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Apr 20, 2008 06:24 PM

Worst Restaurant Ever

If you are going to open a tapas restaurant every single one of the dishes better be unique, flavourful and delicious. We went to BU at stl.laurent and fairmont tonight and ordered a variety of different dishes, and if i closed my eyes i would not even know which one i was eating. None of the dishes were spiced, they all tasted the exact same; like nothing, it tasted like cardboard would. They were overpriced, and bland. When we finally got fed up and asked for some sauce to excite our tastebuds, they only had canned tomato sauce to offer. I have never been so dissapointed, the dished had great potential, creative ideas, but in the end it was boring.

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      1. re: Morganna

        It's the past participle -- well, one of them -- of the verb *boire*, to drink.

        1. re: carswell

          So the name of the establishment is just BU? I'm just trying to make sure I avoid this place when we come up for our anniversary. :)

          1. re: Morganna

            5245 St-Laurent
            Montréal, Qué. H2T 1S4
            fax: 514.276.5799


            1. re: Morganna

              As you might guess from the somewhat sarcastic tone of some of the replies, many local hounds don't agree with the original poster's assessment that BU is avoid-worthy. Quite the contrary, in fact; many of us think of it as one of Montreal's top wine bars. Actually, an evening at BU with friends is how I've spent my last three birthdays. While the food is rarely stellar, it's honest, tasty and -- more to the point -- wine-friendly. Decent food, one of the city's smartest wine lists, good by-the-glass selections, cool decor, laid-back ambiance and unflappable service make for a winner. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise.

              1. re: carswell

                I have NO idea why my post was deleted. I was certainly not accusing BU, or any other Mtl resto, of causing food poisoning; actually, I've never had such an experience here - not denying it could happen. It has happened to me in a town that will remain unsaid - in North America, not some poor country without refrigeration. I was just saying, having experienced restaurant-caused food poisoning, that there is far worse than tasteless food. I went to BU once, just had a little thing to eat with a glass of wine, it was perfectly ok though nothing more - I was meeting a friend after work and it is half way between her house and mine.

                1. re: carswell

                  Thanks for clarifying this, carswell, I appreciate it. Glad I take the time to read through these threads and keep returning regularly. :) I've found folks mentioning things about some places that don't seem too bad to me, and other things that folks think are great that make me think "I don't think I'd like that". It's good to have plenty of input! :)

                2. re: Morganna

                  I wouldn't avoid BU. I would make it a point to go there, actually.

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              1. First off, the placve is a wine bar, not a tapas restaurant. Tapas is spanish, not italian. Just thought I'd set that straight.

                1. In order for BU to qualify as the Worst Restaurant "EVER", it would mean that a coding system was created in order to measure the many criteria that make a restaurant good (or not good), and that a judge (you) would have to have taken each restaurant that exists, (past, present, and future) and measured each against your criteria. Only after this process would you be right to call it the worst restaurant "ever".

                  I am assuming you haven't done this, and thus your thread title "Worst Restaurant Ever" leads me to assume you are just using superlatives, and thus your whole commentary on BU follows suit.

                  If you were to say "worst restaurant I have ever been to", I might believe you.

                  I actually enjoy going to BU, and think their food is pretty good, and the service is outstanding. Nice folks at BU.

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                  1. re: riboflavinjoe

                    To qualify, wouldn't it also have to bill itself as a restaurant? Aside from the "à cheval entre restaurant, bistro et trattoria" blurb, bar à vin/wine bar is the only claim they baldly make.