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La Popessa - opinions?

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Was thinking of trying La Popessa. They have several locations. Am interested in either the downtown location on St-Denis/Ave Des Pins or the Old Mtl location on St-Antoine near the Palais Des Congres. I am assuming both locations look the same. Are there any differences?

http://www.popessa.net/menuent.htm

Thanks in advance.

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  1. I think it's alright for a quick lunch, but nothing to rave about.

    The one on St. Denis has a cute little court yard in the back which is nice in the summer time.

    1. It's a cute little place for a quick and affordable meal but nothing more. Pastas are already cooked and are just reheated in hot water. They have a large choice of sauces and garnish though but it still feels like the pasta station at a buffet from an all inclusive hotel. But it's still cute and good especially the patio at the St-Denis location.

      1. I've only ever been to the St. Antoine O. location but I liked it a lot. I like cheap but good places and this is definitely one. It's cafeteria style, but the decor is really nice and I really like the simplified concept of the menu, pick a sauce, pick a pasta, and voila, you have a good hot meal for less than $15 in 10 min. max. And the cooks do tricks sometimes too, fun to watch.

        1. Very good alternative to fast food! As alluded to by the others, it's not fine dining by any stretch but I've always liked what I've gotten here and the restaurant is nice and comfortable.

          1. The difference I would mention is that the one on St-Denis is cosier, but also tends to fill up more quickly. The one on St-Antoine has a more modern look, but it is bigger and you'll find a spot more quickly (though that's not counting the terrace at St-Denis).
            It's consistently good food at a very affordable price, which is what I like about it (nothing fancy, but so what? ;).

            1. I personaly don't like it. Reading the comments, I agree, though, that it is better than fast food, cheap, and not bad. But when I go to the restaurant, it has to be better than just all right - it has to be better than what I can make for myself at home for cheaper (as I work at home and enjoy cooking, I never 'have' to eat out). And so I find La Popessa disapointing. Last time I was there, I had some sort of seafood pasta. It had a very strong fish-smell to it, and I couldn't even eat the ultra-hard tiny scallops (sand included). The trick is probably to go with something simpler. I remember that the first time I was there I had the putanesca, which I thought was quite disapointing too, but at least I could eat it.
              Oh, and the bread is quite boring and not worth having.

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              1. re: pinkatronica

                I don't know what I was thinking that I would give this cute place a chance for a meal of Fettucini Alfredo at 4.95$. This was not good at all. Bland and the pasta supposed to be french where, how to say, ughhhh moshy. The only good part was the show cooking in front of you. The people were very friendly on top of this.

                Why can't they make a decent sauce with cream and permesan so they can get close as much as possible to a real Alfredo. Even reheated a real or semi real alfredo would still be amazing.

                I don't know about their other dishes but I will never go there again for "fresh" (yeah right) Pasta. Very disapointing. 2 hot dog and fries would sound like haute cuisine for taste.

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                Restaurant La Popessa
                3801 Rue Saint-Denis, Montreal, QC H2W2M4, CA

                1. re: maj54us

                  Harsh!

                  1. re: SourberryLily

                    Hey watch it with the name calling ;) hahaha

                    Maybe harsh but I stand on my opinion. the dish I had was not good at all. I haven't tried all their sauces I agree but just the pasta being bellow par won't make me try this place again.

              2. I personally love it. It is cafeteria style. I hesitate to call it fast food because it doesn't quite fall with the rest of the burger or general tao places... It's much better, and i feel that if you put the same food in a nice restaurant with waiters, people would have even better comments.

                I take the Gorgonzola sauce, which is delicious! Better then L'Academie. If you work in the area or need a unpretentious place to get a quick meal, go for it.

                Does it equal a nice restaurant in Little Italy, no of course not! Do you get your money's worth? Yes.

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                1. re: SourberryLily

                  I'm sorry I did not get my money's worth with their Alfredo. Yes it was cheap price wise but the quantity I have received was honestly disapointing, doesn't matter since I didn't finish the plate. I still think they can put an effort and make a real sauce Alfredo and maybe sell it 2$ more so it can taste good. I would gladly pay 6.95$ for a little cream in it. As for the pasta they say fresh and I believe it's a marketing scheme because no way it is fresh.

                  1. re: maj54us

                    Depends what you mean by real Alfredo sauce. The original dish is just noodles tossed with butter and parmesan.

                    That being said, I don't think La Popessa is good value for money, either. It's generic, boring production line food. I could think of any number of places I would go before going to any La Popessa location. But I'm not going to give people a hard time for liking it. It's just not my thing.