After 6 weeks of being put on the reservation list, our steak dinner time was finally here! Yey! I’ve been here before (as mentioned in my previous post), but this time I brought my hubby with me. The last time he had steak was in Calgary at a top restaurant and said it was the best he’s ever had. Really, he didn’t know what he was “best” until he went to Longview.
Longview Steakhouse was previously in an old-ranch house in a small town in Alberta of around 300 people, located 70km south-west of Calgary. Now it has moved to a bigger house, located on the top of a hill, still remaining in that small town.
Reservations are required in advance; especially if you want to go on the weekends. I remember in April, I only had to wait 2 weekends to go in for a meal. Now it’s 6-7 weekends! Perhaps this is due to its high popularity and online reviews such as by CN Traveller– voted as the “world’s best 15 steak restaurants” and by Huffington Post as “The Best Steak in Alberta).
For starters we both had the Chicken Pastilla in Phillo Pastry – This was phillo pastry with shredded chicken cooked in light spices and onions. This warm pastry was dusted with icing sugar and cinnamon. My hubby said “now this is my type of food” 😀
Our steaks came with the soup of the day (you can have soup or salad with it). This soup’s flavour was sweet potato and pea soup. My hubby said it’s one of the best soup he’s ever had (and he never eats soup): so rich and smooth and mouth watering.
My hubby ordered the Rib Steak and I ordered the Filet Mignon. My hubby said that although he’s really tasted some great steaks before, but this steak was “out of the world”.
The Filet Mignon was made with Alberta AAA beef and the beef quality was excellent. It was sooooo soft and oozing that you did not have to munch that much. The steak was cooked perfectly with the exact amount of rawness in it for a “medium” steak. This was topped over with peppercorn sauce and bearnaise sauce (egg yolks, buttery herb sauce) that absolutely complimented the Filet Mignon.
The Rib Steak was much larger in width and had an “earthiness” feel to it. My hubby chose this because it had more fat to it. This was also topped up with a peppercorn sauce but had shrimps on it. The shrimps were nothing special, but the meat was great.
Both steaks were layered over freshly sautéed vegetables; consisting of carrots, green beans, broccoli and baby potatoes. Most likely these were all locally grown!
I had the creme brûlée – and it was one of the best that I’ve had (but not the best because the custard was not very thick, but it was thick enough to be a light dessert). The golden crust was perfectly done. However, the quantity was too small for me
My hubby had the Bread Pudding – the bread was thick, smooth, sweet, warm and topped up with cinnamon and a scoop of vanilla ice cream. He loved it!
Finally, I cannot conclude without mentioning about their exceptional customer service!
It’s a family run business and it seems to me that they all work great together as a family! The owner wasn’t here last night, but his son (who was working in the front) has the exact kind of humour. My hubby and I have never had such a great service like this before. They all were very warm, welcoming and the waiter even remembered me from my one and only previous visit that happened months ago! On top of that, to our surprise, the waiter complemented us with an amazing lamb dish (this was before we received our steaks).
For a service and food like this, it’s really hard to beat! Price-wise, the the price has consistently been going up, but for the quality of the meat, cuisine and the service, it is well worth it. A steak can now cost at around $42 (and it comes with a soup or salad). They also service fish dishes too.
I will definitely be back and would also like to come in the summer (where I can sit outside and enjoy the views of the mountains!).