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Orlandosueb Nov 11, 2011 09:32 AM

I am visitng for a few days and would like a great meal in the area. I am open to all food types and prices.

Thanks

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    OliverB Nov 21, 2011 07:33 AM

    I get dragged out to Vago every few months by my sister and have to agree that it's entirely boring and unimpressive in terms of preparation, quality and atmosphere. It's overpriced and there is absolutely nothing special about it at all. It's not terrible, but it's certainly not great Italian.

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      jfprieur Nov 21, 2011 08:33 AM

      I think there is a certain segment of clientele (not saying the poster who recommended Vago is in this category!) that thinks if it is expensive and on an 'trendy' street, its good. How can you explain all those awful restaurants on St-Laurent between Pine and Sherbrooke any other way...

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      BarackHObama Nov 16, 2011 07:45 AM

      vago on green is very good italian.

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        cherylmtl Nov 16, 2011 03:14 PM

        Very good Italian? Seriously? What on earth are you comparing it to? I would never send anyone there - the food was overpriced and ordinary at best.

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          BarackHObama Nov 17, 2011 04:13 AM

          ordinary would be pizzaria napolitana

          the food is well prepared and nicely presented. the ambiance is nice, the service is very good. the menu does not break new ground but for a good meal in westmount it is an option. maybe you don't like paying for italian food. it's definitely no guido and angelina. would i go out of my way for it? probably not, but the original poster asked for a restaurant in westmount and this is one. You on the other hand ignored the request altogether electing to send this person to Imadake which is far more 'ordinary' in terms of japanese food than Vago is for italian. In fact, Imadake is Japanese bar food - with that in mind, their prices are way too high ...especially considering their food is only OK.

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          Vago
          1336 Av Greene, Westmount, QC H3Z2B1, CA

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            cherylmtl Nov 17, 2011 04:36 AM

            No, the poster asked for a great meal in the area - and I agreed with Tuck Shop over Taverne.. I mentioned Imadake as an option for Japanese (instead of Kaizen), because IMHO it is indeed one of the best in the area, although it is admittedly not "great". But it's certainly far better QPR and a much more lively atmosphere than Vago, which is really unimpressive. I certainly don't mind paying for Italian food, but if I'm recommending a good Italian meal it might be Da Emma or Graziella, but it sure won't be Vago, regardles of whether someone wants to dine in Westmount or not.

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            Vago
            1336 Av Greene, Westmount, QC H3Z2B1, CA

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              BarackHObama Nov 17, 2011 05:40 AM

              what don't you like about Vago specifically? Is it only the price? The food quality is certainly high with great seafood and meat. It does well not because rich people are stupid but because they deliver. Grazeilla and da Emma are expensive restaurants but their menus are also more rustic. Vago's menu is simple upscale contemporary italian food - there's nothing wrong with that.

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              Vago
              1336 Av Greene, Westmount, QC H3Z2B1, CA

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                cherylmtl Nov 17, 2011 06:56 PM

                Did I say it was only price? No, in addition to finding it overpriced for what it is, I said the food was ordinary at best - I didn't find the quality anything special at all. It is indeed upscale, but that isn't necessarily a positive adjective in my book. Perhaps you have different expectations of restaurants than I do, but Vago isn't on my personal list of places to go back to anytime in the near future, nor is it a place I would recommend to others. Period.

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                  BarackHObama Nov 17, 2011 07:05 PM

                  what did you have that you weren't satisfied with? You realize that you are actively dissuading people from visiting a restaurant based on a vagueness.

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                    eat2much Nov 17, 2011 07:30 PM

                    While I haven't been to Vago in years my meal there was so unremarkeable I had no desire to return.

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                    Vago
                    1336 Av Greene, Westmount, QC H3Z2B1, CA

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        chilipepper Nov 15, 2011 08:55 PM

        Toucheh -ok food but great for BYOB.

        1. cherylmtl Nov 11, 2011 05:56 PM

          The best in the area is Imadake, at Ste Catherine and Atwater, for Japanese. Skip Taverne, head south to Tuck Shop instead. It's far better IMHO, and less expensive.

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            cherry cherry Nov 11, 2011 01:35 PM

            There's Wellhouse, which has decent food. If they have their fish and chips special, it's a must have dish.
            I also enjoy Seoul for Korean food. I've tried numerous Korean restaurants in this city and Seoul is by far my favourite.

            Both are on Sherbrooke St. near Vendome metro.

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              montrealwaitress Nov 11, 2011 12:31 PM

              Tuck Shop is not far from Westmount - at Notre Dame and Courcelle. Every meal I've had there has been good.

              1. kpzoo Nov 11, 2011 11:23 AM

                EDITED SO THIS MAKES SENSE: (thanks, pyropaul99!)

                What part of Westmount? Eastern edge close to downtown or Western edge adjacent to NDG? Are you willing to travel a little bit?

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                  Orlandosueb Nov 11, 2011 11:52 AM

                  LOVE Kaizen, just looking for a change. Have booked Taverne to try. I've had very inconsistent experiences on Greene, but in all honesty, that was two summers ago.

                  I would go anywhere in Westmount, NDG, Montreal West or the West part of downtown. That being said, the closer the better.

                  Thanks!

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                  Maximilien Nov 11, 2011 10:06 AM

                  IMO, Westmount is a dead zone in terms of restaurant;
                  I work on the western edge, and there's nothing really worth it.

                  Not far, but not walk-able, depending on where you are in Westmount, there's Joe Beef on Notre-Dame.

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                  Joe Beef
                  2491 Rue Notre-Dame W, Montreal, QC H3J1N6, CA

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                    Orlandosueb Nov 11, 2011 10:35 AM

                    Thanks. Can't make it there. What about Liverpool House, is it worth a visit?

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                      pyropaul99 Nov 11, 2011 11:12 AM

                      Kaizen is no good? How about The Tavern on The Square - it's not great, but it's not bad. Bistro on Greene Avenue does some fairly decent grub if you don't want to head too far. There's certainly no gourmet places, though.

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