“Talk about a blast in the past... gave a bad impression of a classic steak joint”
We were in Alberta for the first time and wanted to try the famous Alberta steaks. Based on the reviews on Tripadvisor, we decided to try Caesar's... unfortunately we did not hear reviews from people in the area that we knew before going, as we were pretty disappointed. We went to the downtown location; valet parking was a great plus because there is no free parking around. The atmosphere definitely needed a renovation; the chairs with the red vinyl panels and the brass grommets were the ugliest I have ever seen, and it made me feel like I was eating at King Arthur's table amongst roman arches. The restaurant was packed with older gentleman and it was overwhelmed with loud dinner conversation; it was hard to communicate to my husband who was only across the table from me. There was an Asian guy with a fu manchu mustashe that grilled the steaks in a glass display... apparently this guy has been here for years. The cheese bread is nothing to write home about, unlike many of the reviews written. C'mon guys, it's texas toast sliced bread, covered in powder parmesan cheese that you can get at the grocery store for a dollar; it's not even real cheese! It was also salty as hell. The salad was what I call a "sad salad"; it was dole packaged iceberg lettuce with a dollop of kraft dressing; it wasn't even thoroughly mixed into the leaves. The onion soup was so terribly salty, we tried to use the bread to ease the salt but to no avail; we could not finish it. We were questioning why there were such huge amounts of salt; maybe because the clientele was of older age, and by then your taste buds are dulled? Not sure. My husband and I ordered the Chateaubriand, which is a tenderloin served with sauce and vegetables. The server brings it over on a little cart that has a hot iron plate, and heats it up there, before he slices it up and divids us amongst my husband and I, and also heats up the vegetables as well. Kudos to the server that actually gave great service and did well with the presentation on the limited time he had. Vegetables are a little salty, and the sauce was a mystery to us. The steak was cooked perfectly, but the meat itself was chewier than expected, and a few days later we had an excellent comparison of the same price from a restaurant elsewhere, in hindsight it was disappointing. Caesar's is also expensive, definitely not worth our money for the salt laden meal we received. Trust me, this steak and its accompaniments were a disappointment; look elsewhere for a genuine experience of the good Alberta beef we hear about.
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