Restaurant: Reuben’s Deli
Location: 1116 Rue Ste-Catherine W, Montréal, QC
Cuisine: Diner/ Sandwiches/ Italian
I really wanted to go to Hakata Ramen, but then it was closed from 3-6pm. Pretty hungry on a Sunday in Montreal and on a day that all shops closed at 5pm, I seriously did not want to wait til 6pm. So with a craving for some Montreal bites, I was attracted by Reuben’s Deli.
At the entrance I was automatically attracted by the variety of tall cakes in their display (I knew I had come to the right place). The interior had walls covered with countless bottles of wine.
Even though it was quite busy we were seated promptly. I thought the service was extremely friendly; our waiter was extremely upbeat and attentive.
After our waiter took our order I had to order a Diet Coke to make me feel better about the feast I was soon to devour.
Didn’t exactly catch my attention on the menu, but my friend’s eagerness to try persuaded me to explore the taste of liver. I’ve actually had liver in a Chinese Soup before and to my memory it wasn’t too pleasant. I’m sure Chopped Liver is definitely an acquired taste, but this possibly made me love liver!
I don’t think I could simple eat plain Chopped Liver, but this pate was seasoned and garnished with deep fried onions, fresh onions, and I believe cucumbers? The deep fried onions had a smokey sweetness, which eased the subtle gamy flavor of the liver. But the best way to eat this was to spread a bit of Mustard (a sweet kick) on a piece of Rye Bread before generously coating the bread with the Chopped Liver pate (don’t forget to add some fried onions on top!).
The mixture of flavors was interesting and really masked the unpleasant gamy taste, resulting in a surprising delight.
The Salmon, served on top of grilled vegetables with a side of wild rice, was better than I would expect from a Diner-like restaurant. Fresh and flaky as I forked into it, yet it had a crisp glaze and a subtle char. I was extremely surprised at how moist it was! Although, I didn’t care to much for the sides, especially the wild rice which was a bit dry for my liking.
Well of course I couldn’t go to Montreal without getting my dose of Poutine! The fries were light and crisp under the rich gravy and cheese curds. Poutine in Montreal just seems to tastes better:)! I must say, the cheese curds were great.
You could say that if you didn’t eat Poutine, you weren’t really in Montreal, but it should be a crime to go to Montreal and not eat smoked meat! I guess I could have gone for the regular smoked meat sandwich, but GO BIG GO HOME afterall;)!
The Big Bang Sandwich is a 1-pound smoked meat sandwich served with a side of fries, coleslaw, and a slice of pickle. Quite a feast, but I couldn’t resist loading up on Smoked meat while I was here.
I still think that Schwartz is the best, but Reuben’s Smoked Meat Sandwich is definitely a contender. Schwartz’s Smoked Meat is more charred and seasoned, but Reuben’s has an extremely smooth texture along with a it’s own rich flavor. I would have enjoyed more of a smokey gradient on the edges, but it was still an excellent sandwich.
You may think that I’d be full after eating such a feast, but there’s always room for dessert (ALWAYS!). Presented with the Dessert Menu, it’s always the most difficult decision of every meal. Despite all the Chocolaty Temptations, I had to go for the Lemon Pie.
I actually expected a “Lemon Meringue” because I didn’t read the description clearly. BUT THIS PIE WAS JUST “LIFE CHANGING”!
(Okay… I’m over exaggerating, but I could probably eat a whole Lemon Creamsicle Pie).
Instead of a pudding-like filling, the Lemon filling was like an icicle with bits of lemon pieces in it. Simply bursting with a satisfyingly tart lemon flavor! Along with a light and fluffy Meringue on top, slightly golden and marshmallow-like. While the cool temperature of the Lemon filling really preserved the crunch of the pie shell.
Just absolutely IN LOVE with this pie:)! Highly recommended!
From the outside, it was quite unexpected to find such a homey and rustic interior. But what was more surprising was the food! I was craving some Japanese Ramen, yet I’m so glad that I decided to check out Reuben’s instead. Great Service and Quality Food (and I believe they have reasonable prices). I’ll definitely come again if I have a chance because even a slice of pie would be worth the distance!