We just had a thoroughly mundane, uninteresting dinner at L'Assommoir Notre-Dame on our first night in Montreal. My wife, two of our adult sons and I had earlier checked in to the Westin nearby, and the concierge suggested this place (bad call on his part, for sure).
The place feels like a tourist trap type establishment - from the mini bus parked outside to the plastic menus and noisy bar scene. Had we not been relying on the concierge solid reference, we'd have left. But - to our chagrin - we stayed.
The menu was unexceptional in the extreme. The food was even more so. After an OK appetizer ("Little Feast"), my wife ordered a "reimagined" Caesar salad, which could have been prepared by Holiday Inn. Apparently the imagination ran out, since it consisted of a soft-boiled whole egg and crispy pancetta on the side of the greens. Our other entrees were not much better. The tab? With 3 glasses of wine, 2 large bottles of San Pelegrino, the appetizer and four entrees: $178 before tip.
So if you're looking for a delightful, unusual place with excellent food and ambience to start a vacation in Montreal, avoid Assommoir Notre-Dame!
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