I went to lAcadémie in Brossard last night.
I dont think Ill ever go back. It was my 2nd time there. First visit didnt impress me. I had to check it out to know for sure. Im frustrated. I dont know what it is. Usually I love or hate. LAcadémie just leaves me unimpressed. And frustrated. I want to like it there! But it lacks the little ummph that makes you want to go back.
It was packed with people celebrating something. Id never go there unless its 8-9pm on a Wednesday night, being starved and happen to be in the area. But never for a special occasion.
First time I had the magret de canard with a raspberry/port sauce. Pretty good but the portion was small for $22. Bread was average/good. Nothing outstanding. Service was slow.
This time the service was slow, cold, not really professional. I had the moules marinières & frites. Mussels were good. The fries were the worst I ever had in my entire life. No kidding. They were cold. I can make better fries. Its not really complicated to do! Even store-bought fries would haven tasted better in this case. I *dared* to ask our waiter for some ketchup. I thought hed have come back with a mini bottle of Heinz. He brought me 7 ketchup packets (just like they have at McDonalds). Inadmissible for a restaurant like Lacadémie and on top of that he made me feel extremely uncomfortable. (he didnt even look at me)
The thing is, LAcadémie is better than fast food chains. But thats it. Their ingredients come straight out of the can (ex: artichokes & ketchup). Nothing is spectacular. Just boring. It lacks flavor. The problem is, their swanky décor sets your expectations higher than what they should be. It makes you think youre in a gourmet restaurant when its clearly not the case.
Dont let the décor fool you!!
So if you have $15-20, you should seriously go elsewhere. Unless you live on the South Shore like me.