Volume 95, Issue 51

Friday, November 30, 2001
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Bullfrog hops back into London swamp

Porn o' Plenty

Monopoly masters lunch game

Band doesn't mind the provincial gap

Heavy metal that's... poetic?

Monopoly masters lunch game

441 Richmond St.

Four Stars (out of five)

By Stephen Pizzale
Gazette Staff

Situated in London's downtown business district, Monopoly is the perfect place to go for a good return on your lunch investment.

In case you haven't noticed the recent addition to London's bar scene – located in the old Bank of Montreal building at the corner of Richmond Street and Queens Avenue – there is an air of sophistication and class in Monopoly that can't be ignored.

Monopoly's design is a class act. Inside, it opens to a massive lobby with a rich marble floor. The ceiling is an imperial purple with gray walls on all sides.

Clearly, the restaurant can be quickly converted, as the dining area is nearly overwhelmed by two huge speaker stacks and massive light rack on the ceiling.

When you pick up the menu, you will be struck by the range of "equity options, greenbacks and mutual funds."

For those of us not studying at Ivey, the fancy lingo means Monopoly has loads of food.

With appetizers ranging from pumpernickel and dip to dolmathes, along with the old standards of soup and garlic bread, this stock option is a great start to any well-rounded portfolio.

Monopoly, it seems, is striving to offer more entrées than there are stocks available on the TSE. There are choices of Mexican dishes, pasta and sandwich dishes priced moderately from $7 to $25, depending on lunch or dinner sizes.

Even if you can't make it on Wall Street, you can at least get lunch at Monopoly. Most plates hover around $5 to $7 per share.

You can't go wrong with the traditional soup and sandwich deal. With homemade soups everyday and more sandwiches than you can shake a folded Wall Street Journal at, this is one stock that can only go up.

For those 'bull' market times, there is always the 10 ounce T-bone or southern fried steaks. If bull isn't your buy, then chicken cordon bleu or a shrimp stir fry may be more your style.

While the plates are not large, the lunches leave you feeling satisfied, but not stuffed.

Appetizers are almost the same size as the entrees, so there is no shortage of food to be had, even for the most ravenous day trader. There are also several offbeat menu selections priced so reasonably that even the most miserable CEO can pick up lunch.

Since there is no dress code for lunch, there is a collision between the sport types bellying up to the bar to watch the latest game and the suits nursing a cocktail while discussing office politics. This is somewhat of a distraction and takes away from the overall environment of Monopoly.

Even still, if you're going to dine like a Bay Street fat cat, then you might as well splurge and go for the unbelievable desserts. For a paltry $3.95, it's practically free.

When trying to expand your culinary portfolio, look no further for a solid investment than Monopoly.

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