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Romados fire

Was at a friend's place yesterday when he lost power because Romados was on fire.


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  1. "Thanks you for your concern, we are not burnt down, we had a small electrical fire which we'll clean up and we'll be serving you the chicken you love in no time. We are so thankful to have the best customers ever and stay posted on our Facebook site for more information."


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    1. re: nikkori

      glad to hear it was nothing major :)

    2. While going to get a bag of coffee at Neve, I walked in front of Romados.

      Seems not much has been done in regards to renovation/rebuilding of the restaurant ?!?!

      Any info other than "thank you for your support" that their facebook page is giving us ?


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      1. re: Maximilien

        Last message was from 27th of January, in french:
        "Même au centre Bell, pendant un match de hockey, on nous demande si on va re-ouvrir bientôt.... on a vraiment les meilleurs clients du monde (et les plus patients) on vous adore!!!!!!!"

        and on the 21st:
        "The red tape of insurance claims is finally clearing up and we'll be ready to start construction on the space. Look for dates to be announced sometime next week. In the meantime we appreciate all of your support and please know we are doing our very best to get re-opened as soon as possible."

        So they are not open yet. Stay tuned!

        1. re: SourberryLily

          A few posts prior to that one said it would be a few weeks, then came a post or two about how long claims were taking. So if they got the claims money sometime last week, I'd give it another 2-3 wks.

          1. re: SourberryLily

            They posted this comment on Monday night (Feb 4):

            "on a eu un incendie le 5 janvier et on attend toujours les rapports des assurances:( "

            It's gonna be a while, unfortunately.

            1. re: Shattered

              Claim repport can take forever and so can dealing with insurances... We got water dammage last summer and it was hell... Good luck to them!

              1. re: sophie.brunet

                Sorry to hear that, Sophie. Latest comment on their page from Sunday says they're aiming to start renos next week. I guess that means they'll be open again first week of March if it goes smoothly.

                Closed for 2 months for a supposedly small electrical fire... brutal.

                1. re: Shattered

                  In small fires, water damage is usually more important than the fire itself (better be safe than sorry and water everything down).

                  1. re: Maximilien

                    Good point. I walked by last night and could peer into the kitchen. It's completely empty; they've taken out all the fryers, grills, etc.

                    Then I check their facebook page:
                    "L'ouverture devrait se faire vers la fin du mois de mars"


        2. Checked their facebook page again. They have finally started work. The reason it's taking so long is they have to redo the entire basement. Hopefully will be reopened for Easter.

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          1. re: Shattered

            Now they're saying mid-April. Brutal.

            Otoh, it gave me the opportunity to try something new last Friday: dinner at the Portuguese Assoc. on St-Urbain just below Rachel. Its like a little old-fashioned restaurant down there, nothing fancy but great value and good homestyle cooking. For $12, last Friday's menu was soup, dessert, and half a roast chicken (perfectly seasoned, too) with potatoes and rice. I couldn't even finish the sides, and I skipped lunch. Red wine is $5.50/glass.

            Shhh, keep it a secret ;)

            You can see upcoming dinners here:

            (Unless you speak Portuguese, you're gonna wanna plug the mains into google to see what you'll be eating... it's heavy on pork as you'd expect. This Friday's mains are some sort of fried fish dish with rice, or pork roast. Sobremesa is dessert. Unfortunately, I have plans, but I will be back soon.)

            1. re: Shattered

              do you need reservations? also can you just go there, eat and not talk to anyone?

              1. re: Ghostquatre

                Yes, you need to reserve. The dinner nights are posted as pics on their facebook page with the date, menu, price, and number to call.

                You could not talk to anyone. Me & my friend were the only ones there not speaking Portuguese. It was pretty quiet anyway. But I plan on going on one of the nights they have live music and dancing.

              2. re: Shattered

                Shattered, the one I see at the top of the page is a little more expensive: non-members $16, members 14. The fish fry looks good though.

                They have cabrito for Easter, on the 31st of March!

                I remember mentioning it on the board a while back, but they seemed very disorganised and not doing these meals for a while.

                1. re: lagatta

                  Yeah, price depends on the menu. I was giving the menu and price for last Friday. You're right, for the longest time nothing seemed to be going on, but this year the dinners are pretty steady, one about every couple weeks. You can't tell though, because they delete the pics announcing the dinners after they're done.

                  1. re: Shattered

                    Since this is a social club, I assume that the price is as announced - no further taxes?

                    Very good to know.

                    I'm not on Facebook, so while I can see the Easter announcement, I can't see the price. Assume it is more.

                    Not really fluent in Portuguese, but no speck of trouble reading those menus (I speak Italian and Spanish as well as French, and have had some practice in Portuguese).

                    And if the weather is foul or (shhh) if I've had too many glasses of wine, I can take the 55 bus straight down there and back from chez moi! Will be telling someone I know (a mature person, not a young student) who has been working away on learning Portuguese...

                    I want that cabrito! (Get my goat).

                    1. re: lagatta

                      Easter is $35 non-members, $30 for members.

                2. re: Shattered

                  The Portuguese association dinners were on hold except for holidays during the summer, but here's some feedback from going a handful of times last spring:

                  They are hit and miss foodwise. I find the heavier the meat, the less I enjoy it. They're overcooked and/or greasy. A mixed meat night was really disappointing. Chicken and fish dishes are always great, otoh. They had a paella that was great and only $17 if memory serves. Portions are always huge (sometimes they have leftovers and offer seconds) and you can linger as long as you want, though, which is nice for a change. And the booze is really cheap. Meals are $14-17 for non-members (depends on the main course), so good value, but it's a bit of roll of the dice foodwise.

                  1. re: Shattered

                    Thanks Shattered for posting the Portuguese Assn facebook page. We first visited this place during the festival in August when a bartender friend brought us over. They weren't serving food at that time, but we bookmarked the place to try sometime.
                    Our friend hinted himself that sometimes its really good, other times not so much.
                    In a thick Portuguese accent, slightly slurred from brandy:
                    "You come, you look what they have. If you like, you eat. If you no like, well ehhhhh, YOU LEAVE, you go to restaurant. THATS ALL.
                    OK, lets have brandy"

              3. Their facebook page said end of May for quite a while. Walked by yesterday, no signs it's anywhere near opening. Otoh, their bakery in St. Michel is open now to the public (8695 10e Avenue, open Monday-Saturday 7-5).

                Anyhow, they're given up giving dates for when it might re-open.

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                1. re: Shattered

                  I ride my bike by everyday - there's a sign outside that says it's opening in June, but no exact date. And it doesn't look ready to open yet...

                2. Cult Mtl says they're reopening Fri, July 5. Cross your fingers.

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                  1. re: chilipepper

                    Romados' facebook page says so too (in a reply to someones question on the right side of the page)

                    1. re: kpaxonite

                      cant wait to see the new prices now that they are world famous.

                      1. re: maj54us

                        Can't believe you guys beat me to it, haha. Actually, they said last week on facebook (posts now deleted) that they wanted to open this past weekend but faced another delay, so take July 5th with a grain of salt.

                    1. re: kpzoo

                      Haha. A bit late to the party. It's opening tomorrow.

                          1. re: EaterBob

                            I know but it said july 5th! Whats going on!? They're really taking their time

                            1. re: jay_81k

                              I find restaurant and related-business openings or re-openings often take longer than planned. Just near me, Impasto opened at least a couple of weeks later than planned, despite very hard and consistent work, and the byow planned for the corner of Beaubien and de Gaspé still looks far from open. To say nothing of the sorely missed Boucherie du Marché!

                        1. re: kpzoo

                          I never thought this day would come! Probably gonna be packed the whole summer though

                          1. re: picklebird

                            Thanks. The restoration is lovely, but that is quite a crowd.

                          2. re: Glaff

                            Ducked in at around 4:40 today (Saturday), just before a large group of around 8 came in. Only waited 5 min; I'm sure it's much busier around peak hours though!

                          3. Are they still set up the same way, with one takeout line for if you call ahead, and one for walk-ins?

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                            1. re: sweettoothMTL

                              Yep, except now walk-ins is on left and call ahead is on right. Prices are the same and it's as good as ever.

                              Big improvements in seating: the wobbly round tables to the side of the line have been replaced by 6 sturdy looking square tables with more seats.

                              Also, they shortened the bakery counter considerably and there is now alot of open space near the entrance. Hopefully they will put a couple tables, there would be room even with a line out the door.

                              1. re: Shattered

                                That's great news! Thanks for the details.

                            2. They have a block party this Sunday at 2. This is gonna kick ass.


                              1. Are you like me? Have you always said you'd go to Romados for the fries alone... and wished upon a star that one day those fries might be smoothered in cheese curds and gravy for a great poutine? Wish no more.

                                Romados has poutine now. It has a quarter chicken leg in it, so basically it's their quarter chicken meal covered in cheese curds (real curds, albeit very small ones) and gravy. And the gravy has a touch of piri sauce. It's as amazing as it sounds. Ladies and germs, the quest for the Holy Grail of hangover food endeth.


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                                1. re: Shattered

                                  Have you tried the poutine at Poule mouillee ? It has chorizo and chicken in it.

                                  1. re: maj54us

                                    Nope, but it's on the list. Was gonna try it but then I heard about this at Romados which is closer and the traditional place for me. But I've heard great things about PM.

                                    1. re: Shattered

                                      They are less than ten minutes apart by bicycle!

                                      1. re: lagatta

                                        which is a lot on foot when you are hungry

                                        1. re: lagatta

                                          Yes I'm on the job and yes I'm bored lol lol

                                          Exactly 3minutes by bike
                                          10 minutes walk

                                          Now since line up at ramados can be half an hour, The option to walk 10 minutes became a no brainer lol lol


                                          1. re: maj54us

                                            Extremely short bicycle ride - depends on lights (please don't say "what are lights?") On a separate bicycle path (much improved now).

                                            Really not much of a walk either, but indeed, I was thinking of the very long wait at Romados.

                                            1. re: lagatta

                                              Just call them fifteen mins in advance and you can skip the line. I dont really agree with it but I see people at the back of line calling sometimes and then skipping the line...

                                              1. re: kpaxonite

                                                sorry doesn't work like that. When you call they will tell you to come in 15-20 minutes. You can't just call and pick it up right away.

                                                1. re: maj54us

                                                  It does if the line is 30 or 45 minutes' wait, which has happened.

                                                  1. re: maj54us

                                                    They've always told me it's a half-hour wait when I call.

                                                    I sure appreciate the input, nay, the concern for which chicken joint I eat at. However, when one goes pretty much anywhere the issue is NOT:
                                                    How far is it between similar options?
                                                    How far is each option from my CURRENT location? And BACK.

                                                    Let's look at it this way:

                                                    Shattered lives at X. It under a half hour to Romados, round trip, from X. Shattered likes Romados very much. He also has the option of calling ahead and timing his arrival just so.

                                                    It takes 30 minutes to get to the other place, which offers a product which may not be as good as that of Romados. (NB: That is 30 minutes one-way.) Shattered is very hungry.

                                                    Should Shattered, departing from X and seeking to inhale chicken asap, go to:
                                                    A) Romados
                                                    B) the other place

                                                    As you can see, the decision is an easy one. Thank you for participating :)

                                                    1. re: Shattered

                                                      However, if Shattered were to innocently flirt with the woman at the other end of the phone at Romados and also start tipping, it is quite likely that he would be able to get preferential service and cut that 30 minute waiting time down significantly.

                                                      And if Shattered truly wanted to inhale Portuguese grilled chicken as quickly as possible he would invest in a grill himself and do it at home, thereby removing all travel time.

                                                      But Shattered might not have factored the quality of the chicken into his calculations, so while Romados might have the best and quickest Portuguese grilled chicken, it is quite likely that they also have the best, quickest and cheapest industrially raised chicken that has been limited in the amount of daylight and exercise it receives while receiving unlimited antibiotics and hormones to induce growth.

                                                      So ultimately, where you choose to order your chicken from is one of personal preference. </silliness>

                                                      1. re: EaterBob

                                                        Dude, if you know how to install a wood grill in an apartment without being fined thousands of dollars by the city and being taken to the Regie by the landlord, I'm all ears...

                                                        1. re: Shattered

                                                          First I'd suggest flirting with the woman at the end of the phone (in Portuguese if possible) and tipping when you pay. Way easier, cheaper and more fun (albeit, Mrs. Shattered might not view it the same way).

                                                          Then if that doesn't work, this is Montreal, despite what everyone is "saying" graft still rules here. Take a couple of hundred bucks, put it in a plain brown envelope and give it to your friendly local councilman. Promise him (or her) as much chicken as they would like for as long as they are elected.

                                                          Way easier than worrying about silly rules and regulations.

                                                          1. re: EaterBob

                                                            I LOL'd at this entire exchange. +1 heaping helping of smoky & delicious chicken all around!

                                    2. Curious how much is a whole chicken grilled chicken for takeout at Romados? I never checked at Romados.

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                                      1. re: BLM

                                        A whole chicken with no sides is 12. A half chicken with a mountain of fries is 7.5.

                                        1. re: kpaxonite

                                          Thank You. From these prices, it seems they didn't raise prices after they re-opened.