"Champagne. How can you go wrong?" Or so said one of the numerous servers we had when we tried this place in Old Montreal. Well, you can probably go wrong by specializing in an expensive beverage that people usually drink only on special occasions or that is associated with James Bond or gangsta rap stars with entourages. You can probably also go wrong when there seem to be far more bartenders, wait staff, cooks, hangers-on, and maybe even owners playing with their iPads at the bar, than there are customers in the room. And you can probably go wrong when it's still 7 or 8 o'clock in the evening and light outside and the place is so dark from the street that it appears to be closed.
All that said, we had a couple nice glasses of bubbly and a cocktail or two that were decent, if over-priced. And the food was reasonably priced and pretty decent. The "duck in a jar" with foie gras was tasty, if small. A "grilled" chicken (though it didn't appear to have been anywhere near a grill) over a "salad" of mushrooms, artichoke hearts and spinach, was a pleasant dish, which at under $20, was well worth it. A salad offering was also very good. There was also something of a floor show as the staff taught several women, evidently on a girl's-night-out, to cut the cork off the bottle of champagne they had ordered with a saber.
Service was confusing as we seemed to have had at least five or six different people taking orders, checking in, or delivering food or drink during our time there. They ranged from taciturn to warm and gregarious.
This place could probably work if they a.) get to a price-point that's going to be a bit more affordable for the average tourist or Montrealer who may stumble across it, and b.) get some professional front-of-house staff in to make it seem less like the hobby of some well-to-do college chums and more like a real bar / restaurant.
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