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APDC - Emperors new clothes?


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APDC - Emperors new clothes?

Arktik | Jan 28, 2013 09:02 AM

Hey, so this is something that i've been thinking about for a while. Putting local pride aside, is APDC all it's cracked up to be?

Years ago, when the place first opened the food/style created a huge shift in the Montreal food scene. No nonsense yet high cost foodstuffs used, styled "à la bonne franquette," and of course Martin's huge personality was a draw as well. But after going a few times, and confirmed after a recent trip with some out of towners who really wanted to go, i'm left with the impression that this place is more overpriced and less interesting than people tend to admit (on the board at least).

One of my dinner dates ordered a daily special and when it arrived was a soufflé dish (you know the ones that you could feed 4/6ppl with) of layered potatoes and some braised meat. the sheer size of the thing was ridiculous (for all the US bashing re:large sizes, we sometimes tend to be unreflective of our own gluttony); the price was about $40 (why not half the size and the price?!) and the dish had but one unvarying flavour throughout. boring.

I've obviously not tasted every dish on the menu, but i've gone through a lot of the meat dishes and they do tend to dull the pallet after a few bits, no? I guess the seafood platter is an exception...

Anyway, i was wondering what other people though of this. From lurking and reading suggestions i know people here like to recommend this place but isn't there more interesting places of people to eat than APDC? somewhere where foie gras is not obscured by a cup of demi-glace dumped all over a mountain of meat?

My beef with this place is not the ambiance, the people, or the vibe, nor what it's done to help put Montreal of the food-map. it's just that it doesn't seem to be evolving, it's a cliché. The food is expensive and unoriginal.


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