Marven's is another hole-in-the-wall restaurants, this time situated in a residential district of Parc-Extension. Honestly, if you weren't looking for the restaurant, you probably would never find it. Once you enter the restaurant, the decor is also rather bland - except for the giant moosehead hanging on the wall that stares into your soul - and yet, you will still see a huge line-up at the door. Why? Great food and huge portions.
Accessibility - Grade: C+
Service - Grade: B
Cookie-cutter service. Our waiter was polite, but mainly just took our orders, and brought us our food, and then left us alone. He was too busy running around the floor because they were 3 waiters and the restaurant was packed.
Food - Grade: A-
Bonus Marks: Best fried Calamari I've had to date.
There's also the complimentary bread platter. There isn't much to say about this, except that it's seasoned with garlic. It's also a bit on the dry side. But hey, it's free, and honestly, you won't even give it a second thought once the real food comes.
...Such as this massive beast. Juicy and cooked to perfection, and marinated so well that you don't need dipping gravy for it. We ordered the steak rare, and it was blood red inside, especially around the bone, but miraculously, it didn't bleed all over the place when we cut into it. The mushrooms were as fat and juicy as the steak itself. The sauce was just good ol' steak sauce. There was no fancy spice or fruit sauce of any sort, but it was still damn good.
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