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“Its day has passed”
Review of Le Restaurant Armenien - CLOSED

Le Restaurant Armenien
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Armenian
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Montreal
Level 6 Contributor
99 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“Its day has passed”
Reviewed 17 August 2012

Treasuring Middle Eastern and Armenian food, and making regular trips to Cannes we were glad to finally visit the famed Restaurant Armenien along the Croisette.

Upon arriving, some understandable things are quickly appreciated: There is little notably Armenian about the food. The restaurant serves a genial, standardized Turkish mezzo menu, tailored to the city's widely mixed clientele. The interior, while bedecked with photographs that suggest an earlier more bohemian incarnation, has settled into a comfortable, chintzy, somewhat anonymous look that would not be out of place in most hotel lobbies. For a restaurant in Cannes, and no less one that has a long tradition in the city, it was not a surprise to see a significant bill. All that was fine.

What *did* surprise was the absurd quantity of food for the regular meze menu. Plate after plate arrived with no real accounting for guests' tastes or inclinations. When we politely objected to the owner that we were more than full, he looked surprised and told us that we could just pick from the plates that continued to come, we didn't have to eat it all. This was perhaps a generous gesture, but in practice it left us no more consoled. If they were recycling food from untouched plates and serving them to other guests, then our own food had likely traveled that route; if they were not recycling food, then an enormous amount was being wasted.

The food was not to distinctive as to merit such lavish quantity, and the owners, who had clearly seen this many times before, smiled blandly and just kept it coming. Out of politeness, we relented, and regretted it.

One suspects this is an arrangement that works well for the restaurant, and the transient clientele in Cannes keeps them in business. It surprises that it works at all.

  • Visited December 2011
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Brussels, Belgium
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Lovely, but overpriced”
Reviewed 30 December 2011

The restaurant and the owners are lovely. The food is good (the concept is similar to the Lebanese or Turkish mezzes). However, we paid 150 euro for a mezze for 2 and a bottle of wine. (Half of the portion, i.e., a mezze for 1, shared, would definitely not be enough). Overall, very much overpriced for what you get. Sure, it is on Croisette but for this money you can have a 3 course meal in one of the restaurants on Rue Saint-Antoine.

  • Visited December 2011
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Cannes, France
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Best ethnic food and friendliest service in Cannes”
Reviewed 14 June 2011

I love this friendly joint for its simple and delicious food. Come very-very hungry to this place located right on Croisette or you'll miss many amazing dishes.

  • Visited June 2011
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LAS PALMAS
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“ONE OF THE BEST MEALS OF THIS STYLE EVER”
Reviewed 15 October 2009

We went here on a recommendation and must say this was the best meal of our holiday by far and one of the best Mezze style meals I have ever enjoyed.

Christian the owner is attentive, knowledgeable but not over powering, the setting nice and the restaurant well decorated. We had the set 35 dish Mezze and can honestly say every dish was lovely. The wine list was extensive and Christian recommended a really nice bottle at a sensible price.

if you like this style of eating GO!

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Athens
Level 4 Contributor
21 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Very good restaurant with nice atmosphere and good service on the Cruazet”
Reviewed 5 August 2009

This is a very good restaurant if you like Armenian or even Greek cuisine. I am Greek and the taste was so familiar,very genuine.
You start with around 20 tiny plates for appetizers and then you are having another 15 for main course. Everything tastes god,some of kit are really grat.
Very good wine list and excellent service from the couple that runs the place.
Not in the expensive side.Not at all.

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