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Feb 28, 2010 05:47 PM

First, Congratulations and salutations, then let's discuss Moishe's

First of all, let me be the first to share in your hockey Gold Medal and the overall success of the games in Vancouver. As an upstate New Yorker and frequent visitor to your great country and the beautiful city of Montreal, we are thrilled and very proud consider ourselves friends and neighbors. Oh,Canada!
Now, to the point.
Recently, we had dinner at Moishe's and my wife and I agreed it was less than stellar. All of our previous experiences have left us with great memories and only the highest accolades.
I should note we were there on Valentines Day, and they seemed to be churning out dinners at a speedy rate. This may have had an impact on the quality of the meal. The service was excellent, as usual. A very classy bunch.
Our issue was with steaks, yes, the reason we were there and what they do best. My wife's junior rib steak was something we can get a Ponderosa, about one-quarter inch thick , and frankly, tasteless. My Filet was 30% inedible fat and had mediocre flavor. I also thought the wines were overpriced.
So please, tell me we just had a bad visit because it was a holiday or some kind of fluke. We have always loved this restaurant and also understand it is all about the beef, but this time we were let down.
As always, I look forward to this board for input and critique. Your opinions are important to me as we intend to visit again soon, and, as usual frequently thereafter.
Again, I raise a glass to our neighbors to the north !!!

Moishe's Steak House
3961 Boul Saint-Laurent, Montreal, QC H2W1Y4, CA

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  1. Montreal + steakhouse = FAIL. So many badass steak joints in NY, Peter Lugers, Keen's, Craftstreak etc... Don't waste your money on steak in MTL unless it's a steak frites.

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    1. re: Evilbanana11

      This doesn't make sense... If someone is going to waste money on Montreal steak, a side of fries is the only way that justifies it?

      1. re: keelo

        I'm not talking about any steak with a side of fries but the traditional french bistro dish.
        Steak frites is usually made with bavette or onlglet which are relatively cheap (usually priced between 22$ and 30$). You get what you pay for and it's pretty well executed for the most part in this city.
        Ordering a 60$ steak + 5$ fries at Queue de Cheval is a different story....

    2. I have to agree with the above poster. My experience has also been that steak is generally superior south of the border. Where exactly in the USA are you visiting Montreal from? It's surprising given all the choices in the city that you would insist on dining so frequently at Moishe's when you're in town?

      Similar sentiment is expressed in a prior thread here:

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        1. re: porker

          That represents a large swath of land. If he's coming from Plattsburgh, ok, but if he lives in the Capital District, he can just point his car south instead of north and reach steaktown NYC in even less time!

      1. There's hardly any fat in filets. It doesn't make sense.

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        1. re: BLM

          There's fat around and the mambrane that can be tough if not properly removed. There's also a nerve that runs along the filet that be be chewy.

        2. True, Montreal may not be a great steak town, but you liked the place on previous occasions and now feel let-down. You're wondering if was a bad night, or if the place went downhill. Sorry, I don't have enough experience with Moishe's to give a valuable answer.
          Maybe someone who frequents Moishes somewhat regularly can chime in and provide a relevant response?

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          1. re: porker

            I love Moishe's and have been going there since I was a kid...don't go there more than a few times a year at those prices but I always enjoy my meal. It could partly be nostalgia - but I also enjoy the unpretentious atmosphere, excellent service, world's best pickles and coleslaw, Monte Carlo baked stuffed potatoes, and it's also the only place I know where you can find charbroiled sweetbreads - don't knock it till you've tried it! So yes, it may not compare with some of the very high-end American steak houses but for this city it's my favorite. Not a fan of Gibby's and I have no patience for Queue de Cheval - at least at Moishe's when you pay $50 for the steak you get a potato/fries and the aforementioned pickles and coleslaw included! One last thing - the one time we went where my husband didn't enjoy his steak, he told the waiter and they took it back and brought him an amazing one in it's place. With a smile and an apology.

            1. re: mikjomom44

              Unpretentious atmosphere? It has a doorman outside, rain or blowing snow, in full coat and top hat. I saw a line of limos pull up to the place a few weeks back.

              1. re: Shattered

                Yes, there's a doorman outside, but once you step into the dining room itself, it's pretty basic. Unpretentious would actually be a compliment...

              2. re: mikjomom44

                I, too, haven eaten at Moishe's many times since I was a kid and it's always been my favorite steakhouse. I come here on special occasions only because it's pricey.

                I would estimate that in the 100 or so times I've eaten here over the last 50 years...I have sent my steak back on at least ten occasions (I am very picky when it comes to $50 steaks). Too much fat and gristle has been the culprit in most cases and I never had a problem getting it replaced with a steak to my total satisfaction. They are very professional here and I have never had a problem with attitude.

              3. re: porker

                I have eaten at Moishe's at least 100 times and they are the best...although they don't always get it right the first time and whenever I get a steak that doesn't please me for whatever reason...I won't hesitate to send it back. If I am going to spring $50 for a steak....I am not going to settle for less. Any time I have ever had to send a steak back...I never had a problem and if they don't get it right the first time....they will make sure they do the second time.

                I probably send back my steak about one time out of ten.

              4. I went to Moishe's last week. I enjoy that it's a bit of a time warp but also, my veal chop was well executed and everything else was fine. I've definitely experienced off nights but for the most part it is pretty good. it's not a new york steakhouse, nor does it try to be...But if you want a decent meal, they typically deliver. Gotta love the pickles and coleslaw, that's probably the biggest selling point!!!!

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                1. re: celfie

                  pickels and coleslaw shouldnt be a steak restaurant's biggest selling point! lol