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Nov 13, 2013 08:15 AM

Restaurant Orange Rouge

I went there last night solo and sat at the bar.

Baneha Shizuoka, Japanese green tea (5$ pot) - This is too bitter for me.
Okonomiyaki au chou et crevettes (10$) - This version is unlike what Kazu and Imadake serve. A sweet orange sauce on top (not a bottled plum sauce) made it their own.
Légumes verts (7$) - Tonight it was one type of Chinese cabbage (* choy) in some kind of sauce that is not oyster sauce. It is too salty to eat by itself.
Xiao Long Bao (2.5$) - The only memorable item, a dumpling with a piece of mochi and a thick maple syrup inside. This is served in a round wooden tray used in dim sum and a vinegar sauce I didn't touch.

The lunch menu has dishes from 9$ to 16$ (fish).

I would not give this as high a rating as Le Devoir did.

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  1. I thought most Chinese places gave tea on the house, or a few bucks at most. $5 is steep.

    Mostly I just want to thank you for starting this thread, and I hope others follow your example. Until a few years ago, people were good about starting new topics when they visited restaurants. This makes things easy to find. It keeps the openings thread from becoming a mess of sub-threads and tangential conversations, while also being the main one people have to refer to for any new information/opinions.

    I urge the users of this board to not be lazy and get back to posting reviews as new topics. Yes, your 2 line comment that you visited a restaurant is a review, and more will follow. Keep it out of 'openings', please!

    2 Replies
    1. re: Shattered

      you thought right. tea is free at chinese restaurants but this is japanese tea so i'm guessing there's a price for that

      1. re: twinkie83

        Not to mention this isn't a chinese restaurant.

    2. My experiences have been very positive thus far.

      I particularly enjoyed the beef noodles, the chicken and smoked bar fried rice, the tataki, as well as that okonomiyaki (unlike at Imadake, it did not taste like glue).

      Honestly, the lunch is a steal at around 20-23$ tax+tip included.

      I look forward to trying the whole roasted duck, which looked delicious.

      Apart from Le Devoir, CultMTL also gave it thumbs up:

      1. I'm wondering how vegetarian friendly Orange Rouge is, as I cannot find a menu online, and the newspaper reviews do not say. Are there a few meat and seafood/fish-free dishes?


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        1. re: lorie

          They posted the attached menu back in late october. Also this was posted on the CH openings thread:

          Basically, not so many veg options, but a vegetarian could likely get by without too much hassle.

            1. re: Ghostquatre

              Yeah. :-( Maybe you could post it to a free/anonymous service like this one?

                1. re: Siumaieater

                  PDF menus FTW - thanks. ;-) Serves me right for not Googling. ;-)

                  1. re: Siumaieater

                    Did that exist yesterday?? In any case their wine prices have already jumped a fair amount.. not excessively, but now certainly above 2x

                    1. re: Fintastic

                      It has been up for a while now, but somehow doesn't appear with a simple google search.

            2. re: lorie

              I should also note that vegetarians could certainly rely on liquid nutrition.. That wine list is short but has some very well-priced mega-hits like the Langhe and Morgon, both at less than 2x markup.

            3. This place is pretty overpriced with portions that are much too small. The food is good and the presentation is nice, but 20 bucks later you feel like you only had an appetizer. In a an area dominated by government workers, this place won't last

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              1. re: gds514

                So "government workers" are, as a general rule, cheap and plagued with a greater appetite than others? Hmmm.

                Besides, the argument doesn't really resonate with me. I work close enough, at PVM, where a disgusting tuna sandwich will set you back 11$. And all courthouses are a few blocks away from the restaurant, which means lawyer hounds.

                Some plates at OR are bigger than others, and you accept to pay extra for the quality of the ingredients (and great tasting oriental-ish food without MSG). The fried chicken and the beef noodles are more than enough for my lunch (and both less than 15$).

                1. re: Siumaieater

                  I grew up in Ottawa and can attest to bureaucrats' cheapness. Although they can eat very leisurely, far more so than other office workers, because they're virtually impossible to fire (based on merit, not across-the-board cutbacks) and mostly do meaningless work with no real deadlines. But I digress...

                  The problem is the prices aren't the norm for the area. They would be fine further down de la Gauchetiere toward Square Victoria. But in the heart of Chinatown, the $6-9 lunch special is king, and dinner isn't much more. Anyway, all I need to know I mentioned in the first comment on this thread: $5 for tea. That's absurd. Tea is free or $2 at most. (Don't tell me they serve fancy, blabla-sourced tea. Unless you're at a tea lounge, tea is tea.) And they give a pretty small amount, too, enough for 2 teacups each. Most places give you large 800ml- 1L pots.

                  I'm not saying it won't make it, but it shouldn't count on the casual walk-in business. And since it's more of a destination spot, they should post English menus if they want tourists.

                  1. re: Shattered

                    I would agree that the price for tea is high, but saying that it is absurd is a bit of an exaggeration. I don't care much for tea in any event.

                    I'm not saying that they'll replace traditional places like Dobe & Andy, but it is a very welcome addition to the area in my mind. I mean, 10$ for chicken fried rice remains a very competitive price even when compared with all the lousy chinese take-out menus I've got at home. And they include some delicious house smoked sea-bass in there.

                  2. re: Siumaieater

                    Most federal works in the area are secretarial and admin making 40k a year. With the multitude of options in the area, the novelty of this place will wear off fast. It might have a better chance with supper when it will have a better chance catering to those looking to sample Aaron Langille

                    Maybe you have the luxury of wasting 20 minutes walking during your lunch break, but most people only get an hour and rather not waste it in transit. PVM or court house argument holds no water.

                    1. re: gds514

                      When I did a quick check at Orange Rouge last week at lunch time it was packed, and plus there was a line-up to get in. I don't think the people who dine here at lunch or dinner, would normally eat in Chinatown regularly to the other establishments near-by(they're attracting different clientele). It's not really a Chinese restaurant, & I didn't see any Chinese customers eating there. My guess this restaurant will do very well.

                      1. re: BLM

                        Agreed. This is the first Chinese-leaning hipster restaurant in town. There is definitely a market.

                2. Does this place do take out? Prices don't look too bad, but I'm guessing the portions are probably way too small.

                  Also that brunch menu looks pathetic.