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“A complete rip-off, terrible on all fronts”

Confusion Tapas du Monde
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Ranked #852 of 6,004 Restaurants in Montreal
Price range: US$25 - US$39
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Dining options: After-hours, Private Dining, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighbourhood: Quartier des Spectacles
Cross street: De Maisonneuve est
Transit: Metro Berri-Uqam
Reviewed 27 January 2014

You can see from my multiple reviews that I rarely blast a restaurant completely. But this is a tourist trap, using its location to attract people coming to a theater evening and then rip them off completely.

I do not mind excessive pricing when there is some quality or innovation attached to it, and often tapas offer that type of experience. But here, they charge as if you were at Le Filets but you get quality of food that is actually below food courts. It will cost you roughly 60 dollars per guess just for the food easy, if you take the average suggested 3 tapas...we even had to add a portion of sweet potato fries (for 10 dollars more) at the end of the meal so we felt to have eaten something.

So the food. The salmon tartar served that night was tasteless...almost as we clearly could taste the fridge as this fish was left too long uncovered in the fridge or something...very happy not to have been sick. Another fish tapas of maquereau was completely disgusting, served on a tasteless and hard as rock polenta contaminated by the fish taste that was not that fresh. The stuffed calamari and the scallops were very average but at least fresh, but served with a crouton that could have been used as a baseball bat as much as it was hard. Tasteless and small portions...really, 19 dollars for 3 miniature scallops that really had nothing special except not being a total flop like the rest??? And the list goes on. The chicken could have been purchased at the local supermarket (probably was actually) and served just like that, without any work done to add any taste, no spices, no gravy of any sort, nothing. Like if the poor thing was purchased by a student low on cash.

Talking of cash, be aware that the wine pricing goes accordingly, 3 times the SAQ price, something that you only see (and not that often) in rip-off place where you go to be seen. And the waiter will tell you they are out of the specific wine by the glass you asked but will gladly find a bottle if you want to buy one! Interesting. And forget about getting any wine advice. They are either not interested or do not have a clue.

Service was also cold, and the restaurant was freezing inside (ok, it was -20 outside but people eating with their winter coat on?). The so called lava cake was burned and the ice cream was a so mini format that it looked like a kid dessert in a cheap fast food that is included with a kid meal.

When I got the bill, I was not laughing I can assure you. Even if the whole meal looked like a comedy show.

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Thank PourJF
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abe h, Manager at Confusion Tapas du Monde, responded to this reviewResponded 20 February 2014

Dear JF,

Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment about your dining experience at Confusion Tapas.

We would like to take this opportunity to reply to the concerns you have mentioned in your review. We do not consider ourselves a “tourist trap” since our menu and prices are clearly displayed outside our front door, which demonstrates that we are not trying to “trap” anyone.

The average customer bill at Confusion is around $49 with wine. Of course, that all depends on how many dishes you actually order. The concept of the restaurant is “tapas”, so smaller portions to share. Almost everyone walks out of our restaurant satisfied and full. However, the tapas concept is not for everyone and some people enjoy having a large plate of food in front of them.

As for the price of our wines, all but 2 or 3 of our extensive wine list are from private imports so the wines (and their prices) would not be listed at the SAQ, which makes it hard to know what the mark up is (unless, of course, you are purchasing those same private imports yourself).
We would like to point out that we do not mark up our wines by an exorbitant amount, as you seem to suggest. Our prices are very competitive.

We are sorry about the temperature in the restaurant. This issue has since been resolved.

We put a lot of passion, love and professionalism into making Confusion Tapas a welcoming and delicious environment for everyone. We sincerely regret that your experience was not optimal and we would like to invite you back since we are confident that we would be able to change your mind on our establishment.

Please call Confusion and ask to speak with Abe or Elie.

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Reviewed 23 October 2013

My husband and I came here for dinner before going to the Billy Talent concert last weekend. We learned the night before to make reservations, so I went online and did so. Be careful when booking online like this however - they sat us at the bar, because apparently even though OpenTable said there was availability, this was not the case. Luckily, the bartenders were nice and it was a relaxed atmosphere. We ordered 4 tapas to share, and they were all great. My favorite was the Salmon Tartare! Only downside were the drinks were a little skimpy..besides that, great experience!

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Reviewed 4 September 2013

Great atmosphere - nice outdoor seating and a very friendly waiter. I recommend the Lobster Mac and Cheese and steak.

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Reviewed 3 September 2013

The food here is amazing, there is no way to argue that fact. I've seen a few reviews mention the service quality being an issue, but our waiter was very attentive and always near to talk to.

I am a huge fan of tapas, and the really interesting fusion they have going on here definitely keeps things fresh. Sometimes tapas can get repetitive; not at Confusion.

A great location near the metro and in the Latin Quarter complements the restaurant well. There is a lot going on in the neighborhood, and a walk around after stuffing yourself will be necessary. Trying to figure out when to stop eating when dining here is tough - you want to try just one more plate.

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1  Thank ked01
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Reviewed 15 August 2013

This tapas restaurant is located on busy Rue St. Denis in the Latin Quarter. There is an outdoor space for people watching and al fresco dining, as well as an indoor space which features a few tables where you sit on swings instead of chairs. The menu is pretty diverse and includes tapas inspired by French, Greek, Spanish, and Asian flavors (for example, we had calamari, avocado salad, saganaki, and braised lamb shank with a French sauce, all of which were good though not great). Our server was friendly and walked us through his recommendations.

While each tapas plate had generous portions, they were somewhat pricey ($10-$15 each). You could probably get by with 4 tapas if you weren't terribly hungry, and 6 tapas if you were quite hungry.

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