Newly relocated to the city, sushi is my number one food-passion but prime rib is a close second. I have found a number of good sushi restaurants in town but I have yet to find a good prime rib restaurant.
Here are a number I have tried:
Sawmill downtown - the decor is dated, the service was slow, the prime rib was tough and tasteless with an extremely salty crust, it was as if they had boiled the meat (hence no flavour left in the meat itself), rolled the meat in salt and broiled/charred the outside for the crust. The serving was very small, I have never seen a regular portion (I ordered the middle cut so 12 oz I think) being less than 1 cm thick and cut unevenly so it was paper thin at spots. They served some overcooked boiled brocolli and carrots on the side, they looked so gross that I didnt even want to eat it. Definitely not good at all. I guess people go for the salad bar and only the salad bar.
Sawmill southside - see Sawmill downtown above, and then a little worse.
Outback northside - the service was excellent, the meat was tender but somewhat flavourless, that cut was very lean, perhaps too lean. Definitely opposite to the Keg since I have to add salt and pepper (or dip in the jus) to have flavour in the meat. Extremely generous portions, my regular size (10oz) prime rib would have been big enough to feed two or 3 (like 2-3 cm thick), not sure what the oversized 16oz portion looks like. My 10oz prime rib here is like 4X the size of the prime rib I got from the Sawmills.
The Keg west end & Whyte Ave. - at both locations, the meat was tender, definitely on the salty side but edible. So far, probably the best I have tasted in Edmonton but I wouldn't call it great, too salty for my likings. If I can't find an alternative, I guess the Keg will have to do.
Any suggestions are greatly appreicated.