Le Hangar is a restaurant that has a lot going for it: stylish decor, interesting menu, celebrity chef owner. I read that a beam that is in the middle of the restaurant had been shipped in from New York's Ground Zero. I would not have known this from my visit, but it is an interesting tidbit.
There is a little store with food items in the front of the restaurant, along with the owner's books (note: I imagine if you want a signed copy you could probably call ahead and ask - I was at Le Locale not so long ago and was lucky enough to be there when Louis-Francois Marcotte was on site - he was very friendly and seemed happy to sign my book and have a quick chat).
Our meal was very good and I wish I could remember the dishes by name, but our party of three were quite happy with everything served. It was a busy time of year, the week before Christmas, so there were more than one long table of what were probably office lunches. It surprised me that the service was quite efficient all the way through UNTIL we wanted to pay our bill, then we had to go on a mission to seek out our waiter, get the bill, then seek out the waiter again to get the bill paid. The time it took to get the bill paid was not satisfactory. They must realize that at lunchtime people need to leave by a certain time. If I went again at lunchtime, I would give the waiter a heads-up on this point.
This restaurant is off the beaten path (in a part of town called Griffintown, which is now being gentrified), and the parking is not evident. Apparently there is a parking lot in the back somewhere. There is a lot of one hour parking around which is fine if you are having a fast lunch, but for our purposes, we knew we were going to be app. one and half hours, so we rolled the dice and risked a ticket. For the location of this restaurant, I would advise that they seriously consider doing valet parking - I see this with other restaurants that present parking challenges to their clients. Not everyone will use it, but for those who want the convenience and are willing to pay, it should be available for this site. Compare to this the owner's other restaurant, Le Locale, this would be absolutely unnecessary - there is a huge, affordable parking lot right across the road and lots of metred parking.
I would definitely go to Le Hangar again, I liked the food, the wine, the atmosphere. Bon appetit!
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