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Le Latini : An Overpriced Disappointment


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Le Latini : An Overpriced Disappointment

souschef | | Jul 7, 2010 01:07 PM

Looking for someplace to eat before a Jazzfest concert last Sunday, my wife and I decided to try Le Latini, for the first time.

We had a great table outside by the pond. Decided to start with a couple of Kir Royales. Fairly nice, but I wonder if it is uncool to ask the price before ordering such a drink; they were $18 each, and they did not use Champagne.

They did not have the stuffed zucchini flowers we asked for, so my wife had the lamb sausages while I had the white asparagus. The sausages were unexceptional, and a bit too spicy hot. The asparagus dish consisted of a few spears with a light coating of grilled cheese, and about six slices of very nicely sliced prosciutto. All for $18; really pricey.

My wife decided to go cheap and ordered the cheapest dish on the menu: spaghetti with black pepper and cheese. That was it. For $24!

I had the veal scaloppini. It was not as tender as I would have liked, and was oversalted. $36. I looked at other items on the menu; I love lamb, but was not about to order the rack at $68 at a resto unknown to me - a wise move, evidently, considering the quality of the food.

I have go mention here that the service was really good.

With 2 iced teas the price for that disappointing meal before the tip was $178. We both agreed that we should have planned better, arrived in Montreal earlier, and eaten at Europea or Milos, where we would have eaten well for that money.

Le Latini was really overpriced, and the quality is lacking. Considering we were a bit pressed for time we should have opted to take out from the food court at Complex Desjardins, bought a bottle of real Champagne from the SAQ, and shared that in our room at the Hyatt. It would have cost us less than half as much and would have been more enjoyable; food court food is never disappointing as I never expect much.