***Sadly this Restaurant is Closed***
When you think of a diner, you think of comfort food, cozy atmosphere and some greasy delights. And that’s exactly what you get at Le Gros Jambon. Located in Old Montreal on Notre-Dame, the diner is long and narrow and filled with old school memorabilia.
Divas #2 first went with A and a friend and knew immediately that she had to return with Diva #1. The old plates, the formica counters, old advertisements on the walls, license plate décor, and a mint milkshake blender– Le Gros Jambon has the diner feel to a tee!
The Divas were planning to go to Le Gros Jambon after staying up all night drinking and dancing. Running on barely 4 hours of sleep, the Divas and Sweet Pea set out to enjoy a quick lunch before returning to bed to nurse their hangover. Sweet Pea almost canceled last minute, but the promise of gossip from the Divas’ previous night out was enough to entice her. Sweet Pea loves a dirty story!
You can’t make reservations at Le Gros Jambon and sometimes, the wait can be long but trust us, it is well worth it and we were even offered coffee while we waited. And Diva #1 needs her cappuccino in the morning! The coveted window seat was taken so we sat at one of the counters with the backless stools. The look is great but after a while, it kills your back. I suppose they really want you to eat and get out, but the Divas love to linger.
On her previous visit, Diva #2’s friend enjoyed a burger. Cooked well, the fried egg really adds another level of flavour. The coleslaw is a great side and Diva #2’s friend upgraded his burger to add the poutine.
When the Divas and Sweet Pea arrived they were intrigued by the classic 1950s milkshake. You can’t go to a diner and not have a milkshake! The daily special was a raspberry/vanilla shake and it was wonderful. You really tasted the fresh berries and the vanilla was not too sweet. It was a large milkshake and Le Gros Jambon was very accommodating and allowed us to take the rest home.
Diva #1 was dreaming about mac n’ cheese since Diva #2 brought her the leftovers from her visit with A and a friend. Le Gros Jambon has a variety of Mac n Cheeses to choose from – bacon, ham, smoked meat, duck confit and lobster. On Diva #2’s first trip, she had the lobster mac n cheese. Served in an oval ramekin sitting on top of a pig-shaped dish, the panko crust was also supplemented with Fritos which made it extra crunchy. There was a decent amount of lobster and the scallions added a nice touch of onion flavour. It was rich and filling!
When Diva #2 returned to Le Gros Jambon with Diva #1, we knew that we had to try another one of their mac n cheese combinations. That day we ordered the duck confit mac n cheese. Again, there were large pieces of duck throughout the dish though we preferred the lobster version because the lobster flavour dominated throughout. Unfortunately when you were done the duck off of the duck mac n’ cheese you lost the taste of the duck in the plate, and this was not the case with the lobster Mac. It wasn’t greasy and it was thoroughly satisfying.
Fellow readers, you know that the Divas love their duck so the duck BLT was a must. The sandwich was overflowing with duck and though it made it messy to eat, it was definitely worth it. The BDLT was also served with their addictive fries and coleslaw, but on Diva #2’s first visit A had had it with the poutine. This was a lovely twist on the now very boring BLT.
Sweet Pea ordered the chicken and waffles after the Divas kept mentioning how much they wanted to try it *hint* *hint* … she happily took our suggestion. The waffles were thick so they didn’t get soggy and the chicken was moist. However, it was a little undercooked near the bone because the breading on the skin was so thick. It was a deep fried delicious piece of meat that is not meant for a lady on a diet. It was also served with hush puppies, a small jar of beans and a horseradish, mustard and maple sauce. This sauce was not overly sweet and the tanginess of the horseradish really came through. All in all, a very impressive sauce. They also have a fried chicken and biscuits option which looked delicious, and we would quickly return for.
After all that, we were full. Le Gros Jambon, however, does serve donuts and cookies from Saint Donut. Diva #2 had tried two of the cookies – chocolate and chive and chocolate chip caramel pecan. The chocolate and chive was almost refreshing and the combination was interesting. The caramel pecan was dirty good. We’re not sure how they lasted but Diva #2 brought them to work for Diva #1 and they still tasted fresh! On this visit we were too full for cookies, but Diva #1 was very happy that she got to try them after Diva #2’s previous visit.
Overall, the Divas and Sweet Pea loved their diner experience. The atmosphere was great, the food was delicious and there is something to be said about small dining establishments that offer a delicious old fashioned lunch. The owners of Le Gros Jambon are affiliated with L’ Orignal and Magdalen, which are more dinner oriented restaurants and very different. This diner adds some diversity to the Old Port.
Our Rating: Splendid
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