Photography credit: Sylvain Granier
It’s been just over a month since L’Gros Luxe opened its doors- the most recent gem to surface in the super-trendy-hipster-friendly plateau. Given the budget friendly prices and hella-tasty menu, it’s no wonder this vegetarian friendly luxury pub has achieved such success since it’s opening on April 15th. We tried to drop in a few weeks ago but there was a minimum hour wait! Yes folks, it’s THAT good.
As we all know, restaurants tend to come and go in the 514, but we feel confident that this one is here to stay. I was particularly blown away by the decor – 1893 Victorian charm with a modern twist, so I knew the food HAD to be good.
Upon my second visit to L’Gros Luxe, I chatted with co-owner Alex Bastile about his previous stomping grounds in Vancouver and his most recent entrepreneurial endeavour. He and Corey Webb, along with chef Tamir Schlanger came with a vision and a mission: to bring quality homestyle comfort food to feed artists and skaters at reasonable and affordable prices. Can’t argue with that!
I owned a restaurant in Vancouver with Tamir Schlanger. I became so impressed with his cooking skills, that I knew we were meant to join forces and do something bigger – even if it meant embarking on a cross-country move back to Montreal. Tamir’s girlfriend (a vegetarian) influenced much of our menu, which worked out rather well given the location and plateau culture.
That menu set Alex and Tamir in a league of their own; they wanted to take a different approach with their menu. The gastronomic theme behind L’Gros Luxe is homemade comfort food (see also: where you wanna nosh when recovering from a hangover ) Approximately 90% of the menu (including sauces!) are done in house. From patties to dressings, the idea was to cut OUT processed foods entirely, therefore creating a menu based around actual food (imagine that!) instead of the pre-made alternatives that many restaurants tend to favour. Cheese, ketchup and bread are of the few current items not made in-house, yet the artisan minds in the kitchen are still creating culinary magic with said items. The most epic grilled cheese (and soooo much more) can be found at L’Gros Luxe.
Just check out the images below!
In our opinion, L’Gros Luxe serves yummy food and the casually luxurious in appearance makes it the perfect go-to spot for any occasion (especially date night, for all of you Tinder-folks and lovebirds) L’Gros Luxe’s all-around affordably delicious menu makes it hella biteworthy, so check it out and let us know what you think!
Oh and heads up: they are opening a second resto in the mile end at 150 Bernard in a few short weeks, so stay tuned!