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L’ Gros Luxe (Sud Ouest)

23 Jan

Over the past few years, I had heard many things about L’Gros Luxe, the originally plateau-only restaurant known for solid cocktails and cheap but enjoyable food. However, like for many restaurants in our fair city, time and circumstances were such that I hadn’t tried them yet even as they expanded to Mile End and Longueuil. A few months ago though, L’Gros Luxe came to me as they opened up a Sud Ouest location on Notre-Dame right beside Corona Theater and more importantly, only a 10 minute walk away from my apartment. With a spot that close, I really had no excuses anymore!

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Over the past month, I went twice with a couple different groups. First thing which is a little unique is the fact that L’Gros Luxe does not do reservations. However, thankfully for those of us who don’t want to wait outside in the cold, they have created an app with which you can add yourself onto a waitlist to get a table. First time around, we didn’t think about it so we ended up waiting about 35 minutes so we grabbed a beer next door (thanks Burgundy Lion!). The second time around, I used the app but ended up not needing to as the restaurant was strangely empty that Thursday night.

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I really like the look of the restaurant – a mixture of vintage Victorian style with some more modern touches. The room feels very inviting and warm – a solid place to enjoy a happy hour. When it was very busy though, I felt the noise level to be too high which is a common complaint nowadays in many restaurants but one that still bugs me when it affects my ability to actually understand what my friend sitting next to me is saying. The second time was much more enjoyable.

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Drinks options are plenty at L’Gros Luxe. Bourbon lemonade by the pitcher is available and while the price point is cheaper than many others restaurants around, personally I found it to be a little light on the bourbon and more of the sweet side of things. The ladies with me enjoyed it that way… me not as much. I did however enjoy their Sud Ouest Lemonade – a mixture of Ungava gin, white beer, simple syrup and lemon juice. This was a better balance of sweet and strong.

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The other staple of l’Gros Luxe drink wise is their Caesars. I hate caesars so it’s not my thing but each one is quite large and also topped with a variety of food items. When your caesar comes with onion rings and a fried pickle on top, I can imagine it being worthwhile.

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Foodwise, L’Gros Luxe is an odd mixture of items that I guess you would characterize as bar food but frankly it runs the gamut from tacos, salads, burgers, poutines, etc. I was able to try a variety of items over my two visits. The appetizers I had were up and down. First was the nachos – topped with black beans, cheese, green onions, marinated jalapeño slaw, corn and coriander. The size of the plate was nice but the cheese was weirdly only on the under layer and underside of the nachos so most chips had no melted cheese on top of them. When one buys nachos, there is an expectation of cheese on most of the chips. Frankly, that’s a pretty easy thing to ensure when you make them. That was not done here which was strange.

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The other appetizer was the grilled feta – served with olives, cherry tomatoes, basil, olive oil, balsamic vinegar and bread. Pretty self-explanatory and a solid dish overall. The feta was grilled just enough to make it less salty and a touch softer than normal. We had enough bread to make proper croutons for the entirety of the portion we got.

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The poutine is one of their big dishes and very enjoyable. Their classic is made with tater tots! I don’t think I’d had tater tots for at least 10 years. Topped with green onions as well as the usual cheese curds and gravy, there are a multitude of extras you can add – be it pulled pork, grounded beef,etc… The pulled pork I added to mine was nice and tender. My friend’s version is ground beef and regular fries was solid as well.

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One of my friend’s tried out their beef burger – served on a shallot bun with siracha mayo and the usual condiments. Good sized burger, cooked nicely through. The bun was light and fluffy but didn’t fall apart as it eaten. A solid burger overall.

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Finally, I got to try a dessert – deep fried cookie dough served with ice cream, whipped cream and caramel/chocolate sauce. Or at least it was supposed to be served with ice cream. On receiving the dish, we quickly realized that no ice cream was actually present. The problem got solved once we mentioned it to our waitress but still a weird issue. Overall the dessert was good but too much whipped cream compared to the other elements.

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L’Gros Luxe was a up-and-down food experience. The items are good – not great – so while the price is reasonable, I still wanted better. Same thing for the drinks. I left after my second visit thinking that L’Gros Luxe’s best fit is as a great happy hour or drink spot. Not sure a full dinner is truly worth it. I’m happy to have it close by but also happy I didn’t go out of my way to visit for dinner previously.

Cheers!

L’Gros Luxe
2472 Notre-Dame Ouest
514 903 2721

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Léché

10 Nov

I am a sucker when it comes to sweets. It doesn’t really matter – be it cupcakes, brownies, cookies, doughnuts, etc – I pretty much love all of them. More and more in Montreal, we are lucky to have wonderful bakery and pastry shops making great things for us to enjoy outside of the usual Tim Hortons and Starbucks fare. Recently, through Twitter, I had heard of a new artisan doughnut shop in St-Henri that I needed to check out called Léché. Wonderful I thought, let’s check it out right away! Then I saw the opening hours…. Not very conducive to my work schedule. However, through some good circumstance, I had the chance this week to quickly head over before work to grab a box and see just how good their doughnuts were.

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Very much enjoyed the warm and homey feel the space had. The open kitchen is also a great element to the shop – really creates a unique feel. I would have loved to stay longer simply to see the team work in on their treats but sadly time was of the essence. I walked out with a box of 6 different doughnuts to sample from. In general, the doughnuts all have a very light and fluffy dough which doesn’t have much of a sweetness to it on its own. However, given the different toppings and fillings, that is perfect and truly allows those elements to shine above the dough itself. Also, these guys are stuffed to the gills. My experience with most doughnuts had conditioned me to expect half filled doughnuts. Boys was this a pleasant surprise.

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Working from the top left one and going clockwise, I had the white chocolate mousse, peanut butter and Jelly, chocolate, apple crumble, raspberry and milk chocolate mousse doughnuts. The white chocolate mousse was a perfect creamy delicious mess of a doughnut – sweet and delicious. The PB & J one was just amazing – a perfect manifestation of what makes the sandwich so good. The right balance between the salty and the sweet. The chocolate one was very good but probably. The star of the apple crumble is the wonderful apple filling you find inside. The raspberry one was a slight disappointment but that has mostly to do with the fact that I ate it after the PB & J one so it felt like the jam inside was missing its peanut butter companion. Finally, the milk chocolate mousse was very good although I preferred its white chocolate brother.

All in all, quite impressive and very satisfied with my 1st experience. Léché will definitely be in the back of my mind next time I am confronted with the prospect of more “mainstream” doughnut options. Next thing, I just hope that they open up their hours a bit more so that I can stop by a bit more easily in the future.

Cheers!

Léché
640 de Courcelle
514 303 2200

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