Sunday, March 24, 2013

Joe Beef

Another great review by my bro's fried, Erik. Thank you for going to so many restaurants that I don't have the money to go to, hahaha! 
Not only is it one of the best restaurants in Montreal for its cuisine, Joe Beef is also renowned for its creativity, its ambiance and of course, its history.
Named after a 19th century innkeeper, this restaurant has become an institution in Montreal and a single visit there will show you why. Nestled in Little Burgundy, which is known for its boutique eateries, Joe Beef serves up what can be described as french cuisine with an accent on meats and seafood. For those who aren't counting calories, as an appetizer I would strongly recommend the foie gras Double Down (which is not comparable to the KFC version!). The horse tartare is also delicious. For the main course, everything is good and your choices are not scarce. I personally enjoyed the rabbit with prune sauce. If you love steak then you should try the prime rib for two. Don't forget your appetite because this piece of meat is larger than the plate! It's important to know that they make slight changes to the menu on a regular basis depending on the season and availability of certain ingredients on the market. May be worth trying something that's new on the menu.
Now that we've covered the food, it's time to discuss about the other part of the meal. Wine! Their wine selection, as advertised on their blackboard, is very extensive therefore you should ask your waiter for his/her recommendation on which wine accompanies your meal selection. 
Joe Beef offers an intimate setting yet it's loud enough to keep you awake. You can go there on a date, as a couple or with a group of friends. No restrictions here however you have to reserve because this place is always full. Oh yes, and the only reason that will make you think twice about coming back is the price, because it's not cheap!.  Having said that, you get what you paid for which is excellent food and wine.  
Food: 10/10
Service: 8/10
I've been to over 100 restaurants in Montreal and Joe Beef remains in my top 3 in terms of quality of food. 

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