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Hi - I am treating my employees (McGill students) to a casual holiday lunch (McGill/downtown) this Friday, but don't have a big budget. I was hoping to spend ~ $20/person. Saw rec's for Ariel, Decca 77 which have a $25 lunch menu - but that seemed a bit too fancy and a bit expensive.

Then I came upon a recommendation for Cafe Via Crescent... which sounded good at ~$15 per entree. I went ahead and make a reservation, but further searching on this board showed that it's multiple recommendations are always from the same poster. Can anyone else vouch for the quality of the food at Cafe Via Crescent?

If not, does anybody have other recommendations for a casual, inexpensive lunch spot downtown/near McGill. We'll be eight people - Friday noon.

Thanks in advance for any input!

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Decca 77
1077, rue Drummond, Montréal, QC H3B 4X4, CA

Cafe Via Crescent
1418 Rue Crescent, Montreal, QC H3G2B6, CA

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  1. You could go to Lola Rosa (545 rue Milton).
    You could try one of the many new chinese places, ( but closer to Concordia U).

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    Lola Rosa Cafe
    545 Rue Milton, Montreal, QC H2X1W5, CA

    1. Via is pretty solid, nothing fancy but surely good enough for students, and also definitely one of the cheaper options you mentioned. The lunch specials and pastas are good as is the coffee. Normally it is quite busy on Fridays, I would definitely call to reserve.
      Ariel and Decca are nice, but definitely way more expensive.

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      1. re: gloggo

        I've also heard good comments about Via from people who work in the area and order from them on a regular basis for lunch.

      2. Just wanted to update that I wasn't impressed by Cafe Via and wouldn't go again. The food was okay but unremarkable. The margarita pizza was served with just one tiny piece of basil chiffonaded into three pieces. I think of basil as an ingredient in that pizza - not a garnish. The wait staff (and kitchen) messed up two of our seven orders, with hardly an apology.