Funky Bar Food and Ceasars – L’Gros Luxe Mile-End

L'gros Luxe

September 12, 2014

in Food, Mile-end/Plateau Mont-Royal, Outremont, Reviews

I’m not a philosopher nor theologian but I often like to entertain life’s most thought provoking rhetorical questions; “If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?” “What’s the sound of one hand clapping?” “Would hipsters exist if the Mild-End didn’t?” I hit up this spot on rough side of Bernard – where yamakas and minivans make way for facial hair and fixies. This new joint that’s quickly establishing itself as the neighbourhood watering hole and place to go for unique cocktails and funky bar food.

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I visited L’Gros Luxe Mile-End on a recent sunday – their second location in less than a year. We sat at the bar and were quickly greeted by the bartender flaming an orange twist into a glass of water.

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We were told about their Sunday night drink specials which happened to be $2 off all cocktails. What stood out first were the Cesars; over the top drinks served in mason jars that are garnished with just a tad more than your typical celery stalk and pickles, we’re talking grilled cheese sandwiches and sliders skewers. I’m not a big drinker, but I am a big snacker. The “Billy the Kid” came with onion rings and a fried dill pickle.


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The menu was all over the place; from snacks to tacos, burger and grilled cheeses, the common denominator was the fact that most menu items were between $4 and $6. The fried avocados were a fun way to start the evening at L’Gros Luxe. Served with a chipotle aioli, the slivers of golden fried wedges of creamy avocado were sweet and the smokey dipping sauce took well to the panko coating.

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The fish tacos were seared tilapia, pickled red onion coleslaw, chipotle aioli, and garnished with lime and cilantro. The fish was cooked through with no frills, and what it lacked in seasoning, this dish made up in volume. Two very generous tacos packed with lots of fish and coleslaw. For what you’re presented with in two corn tortillas, I don’t see anyone else beating this price for two tacos in the city.

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The BBQ pulled pork sliders were served on pretzel buns, and was topped with the same red onion coleslaw. I would have preferred a little bit more sauce on the pulled pork, I probably could have asked for some, but didn’t. As awesome as pretzel buns are, adding a little bit more moisture into the slider would have softened the bun a bit – as most non-dressed pretzel buns often stand in for racquetballs on their off days. But what sauce there was on the pork did add a certain sweetness to each bite that was cut by the tart slaw.

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The Vietnamese cabbage salad seemed like a derivative of the ubiquitous and ever present and famous “red onion coleslaw” with the addition of Thai basil, roasted peanuts and a chili-lime dressing. Not to take away from the use of this “Master slaw”, but at the price point L’Gros Luxe is serving their public, I commend them on finding different ways to use repurpose their (I’m assuming to keep costs down) limited mise en place. Tart and assertive, this salad was refreshing, but I don’t know in which way it was Vietnamese… maybe the prep cook is a Nguyen or a Troung.

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I often say you get what you pay for, and for an average of $5 a dish, you won’t feel cheated by anything. You’re not going to find your typical bar menu items here. L’Gros Luxe’s menu is simple and straight forward bar food, and decent bar food I should add, and do I dare say “healthIER” bar food (with the inclusion of a veggie burger, tomato soup and the option of VEGAN MAYO.) I’m not going to lie and tell you that this joint blew my socks off and gave me the same feeling in my Roots sweat pants like the time I accidentally found my Dad’s porn stash when I was 11 because it didn’t; but this discovery was just as real.

L’Gros Luxe Mile-End
150 Rue Bernard Ouest
(514) 507-8883
Website
L'Gros Luxe on Urbanspoon

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lagatta à montréal September 18, 2014 at 12:09 pm

I hope that hot sauce is available for the fish tacos, as I’d definitely order those, and want some spice!

Not at all far from my place, just a short walk south (through the endless tunnel work) and west.

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Jason September 18, 2014 at 12:57 pm

I didn’t ask for it, but I’m sure they have!

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