***Sadly this Restaurant is Closed***
Oh Jargo! Diva #1 and Sweet Pea were invited to Jargo Chophouse & Mixologie to celebrate one of the St-Lau’s Guy’s birthdays. Surrounded by the residents of Ville St Laurent, dear friends that we grew up with in our hood, Diva #1 and Sweet Pea were in the best of moods. We won’t lie, the idea of eating at Jargo didn’t particularly appeal to us. Supper clubs in general are usually a disappointment and the menu seemed to be a compilation of overpriced items, but we went in with an open mind!
Jargo Chophouse & Mixologie is beautifully decorated, the chandeliers were opulent and we went to the back to their private room for our party. We were with a bunch of crazy drinkers, so 6 of us decided to buy a bottle of vodka. Why not? We asked for the ingredients to make Bloody Caesars and created our own Caesar station. Unfortunately their Clamato was very watery, and at our request they brought us new pitchers of Clamato, but it was still awful. We were forced to switch to tomato juice which they had in cans. Meh!
They offered us an amuse bouche, a scallop / shrimp tartare bite tossed with yellow peppers, red onions and parsley. It was refreshing and decent tasting, but nothing to write about….
We started with the salmon tartare, it sounded like your typical salmon tartare but with squid ink aioli for added flair. The salmon was fresh, but though their menu description said that the tartare had cilantro and garlic, none of these flavours were apparent. Candied lemon zest adorned the top, and the squid ink aioli added some saltiness, but it was an average tartare.
Our friends ordered the beef tartar and we snagged a bite for comparison sake. The salmon tartare was the better of the two . A simple French style tartare, it was supposed to be tossed with Dijon mustard, fried capers (oh really?), Worcestershire, and Tabasco. We use the words “supposed to be” because this beef tartare lacked in flavour. I think they just cubed the meat and placed it before us. The truffle mayo tasted more like garlic than truffle, and as you can see by the photograph, the quail egg is nowhere to be seen. If the quail egg was already premixed in the tartare, then so be it, but the beef lacked the richness and stickiness provided by raw yolk.
The most enjoyed of the appetizers was the Park Ex Salad, which was a Greek salad. Greek feta with fresh tomatoes, Kalamata olives, cucumbers, red onions and oregano made up this traditional Greek salad. We had no complaints, it was simple and Jargo did this right!
As for the mains they left even less to be desired. Sweet Pea and Diva #1 shared two mains, one being the clam chowder bouillabaisse. For 36$ we were expecting plenty of fresh seafood. They advertised shrimps, scallops, lobster and fish, hell, we were ready! Instead we received a rather sad looking chowder. The seafood and fish was chopped up so it seemed like someone chewed it and spit it in our bowl, and the broth was rather tasteless. We didn’t finish it even though we had been very hungry. The seafood wasn’t fresh, it was tasteless, and for 36$ we were expecting to find more than a bowl of cream and some canned seafood.
Somewhat discouraged, we looked to the Jargo Burger for comfort, a duo stack burger with duck confit, smoked Gouda, grilled oyster mushrooms, tomato chutney and fried onion strings sounded delightful. It was an okay burger, although we never found that duck confit. The burger did have plenty of smoked gouda… but the grilled oyster mushroom must have fallen out as the burger made its way to our table. When reading the menu, it mentioned “artisan romaine” . We wondered what that meant and we’re here to calm your thoughts, they just mean iceberg lettuce.
We opted to pay more to replace the Yukon gold home fries for the truffle fries and we are still wondering why…. We didn’t taste any truffle oil or any difference at all from our neighbour who had the Yukon gold home fries. Money well spent? I think not.
One of our lovely St. Lau boys ordered the braised bone in short rib, it was a small piece and the meat was certainly not falling off the bone. Meh! Another one of the guys ordered one of their signature steaks, a nice rib steak; they are a chophouse after all! He ordered his steak with one of their steak sauces and a side of fries, but it took so long for his sauce to arrive that he ended up eating the steak without it. And Jargo was not having a busy night, so service should have been on point. We didn’t even bother taking a photo of his steak, at this point, we were unimpressed.
Jargo Chophouse & Mixologie, we are not impressed! Your Clamato was watery and your food was mediocre at best. If you’re going to charge that much for a clam chowder, you better back up those wordy menu descriptions with your actual dishes. They are a chophouse alright, except we were the ones who got slaughtered! In the end the best thing that Jargo brought to the table was the bill…so that we could leave.
Our Rating: Meh!
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