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Feb 20, 2014 11:45 AM

ISO decent mid-priced bistro for casual client dinner near Atwater Library

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  1. Le Paris is pretty good, corner St Catherine and St Mathieu.

    1. Is Taverne on the Square (Westmount Square) above the price point? You can't go wrong there for a client dinner.

      1. Evoo, 3426 Notre Dame O
        Imadake, 4006 Ste Catherine O
        Kazu, 1862 Ste Catherine O

        11 Replies
        1. re: EaterBob

          I would not make a client wait in line possibly for half an hour to 45 minutes, so Kazu might be a bad idea.

          1. re: hala

            You and I must work in very different industries. I would never make a client eat at a mediocre restaurant.

            1. re: EaterBob

              So in what industry can you expect a client to wait in line in the cold for 30 to 45 minutes to get into a cramped restaurant for a business dinner?

              1. re: SnackHappy

                Any number of them. You're lacking in imagination...

                In alphabetical order: Advertising, Apparel, Broadcasting, Cosmetics, Entertainment, Food & Beverage, Motion Picture & Video, Music, Publishing, Technology and Television are the first ones that cone to mind.

                In general I'd say any one where a tie is not required and there are no cubicles...

                1. re: EaterBob

                  I don't know. I've worked in the music, motion picture and advertising industries and I would never, ever have made a client wait in line at a restaurant. I have trouble getting friends and family to wait at Kazu. I would never assume that a client would be ok with that even if they say they are.

                  1. re: SnackHappy

                    It looks like you're not hanging around with the right people... I'd suggest working for a more laid back company and/or soliciting less uptight clients and friends.

              2. re: EaterBob

                I work in a field where manufactured false dilemmas are frowned upon. You're turning what I said into an either-or fallacy. I would not make him wait 45 minutes, but I would not take him (or myself) to a mediocre place either. But, really, you can't see other choices? Of all the places you can eat in the area, can you honestly tell me that none would have a shorter wait and good food?

                1. re: hala

                  Evoo, 3426 Notre Dame O
                  Imadake, 4006 Ste Catherine O

                  I did not only list one restaurant.

                  1. re: EaterBob

                    But your answer to me implied that if I think Kazu is inappropriate then, I am the type of person who would take a client to eat at a mediocre place. This is simply not true. The OP does not say what field they work in nor do they say what type of relation they have with the client or what kind of image they are trying to sell, so I think that my comment on Kazu was appropriate since there is a potential problem that they would need to know about.

                    1. re: hala

                      I never reply to only one person. This is a public forum with many people involved.

                      At around the same time that you mentioned the line up at Kazu (Chowhound doesn't give precise times) the OP wrote that they booked a table at Tavern on the Square, which despite its location, I believe is a mediocre to fair restaurant. Or more directly, is a restaurant that will not make you sick, but at the same time is not going to be memorable, original or interesting in any way, shape or form.

                      My response, while directly underneath yours, was meant as a commentary on your response and the OP's choice at the same time.

                      I'm sorry that you inferred that I was slighting you. No offense was intended at all.

                      I still stick by my choice of Kazu for better food over Tavern on the Square, lines not withstanding.

                      1. re: EaterBob

                        Tavern on the Square is hit or almost miss. I have had stellar meals there and ok ones. The atmosphere is nice. I would hate to stand outside waiting for a table at Kazu in this weather when time is of the essence. I have to add that I really dislike Imadake, it is so incredibly loud and impersonal and the food is just ok.

          2. Tavern on the Square booked. Many thanks, chowhounds.