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dinner for 4 guys- review (long)


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dinner for 4 guys- review (long)

jologolf | Feb 17, 2004 10:40 PM

First of all, thanks to everyone that contributed and made suggestions on places to dine while in Montreal. Was it me or was it really cold this past weekend? As suggested the two dinner picks were at La Queue De Chevel on Feb. 14th and Globe on Feb. 15th.

Le Queue- The setup of the restaurant was spacious but crowded, which I really liked. We were seated on the third floor. Not sure if that was good or bad. I must also remember that smoking while dining is allowed, which would have been better if I had been on the first floor, rather than the 3rd floor room which had no circulating air.
The thing that stuck out the most was when we were first seated, I took a look at the wine list. Maybe I am not from Canada and am ignorant to the prices but it appeared that many of the wines on the list were 5 to 6 times more than what any wine store would sell them at. I, being from New York and accustomed to the wine prices at the restaurants here, was expecting to spend 2, maybe 3 times the wine store price for the wine. Because of the prices, we stuck to hard liquor and beer.
As we were looking at the menu, the four of us (on a simi- bachelor party)after considerable thought pretty much decided on selecting a few apps. and ordering two orders of the porterhouse and shrimp for two. Unfortunately, as the waiter came by to tell us the specials, he had told us that they were out of the porterhouse as well as the strip steak which left either a rib eye or filet mignon for the red meat.
We ended up ordering for apps. lobster tails, stone crabs, and caesar salad. Entree's consisted of two of us ordering two regular rib eyes, and two Delmonico rib eye's with sides of asparagas, creamed spinich, french fries and mushrooms (which the waiter strongly recommended). No dessert was ordered at La Queue, we were suppose to go to St. Catherine's st. after for that.
The lobster had great texture and the taste was very good. Stone crabs ( which the waiter had told us were from Joe's stone crab) were not even stone crabs. They were some sort of crab claws that were not the one's sold at Joes. Call it a coincidence, but I was at Joe's two weeks ago and the size, color, and hardness of the shells did not even come close to each other. The crab claws were delicious though. I guess I just wish the waiter didn't say they were from Joe's. The caesar salad was also very good.
When we had ordered the steaks, two of us had ordered it med-rare while the other two people had ordered it medium. I still can't figure out why some waiter's scoff at customer'w when they order their steaks medium. I personally think that med-rare is the way to go but I don't have the same taste buds as everyone else and also appreciate the fact that some people can like their steaks more cooked. So that might have been the second put off from the waiter. He even went on to suggest that the two people that ordered their steaks medium change to med-rare. Give me a break.
They brought the steaks out in the middle of our appetizers and moved our apps. to the side. The steaks were cooked well but in my opinion, as well as the others at the table, contained way way way too much fat. I love the fat as much as the next person but when half of the dish is fat, that may be a little too excessive.
The side dishes were all very good. The mushrooms that the waiter had strongly suggested were actually very good. I can't really go into describing how each side was prepared other than to say that they were done pretty much the same as they are done in every steak house.

Globe- The four of us went to Globe on Sunday and when we arrived for dinner at 7 pm. the place was almost empty. By the time our dinner was over, I think the place was about 80% full. The hostess and waitresses appeared to be models and were absolutely gorgeous. Oh yeah, they had food too.
For apps. one person order the mixed greens in some apple vinaigrette which was crisp and tasty. I had order the smoked trout that tasted very smoky and delicious.
Two of us shared the special, which was a veal chop for two, sauce of veal reduction and red wine with pearl onions and fingerling potatoes. The veal was a little overcooked but the sauce was rich and very good.

Hotel was changed from the Ritz-Carlton to the Sofitel. As far as standard hotel rooms go, this may have been the biggest. The beds were plush, rooms were decorated contemporary, and all the small amenities were also included. Would definitely stay here again.

Once again, thanks for the great recommendations. The groom to be wants to marry one the of waitresses at Globe!

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