Queue De Cheval
- TonyO Mar 27, 2007 05:05 PM
Has anyone dined at this steakhouse on Montreal. The view of the dry aging room from the sidewalk made me curious and thinking about trying this location the next time we visit Montreal.
The pros: great decor; professional service; impressive wine list; pretty good food.
The cons: way overpriced (most diners are on expense accounts, I'd wager); frequently smarmy waitrons whose main goal -- artfully hidden, I'll admit -- is to soak you for all you're worth; some of the highest wine markups in the city, maybe the country; food that doesn't speak in the slightest of this place, be it in the sourcing (the beef comes from the States) or the preparation (you'll find similar menus in Kansas City and Boston).
I'll never understand why visitors to our fair city will pass up culinary experiences, many of them far more affordable, that simply cannot be found elsewhere in favour of a formula restaurant that could be anywhere, that could be in their home towns. My advice: if you want a spendy downtown meal, head to Ferreira, Brontë, Toqué!, etc. If you insist on a steakhouse, Moishe's is the closest you'll come to a uniquely Montreal experience. If you're in search of a truly great steakhouse, hop the train to NYC.
Once again I have to agree with Carswell.
Lucky for me, my job comes along with a very generous expenses account.
Being a steak lover, over the years I have ate at every major steak house from NYC to LA.
With that experience in hand, sadly I have to say that Montreal has nothing close to my worst experiences in the US.
I have been to Queue four times on others insistence.
Queue is 75% show and 25% quality.
It is over the top with its cuts, sizes, service and décor.
If you are looking to show off and impress someone it is the place, but if you are looking for a good steak, Moishe’s is a better choice.
I agree. I have eaten twice at QdC (expense account) and twice at the Keg in Old Montreal (when after-work drinks turn into dinner). I am sad, and almost stunned, to say that my steaks at the Keg were better. And the Keg is not anything to write home about, believe me. Montreal is NOT a steak city.
QDC & 40Westt are not sister restaurants anymore(parted ways 2-3 years ago). Personally I'm not so critical of the steaks at Queue de Cheval. They do use US Prime steaks, & they do dry-aged them(probably the only Montreal restaurant using dry-aged US Prime steaks). I'm put off by their very high prices, but that's another story. Haven't eaten their steaks in a couple of years, so can't vouch for their steak quality in recent times.