In business on The Main since 1991, this restaurant, lounge, and weekend supper club continues to pull out all the stops. There's top-notch Italian cuisine, a comprehensive wine list, well-known DJs, and even a concierge. Celebrities are known to drop by when in town.
Jun 13, 2014
Saturday Night: Buonanotte is Violent! It was a huge, huge disappointment at Buonanotte that night. Our group books their usual dinner there for the past 5 years and as usual the food was garbage. I don't think that Buona knows how to cook seafood because every year it comes out of the kitchen raw and people get sick from it. That place is as over-rated as Heikki Kovalainen. The even worse 20% / 80% girls-to-guys ratio was truly pathetic and what
seemed to be a common theme this year at these trendy St. Laurent supperclubs - BooHogs, Whuures and Old Goats. The bad night continued to go downhill rapidly when a Buona waiter got stabbed with a knife and taken to the hospital, (maybe the customer didn't like their seafood) and another patron setting off a toxic pepper gas bomb and clearing everyone out of the place early. Hence, no customer had the ability to finish their bottle service, receive their bill, and pay their tab because the incompetent doormen couldn't understand this simple equation which is probably why they are only capable of being a doorman in the first place. lol To add even more salt-to-the-wound, the next day Buonanotte management thought it was a good idea to call up and insult and berate all the people whom couldn't possibly pay their tab. Wouldn't any "smart" restauranteur realize that many, (if not all) of the clients were forced to leave with open tabs when the restaurant's own security didn't let the people back in to settle up based on the fact that their security team couldn't do their jobs correctly by detecting nor preventing a toxic gas bomb from going off in a crowded place. Not only that, but insult clients such as us whom have done their stupid dinners and bottle service every year for the past 5 Grands Prix. Do they need to be reminded that the total tab was over $3,000.oo or do they not care about that either? It was a grandiose display of the "Typically Terrible Canadian Customer Service" which is so predominant in this city. By far Montreal consistently has the worst customer service that I've seen in any of the countries I've been in, and this is the consensus view by many others I've asked. We spent some time at Wood 35 which was okay, a few cute Rabbits and Piglets bouncing around, but still a debilitating 30% / 70% girls-to-guys crowd and the terrasse was half-full yet the small bar on it had like no stock of booze and no one recognized that poor preparation so nothing was done about it. We then went to the old Koko Lounge, (now Jargo) which was pretty good actually, lots of people, an okay 40% / 60% ratio, good music and a late close, probably 3:45 am by the time they really kicked everyone out of there. But now I think we should have just went to Rouge instead, its usually a guaranteed good Saturday nightspot.