Restaurant: Le Bird Bar
Restaurant type: fried chicken, fusion, Asian fusion, Southern, fancy, lunch menu, weekend brunches, family style menu
Prices: $10-$32 entrées, $9-$75 mains, wine bottles starting at $40
Date: Saturday March 23rd 2019
Table of: 16
My favorite dishes: fried chicken wings + mac n cheese
A couple months back, my friends and I celebrated our friend Vinh’s birthday at Le Bird Bar! Le Bird Bar is located in Griffintown, right next to other popular establishments like Grinder, Makro and more. Their specialty is fried chicken, but they have a pretty elaborate menu which dabbles a lot in Asian cuisines. They also have a sort of speakeasy bar/lounge in the basement, which allows you to feast and party all in the same place.
Since we were a large group, the family style menu was imposed on us. For $45/person, we got to sample 9 different dishes and a lot of food! What I really liked was that they made concessions and accommodations for the 2 vegetarians in our party, which was very nice of them. They weren’t just served salad but got things like fried cauliflower instead of chicken wings, etc.
- Wakame and cucumber salad: marinated cucumbers, edamame and seaweed salad
- Wagyu pogo lollipops with picked jalapeno and corn, tomato jam, honey Dijon and frito crunch
- Fresh shucked oysters with popcorn fried chicken and jalapeno mignonette
- Birdbar wings
- Winter salad: Iceberg lettuce, avocado, toasted almonds, chives, rashies, edamame, blackberries, crispy noodles and Wafu dressing
- Truffled mac n cheese
- Fried chicken platters with watermelon and corn bread
- Zucchini and feta salad: zucchini noodles, confit cherry tomatoes, feta, basil, cilantro and lime dressing
- Tristan’s mini tornado brownie
- FIOL Prosecco
Overall, we had a great time and the food was very good, but there were some shortcomings. For example, some of the dishes we received did not correspond to the descriptions on their website’s family style menu (i.e. truffled mac n cheese did not taste like truffles at all and the fried chicken did not come with all the sides it says it does on the website, neither did the tornado brownies, which were more like a chocolate cake) and the service was very slow at the start of the evening.
With that said, the overall amount of food was ginormous and no one left feeling hungry, so that’s always good. For $45/person, I would definitely say we got our money’s worth.
My favorites were by far the Birdbar wings, which were perfectly coated and crispy on the outside and super juicy and tender on the inside. The flavours of the seasoning were on point too. Although the truffled mac n cheese did not taste like truffles, it was still cheesy and very delicious pasta (you can’t go wrong with mac n cheese). My biggest complaints lies with their fried chicken – the thing they are known for – which tasted very good, the seasoning on the chicken was great, but the batter itself was very thick and did not adhere properly to the chicken. When you would take a bite out of the chicken, you would come away with a huge chunk of fried batter. In my opinion, we were served re-fried chicken, which I would have had no problem with, had it been good.
Like I said, we enjoyed a very good meal, but it had its shortcomings. I would come back and give them another chance (but with a much smaller group) but I have another friend who has been to Le Bird Bar and she said the same thing about the chicken. I’ve also heard brunch is good so I’d like to come back to try that. I have my own criteria when it comes to reviewing restaurants, which I also use on my Instagram account (@elisebgravel). It’s very simple, there are only three points: the quality of the food (on 10), the price (from $ to $$$$$) and the following question: would I go back?
So, here is my review of Le Bird Bar:
Would I go back?: Yes, but its not at the top of my “go back to” list
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