This slick Parisian brasserie, which started out in Quebec City before opening up this Peel Street branch, boasts the shortest menu in the city. You ... More
This slick Parisian brasserie, which started out in Quebec City before opening up this Peel Street branch, boasts the shortest menu in the city. You will be dining on walnut salad and steak-frites, whether you like it or not. Your only option is to add the usually delicious soup de jour, which rotates, and dessert, which does not—the profiteroles are perhaps Montreal's finest. Other desserts are in fact available for the oddball customers who choose to order à la carte, but at just CAD17.30 for the full table d'hôte, such diners are thin on the ground.
Since there is only one thing on the menu, we had that. It's probably very good since it is what they do. Today's soup, walnut sallad, steak with french fries, and the chocolate profiteroles.
Today's soup was a carrot soup. It was completely tasteless. Tasted flour at the best. The salad was hilarious, it was just butter lettuce. Another reviewer got five walnuts, I got three. The steak was rather boiled than grilled. Those disgusting blood/water fluids came out of the meat when I tried to cut it and they mixed up nicely with the sauce, which I don't even now what it was. The fries where terrible, greasy and soft. At this point I just wanted to leave so I actually forgot about the dessert and said I would like to pay. The waitress reminded me about the dessert. So it continues... The stuff around the ice cream was barely done and tasted funny. I didn't eat it. I tried the ice cream. It was definitely re-frozen. It had ice crystals in it and created a thin layer of bad taste inside my mouth, a layer that I could not get rid of for an hour.
All the time, I was thinking that it will probably get better. But for every dish I got, it just got worse. I consider L'Entrecote St-Jean so bad, that I actually consider going back just for the amazement. I too - like another reviewer - were expecting the hidden camera to be revealed at any time.
Absolute amazing restaurant. Used to go here a lot. There is only one meal on the menu so you really have to be in the mood to go there...but i highly recommend. Very parisian, and most of the waitresses are from france--have never heard a quebecois accent in there. Very Parisian
The menu is simple (and consistently good) great soup, walnut salad, steak & fries with a killer sauce and dessert is not to be missed; profiteroles with hot melting chocolate - heaven! Couple that meal with a nice glass of wine, a baguette and a good atmosphere.
I visited Entrecôte St-Jean knowing it was a set menu, and I expected that if they only served one meal, they would do it very well. My expectations were not met.
I began the meal with Cream of Tomato soup, which was forgetable. I've had better soups from cans. Next was the walnut salad- literally a couple leaves of butter lettuce and 5 walnuts, with a bland vinagrette. I didn't sample the fries, but my dining companions made no comments as to them being anything special. The steak was nothing out of the ordinary- a bit on the poor side of average. The sauce was relatively bland. The best part of the meal was the chocolate sauce on the profiteroles. The profiteroles themselves were quite tough, but enjoyable.
Service was average. Ambience was average. I was surprised to see so many people in the restaurant- surely they couldn't all be first time diners, and I can't imagine anyone wanting to go back.
First of all you MUST know the menu is ONLY ONE CHOICE. That is right ONLY ONE CHOICE. I have never been to a restaurant with one item on the menu. I joked around with the waitress telling her I needed more time to figure out what we wanted. We figured with less then a handful of items to cook the food is going to be great. As they only offer one selection, so one would expect everything to be superior as they have the time to concentrate of the very few food items they are serving.
Here is a breakdown of what we got for $61.00 for two people. Below is your only choice when you go to this restaurant.
First we were served carrot Soup which was good. At this point we were expecting a very good meal and excited. Then came the Walnut salad. What a disappointment this was. Let me tell you all it was a little lettuce sprinkled with walnuts. One of the blandest salads and worst I have had in a restaurant. Next came the main entree which is a 6oz piece of steak with fries. When I heard it was 6 oz I figured they were using a high grade of meat. That wasn’t what they used. Next the steak had a burned taste that until I went home later in the night I was unable to get it out of my mouth. Have you ever eaten burned food and how that taste just wrecks the food and stays in your mouth? On a scale of 1 to 10 ... 10 being the best steak I have ever had. I give this steak a 1. It was horrible. Only 1 item on the menu and this was the main part of the meal and it was horrible. With the steak came greasy fries that tasted like they were deep fried in old oil and were hard. I was shocked at the lack of quality considering they only had ONE ITEM to cook. I felt almost like I was in a joke video show and waiting for somebody to come out and tell us we have been being secretly video taped. It was really bizarre. Then came the desert which was a tasty pastry sandwiched between ice cream with chocolate poured on top.
Very disappointed. I told my wife this is a joke. I can’t even believe they are in business and believe this is a tourist trap. The reason we went was because of the reviews. I was saying to my wife that the first thing I am going to do when we get back to the hotel is write a review and warn people.
This is a cool and unassuming place, with quality food, and great service. They have one item on the menu, and they have perfected it! If you like a nice steak with a good glass of wine, L'Entrecote St-Jean is a must.
Everything! It's like being back in Paris with the bistro, casual, best steak frites, funky, ambiance, activity and charm all rolled into one. The table d'h�te is a superior value and the wine is reasonably priced. Highly recommended.
There are a lot of good French bistros in Montreal, but I keep coming back to L'Entrecote. The wait can be long, and the tables are a bit cramped, but they have mastered the art of steak-frites. And their profiteroles (vanilla ice cream pastry balls with real chocolate sauce) are great, too.
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