I don't know if I've had bad luck or not, but this Montreal institution seems to have become decidedly hit or miss. I've been eating there for the last 13 years and within the last six months or so (maybe longer, sometimes it takes awhile before you click in) the kitchen seems to have gotten quite uneven.
I'll give you examples. On Thursday evening I ordered my regular dish, shrimp/eggplant with extra broccoli. Extra spicy (that's xxxx). When they brought it to the counter it was shrimp/eggplant extra eggplant. It looked great (the son had cooked it) but was not what I'd ordered. The counter people did their usual dance trying to convince you to take, and pay for, their mistake. I sent it back because, although I love eggplant, doubled up it's way to much.
When it came back, the shrimp and broccoli were fine but much of the eggplant had been burned in the recooking process. The plate was a visual mess as well. 10 bucks down the drain.
Having said that I think the patriarch (for lack of a better word) is the real weak link in the kitchen. It's gotten to the point where if I see him back there I cross my fingers he doesn't cook my order. I ordered the same shrimp/eggplant/broc xxxx dish 3 weeks ago and it came from his wok. There was literally zero spice in the xxxx order, the eggplant wasn't burned but was instead a soggy mess. I think that comes from "steaming" the food instead of frying it.The shrimp from him never have the flavour clinging to them that frying brings. Instead the bite is fine but the shrimp is totally bland.
Sorry, that's a long post. I've had more bad meals from them too recently but that can wait. They still hit the mark a lot, especially if you get the matriarch whipping things up. She's never dished up anything bad this way.
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