Read about Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4 of our week long trip to Montreal back in August 2014.
Day 5 was all about exploring more of Old Montreal, Chinatown and Downtown.
106 Rue McGill, Montreal, QC H2Y 2E5
Food was okay, service was slow and hasty because of how busy they were. The whole time we felt neglected. The space was also a bit crowded, the back dining area a bit small so that you're seated fairly close to other people.
Overall: Ambience A-, Food B+, Service C, Price A-.
We walked down Rue St-Jacques which had a bunch of historical buildings on its turf.
Thankfully they had a tea sampling that day. The tea we sampled was Chrysanthemum, and I loved it! It tasted similar to the tea that you get served when you eat at a Chinese or Vietnamese restaurant. It's part of the Herbal Tea family which didn't sound like I would like, but was exactly the type of tea that I thought would be a great introductory tea for me. Plus it was on sale because it was the tea they were sampling that day, score! We had a little chat with the girls who helped us, they were the owners of the store, and they were super nice and helpful throughout our visit.
Then we went back to the Magasin General store. This time I was met with the owner and she was nice but... not nice (hard to explain). I overheard her saying to another customer that pictures weren't allowed, which was fine, but the way she said it was... I don't know... off I guess. "We don't allow pictures. I mean if you take one, okay, but when you take a lot, you know..." while she awkwardly laughs. I mean she should have stopped at we don't allow pictures and a sorry would suffice. To go on about how you saw the customer taking a million pictures is distasteful in my opinion. We get it, no pictures. Perhaps a sign would help tourists know that so you don't have to come down on us.
407 Rue McGill #100A, Montreal, QC H2Y 2G3
When dinner came around we headed towards Holder. We weren't sure if this would be a good place to eat but I did read a good review in my guide book and the menu posted outside the restaurant sounded pretty appetizing.
The ambience of the place was perfect; great backdrop, good lighting, decent table setting and the restaurant was nice and spacious. Our server was very attentive and his service was impeccable. All the food we ate was perfection. We enjoyed our experience here and every last morsel.
Overall: Ambience A+, Food A+, Service A+, Price A.
Hope you're not sick of these Montreal posts! Almost done! I swear!
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