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“Hidden Gem”
Review of Restaurant Le Grain De Sel - CLOSED

Restaurant Le Grain De Sel
Cuisines: European, French
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Good for: Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Lunch, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Olympic Park & Hochelaga-Maisonneuve (HoMa)
Reviewed 26 February 2012

This place is hidden from the bustling downtown noise and very few pedestrians. My friend found Le Grain de Sel restaurant through Tripadvisor. It's worth the star rating! First, make reservations. The place is small and space is limited. We were a party of 12 people and ate at the 9pm seating. The waiter was friendly and described the menu to us. From the free bread opening and throughout the course, the presentation was well done and the meal was delicious. I learned that the chef design his menu by first visiting the market to find its ingredient. Hence, the menu changes. As any French dinner, the portion is small and pricey. I ordered 2 appetizers (making the equivalent size of an entree), so I got to taste different things. Overall, our dinner was enjoyable.

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4  Thank Montreal_Kay
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Reviewed 25 February 2012

We were looking forward to Le Grain De Sel experience. We continue to read great reviews about this place and it has been rated Montreal’s number 1 restaurant on Trip advisor for quite some time and so we knew we had to visit. The place is somewhat small and modest and the neighbourhood is an interesting choice. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable and take their time to explain the menu in detail.

They start you off with a variety of home made sauces such as ketchup, mayo, butter and home made bread which are all succulent and delicious. Next we had the Spicy steak tartare with home-made potato chips and balsamic vinegar and the Wild boar mini burgers with pickles and a spicy home-made mayonnaise. Our entrees were excellent and well balanced in taste and spices but that being said we feel that the steak tartare wasn’t the best we’ve had. As our main we had the Wild mushroom raviolis and Xérès wine sauce and Parmigiano Reggiano and the Smoked organic pork shoulder, cucumber, King oyster mushroom and dashi which I believe is their signature dish. The Ravioli was exquisite and the mushrooms are probably the best we’ve ever had. Unfortunately we cannot say the same about the smoked shoulder pork, we were not fans of this dish but it could just be personal taste. On a positive note, the chef does take the time to visit your table and enquire about your vist.

Overall, we find the chef at this place is an expert at fusing different ingredients and flavors together and creates beautiful dishes that are different but tasty. We expected it to be a little more than what we experienced but maybe we fell for the hype this restaurant has received.
Cheers!

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4  Thank DJqc
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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.

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1  Thank tripfoodie18
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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.

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2  Thank KimBWV
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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.

4  Thank charles m
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