Annex 131: Atomic | Mr. Lew's Great Burger Search

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Atomic was visited in February of 2012, see the original post HERE.

4627 Du Souvenir
Laval, Québec

Bus:  STL 26, 40, 46, 66

Visit:  December 13, 2013

http://www.atomicrestaurant.com/

Over the course of visiting the number of restaurants I do, I don’t really get the chance to revisit places.  Regardless of the circumstances, I always take advantage of the opportunity to go back to a place where I had something worth remembering.  So, for the second time in almost two years, I found myself back at Atomic in Laval.

In February of 2012, I made my first ever visit to Atomic.  Atomic was one of the few places that Steakman had high praise for.  That visit was prompted by an outing that my colleagues wanted to put together.  There was a huge snowstorm that night and people changed their minds about going at the last minute.  Those of us who were left actually enjoyed the experience.  I had a burger, which is not the item you’d go for.  What really blew me away was the super pikilia, which was one of the better ones I’ve had up to that point.

This time around, some select colleagues wanted something organized because of various reasons.  Atomic wasn’t the intended target, but it was what worked at the end of the day.  It has a varied menu that is easy on the budget and on the tastes of various individuals.  It was also pretty close to where a lot of the group lived, which didn’t hurt so much.

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I was the first one to arrive.  I wasn’t about to wait outside as, this time around, it was one of the coldest days of the year.  I was given the choice of two large tables and after some guidance, I settled on one in the center of the dining room.  In that particular part of the restaurant, you could see the remnants of a garage that used to be there.  Since I was the only one there, I was tasked with holding the table.  At one point, another diner from the group behind me put a stack of used dishes on our table thinking that this was the right thing to do.  A couple of seconds of staring in that table’s direction rectified that as the dishes were promptly returned to their rightful table.

What’s really funny is that the world is really small.  When the last member of our group arrived, not only did we greet him, so did that same table behind us.  It turns out that our former colleague works at a skydiving company with those very individuals.  They chose Atomic thinking that they wouldn’t know anyone.  As our shared colleague came in, that thought was blown straight out of the water.

Over the course of the evening, we were served by one of the three servers working the floor.  The place was packed, but things were moving and all requests were met rather easily.  The servers may seem gruff at first, but they do know what they’re doing.  Those are the kinds of factors that make an evening out at a restaurant memorable.

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Atomic prides itself on its salad which contains over 41 ingredients.  This was a point of curiosity for one of my colleagues sitting right by me.  One can only imagine what kinds of elements can be put in a salad.  Since I’ve been on a Greek salad slant lately, I was really looking forward to this aspect of the meal the most.

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Cold Pikilia ($21)

As opposed to getting the super pikilia, we went for the other option this time around.  This piklia contains taramosalata, skordalia, tzatsiki, cucumbers, peppers, feta, olives, crab, stuffed vine leaves, and artichokes.

The parts of this pikilia that I focused on were the pieces of feta and the vine leaves.  The dips were more popular with the other members of the group.  The size of the vine leaves was just right, as they were stuffed with rice.  By the end of the meal, the whole platter was wiped clean.  I even went after an artichoke, which is an acquired taste if you ask me.

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House Salad w/Extra Feta ($2.50)

The salad you see here comes with the plate I ordered.  I went the extra mile and made sure that I had some extra feta with that all.  This arrived before the main meal and I couldn’t help myself but to eat most of it.  In the menu, they make it a point to show you the difference between Canadian and Greek feta.  This was obviously Canadian feta.  It should be noted that there has been some controversy lately when it comes to Greek feta imports into Canada.

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20 oz. Rib Steak ($32.50)

The rib steak is served with the salad you saw previously, house potatoes, and rice.  Before ordering, I was asked how I wanted and the answer was an easy medium.

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The first impression I got when I saw the steak was just how big it was.  This was the first time that I’ve documented a rib steak that I’ve had and I was looking forward to eating it.  When I was cutting in, the first confirmation of success was the confirmation that the steak came to the table at a medium.

Eating the steak was also a pleasure.  Each bite wasn’t a hassle and each piece went down easy.  Steakman, who ordered the pork chops on this evening, had a taste of steak and he confirmed just how spot on it was.  Even at the end, I had to pick up that bone and make the most of my order.  It was really worth every penny.

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Final Verdict

Atomic disguises itself as a restaurant that seems to do everything.  The reality is that it is a Greek restaurant in a part of Laval that is desperately short of independent places.  The food delivered and the whole group was happy.  I may be hesitant about having a burger here, but the actual Greek food is something that I can’t refuse.

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