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“Too many mistakes”
Review of Restaurant Le Flambard - CLOSED

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Restaurant Le Flambard
Cuisines: French
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Dining options: Reservations
Neighbourhood: Le Plateau Mont-Royal
Montreal, Canada
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Too many mistakes”
Reviewed 9 December 2012

I made a reservation through Internet 2 months prior to our visit. The day after, I had a voice mail offering me an other time than the one that I had requested. I then called back and left a message saying that it was fine with me. When my boyfriend called the day before our dinner to confirm, it turned out that we did not have a reservation. Bad start.

We got there at 8:30 to be told that we were expected at 7:30. I don't know where that 7:30 came from. An other mishap.

The place is tiny, nice and quiet, very cozy.

We waited a little too long before the waiter came to us and had to open our wine bottle ourselves. The bread was served with butter so cold that it was hard to spread. I had the céleri rémoulade, which was very fresh, with crispy celery root and a delicate mayonnaise dressing. Only problem is that it was way overprised. My boyfriend had the escargots au fromage de chèvre. They were fantastic. We never had escargots that tender before.

He had the magret de canard au porto. It was well-cooked with a delicious fatty, smoky undertone and a thin sauce with subtle porto aromas. I had the ris de veau au vieux vinaigre de xérès. It was our experience with thymus and we were pleased. The meat was clean tasting and tender, cut into bite-sized pieces and enveloped by a delicious sauce. The level of vinegar was perfect : it wasn't too acidic, but it had a little kick. The only problem was the LONG HAIR that did NOT belong to either of us that I had to pull out of my mouth. Eew.

After twenty minutes or so, we waved at the waiter to ask for coffee, dessert and a corkscrew for our second bottle. The crème caramel was very tasty. Surprisingly, the crème brûlée was an issue. It wasn't not evenly "brûlé" and the sugar was literally burned in some parts, tasting like chard. We've had better crème brûlée at steak houses.

Overall, Le Flambard is a decent restaurant with surprising flaws (cold butter, burned crème brûlée, miscommunication leading to reservation problems). The food is okay, but overpriced. In the very same area, you can find better French restaurants for the same price - or lower.

  • Visited December 2012
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Thank Ball0une
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English first
Montreal, Canada
Level 5 Contributor
50 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Bad food without doubt”
Reviewed 26 October 2012 via mobile

We went a Friday night. The place is Too small, the service not good and not too cordial. But the food is the worst I hasd in Montreal in years. And I live here. On top of that the prices are in the range of those from a good restaurant. This is not a good restaurant.

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Thank Lou787
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Ft. Hunt, VA
Level 6 Contributor
81 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“7th Visit and Still a Must for any visit to Montreal”
Reviewed 9 October 2012

We always go to Le Flambard for dinner while in Montreal. It's close to the Mont Royal metro stop (a few minute walk to Rue Rachel). The staff treat you like family. The atmosphere is cozy and romantic. The candlelit dinner (we always go for one of their sumptuous price fixe) is superb. You may bring your own wine which is wonderful. We get a bottle of Masi from Le Sac, and you've got the makings of a great evening.

  • Visited October 2012
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Thank zhuzhuboyer
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Ottawa, Canada
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Very disappointing”
Reviewed 18 February 2012

The duck tournedos were grossly undercooked and stringy,lamb was correctly cookedbut bland and overall this was a disappointing experience.

  • Visited February 2012
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montreal, ca
Level 5 Contributor
82 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“A fabulous return experience to an old timer!”
Reviewed 1 November 2011

My friends & I were looking for a BYOW restautant near our concert location on Parc Lafontaine and decided to go back to this place, formely larger, of St-Joseph Blvd, one of the very first good French trend setting BYOW retaurants. The owner somehow had not picked up my voicemail for a reservation but went out of his way to warmly accommodate us with a lovely window corner table in this much smaller, quainter room. The good first impression lasted through the whole service. Only disappointment: apparently due to some critics about their very popular salmon tartare, they had removed from the menu! The meal started with a very unusual but just the more delicious cream of onion and great paté plate, followed by a scrumptiously tender confit de canard, and just as tender, very generous bavette served bleu exactly as requested. We all shared a fabulously creamy creme to end on a sweet tooth, all of it at a very reasonable price, chapeau!

  • Visited November 2011
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Thank chosoleil
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