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“Beautiful place but...”
Review of Birks Cafe par Europea - CLOSED

Birks Cafe par Europea
Price range: $24 - $39
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Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Centre-Ville (Downtown)
Cross street: Ste Catherine
Transit: McGill Metro
Description: Whether you're from here ... or abroad, we hope that the moments spent at the Birks Cafe feel like a journey - a journey of discovery of culinary sweetness and pleasure. Enjoy your time at the Cafe, take in the surroundings and enjoy a moment of relaxation.
Reviewed April 23, 2012

The place is beautiful, but service was so so, even sloppy (maitre D kept pooring water too fast and spilling it everywhere), and food was well presented but lacked seasoning. Overall, disappointing experience. This the 2nd time we try it and have mixed feelings afterward. We'll probably go an other time for tea. Hope it'll be better, or there won't be a 4th one...

1  Thank madenjojo
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Reviewed March 12, 2012

We enjoy going out occasionally for afternoon tea and we decided that this time we would try the Birks Café. We came away with mixed feelings. On the positive side the food was very well presented and delicious. However we were quite surprised when we received one tiny amount of jam and Devonshire cream (maximum 1 tablespoon) for the three of us to share! Quite stingy in my opinion given the price of $26.50 per person. We each had a different type of tea and all of us found the tea to be weak and not warm enough. Half-way through we politely asked our young waiter if he would add some more very hot water to the teapots and were surprised by his snarly response. We tried to overlook his remarks but unfortunately his cold attitude was expressed at other moments and diminished our overall enjoyment of the afternoon. At the end of our meal he literally threw our parting packages of cookies on the table. In conclusion, having been for Afternoon Tea at other establishments I give high marks to the Birks Café for the quality of the food however service with a sincere smile and warmth would complete the experience.

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8  Thank pt-laval
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Reviewed March 8, 2012

We were staying at square Phillips and noticed this restaurant on trip advisor. We would never have guessed that it was a cafe in the Birks store and would never have found it otherwise. What a delight! Our lunch was simple but sophisticated, a butternut squash soup whipped with coconut milk and with a few edamame beans and tofu added. Quaffed with wine from the Loire it was a lovely interlude in our trip to Montreal. The only weird spot had nothing to do with the cafe. When we tried to buy the lovely crystal glasses used at the restaurant and displayed for sale Birks was very reluctant to accommodate us so no sale.

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1  Thank Hez12
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Reviewed February 18, 2012

Lovely and charming..nice place for light fare..took my young daughter there before a musical conert...she loved it..the waiter was a bit sheshe but service overall was good...food was good ...prefer JF's Europea but this is an entirely different type of restaurant...

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1  Thank 22minky
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Reviewed January 2, 2012

The afternoon tea was stunning! The scones and the chocolates were especially impressive!! The utensils they used were outstanding! Makes you feel more special because you can actually see how much they are cost in the cafe! The staff were all very friendly and welcoming. We had a great time there and would definitely recommend this place!

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Thank Queenie W
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