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Apr 3, 2012 10:57 AM

Grumman 78 Food Court @ Faubourg

Nice to have a different tasty option at this food court when the lineup at Bangkok gets too long...

Menu currently offers a variety of 4-5 tacos, along with a few side dishes and beverages. Taco pricing varies between 4-7$, which if I recall, is slightly cheaper than the truck ones, but they were also a bit smaller (but just as tasty!)

Lunch is on the pricey side once you put it all together. We were two, each had a Banh Mi taco (pork belly with sweet oyster sauce and traditional banh mi toppings...a tad sweet but very good), tomatoes and cornbread croutons salad (nice mix), Chilaquiles (tortillas in tomato sauce with arugula , pecorino shavings and meatballs that were a bit dry, but the dish a great accompaniment overall), two sip sac drinks, (served in a bag! nice!) one jugo verde (a bit too spinachy) and a refreshing hibiscus tea. Altogether ~30$, which is ok at a resto but because we were in a food court, felt a bit on the pricey side.

Short lineups, service brisk...they are located to the right once you come up the escalators (the Dollarama is in between Grumman and Bangkok). Definitely a great addition to the downtown food scene.

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  1. Awesome! I live a few blocks away from there so I'll have to try it sometime :)

    1. Thanks for the report!

      Has anyone tried the "turkey dinner" taco? What's in it and is it good?

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      1. re: kpzoo

        If it's anything like the one i once tried at their truck, it was turkey, stuffing, cranberry, basically a thanksgiving meal in a taco

        1. re: kpzoo

          Ya I tried the turkey dinner taco yesterday. It was good, could have been better slightly but still enjoyed it. And yes, turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce. The Banh Mi Taco was really good.

        2. I went and enjoyed it. We tried the lamb curry (wife's favorite), the turkey dinner and the pork stick.

          Enjoyed all of them but I really wish they had more normal tacos too. Something with carne asada.

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          1. re: AlexCV

            Yes! A fish taco would be nice too- is there one?

            1. re: AlexCV

              I wish they had normal tacos at normal prices...

              1. re: Ghostquatre

                I had the banh mi taco today for 4$ and it was so loaded with fresh ingredients, I ended up ordering two more. A junior whopper at Burger King costs as much, so I'm not really sure what you would consider a "normal price". I also tried the fried chicken (on a bed of potato salad), the tomatoes and cornbread, and the papas grumman and they were all equally as good as the tacos. I found the food-court location to be tastier than the times I had tried it from the truck. I will definitely be back for more, I was really impressed.

                1. re: causeimhungry

                  Thanks for the pics! That tomato-cornbread salad looks awesome. And thanks to westaust & jay_81k above for the scoop on the turkey taco. Both are on my to-try list now.

                  1. re: causeimhungry

                    first, a whopper jr is 2.29. having finally tried Grumman, I no longer agree that $4 is a fair price. It's a bit excessive.

                    1. re: catroast

                      hyperboles eh. it sure is easy to make a mini taco look loaded. A regular banh mi will cost you 2.75$ have more fillings and more bread. The filling is so cheap, and I doubt Grumman's fillings is way of much better quality than the shops in chinatown.

                      I'm really tempted to try the fried chicken though. I hope it's not just a drumstick over potato salad

                      1. re: Ghostquatre

                        even though they store their cooked chicken in a plastic shopping bag, chicken tikka's naan sandwich is still the best deal at the faubourg --- and it is delicious, provided they make the naan fresh and not pull one out of the other shopping bag.

                        1. re: catroast

                          I tried that sandwich once at the end of the day and the ingredients seemed stale and the whole sandwich was dry. If ever i'mthere around lunchtime, I will give it another go. The best Indian sandwich I 've had is at ShahiPalace in the WI; it's out of the way for most city dwellers though.

                          1. re: hungryann

                            what's the sandwich at Shahi Palace like? The lunch rush is the best time for the chicken sandwich at Tikka and I promise that it is very good.

                            1. re: catroast

                              Same principle: naan bread, tandoori chicken or seeks kebab, salad veggies and some creamy sauce. Highly recommended because the ingredients are all fresh. I'll give Chicken tikka another chance.

                              1. re: hungryann

                                excellent. i'll give it a try next time i visited my family

                  2. re: Ghostquatre

                    I don't mind the prices, 4$ for decent ingredients in a taco shell isn't that bad, I just wish they had more traditional taco as well.

                    I do intend on going back when I'm in the neighborhood.

                2. +1 for liking it. I went today for lunch with my DH. I had 2 feta-chili tacos and cornbread. DH had a banh mi and the Chilaquiles.

                  The feta-chili tacos were delicious! They were spicy but not too spicy and had the crunch of radishes, the salty yummy of the feta and were even better with a squeeze of lime. Plus, they were messy. I truly believe that the messier the food, the tastier the food.

                  The cornbread was very good too. The cornbread was more of a crouton. Don't expect it to be soft. But there was a lot of liquid from the ripe tomatoes and the marinade and sauce, so the fact that it was a crouton kept the cornbread from becoming a mushy mess. There was a nice amount of acidity to the dish. The only complaint I have is that, as you get to the bottom of the dish, where it is wetter, it got a little too salty for me.

                  My DH enjoyed his banh mi taco. He said that was better than the Chilaquiles. I didn't try either, so I really can't comment on them.

                  My DH thought that at $12 per person, it was expensive for a food court. I thought that I have paid a lot more for much lower quality food elsewhere so, IMHO, the price is worth it, especially bearing in mind that, while Grumman is located in a food court, it is not what I would call 'typical food court' food.

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                  1. re: captain_vegetable

                    10 years ago, people would have said that $12 for a food truck meal was expensive. Now you can find multi-course gourmet meals served from food trucks at a premium. Satay brothers also charge a moderate-hefty price when employing a food stall analogy --- but i'm there! Given where foodie culture is headed in Montreal, I am sure that priced as-is, Grumman will do fine.