A diner with flair
Le Gros Jambon is a diner with flair. Staying true to diner roots by styling itself with two long bars, one facing the chefs cooking on the open style kitchen, and the other to the wall stacked with vintage-retro photographs and posters, you would call the place cozy, not small. Most importantly, they serve home-cooked, greasy deliciousness that is almost incomparable for prices you’ll find hard to believe. Changing it up and bringing an unexpected twist to the menu, you’ll find coca-cola burgers, lobster mac‘n cheeses, duck BLTs (or DBLTS) and the like waiting for you. Trust me, you’ll be pleasantly delighted by the menu and feel a pressing need to want to order the entire menu. Yes, all at once.
Just a few steps from its sister restaurant, L’Orignal, Le Gros Jambon made a huge splash when it first opened back in late, late 2011, garnering reviews from critics and bloggers alike within the first few weeks of opening. It did so well that The Gazette even included it in its “Best Casual Restaurants” in Montreal list for the year. Say what?
To be honest, going last month was my first time. No judgement zone. Since that first time though, all I can think about it going back. Aw yeah, you know how it is. My first time was christened by a Screwdriver (made of vodka and OJ) while my friend helped herself to a rum and cherry coke. As we talked, our server returned to ask us if we were ready probably three times over fifteen to twenty minutes. Maybe it’s just me, but I thought that was a little excessive – as the restaurant was near empty, I was under the impression that we were being rushed out for cleaning or a staff break. So I asked him if we should hurry up, and he immediately backed off. Apart from the initial encounter, the service for the rest of the meal was more than cordial.
We ordered the lobster grilled cheese and the shrimp tacos, all to share. Watching the chef work was pretty mesmerizing.
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