to different Ports. Look at SAQ branches like the one at Rockland shopping center. It is almost fun just to walk around the store.

    Sure, they set the rules, but they have raised the bar too.

  10. I'll say this about the SAQ, they are actually running it as a business with the customer in mind.

    The branch in my neighbourhood is open until 7pm Mon - Wed and Sat, 9pm Thurs - Friday. The manager is open to ordering different types of products and does a great job running the store. The convenience of the dep is drastically lowered when the local SAQs are open at the hours that the customers want them to be open. Didn't they all close at 5pm sharp back in the day?

    And try calling the customer service line, 514-873-2020! What a pleasure to talk to these people. In January I had a dinner party to goto and I told the host I'd bring some Liberty School with me. Of course, I forgot and the lady at the SAQ directed me to an open branch at 6pm on a Sat night and called ahead to make sure they had the product in stock.

    The point is, with service like that and with what the Gazzou said in the beginning of the piece about better quality and selection at SAQ, I couldn't find an excuse to shop for vino at a Boni Soir. I would rather read a piece about the best SAQ branches and staff.

    Is the dep wine the same as what is sold at Loblaws etc?

  11. going back to the subject how a 65 seat reastaurant grosses over 7million u.s. in a population of 2900 people leaves me to believe this is a world renowned restaurant.

    i wanted to know if montreal has such a place with a population more substantial than yountville.montreal does not have the big spenders it should have .montreal has a lot of flash and the people are more frugal than most big cities.montreal is the capital of 1 a slice pizza and all you can eat for 7.99.

    Keller's French Laundry does the numbers it does not from the local population of Yountville, but from tourists into Napa valley. It remains the premier dining choice in the region and requires a 3 month advance reservation.

    While no one in Montreal needs 3 months advance for a table for 2, I am sure some of the larger restos and the glam ones on the strip are doing multi million dollar sales of F+B.

  12. Yes. I am staying at the Bercy Sofitel.

    According to the blurb it is " 7 minutes from Place de la Madeleine by the Meteor (automatic subway). "

    That means a trip to Fauchon may be required as well...

    Sofitel Bercy is wonderful. Its a little gem that has a warm feel.

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