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Oct 1, 2008 06:20 AM

Reuben's Deli report

Ate lunch there because it was near the cinema we were going to and we were hungry. I got a reuben and my husband got smoked meat, salami, and chicken on a kaisar with poppy seeds. :) Both were HUGE and yummy. They came with a vast serving of fries, slaw, and a pickle. Normally I love pickles and slaw but for some reason these didn't taste quite right to me, but that might have been me. The fries were exactly how I like them, crisp, hot, salty. :) The sandwich was piled high with meat and it tasted really good. I had to take half with me and eat it later (turned out to be a good thing, I was hungry later). My husband ate all his fries so he didn't have room for more than two bites of sandwich, so he took all of his for later, too. (we have small stomachs)

All in all, the food was good, the decor what I would call "upscale" and the prices were probably reasonable for the area, but seemed high to me because I'm a country bumpkin visiting in the big city. ;) Lunch was $26 (sans tip). We only paid $15 for dinner the night before at Shahi Palace. ;) But I was still pleased with the meal. :)

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  1. There's two Reuben's Deli located in the Ste-Catherine downtown-area. You ate at the one, located downstairs("near the cinema...")?

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    1. re: BLM

      Isn't the one nearer the ex-Paramount theatre the street-level, recently revamped one? The basement-level one is also pretty close, though. Could have been either one...

      1. re: Mr F

        I thought the basement-level location is closer, but I could be wrong. As you say, it could have been either one.

      2. re: BLM

        It was a block or so away from the Cinema Banque Scotia Montreal, on the street level, with windows looking out onto the street, there's a glassed incase full of packaged meats right next to the entrance. :)

        1. re: Morganna

          Packaged meat should have been your warning sign as it means the meat is not cured in house. That being said, I admit to enjoying the smoked meat at Reuben's, it's pretty moist and tasty. Not as good as Schwartz but still very satisfying.

          1. re: Campofiorin

            I rather assumed it meant that it was smoked either in house and packaged for sale to the public, or that they had another site somewhere that did the actual smoking. They seem pretty insistent that it is their smoked meat. :)

            1. re: Morganna

              It is "their" smoked meat in the way that it is prepared fort them according to their specifications by a third party. It's also more heavily brined, like most commercial smoked meat, than the original version smoked in house.

            2. re: Campofiorin

              Does packaged meat necessarily mean it ain't made in-house? I have a sneaking suspicion that Rubens contracts it out, but anyway, I bought smoked meat at Quebec Smoked Meat which they cryovaced. I'm pretty sure they cured it in-house even though it was packaged.

              1. re: porker

                Of course, I shouldn't generalize, but most places showing meat in packages are selling prepackaged stuff.

                1. re: porker

                  Quebec Smoked Meat is also a commercial smoked meat supplier.

          2. I haven't tried it yet, but I heard the smoked meat poutine was really good... an added factor the already fatty dish! ;)

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            1. re: bchix

              I was at Reuban's (the trendy renovated one near the theatre) recently for a colleague's birthday lunch. One of my other colleagues ordered the smoked meat poutine. He quite enjoyed it and allowed me to sample a bite. It wasn't bad, but it's salty as hell. Due to the salt from the gravy, and the salt from the smoked meat, this dish is thirst inducing! Better order a glass of water and a soda on the side for this one.