Last week my work took me out of the office and as a result I had a chance to eat at a couple of St. Boniface eateries over the lunch hours. The first of these was Le Garage Cafe. I’ve been past this place many times before. I also have a vague recollection of going there to live music a few years ago. Until last week I had never tried the food.
I was with a couple of co-workers who ordered different items. I didn’t taste what they ordered, but did get a chance to observe their meals. Given my fascination with it, I went with the Poutine. So, here’s what I have to say.
Le Garage Review
Value: Most of the entree’s are in the $10-15 range. The food is freshly made and the portion sizes are more than adequate. 4/5
Selection: The lunch menu has a good variety of options, including a soup and salad special and a little something for everyone. 4/5
Quality: The food at Le Garage is well prepared. They advertise there Poutine as the best in town. I’d say that the description is somewhat of an exaggeration but I’d put it towards the top rather than the bottom of my list. One of my co-workers had the soup and salad special, and enjoyed the soup of the day (which I can’t remember), so much, that he ordered a second cup of it. My other co-worker had the Club Maison sandwich and commented on how good the bacon was as well as the turkey. 4.5/5
Decor: The restaurant has a quite spacious interior allowing diners a sense of privacy even when fairly full. The walls are covered with caricature paintings of various musicians. Given that they host live music this is to be expected, but felt a little cliche, as most of the painting looked like something one might find at an Imaginus sale. 4/5
This would be the least impressive quality about Le Garage. Two things caught my attention in a negative way. There were three of us at a rectangular table. When the server brought the cutlery it was left on the corner of the table at the furthest edge of the table. It should have been placed. at each setting. Second, the ketchup bottle they left us was virtually empty. Fortunately, only one of the table wanted ketchup. 3.5/5
Overall: The service is a little on the lax side However, the quality and quantity of food make Le Garage a restaurant worthy of repeat business. 4/5