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Dec 12, 2012 04:42 PM

Jardin de Puits restaurant gone?

Can someone confirm if the restaurant 'Le Jardin de Puits' has gone out of business, or just simply moved?

It's a small Greek restaurant that's been around since 1984 at 180 Villeneuve St east in Montreal. My family and I have been regulars since they opened, even making it an annual tradition to visit around this time of year for birthdays (the last couple of years unfortunately we could not make it).

I went to call recently and their phone line is disconnected (get a recording the # has been changed, and that new number connects to a de-activated cell phone--not a good sign). It would be sad if they've gone under....

Their website is still up, but hasn't been updated in several years:

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  1. Wow !!! That's too bad !!! My family really enjoyed this BYOB the staff was alway very friendly !!! : (

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    1. re: fotobug

      I wouldn't jump the gun just YET, they may very well still be in business. It just gets me wondering (and worried) when a restaurant's phone line is disconnected...

      We'll have to wait and see if someone here knows their status. Or someone in the Plateau Mont-Royal area wants to have a peek in and report back.

    2. They're gone. We don't know what happened, they just shut up shop about two months ago, no warning, nothing! My boyfriend was a regular (he's been going for the last 17 years), he went nearly every week for lunch, then about two years ago they stopped serving lunch, so he wondered if something was up (the guy at the restaurant said that there just weren't enough people coming for lunch there, especially from the large building nearby)

      But we still went regularly for dinner, and we miss their lentil soup and the dressing they were using on their greek salad. We have been to the other BYO Greek restaurants on the Plateau but none come close! I tried to recreate the lentil soup at home just this past weekend, but whilst it wasn't bad, it wasn't as good as theirs!

      If anyone knows where they have gone, or has their recipe for lentil soup, I would love to know!

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      1. re: unlaced


        The end of the world may not happen in 2012, but to me, I'll remember 2012 as the end of the culinary world! Seriously, Jardin de Puits was THE restaurant of all restaurants in my family.

        We first discovered them in 1985, enjoyed the food and atmosphere immensely and then made it an annual tradition to visit each year to celerbrate birthdays. We must have gone close to 25 years straight without missing a beat (only the recent death of my father ended our tradition).

        Loved their fillet minon wraped in bacon, their soups (vegetable, chicken/rice and lentil) and unique salad dressing. They also had great desserts, their made in house baklava and black forest cake for example. Admittedly the quality went down in the last decade or so but I still loved this restaurant!

        It almost depresses me to think it's gone forever. Really sad news. I'll certainly never forget Jardin de Puits.

      2. I'm sorry to hear that they have closed. I also went there with family - dependable rather than cutting-edge food, and always welcoming service.

        I'd certainly rather go there than return to Terrasse Lafayette since the latter went all faux-upscale with attitude to match.

        1. EXCELLENT NEWS!!

          I just found out, moments ago after speaking with one of the owners, that Jardin de Puits is re-opening! :)

          Apparently what happened was their lease had been revoked, with only 10 days notice. It forced them to temporarily close but thankfully, they've since found a new location.

          Their new address is 2237 Fleury St (looks to be between Ahuntsic and Montreal north).

          They will be opened for business in early May!

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          1. re: Apple IIGS

            That is nice, but a completely different neighbourhood. It might well be a nice addition to that neighbourhood, but I couldn't see people from the Plateau/Mile-End/Outremont going out there.

            Wish them the best of luck in any event.

            1. re: lagatta

              That is fantastic news! I am glad they didn't just go out of business. But I must admit I am disappointed that they are opening up so far away from their old neighbourhood. We loved it as a neighbourhood restaurant that we could walk to easily. I think we will probably go once for old times sake, but otherwise it is not really feasible to drive that far for a casual Greek meal.

              1. re: unlaced

                I have to admit, once I looked at where they are on a map not long after posting that, I felt the same way. They were already out of the way at the old location, this simply puts them out of reach.

                At least I was told it will be the same staff and menu, but I'll certainly miss the atmosphere of the original restaurant. I mean, for close to 25 years THAT building, THAT place was Jardin de Puits to me.

                I'll try and drop in at some point though...

                1. re: Apple IIGS

                  Well, it's two years late but my family and I and finally made it out to the "new" Jardin des Puits.

                  My overall impression is middle of the road, it was just so-so. Not terrible mind you, but certainly not the Jardin des Puits I remember.

                  The new place is far smaller (too crowded) and doesn't have that warm atmosphere and ambiance of the original. Everything is plain plants, no pictures, no murals, and no garden terrace. I miss that because the old restaurant was just so beautiful, this was about as plain and dull as you can get.

                  The food: Unfortunately because the kitchen is smaller, much of their original menu and items are gone. They no longer offer a choice of soups, it's just lental or nothing (gone is their chicken & rice or vegetable soup I loved so much!). Lental was average to passable. The fillet minion was OK, but fairly average too. I don't think they marinate or season the meat as they once did. The bacon seemed under cooked and lacking in flavor. Still comes with rice, salad and potato wedges but all very bland. Also tried their calamari, just OK; found it kind of greasy in fact. The meal also includes bread that comes in a basket but it's also very bland and not that fresh. While I somewhat enjoyed the fillet, I was not savoring each bite like I did in the past.

                  Dessert is no longer included with the meal, so we passed on that. Also passed on my usual decaf coffee because they no longer percolate it, it's just instant dried Sanka coffee mix according to the waiter.

                  All in all, I have to say I felt disappointed, like the restaurant I've known as loved all these years is gone. In its place is a pale intimation that doesn't stack up with the original. Again, NOT a terrible restaurant (I've had my share of those and won't include Jardin in that list) but just too average overall. Certainly not memorable like the old restaurant.

                  So I've made the trek and revisited my all-time-favorite restaurant from the past, but sadly it wasn't there. What's that saying..? Ah yes, "You can't go back home".

                  Not sure I'll go back again, just not worthwhile enough to repeat (doesn't help that it's so far out of the way on top of that).

                  1. re: Apple IIGS

                    I'm sorry to hear that; it was a nice little restaurant, and was certainly attractive and welcoming.

                    1. re: lagatta

                      I don't want to sound too negative. I'm sure some people still enjoy it (it certainly was packed tonight; not sure if it being a holiday had anything to do with it though). I'm just comparing it directly against itself, from the past. In that sense I was disappointed.

                      Perhaps had this been some random unrelated restaurant under a different name, I'd be less critical. I mean this was THE favorite of all my restaurants, so I've held it to a high standard.

                      Again not bad, just a bit too mediocre for my tastes.

                      1. re: Apple IIGS

                        Not to be negative, but I think there's a lot of nostalgia in your memories of Jardin des Puits. I've also enjoyed it in the past, but it was a while back. My last visit on Villeneuve, a few months before they closed, is pretty much what you describe above regarding the new place. Except you forget to mention the MSG-packed lentil soupe.

                        The hope was actually that the new place would be an opportunity for a fresh start for them, with fresh food. Too bad, I actually live in ahuntsic!

          2. An update: we called their number on Friday night to see if they were open yet, and they said another 2-3 weeks.

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            1. re: unlaced

              I just called this this afternoon (June 27th) and they're still not opened as of yet.

              However, the person I spoke with seemed pretty confident they would be opened for business "next Tuesday", right after Canada Day.