I’ve been wanting to visit L’Gros Luxe on Bernard for a while (they also have a Plateau location). I’d heard good things about it and I liked the fact that it was open for lunch. I finally got the chance to hit it up the other day, and was not disappointed.
The interior is pretty fun, and they staff were accommodating to our car seat. In fact, there were a few kids there, and a stroller parked in the corner.
Before I went I did a little research on what to order… (What? You don’t research your menu picks in advance?) A lot of people seemed to be going for the avocado fries – I’m not sure if this was because it was something unique or because it was a fantastic choice. You can read about it on both The Gazette and Shut Up and Eat. They were good, but I don’t think I could have had a portion to myself (it was split). I don’t even think we finished them. It was unique though and I’m glad I tried them.
Guided by my own cravings (and the aforementioned post on Shut Up and Eat) I got the fish tacos which I loved. There wasn’t a HUGE amount of fish, but enough and I loved the crunchy salad and the sauce on top. Yum!
My friend went for the classic grilled cheese which was also good. You can see that for $6 you get quite a lot!
I also went for the classic tomato soup (why not, I’m 9 months pregnant) which was rich and thick. I always think there’s a very fine line between hearty tomato soup and pasta sauce but I love tomato soup and was happy to eat the whole thing. It was just a little spicy which was nice.
Overall, I really liked my experience. It was a cool atmosphere, the staff were very competent and we were served quickly (granted – we came after the lunch hour rush at around 1:00). They were pretty cool with the kid, and there was lots of great, inexpensive choices on the menu. Total cost of lunch for all of that was $28 for the two of us which is pretty darn inexpensive.
I would call this place kid friendly. I don’t think it would be appropriate for say 5 moms and their screaming toddlers (people – there are other places for that) but for a single toddler or moms with a couple of babies in car seats I think it’s fine. The place is pretty busy so I would recommend going at an off time. Not only will you likely have more room for your wee ones, you will also likely get served faster. There’s nothing worse than knowing you have a one hour window and then waiting around for lunch for 45 minutes.
I’d definitely go back!
L’Gros Luxe Mile End, 150 rue Bernard West, 514-5047-8883
Decor: It’s a little bit dark and moody but there are big windows so you don’t feel like you are in a cave. Trendy and fun.
Service: We had excellent service but arrived after the lunch hour rush.
Prices: Extremely fair. All that for $28?! A $6 burger?
Food: Lots of choice, inventive and homey. It runs the gamut from tomato soup to poutine grilled cheese. I’d love to go back and eat up the menu.
Good For: Lunch with friends, dinner out. I imagine at night it could get quite rowdy and they don’t take reservations so keep that in mind.
Baby Friendly: I didn’t check out the restrooms but I’m pretty positive you aren’t going to find any sort of change facilities. BUT if you want something a little different and are tired of cafés or the usual spots I didn’t feel uncomfortable at all with a baby in tow. As mentioned, there were other kids too. The menu itself is also pretty kid friendly. If you want to go at night I’d go early as it looks like it turns into a bar atmosphere.
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