I've been to this Steak Frites other times, before it was renovated, and also to the other locations. I've never felt it's the best steak place in the city, but I was with a group that wanted to go. The new decor is similar to the previous decor, plain but alright, and the entrance has just moved around the corner. The building is cute and I love this new entrance. There's a courtyard for warmer weather. But the food is ordinary. Several of us had the tapas, which was 1 enormous shrimp, 1 scallop, a 4 oz. steak, about 6 green beans each, fries (all you can consume) and a bland sausage. The steak was pretty good, unlike other steaks I've had here, but overall this meal was rather greasy and overpriced. Others in our group had fish, various types, including shrimps (the mega ones again) and had the same 'greasy' reaction. One person had a profiterole for dessert and it's hard to do these wrong, so that was fine. It's a BYOWine place, which is good. What is terrible, though, is the atmosphere. We were on the second floor. The acoustics were horrendous. Sound bounced around like crazy and the noise level was so loud you couldn't hear the person seated next to you. There were 12 of us and 6 people left the minute the meal was over. I left shortly thereafter with a headache from the noise and believe me, it was a relief to get out on the street with the, by contrast, low volume street noises. I don't ever want to go back because the noise made what might have been at least an acceptable meal a torture. There is much better food in Montreal, all over the place, and I feel sad for this restaurant that they bothered with the reno and didn't soundproof the room. The quality of the food has gone down from when I first began going to Steak Frites, although as I said, the 4 oz steak was good, better than what I've had before. And although there was a cadre of wait people, when they brought out the tapas on long plates, they didn't serve it and different people had different configurations of this meal including other tapas, so we couldn't figure out who had what. One person got a salad that was meant for someone else. All this could have been avoided if they'd served the tapas instead of dropping dishes in the middle of the table. I had to ask 3 times for the large bottle of San Pellegrino I ordered and when it finally came it was flat. All in all not a great evening.
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