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Saturday, January 25, 2014

BRUNCH AT RESTAURANT RUBY ROUGE

We were invited to Dim Sum for brunch by another couple one weekend. M had been craving Dim Sum forever, and since G had never tried it, we were up for something new. Ruby Rouge is located in Chinatown, not far from the heart of downtown. 


We arrived at 11:00 am and it was jam-packed. Luckily we had a reservation. There was a line-up up the stairs and around the balcony (the restaurant is located on the second floor). There are two huge dinning rooms, and both were full- we realized that it was the spot to be.  We weren't seated in the main, larger dining room, but we still had a good spot by a large window.

View from Our Table
Main Dinning Room

The decor was simple- nothing fancy, but they could seriously invest in upgrading. There were TVs on the walls that flipped between the news, Asian soap operas and commericals.  The restaurant was quite clean though.


As soon as you sit down, you are given complimentary hot green tea; a nice change from coffee.   Eventually you will see metal carts going around the room, which is how Dim Sum is traditionally served.  When the cart comes your way, you pick the item that you want and the server then marks the price of the item on the check that's provided on  your table.  What we realized is that you need to ask to see the items in the cart, otherwise they will walk past you.  There is also a bar of noodles and desserts near the front of the room; you can request fresh items and then you carry them back to your table. You will need to bring your check, too.



We spent a couple of hours eating and talking; it was a really fun morning. Dim Sum is a type of brunch that is best experienced in group- the portions are quite big and its an opportunity to try different food (for those who are adventurous eaters, this is a great spot for you- there are some wild things!) It's also very cheap, so it's the perfect mix for everyone. Overall we thought the food was really good- we would definitely come back again.

The one area of improvement could have been the service. It was slow and not very responsive. In fact, we found the meal carts were mostly in the main dining room and took a really long time to come to our end (and when they did come, they were nearly empty). That said, its vital that you get to Ruby Rouge early so you can dine in the main area.

WHAT WE WORE

THE BEAUTY- Dress: H&M, Tights: JOE FRESH, Belt: ALDO
Necklace: ALDO, Earrings: ALDO
Coat: VINTAGE/THRIFTED, Boots: SPRING
Scarf: (Stolen from M), Lipstick: CHANEL
Purse: CHANEL "The Executive", Nails: CHANEL "GRAPHITE"
THE BABE- Sweater: OLD NAVY, Shirt: RALPH LAUREN,
Jean: OLD NAVY
Belt: LACOSTE, Watch: KENNETH COLE, Bracelet: EBAY
Jacket: Purchased at TARGET
Scarf: LE CHATEAU

ROUND UP
Service: 1/5
Atmosphere: 1/5
Taste: 3.5/5
Price: 4/5 

DETAILS
1008 Rue Clark
Montreal, QC
514 390 8828 
Type of Payment: Cash, Debit and Credit
Reservations: YES
Wheelchair Accesible: YES

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Rainbows,
The Beauty & The Babe
xox


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