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Le Grand Comptoir

Neighbourhood : Downtown
Type : French, Bistros
Price : $$$
Terrasse : NA
Delivery : No
Bring your own wine : No

Contact and location
Address : 1255 Square-Phillips, just south of Ste-Catherine
Metro station: McGill
Tel. : 514-393-3295
Email : mperri@videotron.ca
Website : www.legrandcomptoir.ca
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Review written by CQ
Rating : 4.0/5
In one line : best inexpensive french bistro.
Review : This restaurant is a great intro to French bistro cuisine for three reasons : the prices, the service and ... the food. The prices are quite affordable (there's a daily special around $9.00 to $10.00 for a soup or salad and a main course). All the main dishes on the ardoise (black board) are around $10.00 and all include the soup. The service is prompt and very friendly (more north american than parisian). And don't worry, the waiters speak perfect english and they'll be happy to explain the menu to you (eventhough the menu in the front window is only in french). It's interesting to see the waiter explain what are <i>andouillettes</i>, <i>rognons</i> or <i>ris de veau</i> to people unfamiliar with he terms by pointing to various corresponding part of this body. The food is typical bistro cuisine, nothing to say here except that it is excellent. For my first visit, I had a toulouse sausage in wine and mushroom sauce with fries. I'm not sure what they do with their fries, but they were some of the best fries I ever had (I think the owner is belgian). At my second visit, I had the yound turkey stuffed with wild boar in a mushroom sauce and carrots in a fine herbs sauce, excellent.. and only $8.95 with the soup.<br> The only negative aspect of the restaurant is the left-over decor from the souvlaki place that use to be there, it's clean and simple but nothing more, but it's only a very minor detail. The lunch hour is usually pretty busy so book ahead (it is not as crowded at dinner time). There's also a frequent eater card, for every 10 meals you eat there, you get one free.<br> A summer streetside terrasse has recently been added in front of this and other neighbouring restaurants and it is litterally in the street (they added some plants and parasols around it to shield it from the traffic).
Date of review : Between 1993 and 2005

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