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“The scene.”
Review of Le Bremner

Le Bremner
Ranked #153 of 5,939 Restaurants in Montreal
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$51 - US$51
Cuisines: Canadian
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Restaurant details
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighbourhood: Vieux-Montreal (Old Montreal)
Cross street: Bonsecours
Reviewed 27 June 2014

If you want to impress someone by bringing them to a small nondescript hole in the wall and throwing money around like it is no concern, this would be a great place to go. The food is all right but honestly, the $22 Snowcrab kimchee (3 tiny mounds on a crusty rice cracker) is over priced and underwhelming in texture, flavor and presentation. One could exactingly replicate the culinary sensation by putting wasabi on crunchy Japanese cucumbers and throwing in a tasteless crouton to boot. Nothing to write home about, but neither are the too-sweet candy-assed cocktails or the bland chunk of undercooked halibut on woody asparagus ($35). In all, it was a very modest meal for two, (two mains, one shared appetizer, a couple of cocktails) for $175 spent staring at a wall, crammed in next to people who had obviously fallen into the same restaurant review trap we had (same conversation - everyone's ordering the same snow crab kimchee - no one is overly fussed by the experience) or the hip crowd trying to act cool by throwing mine away on mediocre dishes while sitting with their friends watching stupid Rodney Dangerfield videos the ir iPhones the whole time. Like a bratty school cafeteria crowd with too much money, not able to discern good taste for themselves but just following the internet food critic crowd that is easily seduced by the owner's television appearances and attracted to the prospect of being part of the hip cool crowd.

Ok food, nice service, over priced, lame crowd. Giving this a miss on the next visit to Montreal.

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Reviewed 25 June 2014

Everything that we ate here was phenomenal. You don't necessarily think seafood and Montreal, but in the case of Le Bremner, you would be quite mistaken. The dishes were creative and the atmosphere and service were sublime. It is a little tricky finding the restaurant as the address, in typical French style, is not located in a place that you can find, and it is downstairs from street level. Nevertheless, when you walk in, you are met with the warm glow of the restaurant and staff. We sat outside in the back under candlelight and simply relished every last bite - make sure to try the sashimi de thon and tahini.

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Thank Billy B
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Reviewed 23 June 2014

We arrived a few minutes earlier than our reservation so we waited by the bar where we ordered our drinks first. Our server was very friendly and gave good suggestions. The seafood appetizer started of our dinner perfectly and the desserts definitely capped it of nicely.

We didn't feel hurried or pressured into ordering more which is the case in some place with tapa style mains.

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Thank rnkrissa
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Reviewed 17 June 2014

Chose this place for dinner because we are fans for Chuck Hughes. Restaurant is only open for dinner (opens at 5:30pm) and is located in Old Port, Montreal, which is such a beautiful place to visit. The service was impeccable; the staff were so amazing and attentive. The food was delicious, but since our group was still students, it held us back a little since the food was a bit pricey. Also, to preserve the integrity of the dish, we couldn't make very many modifications for my friend who was lactose intolerant. Her options were limited, but she still enjoyed the dish (sans cheese!).

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Thank Ellevee13
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Reviewed 15 June 2014

Two of us were at Le Bremner for a dinner on the Saturday of the Grand Prix weekend and had, for the most part, a fantastic evening. Barring a few errors in service, the evening was a success.

We had in total 5 dishes:

1. Oysters – two kinds, great sauce pairings
2. Crab cakes with Kimchi – We were really excited to try this dish based on what we’ve read and seen on TV. The kimchi was perfect and not too overpowering. However, the same could not be said for the crab cake, which lacked crab flavour and seemed either overcooked or fried at too low of a temperature. The end result was a rather chewy texture. Maybe just a miss in terms of execution for the night.
3. Shrimp with corn bread – Delicious! A must have. The use of cilantro was surprising (one of us finds the taste of it quite offensive) but the pieces were large, making them easily removable. The shrimp were cooked perfectly and they provided a great texture counterpoint to the cornbread.
4. Hake and Dashi Clam Chowder – Amazing. Just the perfect dish and maybe the best clam chowder we’ve ever had. Would go back for this again and again.
5. Pancakes – Again, delicious. The only downside is that we were gluttonous and ate the whole portion.

As mentioned earlier the service from the waiters was lacking. The waiters seemed confused and no one was effectively in charge. We had in total 3 different waiters throughout the evening. The one that took our order was perhaps the best but we did not see him much of the night. Because of the slow service our dinner took over 2.5 hours. Le Bremner’s patio is certainly one of the better places to spend some time in the shade on an evening, but it was still longer than we had anticipated. One of the reasons it may have taken so long is that there was miscommunication between the waiters and our dessert was never ordered. We had each ordered a glass of red wine to go with the dessert and long finished it before our pancakes finally arrived. Chef Danny Smiles maintained a presence in the restaurant throughout the evening, making sure everything was going well but the wait staff left us wanting more in terms of service.

Overall it was a very pleasant experience and we hope that the next time we return, we’ll get that little extra from the wait staff.

P.S. No online menu so it's hard to judge beforehand the type of cuisine and prices.

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Thank Serge Z
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