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Mtl restaurants slashing their prices

BLM Aug 8, 2009 11:15 PM

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. Gontran Aug 9, 2009 08:28 AM

    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
      superbossmom Aug 9, 2009 09:50 AM

      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
        BLM Aug 9, 2009 11:00 AM

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

        1. re: BLM
          kpzoo Aug 9, 2009 11:20 AM

          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
            BLM Aug 9, 2009 03:46 PM

            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
              kpzoo Aug 9, 2009 03:56 PM

              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. kpzoo Aug 9, 2009 09:57 AM

      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
        afoodyear Aug 9, 2009 11:20 AM

        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
          Shattered Aug 10, 2009 08:13 AM

          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. carswell Aug 10, 2009 08:21 AM

        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.

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