||Jardin Tiki, Montreal, Quebec, Canada (restaurant)
Joined: Mar 25, 2002
|Posted: 2003-07-27 5:25 pm  Permalink|
Street:5300 Sherbrooke E.
For a review and photos of my trip to the Jardin Tiki, click the above link!
Also, here is the link for the Jardin Tiki (and other Montreal hotspots) at the Tiki Bar Review Pages:
[Edited by hanford to add the type to the subject]
[ This Message was edited by: hanford_lemoore on 2003-07-27 18:05 ]
Joined: Mar 24, 2002
From: seattle, wa
|Posted: 2004-10-18 12:16 am  Permalink|
we drove from vermont into canada to check out Jardin Tiki and the Coconut Inn (which we didn't find, because TRT listed Montreal instead of Trois Rivieres ~ both have Notre Dame Streets.. i had programmed my GPS, but was having difficulties keeping satillite reception..) we very much enjoyed driving around anyways!
really friendly hosts, knowing we were tourists asked where we were from.. "Seattle" to which he replied "Ah, Fraizer!" The restaurant decor is amazing. lamps of all sorts hang from a grid.
Looks good? Looks are deceiving!
the onion ring was the extruded onion-paste sort. The chicken strips and chicken skewers were quite good, as were the sauteed vegetables. None of the soups were consumable. the desserts were cute and also inedible.
Our dinner conversation sounded like an episode of CSI Quebec
Todd: "Watch for the bones in this dish" *pokes thin pieces of short bones into a pile along the edge of his plate*
elicia: *squinting* "i didn't get any of that, are you sure those are bones? there's so many"
T: "looks like fingers" *turns over a bigger, thorax-y shaped piece*
e: "could it be a crab?"
T: "crabs don't have bones"
e: "squab? looks like poultry bones"
T: "too small for chicken feet"
e: "what did the sign say? i thought most things were chicken/poultry/poulet"
T: "i didn't see signs"
e: "there's twice as many feet than.. omygod, i bet it's frog."
T: "frog is ok with me. want some?"
e: "yeah, tastes like chicken, right?"
e: "hell no."
i did ask to buy a coffee mug and saucer with the Jardin Tiki logo on it ~ six dollars canadian. its a pity that they don't offer cooked-to-order food, but it is certainly worth the price of the buffet to just sit in a place with such a high TIPSY factor!
ps: the word for frog is grenouille.
Joined: Jul 07, 2005
|Posted: 2005-08-14 7:09 pm  Permalink|
My wife and some friends braved US Customs and some rotten traffic for a long weekend in Montreal. All I insisted on doing was the Jardin Tiki. After an enjoyable day at the Botanical Gardens, it's a short walk down the street to this Tiki Mecca. The restaurant next door was abandoned and falling apart which gave us a fright 'til we went a little further and saw the sign.
"SOUPER DANSANT SEMEDI" being French for "We can't believe you eat here either".
Enough has already been said about the food here from tikifish and dogbytes for me to say any more than this: There IS a level of cooking below which even all-you-can-eat fans will avoid. They're descending that level now. I was sad to see the outdoor patio looks like it's been permanently abandoned with leaves and debris starting to collect where no doubt happy diners once did. The decor inside is super duper. We arrived right at sundown and I was able to get some great shots. The waitress let me go upstairs to the forbidden (abandoned?) dining room to snap some pictures. She could have cared less!
This handsome devil was up there too.
A half dozen tikis like this are put into service as fenceposts.
This one's wallpaper size. I just got my digital camera and still learning how to use it. This one came out the best of the night shots.
I could't buy a tiki mug for any price; there were none. Here's my mini review:
Drinks 5.5 (Mai Tai: 7 Zombie: 4)
Glad we went but the food was possibly the worst in Montreal where my friend, Chris just the day before had said he'd never had a bad meal.
Joined: Mar 29, 2006
|Posted: 2006-04-07 6:18 pm  Permalink|
I wish people stopped bashing the jardin tiki.
I live in Montreal and it is my guilty pleasure to go there. I don't do it in a pretentious way and I take it for what it is, it's been there for a long time, it would need to fresh up a bit. But the food is one from a regular north american chinese food. The mussels are very nice and I enjoy it. Who goes somewhere to critic onion rings anyways?
Samedi souper dansant actually means that people are dancing and enjoying themselves on Saturday night and that's exactly where I will go tomorrow instead of going in flashy places downtown. I like it's simplicity it reminds me of simpler happy days. We don't have other similar ambiances in the area which is sad.
Joined: Apr 27, 2006
From: Montreal, Canada
|Posted: 2006-04-27 10:54 pm  Permalink|
I totally agree with Marika on this one. Beeing from Montreal, I have come to appreciate the Jardins Tiki. Nowhere else in Montreal can you get this kind of atmosphere and even though the food is certainy not the main attraction, It always cheers me up.
By the way they have this fried coconut rice cakes that are absolutely delicious and I've never seen them anywhere else.
Anyway it fels like home...
On a sad note, a friend of mine told me that they are trying to sell the place. As to this date, There is no visible real estate signs yet, no news as to what is gonna happen now...
Joined: May 09, 2004
From: The Frozen North
|Posted: 2007-01-04 11:42 am  Permalink|
I live in Montreal too. I remember the real tiki, the Kon Tiki which used to be in the Sheraton Hotel, in it's heyday...I used to almost live there!!! I remember well the various drinks, I used to love the "Volcano", I have several mugs from those days. I loved the Won Ton soup, it was FABULOUS!, and all the food was excellent actually! The ambiance, with hanging boats, waterfalls, and that crazy bar! The bar had a watertank full of fish instead of a padded cushion, all around the whole bar!!! I'll never forget that! OMG! That place started me on this whole Tiki Craze!!! I've been totally nutso over Tiki since I first went there on my 16th birthday! I even got engaged at the Kon Tiki (It temporarily reopened in the New Sheraton Centre, in downtown Montreal, as a very ordinary restaurant-sans all the fun decor- but with the same menu. My hubby knew my passion for the place and all things tiki and proposed to me there, what a lovely memory!)
IMHO, the "Jardin Tiki" is a very sad reminder of the glory days of the Kon Tiki. They may have some of the decor, but there is no comparison to the glory days of the Sheraton Kon Tiki. If I was rich, I'd set it up again, properly, like it was in the 70s *yes, I'm dating myself!* but who cares! The Jardin Tiki has some of the decorations, but the food really, really sucks. Totally inedible. I've been, we had a few drinks. There was one sad guy playing the accordion (badly) as "entertainment". sigh. As Betty DAvis said..."vat a dump!'. If the owner ever sells, I hope a) I find out about it in time b) I have cash to buy stuff.
Will the glory days of the Tiki Restaurant in Montreal ever come back?
signed, TikiPearlsofTahiti (and here are my Tahitian pearls___
This girl just wants to be in the tropics!
[ This Message was edited by: TikiPearlsOfTahiti 2007-01-04 11:44 ]
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Grand Member (first year)
Joined: Sep 28, 2006
From: Cambridge UK
|Posted: 2007-02-09 04:32 am  Permalink|
We made a trip to Jardin Tiki in 2005.
They had this ?Steve Crane? fantastic bowl - only 3 left at that point in the restaurant and they hovered each time we got close to finishing the drink!
Joined: Sep 21, 2003
From: Yucaipa, CA
|Posted: 2008-04-24 6:51 pm  Permalink|
I've had this forever. I just realized that I've also owned a scanner for about 9 months. Oy.
Joined: Mar 05, 2008
From: Edmonton, AB, Canada
|Posted: 2010-06-21 10:48 pm  Permalink|
I had a friend living in Montreal for a couple of months and he picked up a few things for my birthday:
The bowl (which arrived smashed - I glued it back together as well as I could) is Orchids of Hawaii and was apparently no longer in use. They do apparently use the Libbey bamboo mugs. He also picked up a few business cards and a bunch of little, carved toothpicks. I would have asked him to snoop around after those Steve Crane bowls (which obviously came from the Kon Tiki when it closed) but he doesn't know anything about this stuff, and I thought he went over and above on the thoughtful gift as it was! He and his girlfriend liked the decor but didn't say much about the food...
Joined: Oct 01, 2003
From: Baltimore, Maryland, PNG
|Posted: 2011-07-07 09:14 am  Permalink|
it looks like many of the image links in this thread got lost, so the following are my pictorial offerings. i don't have much more to offer in terms of descriptions, aside from that this place is certainly more of a visual feast than a food and drink feast - although we found the food consistent with what appears to be a canadian strain of chinese food. oh, one more thing - it was a minor hassle to use a credit card here, so consider bringing cash. enjoy!
Joined: Feb 13, 2007
From: Atlantis/Basque Country/Spain/Mexico
|Posted: 2011-07-07 09:26 am  Permalink|
Gracias Johnny $ !
ˇViva Tiki! Ambassador of Tiki in Mexico. Zeta is specialized in the research, study and preservation of Tiki culture in Latin countries.
Joined: Oct 01, 2003
From: Baltimore, Maryland, PNG
|Posted: 2011-07-07 09:35 am  Permalink|
Joined: Oct 02, 2003
|Posted: 2011-07-07 10:25 am  Permalink|
Great Photos. Mahalo for posting them.
Joined: Apr 11, 2007
|Posted: 2011-07-07 1:32 pm  Permalink|
Holy Crap! Nice decor. I'm gonna have to talk the rest of the team into playing another tournament in Montreal.
Joined: Mar 25, 2002
From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
|Posted: 2011-07-08 02:48 am  Permalink|
Wow, what splendor of Tiki detail! I am amazed that it took this long for it to appear on TC, so far I had only seen glimpses of it, I had no idea of the extent of it. Thank you for the thorough documentation and uploading of it, J.D.!
It gives one an idea what a treasure trove of Tiki art the original Montreal Kon-Tiki must have been! But that the Jardin owners kept it all here until now is just as amazing. I mean nobody (except for maybe the Alibi and the Munich Trader Vic's) has kept all those lamps! And the quality Tikis they have! Those original Cannibal carving posts - what relics! I can only compare this place to my discovery of the then intact Islands Restaurant and Hanalei Hotel artifacts from the Luau: A royal tomb of historic Tiki artifacts
The photos also really show how unusual it is to see all this in broad daylight, in a hall-like place, instead of a dark Tiki cave. It proves that open spaces are problematic for Tiki style.
And this makes me wonder if there are any of the owners still around that took over the Kon Tiki decor, to maybe shed some light on the unsolved mystery of the "Sacrificial Altar":
And last, now that I did the Tiki Ti mug in the classic Montreal Kon Tiki "God of the Cocktail" menu Tiki design, I really want one of those menu covers and condiment dishes!