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Garde Manger opening hours?

caramielle Aug 8, 2010 05:15 PM

Saturday morning my friends and I decided to scout out for La Garde Manger in the Old Port...after a few wrong turns and being directionally challenged, we finally reached the address to find the chairs were turned over the tables and it was pretty much...well, very closed-looking. There's no sign indicating the resto's name, which I found kind of perculiar but sure...whatever works!

Does anyone know the opening hours of the restaurant? I know my friend really wants to try it out, and she's not always in town (she lives in Ottawa). I read somewhere online they were supposed to be opened Tues-Sun. We got there around 2pm.

  1. kpzoo Aug 8, 2010 05:19 PM

    According to Google Places they are not open until 6 pm.

    http://maps.google.com/places/ca/mont...

    Mon Closed
    Tue 6pm – 3am
    Wed 6pm – 3am
    Thu 6pm – 3am
    Fri 6pm – 3am
    Sat 6pm – 3am
    Sun 6pm – 3am

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      PadmeSkywalker Aug 8, 2010 05:44 PM

      I'm not sure about weekdays but I remember calling for a reservation for a Friday night and they were booked 2-3 weeks in advance, if you want to go call ahead of time to make sure you get a table.

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        caramielle Aug 8, 2010 05:58 PM

        thanks for the heads up...I guess next time my friend's in town i'll try and book
        totally did not realize that they were only opened for dinner! Guess it's the lack of sleep that is getting to me - didn't read the opening hrs properly

        1. re: caramielle
          petek Aug 8, 2010 08:29 PM

          I was just at Garde Manger this past Friday(6th) and I have to tell you that I really wasn't that impressed.I'll write a full review of my" weekend in Montreal" soon.
          P.S Don't expect to see Chuck manning the stoves now that he's a celebrity chef.

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        BLM Aug 9, 2010 04:13 PM

        Guess trying to be hip & trendy with no sign indicating resto name(& with the chef being a celebrity).

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          eat2much Aug 9, 2010 04:45 PM

          They have not have a sign from day one when Chuck was far from being a celebrity.. L'Express and Club Chasse et Peche don't have signs either. I doubt this is a deliberate attempt to be "hip & trendy".

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            BLM Aug 9, 2010 04:55 PM

            Yes I know with 2 other restaurants you mention(they don't have signs). I still say Chuck was trying to self promote himself as a celebrity chef as soon as he opened Garde Manger. In the case of Club Chasse et Peche, I'm guessing it's to keep it exclusive.

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              cherylmtl Aug 9, 2010 05:33 PM

              AFAIK, no one knew who on earth Chuck was way back when he opened Garde Manger. It was a very low-key operation in its early days. I think the no sign thing (although I could be wrong) was to keep it as a hidden gem, where it wouldn't be over-run with tourists. How things change...

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                BLM Aug 9, 2010 05:41 PM

                I could be stand to be corrected. I've been seeing Chuck doing media everywhere in Montreal since Garde Manger opened(french & english media). Only an opinion(never dined at Garde Manger).

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                  eat2much Aug 9, 2010 05:46 PM

                  As someone who has eaten there often since it opened, I can vouch for the fact that Chuck and his team have worked hard for the recognition. They have gotten all the media attention because the food is great and so is the atmosphere. Perhaps you should give it a try!!!!

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                    BLM Aug 9, 2010 05:51 PM

                    Sure, I'll give them a try sometime in near future. I'll keep an open mind. Which days is Chuck usually cooking?

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                      eat2much Aug 9, 2010 06:08 PM

                      I'm not sure off his schedule. You can always call and find out.

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                      SnackHappy Aug 9, 2010 06:53 PM

                      "They have gotten all the media attention because the food is great and so is the atmosphere."

                      That and also because he's good looking and has a bunch of rad tattoos.

                      I have no problem with chefs wanting to become celebrities. More power to them. But I'm pretty sure Mr Hughes had a pretty good idea of what he was doing when he opened that place. It was all a grand scheme with an end-goal of him becoming a mayonnaise spokesmodel.

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