Bus: STM 15, 24, 55, 80, 125, 129, 410, 427, 430, 435, 935
Visit: July 28, 2013
The Hyatt, which is attached to Complex Desjardins, lies in the heart of the Quartier des Spectacles. Like most hotels, there always comes a dining option which never is too far. There is one restaurant that you can’t miss because it isn’t very far off from the Hyatt. That place is called the Six Resto Lounge.
With my tour of the food trucks now completed when it comes to burgers, it was time to get back on the horse, so to speak. It’s been a while since I had to go into a normal restaurant experience to have a burger, but it’s been something that needed to happen.
For this occasion, it was GBS faithful, Steakman, that prompted this excursion. With Just For Laughs nearing completion, he sent word that Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood were in town performing their improv genius. We’re both huge fans of their work, so it was only fitting that we attend their last performance in Montreal. But, what’s a show if you don’t have a pre-game meal? This is where the Six Resto Lounge comes in.
Six Resto Lounge might be a little difficult to find. The lounge is located on the six floor of the Hyatt Regency hotel, which in itself, is attached to the Complex Desjardins. I was running a few minutes late due to the massive amount of traffic on the Bonaventure, so things were moving fast. The elevators near the main entrance were out of order, so you had to go into Complex Desjardins to get into the restaurant.
Once you’re inside the place, you won’t necessarily notice a traditional restaurant per se. It looks very much like its name. From the elevator I came out of, there’s a pool table and a number of places to sit. You can’t miss the large bar in the center of this large expansive space. With the color purple being prominently featured throughout the room, you could tell that a lot of thought went into the design process. It’s got to be one of the nicer places I’ve been in.
Since I was running behind schedule somewhat, orders for appetizers were already made. Due to this fact, I didn’t get to really get an immediate sense of where service was going. Most of the interactions with the server were quick and mostly polite, so there’s no real big complaint in that department.
This was the appetizer salad that Steakman had for himself and his partner. I had a chance to taste the salad and it wasn’t half bad.
Steakman’s partner ordered a pizza. The pizza wasn’t really met with great fanfare as the main complaint was that it was cold. With the pizza being quite the thin crust affair, one has to wonder why this happened. But, since she didn’t want to shake things up like Steakman would, it was left at that.
For his part, Steakman ordered a marinated bison steak. Before ordering, it was made quite clear that bison wasn’t quite like ordering regular beef. The chef’s recommendation was that it was ordered medium and Steakman complied. While there was nothing wrong with the taste of the steak itself, it still was too tough for his taste. Then again, you can’t be disappointed with that because bison is different.
This burger contains mushrooms, onions, cheese, tomatoes, lettuce, and relish.
Right off the bat, one of the things I dislike the most when eating burgers happened. The burger was brought to the table sliced in half. Now, for some people, I can understand why that would be useful, but for me, it’s deflating. It takes away the complete control I would have with the entire burger. I’m not given that pleasure of holding the entire thing in my hands.
With that being said, I couldn’t let that fact be the deciding factor in the judgement as a whole of this burger. The next thing that was weighing heavily on my mind was the fact the other two members of our dining party weren’t completely satisfied. I was hoping that I had better luck since I’ve heard decent things about the burger.
For what it was worth, the ingredients chosen in the burger weren’t half bad. The burger has a combination of flavours that make it quite appealing. You’re not overwhelmed by much and continuing with eating is quite easy. It’s a burger that goes down pretty easily.
One of the strong suits for this particular burger was the way the meat was cooked. It’s touted as being an Angus burger that’s grilled to perfection. For the most part, it came as advertised. With the decent cook on the meat, you don’t have to fight each bite and there’s nothing worse than doing that. With the fact that the meat was on point, it makes up for the unnecessary halving of a burger.
In all, I wouldn’t mind having the burger again. When you weigh the pros and cons of the entire product, you have more in the win column than anything else. While, for me personally, getting past the presentation is a tough pill to swallow. I needed to eat the entire thing to be swayed.
Six Resto Lounge is an interesting place to have a meal. The massive space is quite nice and I believe anyone can enjoy a meal over there. While the food didn’t quite deliver on every cylinder, there were some high points that can’t be dismissed so easily.