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“Not as good as we had hoped”
Review of Restaurant Le Grain De Sel - CLOSED

Restaurant Le Grain De Sel
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: French, European
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Neighbourhood: Olympic Park & Hochelaga-Maisonneuve (HoMa)
Ottawa
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290 reviews
146 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 182 helpful votes
“Not as good as we had hoped”
Reviewed 19 February 2012

I was really looking forward to this meal after all of the great reviews but was disappointed. The atmosphere was lovely and the staff/ service excellent but our meals were a bit lacking. Our first course, escargot and soup were tasty but both were barely warm. The fish and chips were very good but my main, which was recommended by the waiter, was a skirt steak and it was chewy and had no seasoning to speak of. I wish that I had ordered something else as I am sure that many of the other choices would have been better.

  • Visited January 2012
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1 Thank tripfoodie18
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Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • Any
English first
Toronto, Canada
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19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Great food. Friendly service.”
Reviewed 18 February 2012

Enjoyed dinner here very much. Room is simple. Food is very good. Portions are not too big; so you can enjy an app - fois gras was delicious as well the chicken soup - and a main course without being uncomfortable. Service is excellent. 3 servers floating around, enjoying the challenge of translatng the many ingredients into english. Chef pops by to make sure you enjoyed the meal. Very enjoyable, slow-paced meal. No set seatings so no pressure to leave at a certain time.

  • Visited February 2012
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2 Thank KimBWV
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Montreal, Canada
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Great service”
Reviewed 16 February 2012

Tremendous waiter. i was very pleased with the service our waiter gave us. i just wish i could remember his name since he did such a great job. the food was very good and also our plate did come a little late we both received complementary wine glasses. definitely recommended.

Visited September 2011
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4 Thank charles m
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Kingston, Canada
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25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Excellent food”
Reviewed 15 February 2012

Although it is a bit out of the way for us, each time we travel to Montreal, we make a point of having dinner here one night. We have not been disappointed yet.

  • Visited September 2011
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1 Thank igrsod
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St Lazare Quebec
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21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Fantastic Gastronomic Treat”
Reviewed 12 February 2012

Thanks TripAdvisor colleagues for leading us to a real find, one that would not have been on our radar otherwise, and without which we would have missed a new treasure. Every month we choose a new restaurant in rotation. This month was mine, and I chose Le Grain based entirely on TripAdvisor commentary, and we were well advised.

Excellent service started with a smile at the front door, once we had navigated the double doors and hanging draperies, reminiscent of a Parisian bistro we love called the Le Timbre. We were led to our table along the back wall, all along the way greeted by staff, firstly behind the bar, then the kitchen, and finally at our table. So far so very good.

Water glasses were filled as menus were provided. While the daily menu was very interesting, we happened upon a Valentine's Day tasting special which we selected at $55/person. A five course delight, which we supplemented (totally unnecessarily) with a shared appetizer of the house specialty, Black Pudding.

Only the main meal was a variable choice, and we had, between us, all three choices, piglet, duck, and osso bucco. Everyone was delighted. And frankly to describe the preparations in this way leaves way too much unsaid, and I wish I could do them justice, but trust me you will not be disappointed in the food, no way.

To accompany the meal we choose a Petite Syrah from California, an excellent private importation.

All along the way we were extremely well served at every turn.

This restaurant deserves all its accolades and more. Impress your friends, take them for a culinary treat in an area of town you simply would not expect to find Montreal's highest rated restaurant.

  • Visited February 2012
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3 Thank terroir
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