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Aug 8, 2009 11:15 PM

Mtl restaurants slashing their prices

In the downtown of the economy in Montreal, curious which Montreal restaurants have slashed their prices of the dishes on their menu? Even by a little.

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  1. i don't know about restaurants slashing their prices but i've noticed quite a few places have gotten a bit more expensive in the last year

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    1. re: Gontran

      The restaurants that are staying afloat in a bad economy are not lowering their prices, imo... they try to attract the clientele with consistent quality and good service.

      I could see a chain restaurant advertising a price reduction on a popular item; in an upscale privately owned restaurant, I can't see that happening.

      1. re: superbossmom

        I heard Mesquite restaurant slashed their prices earlier this year. That's what originally prompted my topic.

        1. re: BLM

          I wouldn't say they "slashed" their prices, but they did revamp their menu, my guess is to better compete with Bofinger.

          1. re: kpzoo

            I only heard that Mesquite did that. Have you tried their food, since the menu revamp(they also did a mini-renovation I heard)? I haven't eaten there in more than 2 years.

            1. re: BLM

              Yep. The food was exactly the same - and so was the price. :-) Though now that I think of it, I think they limited the lunchtime side-dishes to fewer options than the dinner menu has.

    2. Haven't noticed price slashes anywhere, but heard about the Taverne Crescent doing a "pay what you want" promo deal for lunch - not sure about dinner and no idea what the food is like.

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      1. re: kpzoo

        I'm pretty sure Taverne Crescent was doing that before the recession started. I'm actually kind of surprised that it worked for them - I think it's great.

        1. re: afoodyear

          Taverne Crescent started the special in Oct or Nov, when the sky was falling in the U.S. and according to the Bank of Canada we were just entering a recession here.

          To echo everyone else, I haven't noticed prices being cut, nevermind 'slashed' at other restos.

          In fact, the prices of many products on the grocery shelves went up late last year - a very strange move. But I think it was already planned long-term seeing as it came as the end of a year of almost imperceptibly making same product servings smaller.
          The big food companies are getting greedy, iwo.
          Hmmm, what sewered the global economy again?

      2. Haven't seen price cuts. While it's hard to quantify, at places whose menus offer the possibility there may be a trend toward using less expensive ingredients and pricing the dishes accordingly -- cutting back on the foie gras, for example, or offering it as a supplement.

        Sommelier friends tell me that sales of high-end bottles have nose-dived.