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Jan 6, 2009 04:57 PM

Les 3 Brasseurs

anyone else see this in MartiniBoys?

not that i'm a great fan but interesting regardless...

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  1. I was in Montreal last April for UFC, and we went here in downtown Montreal. Nice place, home brewed beer, big copper vats, everything seemed good until when I was watching the bartender take the remains of someone elses half-drank beer and top it off with fresh new beer from the tap!

    I was blown away, kind of soured my experience there... recycling beer is just plain gross

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    1. re: duckdown

      Was it someone elses beer or was it the "foam" cup? usually if darft is foamy they will fill two or three glasses and let them settle then pour from one into another then top from the tap to create a bit of head..

      no recycled beer just not wasting the foamy bits...

      1. re: duckdown

        Just want to follow up, I was in Montreal last month for UFC again and we spent a whole night at Les Trois Brasseurs and actually had a really great time..good beer and the pub grub was actually pretty decent...every table was packed with people ordering food and drinks, so when the kitchen is that busy, its gotta be decent.

        This is a European chain? I thought it was from Quebec

        I also hope they have the brewery running through the restauraunt like their location on Crescent

        1. re: duckdown

          "when the kitchen is that busy, its gotta be decent" - just like Jack Astors and Boston Pizza.. just another chain serving the same old Thai Chicken Salad and Nachos... Only thing that makes it different is the beer concept...

          1. re: OnDaGo

            This isn't the same as Jack's or Boston Pizza, that's actually a pretty silly comparison ---
            they're a brew pub from Quebec with multiple locations and really great beer ---

            I had a great time as well (as duckdown) and thought it was wicked ---

            that comment is so off base and idiotic it's unreal, have you even been there?

            1. re: dannyboy

              I have enjoyed the beer there in Montreal a couple times, but I really wasn't thrilled with the food. My favourite beer there was the brown, but none of them were bad.

              1. re: kwjd

                I liked all of them... they even had some kind of "paddle" thing you could order for you and a buddy where it comes with every kind of beer they have.. the group beside us was ordering them

                1. re: duckdown

                  yeah that paddle thing was cool, like a 10 beer sampler - but i'd already had too many beers to partake...
                  oh well, always a next time ; )

                  1. re: dannyboy

                    lol yeah exactly, im ordering one of those next time i'm there

              2. re: dannyboy

                yeah i wouldn't compare them but he is just saying that my assumption of "if people are ordering food it must be good" is comparable to a place like jack astors... regardless i agree with you though, its certainly not a crappy place like that. i wish i lived downtown so i could go here often

                1. re: dannyboy

                  They are not from Quebec they are from FRANCE (over 25 locations there! - and the comparison I was making was from looking at what was on the menu... A little bit of everything with no rhyme or reason... This is a CHOW board not a BREW board, I do not think it is idiotic to compare two CHAIN restaurants that serve Mini eggrolls, nachos, thai chicken salad and louisiana Flams... out of the 100 things on the menu only a handfull are french (if you count the poutine)... Don't make the place sound like a little quebec brewpub it is a large international chain restaurant pretending to be your local pub.. complete with precooked frozen food! Which may be a novelty in France but here it is called "Jack Astors"..

                  1. re: OnDaGo

                    I stopped in for a beer yesterday (which was excellent), but I didn't eat. However, your comment that they are, " pretending to be your local pub" is completely false. On their placemat they list all of their locations... they are telling you right away that this is part of a chain. All the draft beer they serve there is brewed in house though, so the brewery part of it is local.

                    Are you sure they have precooked frozen food? I'm not saying you are wrong, but is this an assumption or a fact?

          2. Is this new? The article says "opening in June" but there's no year. I've been waiting for this since 2007, the mention is still on the website, but it's been forever and I've been starting to give up hope.

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            1. re: Gary

              It's new. June 2009 is the latest in a long line of estimated opening dates for this place. The first mention I saw was back in 2005.

            2. It's a miracle! Les 3 Brasseurs on Yonge south of Dundas Square is finally opening on Monday, June 15 under the English version of the name, "The 3 Brewers". I walked past yesterday and the place looks very nice. The paper is off the windows, salt and pepper shakers are on the table and it looks ready to go. After looking forward to this place for many years I really hope it is something half decent and not just tourist fare. All I ask is for slightly above average beer and decent bar eats at a non-extortionate price.

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              1. re: Gary

                if changing the name to english is any indication of their comitment to their brand... i will pass

                1. re: OnDaGo

                  Does anyone know if the menu will be the same as in France?
                  Loved the variety.
                  Something for everyone.

                  1. re: erly

                    Well it looks like the Menu is Jack Astors meets France (and not in a good way!)

                    Menu says: "Our Specialty: Homemade Flamms” - This is an Alsatian staple but they have a twist as you can get:

                    the Louisiana version!!! - B.B.Q. chicken marinated in a sweet B.B.Q. sauce
                    or the Italian - Sausages, green & yellow peppers & mozzarella cheese peppers, onions and cheddar cheese

                    And what would an Alsatian menu be without a Thai Chciken Salad or an Oriental Platter with mini spring rolls or Nachos!!!!

                    check it out:

                    PLEASE!! why go to the trouble of opening..

                    1. re: OnDaGo

                      The restaurants in France have a similar menu, as I have said, something for everyone, but the food there is very good, and the Flamms are my favorite.
                      I am not sure what the quality will be here.
                      I hope they have the Brewery running through the restaurant the same as they do in Europe.

                      1. re: OnDaGo

                        Somebody must have put on his thinking cap and tried his best to come up with this Toronto version, in hope of making this appeal to "everyone".. This is at a prime location after all.

                        I loved the food and ambiance at the Montreal location, and I love especially their Flamms. But where is the simple, classic one made with lardon and creme fraiche? In fact there's not a single Flamm on the menu that has creme fraiche on it! Sad.

                        But I might still find myself going there just once, to reminisce the other good ones I've been to.

                    2. re: OnDaGo

                      I emailed them to ask... we'll see what they say... something corporate, I would expect :)

                  2. The Québécoise flamm...FANTASTIC with a cold pint. Great Place. Not Jack Astors at all....Welcome to Toronto!

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                    1. re: vaiguy777

                      can you explain what a flamm is exactly?

                      1. re: hungryabbey

                        I was curious too and found that phoenikia had explained what a "flamm" is in this thread -

                    2. Anyone going tonight? According to their website today is their opening (not sure if they had a soft opening on the weekend?)...

                      If they don't have some of the good montreal menu items people should write in and encourage them to add these to the menu...

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                      1. re: ylsf

                        Just strolled by. They're open.

                        1. re: ylsf

                          If by "good Montreal menu items" you mean items like poutine and smoked meat, you're going to be disappointed, as they don't even have those on the menu at their Quebec locations.

                          Based on the website, it looks like they have the same menu at all of the Quebec locations, so I expect the Toronto one will be the same. It's already been linked elsewhere in the thread, but here it is again:


                          Some of the flamms and the sauerkraut dishes look interesting. Otherwise, pretty unexciting.

                          1. re: gregclow

                            Sorry, to clarify, someone was saying that none of the flamms for the Toronto menu had Creme Fraiche...

                            I didn't mean "Montreal food" but like items they had on the Montreal menu that they left off here...

                            1. re: ylsf

                              Well, the menu I linked to above seems to be for all of the Montreal locations as well as the Toronto location, and I don't see creme fraiche listed as a topping for any of the flamms. So I guess the menu has changed.

                              1. re: gregclow

                                They possibly think that Creme Fraiche and Lardons would be too exotic for the Canadian palate!
                                Too bad.

                                1. re: erly

                                  just like the "Name Change" to english so we would not think it is Ethnic food.. but what do you expect from a corporate chain that has no menu identity..