On July 6, I had visited Chez l'Epicier while on holiday with my boyfriend and brother in Montreal. We arrived approximately 10 minutes early prior to our reservation. The manager/host asked us to wait at the bar (quite insistently). As we were waiting at the bar, the bartender approaches and asks my non-French speaking boyfriend, "are you just waiting at the bar or do you need something?" He simply shakes his head. I responded that, yes, indeed we were waiting at the bar as our table was getting ready.
He proceeds to tell my boyfriend that if he does not understand French he should stop trying to pretend he does and just say that he does not understand.
For a restaurant with this reputation it seems unseemly that the staff would treat a customer in this fashion. Needless to say, we left, but not before bringing this to the attention of the manager/host.
He merely nodded and said, oh that is not something that usually happens.
Friends, in a country that is trying to be bilingual, how can Canada proceed if such an attitude is taken.
The other francophone restaurants we had visited were lovely, and excellent- Bonaparte and S in particular.
Do not waste your time on the bad ones.
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