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Oct 9, 2010 08:53 AM

Chesterman's Reviews - too many repeats?

First time poster here, long time lurker.

For years I have loved reading the restaurant reviews in the Gazette but lately I've had a huge problem with Chesterman's reviews. Namely, too much repetition. Either she keeps returning to the same restaurants, or continually seeks out the same types of restaurants and foods. I've noticed that she tends to always eat the same types of foods (ex. bistro style) and as a result the reviews have become redundant and boring.

Does anyone else notice this? Is there any way to get her to branch out a bit while still keeping the restaurants higher end?


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    Except for the few "high-end" restaurants and worthy ethnic places, is there something else than bistro in Montreal ?

    All new places are more or less bistro/comfort food restaurants.

    see her blog :

    good or bad, I kind of agree.


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    1. re: Maximilien

      True about most higher end restaurants being of similar style here, but what about how lately all of the places she reviews are places she's reviewed once (or more!)? One just has to read this board to realize how many places she could visit but instead continues to seek out the same places.
      As a reviewer, she should be introducing readers to new places and not just recycling the same places, perhaps expand her criteria in terms of picking a place to review? (I'm still baffled that Musgrave or was it Haldene? reviewed Salle a Manger and not Chesterman).

      Thanks for the link to her site, been there before and do use it sometimes.

      Thank god for this board because this is where I learn of most new places.

    2. I don't know if you are familiar with Guide Resto Voir but I find more variety in their reviews and it has helped me discover places that aren't even mentioned here.

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      1. re: hungryann

        LC is suppose to concentrate only on the high end restaurants. Guide Resto Voir, covers restaurants from all price ranges.