Toronto foodies visiting last weekend. We spent one evening at Garcon, and another at Troika on Crescent street. I was surprised that only 2 or 3 other tables were occupied at both places.
We were VERY impressed with Garcon for innovative, delicious dishes and the best service we have experienced in a long time. It is a lovely room, modern but with a warm feel. The wine steward was especially good - well informed but also friendly and interested in wine at all price points.
Troika was fun for something different (not too many Russian places in Toronto), and the quality of the food was very good, although the dishes were somewhat standard. The service felt quite rushed, which was especially surprising since there were so few diners. The other 2 tables there were both celebrating birthdays, interestingly.
Does anyone else have comments on these places? Can you explain to me why they would be so empty on a weekend? If this is typical I don't know how Montreal restauranteurs make a living!