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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.

VVM

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  1. 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.

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    1. re: ylsf

      Uggh, I made the mistake of trying this place 7 years ago.

      $18 for a plate of crap.

      Never again.

      1. re: magic

        they offer deals on various groupon sites all the time. I never broke down and bought one because most yelp reviews are about how shocked customers are at the prices. That even with a 1/2 off groupon, they found their meals very pricey. And same conclusion, no repeat visit.

        1. re: caitlink

          It's amazing that they've been in business for so long.

      2. re: ylsf

        Supposedly they truck most of the main courses and desserts in from Montreal frozen. Yuck!

      3. I erred. It came to $38.75 before the coupon, not $35.75. In fairness, the amount included tax.

        Anyone know what Le Commensal is like in Montreal? Food?
        Pricing games?

        I can make a list of why this business is stupid. Why does it survive?
        vvm

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        1. re: Vinnie Vidimangi

          My guess is unknowing tourists staying at the Delta hotel and visiting the Eaton Centre help keep in in business?

          1. re: magic

            Probably some office workers as well - I guess it would accommodate various special/religious diets in a lowest common denominator kind of way.

            1. re: julesrules

              Very true. And they must have money to burn.

          2. 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.

            1. re: Vinnie Vidimangi

              my experience at commensal in montreal was very different than the location in toronto on elm st.--montreal was nicer in every way--food, locale, etc.

              gave commensal in toronto several chances, and they were consistently mediocre. . .would rather eat at fresh any day.

              1. re: afong56

                Definitely the St Denis location had atmosphere and charm that will never happen at Bay/Dundas. But I am wondering how many times you went? Because it was a good first impression kind of place that went downhill with repeat visits. 20 years ago so they may have improved!

                1. re: julesrules

                  to be fair, only went to the montreal location once, about seven years ago.

            2. 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?

              1. 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.