Le Commensal on a coupon- oy weigh!
For years I had wanted to try Le Commensal. Hey, they come from Montreal!. I should have kept it a yearning.
Talentless, stingy, overpriced. It gives vegetarian cooking a bad name.
Particular mention of the desserts. Chinese buffet quality.
My coupon was $17 for $35 supposedly for two. But look out for their promos, they are like teh anglerfish's lure. You see, once you get one promo, you can't get anymore. So I didn't get the all you can eat "main" plate, 1 kg max (everything else is extra) special for $16.95, nor the last last hour 20% reduction.
I can't believe that the crap that I got came to $35.75 regular. And this is without a drink and having given back the minestrone soup ($3.50 smallish bowl) as unacceptably incompetent. And there wasn't anything that I had that I liked.
The problem isn't that the operation is cafeteria style.
Yeah, it is on my list of places not to go back to. Even my vegetarian friends don't like the place anymore. I think they are even serving meat now from what I saw written on the internet. Food is pretty mediocre for the price. I really didn't like how they handled a past group deal voucher. They didn't make it clear that you couldn't get the validated parking if you used a promo. Basically made the discount worthless since I had to pay for parking anyway.
re: Vinnie Vidimangi
So I *just now* got the pun :)
Even 20 years ago in Montreal, when I was a student and still associated with vegetarians, Le Commensal was a novelty that wore off pretty quick. Everything tasted the same and it was costly. There was a theory that they used tons of some off-tasting oil in everything. The desserts did appear house-made but after a few visits I figured out the tastiest option was the real whipped cream and berries.
VV, you've confirmed most of my experience with them. They are a Montreal based chain of cafeterias with a central commissary that also produces vegetarian and vegan retail and institutional (i.e.. hospital) menu items.
I attended a wedding in the Laurentians they catered and it was superb, but their Executive Chef was in charge.
Their having to resort to coupons and then failing to do everything possible to turn you into a customer for life seems to be the certain way to turn mediocrity into failure. Why bother?
I complained to Groupon the source of the coupon and suggested that they read this thread. Groupon refunded me $10.
A further complaint to Groupon was that the salad bar at Commnensal was a nothing in comparison to that depicted in the the photo in the Groupon page for Commensal ; to the point that the photo was out and out misleading. Indeed, I thought at worst, I would have a nice salad. There was very little there. I ended up with a couple of lettuce leves that had been drenched with an unpleasant dressing and some carrot sticks.