Anybody been to the bistro at the Mont-Royal Pavillon?
I decided to take a (long) walk during lunch time to scope out the bistro that sits next to the Lac des Castors (I work near the top of Peel street). I didn't have a lot of time to examine things because I had to turn back quickly after reaching the chalet to get back to work.
When I arrived upstairs at the chalet, I was a bit confused, because there is a cafeteria counter, where you can order wraps or get sweets (they looked nice), chilled bottled drinks (the usual), or pick up a coffee. There's a section with brightly coloured chairs and pale tables that seems more suited for visiting groups of children, where indeed a young mother and two toddlers were enjoying sandwiches. Then I noticed the bar and more elegant tables area right next to it, and realised that the people eating outside were being attended to by a couple of waiters. Basically this space is trying to do a lot of things at the same time, catering to casual picnickers and bistro goers. It's very bright and pleasant but perhaps confused/ing!
I spotted the menu when I left and it looked very nice. It was probably the lunch-time menu. I noted Lobster Bisque, some appetizer with Brie, honey and pears (I think), and several salad-based meals. Also, a well filled one-page wine list. All in all, it looked good and not too extravagantly priced, but since I was in a rush, I didn't look at it closely enough. I think it's run by Montreal, in an effort to offer healthier, better fare.
I'm wondering if anybody here's tried said bistro on the mountain? I looked it up and it looks like they are calling Le Pavillon. I found this on the City's site http://ville.montreal.qc.ca/portal/pa...
Been there, but only for drinks on afternoons like today (ie really nice and sunny). The only beer they serve is Boreale, the prices are nothing to write home about, and the place itself is managed by some combination of Holder Brothers.
Each time we've been it seems like the staff has changed completely (could be due to a number of reasons) so we tend to be gentle on them.
As it is in such a superlative and outstanding location, even if the food were to be completely horrible, it still would make for a good time. As it is a Holder Bros. joint, I would guess that while the food wouldn't be horrible it wouldn't be anything outstanding either.
If you go, don't miss Le Gros Bill's bronzed skates downstairs by the woman's bathroom.
Had the worst meal I ever had in Montreal there a couple of years ago. Warmed over chicken, tasteless tomato sauce, dry couscous. We were so embarrassed for the restaurant we walked out without complaining. Service was also humdrum. Maybe it has improved; I hope so, but we will never go back until I hear more than one superlative review.