If you’re looking for a place with a great atmosphere, crazy cool decor, and a meal for $5.00, Cinko is the place.
Lily ventured into Cinko on a visit to Montreal and was immediately blown away. It was the dead of winter, there was a lineup, but it was worth the wait.
Before arriving, we didn’t realize just how cheap this restaurant was. You wouldn’t guess it with their fully stocked bar, DJ spinning the perfect eating music, and the decor that looked like something out of Andy Warhol’s portfolio.
We were seated in front of vinyl placemats then given the menu. Now their menu is simplified. Before, there were pages upon pages of classic Canadian fare. ALL FOR $5.00!
We made the mistake of ordering two plates each. We figured at the $5.00 price point, the portions would be small. We were wrong.
Lily’s order of sweet potato poutine (okay, there was braised beef on it – she wasn’t vegetarian at the time), was more than enough to fill her tummy. The poutine gravy was perfect (important in Canada) and the beef was tender and flavourful. Unfortunately, this isn’t on the menu anymore but there are great alternatives.
By the end of our first plates we were stuffed. They do not skimp on portions (except if you order the salmon – but that’s understandable).
With taxes, our bill came up to about $12.00 each for two main dishes.
While their food is cheap, drinks aren’t. They clearly make up for sales in charging higher prices for beer, cocktails, and wine. So be sure to get your drinks in elsewhere.
Cinko is a staple to our Montreal life. Perfect for a cheap date night, or a bite to eat while exploring the city.
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