Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Steak @ Le Que De Cheval

During my visit to Montreal Laurent took me to one of Montreal's most expensive steakhouse called Le Que De Cheval. Entering the restaurant one is greeted at the butcher’s counter where there were a wide variety of steaks, lamb racks and pork chops on display.

Butcher's Counter

The gargantuan USDA Steak cuts, intense marbling and deep red color of the steaks definitely made me drool. And to top it off they even had Australian Wagyu Beef!

Wagyu Beef

The interior of the restaurant resembles many classic steakhouses with the use of earthy tones, polished wood and over-sized chairs. What stood out however was it's open-kitchen whose centerpiece was a huge circular grill.

Open Kitchen

Seated on the second floor our waiter came with a tray displaying the day's special which featured Wagyu New York Cut, their signature Lou’s cut that was aged for at least 45 days, Black Tiger Shrimps from Thailand and Rock Lobster Tail.

Naturally our waiter kept up selling the CAD $135 Wagyu by educating us how the cow was treated to achieve such a high degree of marbling. I interrupted by asking the marbling grade of the Wagyu. He paused, looked clueless, dismissed my question and continued rambling on his rehearsed Wagyu sales pitch.

After a couple of minutes we both made up our minds and settled on a 3 course meal that included an appetizer, main and dessert. This was what I had:

Appetizer: Crab Cakes
Crab Cake
The crab cake was very good but for CAD $20 one would expect more than one piece. The crab meat was sweet and juicy and the outside was cooked to a slight crisp.

Steak: Lou's Cut
Lou's Cut Steak
My Lou's cut was cooked medium rare and very well seasoned. The charred exterior was quite nice giving the steak a little crust. However for a steak that was aged for at least 45 days it wasn't as tender as I expected.

Side: Grilled Vegetables
Grilled Vegetables
Our grilled vegetables consisted of red bell peppers, zucchini, eggplant, tomato and asparagus. I didn't quite enjoy it because it was way too oily.

Dessert: Strawberry Shortcake
Strawberry Short Cake
This was probably the best thing I had in the restaurant. The cake had a few layers beginning with the soft sponge at the bottom, strawberry cream in the middle and strawberry mousse. The berries on top were sour which was a nice contrast as it balances out the richness of the cake.

I did not get a chance to snap Laurent's food. He had an appetizer of Black Tiger Shrimp Cocktail, Wagyu New York Cut and a really good Cheese Cake. We were quite disappointed with the Wagyu Steak which we both found to be very tough. Even with a steak knife Laurent had to actually work through his meat.

At the end of our meal we both agreed it was way overpriced for the kind of food we had. The steaks were good but not great. The price for our 3 course meal including a bottle of red wine cost us CAD $600 including tips and taxes. Hefty by any standards.

Contact Information
Address: Boul. Rene-Levesque, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Phone: +1-514 390-0090
Website: www.queuedecheval.com/?lang=en

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