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Review of Le Gourmet

Le Gourmet
Ranked #15 of 60 Restaurants in Bromont
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed 26 October 2017

Quality for price very good. The couple owning the place are doing a great job. The food is very fresh, very tasty, the service excellent, in fact a new discovery in our region. I would recommend to our friends

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Thank Sylvie M
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Reviewed 1 March 2017

We were very grateful with the service. It's a nice menu, good choices and the price is acceptable especially that you can bring your wine.

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Reviewed 21 February 2017 via mobile

I find it funny when people write reviews for, say, a bar - pub and give it 5 stars ... that's the general problem with Trip Advisor and other sites... that different levels of establishments get the same ratings and then the reader must read the review with a "grain of salt"... recognizing the level of place the review is about.
In the case of Le Gourmet, we are talking about a higher level of restaurant for this region and when someone gives it 4 stars, as I did, we are not comparing it to, say, a bistro pub with 4 stars. We are comparing it to similar "gourmet" restaurants whose culinary objective is to present the opportunity for diners to participate in a place that has a kind of romantic atmosphere, decor, and an expectation that the plate offerings will be a "cut above".
Le Gourmet offers a tranquil, relaxed room, including a grand piano, fireplace, and tables set the right distance apart to have a private-ish conversation.
Again, the region around Bromont-Cowansville stretches from blue collar to tourist, and there are not the numbers of recognized places as in the City. So each one including Le Gourmet, is setting its own path with not quite the gastronomic competition that might exist elsewhere.
Why does this matter ? Well, it basically means that some of these higher level places tend to slack off a bit because there isn't anyone down the block, road, or for some distance, that's biting at their taste buds.
So, here's the grain of salt again, there always tends to be good things about a place, and then some not so good.
For Le Gourmet, I gave it 4 stars, based not on comparing it to a Montreal equivalent, but rather for this region, for a decent Gourmet culinary attempt, and relative to other similar places scattered far and wide in this region.
I love BYOB places as well because:
a) it gives more people the ability to dine here and partake in the chef's creative offerings. And
b) the owners can concentrate more on their food goals and philosophy, and less on creating a necessary cellar.
So... Le Gourmet, cheesy name aside, has become known, in this region, as a place to get to. It has become known as a kitchen that has a chef that is on the creative side of the road, although without being astonishing. The offerings can't be found everywhere but neither do they appear to lead to people asking if the chef trained in Europe.
Solid fare, cooked the way we asked, and relatively tasty. Presentations were nice, and the wait staff were pleasant enough if a bit erratic. For example one waiter got us settled, and then asked if we were ready to order... but when I said we were not quite, and would like to study the offerings a bit, and could we have the petit pain first, he said that that would be coming soon... we had already been there 25 minutes... so I felt the "settling in" process was a bit confused. Another waitress eventually showed up with the bread, and unfortunately rock hard prepackaged butter pats.
Nevertheless, the salad, soup and appetizers showed up in timed sequences that were not rushed. This restaurant, as mentioned, has a nice enough atmosphere for intimate conversation, and the course timings demand it.
The filet of beef was nicely done, but when got to the dessert there was only one offering, the chef's gourmande. 3 mini desserts, chocolate, cream and creme brule.
A lot of restaurants feel they still need to offer creme brule although it's now kind of..... staid.
I enjoyed my evening, despite the slightly disjointed service. I would go back, if only because this type of place is not easy to find among the Tim Hortons and East Side Marios that cater to 90% of diners of this region.
As well, I do think the chef is trying, but he has no input to the room itself, the staff, etc all of which is likely the domain of the owners.

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Reviewed 13 June 2016

Limited table d'hote menu with prices around $48 per person excluding approximately 15% tax and $3 coffee. Soup of the day, asparagus and leek tasted weak and full of water. Escargot with risotto and mushrooms was excellent. I found it quite odd that the next course served was the frites which were an additional $4. The mayonnaise was excellent but the fries were soggy and I would skip them next time. The main course of rack of lamb was next and it was huge, 4 chops. The crumb coating was a soggy tasteless mess. The dessert of a small trio of crème brulee and two other delicious pastries made us all forget our diets and we did not regret it as they were delicious.
It is a bring your own bottle restaurant that made the price more palatable. The restaurant is only open Thursday to Sunday and reservations are required for Saturday. It was a busy Saturday night when we were there and it was quite noisy and difficult to carry on a private conversation. I might try this place again but maybe on a Thursday next time and pass on the fries.
The parking lot is very dark and easy to stumble over the uneven ground, even before dinner and wine!
There is a large room near the entrance for a big group or event.

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Reviewed 17 April 2016

We went to Le Gourmet with good friends to celebrate a few great life events and were quite surprised by our overall experience. We had heard great things and were looking forward to experiencing an apparently great restaurant.

The restaurant was quite busy with two large groups, we were immediately told by the owner that we had to order right away to avoid the rush in the kitchen. We had not quite had time to look at the menu yet, but she insisted and stood there, waiting for us to order. So much for taking your time on a Saturday night.

We were basically left alone for the rest of the night- no service person in sight except to dump plates on our table as they came out of the kitchen. We had to chase down service staff to open our bottles of wine (its a bring your own wine restaurant), we served our own wine, ran out of water. Staff never checked on us to make sure we had all we needed, we never saw the owner again. Dirty plates were left in front of us until the next course was brought. Being taken care of would have been really nice.

The food was very good but clearly overshadowed by terrible, terrible service. This could have become a regular, we go out for diner every Saturday and sometimes prefer to stay around instead of going to Montreal (we are locals). Clearly, Le Gourmet is now off our list. No matter how good the food is, it can never justifies such a flagrant lack of service. Too bad.

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Thank Geneviève T
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