L’Entrecôte Saint-Jean’s sole purpose in this world is, and has been for the past 15 years, to cook steak to perfection. As you step into this Montreal institution, your entire attention should focus on only one thing: deciding how you would like your meat. Anyway, you won’t have much choice because steak is the only item on the menu: in combination with salad (x2) and profiteroles for $29, or with salad only, for $23. Medium? Rare? Blue? Choose wisely because whatever you order, it comes exactly as described.
A real steak connoisseur, P was quite suspicious when I told him about L’Entrecôte and only agreed to tag along after a promise of bubbly and lots of red wine to wash down any potential disappointment. But there was no need to drink away anyone’s sorrow because the French institution more than met expectations. P’s blue meat was blue blue blue. Forget about chewy tasteless leather bricks – at l’Entrecôte, your strip loin is rich in flavors and melts in the mouth. My medium rare, slightly less bloody than P’s, still had a beautiful pink center and was tenderly juicy. Both pieces of meat were covered with the house secret sauce and accompanied by the most addictive French fries in the neighborhood: steaming hot and crisp. For those of you who fear uncooked meat, let me help you deconstruct a long perpetuated myth. Rare steak is perfectly safe to eat as long as the parts that have been in contact with air are cooked. In other words, germs on rare beef only grow when they’re put in contact with air – hence the reason why minced meat (hamburgers) should always be cooked well to avoid getting sick. On the other hand, when you have a single piece of meat, you can eat it with a rare center as long as all of the outside surfaces are cooked. Ta-da! For all of the blue steak aficionados out there, as well as the rare meat newbies, I’d highly recommend L’Entrecôte St-Jean to satisfy your next meat craving. All served in a charming French restaurant with high glass walls and friendly staff; you’re sure to leave full and happy.
|2022 Rue Peel, Montréal, QC H3A 2W5
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