Joining the ranks of homegrown resto/bar chains (e.g. La Belle et la Boeuf, Jack Saloon) that started out in the suburbs then invaded the city is Windsor Hyper Bar. Following Brossard, the owners of this sports bar/grill decided to try their luck with an outpost on the volatile stretch of Saint-Laurent above Sherbrooke. We walked in sans reservation on this chilly Tuesday night with beer and grub on our minds.
tagged: NO NEED TO RESERVE
To be perfectly blunt, we don't care for sports bars, but we figured a Montreal blog is not complete without something hockey-related. We stepped into Windsor expecting a modest crowd on a night with ten NHL games, but alas we were wrong. The Main's demise, along with the extreme cold, meant that we had the entire place, with its many TV screens and video lottery terminals (you read correctly), all to ourselves.
The menu at Windsor doesn't stray too far away from sports bar territory. A couple pages of crowd-pleasing appetizers are followed by salads, pizzas, grilled meats and a large selection of burgers. As for ale, the selection on tap is poor and disappointing, definitely not what we expected from a place that calls itself a "hyper bar" (we still don't know what that means by the way).
"with maple BBQ sauce". You could definitely find better wings elsewhere. Although the sauce was sweet and sticky and the meat was decently cooked, this dish was average at best.
"breaded jalapeno peppers stuffed with cheddar cheese". These tasted like fried breading only. Disappointing on all ingredient levels. Jalapenos provided no heat and little flavor, breading was oily, and the stuffing might have been Cheez Whiz. We suspect these were of the frozen variety.
"red deer meat with caramelized onions, cranberries, portobello mushrooms & oka cheese, side of cole slaw". Overcooked patties should be used as rifle target practice, not served as food. The meat was so overdone it lost all flavor it may have had, while the cranberries were absent. As for the coleslaw, it was doused with vinegar, making us almost sure it was from one of those tubs you buy at supermarkets.
"6oz Angus filet mignon, butterflied, stuffed with blue cheese, topped with caramelized onions, side of home fries". We normally enjoy this particular combination of ingredients, and while the temperature of the meat was good, we thought it was lacking in quality making this (20-dollar!) burger bland and in need of a flavor boost. The fries were good but not enough to make us enjoy this dish.
We weren't exactly expecting professional and razor sharp service at a sports bar, but dirty tables and plates are unacceptable in any setting. We then had to wait well over twenty minutes before receiving our starters; did they literally turn on the ovens and cookers upon our arrival? Lastly, the bathroom's lack of soap or any apparatus from which it can be dispensed was the final straw.
We rarely form a final opinion of a place from one visit. That being said, we can't think of one reason to come back here. We're willing to blame the empty space on the sudden cold, but there's no excusing filth and terrible, overpriced food. This chain was apparently named after the famed Windsor Hotel, once the center of the city's social and business elite. Sadly, there is nothing here worthy of this name.
Price per person: $28.50
"The hamburger are good but WAYYYYY overprice. I took the red dear burger and couldnt say if it was beef or dear...no taste at all but the rest was ok."
"I don't know how the person before ended up forming their opinion about this place, or maybe they changed their chef, because we were a group of 7, and I am known by everyone to be super picky and have impossibly high standards.. I'm usually disappointed by restaurants.. That being said, our entire group of 7 people loved the food here and more importantly I loved the food here. My boyfriend ordered the flank steak which I thought would be terrible (I told him he's an idiot for ordering steak at sports bar - who does that?...) but it was actually fantastic, and not just for a sports bar, but what you would expect from a pricey steakhouse.. I ordered the grilled chicken, Only after seeing one of our friends order it...because it looked amazing. I was literally undecided and only ordered after everyone else got their food because I expected the food to be bad and it's wasn't super cheap - but it was delicious, and soooo juicy. They know how to cook meat, shockingly unexpected and amazing"
"We don't know why our experiences differed so much, and it could be any number of reasons. But that night we received terrible food and bad service. We hate to see restaurants closing, but judging by that night, we don't think it'll be missed!"
Montreal restaurant and bar reviews brought to you by two regular guys who like to eat and drink. We will go anywhere and we will say it like it is.