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Elements Casino Mohawk - Daily buffet food deals. $14.99 AYCE Prime Rib & Lobster Tails + more. Free membership required

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Jan 28, 2014
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How are the lobsters? Is it worth going on Friday/Saturday?
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Got there last week friday at 8pm. The line up was more than 2hrs. So I left. Got my rewards card for next time.
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Jun 21, 2019
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Does anyone know the menu for Friday and Saturday? Is it only AYCE prime rib and lobster tails?
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Aerith wrote: Does anyone know the menu for Friday and Saturday? Is it only AYCE prime rib and lobster tails?
that's the main feature.... there is other stuff like a pasta, pizza, salads, cold apps, chefs feature, desserts, ice cream machine, fountain pop, etc...
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Jan 28, 2014
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Montréal
I went this Saturday. I was there around 6pm. To sign up for the elements card, it took us 20 mins in line. The casino was packed full! There was a decent line at the restaurant but it does move fast since the restaurant seats 300 people so the line is always moving; we ended up waiting another 15-20 mins.
You pay upfront and you get seated. Buffet is not that big. When they say the main course is lobster and prime rib that is it literally. Other dishes are complementing those dishes. Salad bar is decent nothing special or amazing. They had spiced rice (too greasy and oily), mashed potatoes (pretty good), chicken and veggies stir fried (average), pasta (didnt try that, it is regular tomato paste pasta), and fried greens (green peas....).
You only get one lobster tail per serving. So you cant grab two lobsters. The guy hands you one and you go to your table, come as many times as you want. Same thing with the prime rib but they didnt enforce it that bad.
They had pizza, I tried it to be able to review it, nothing special but I wouldnt my waste time on it. Plus they had gravy and garlic butter for the main dishes.
Pop fountain was free and they had coffee.
Dessert was surprisingly good. Well let me just say the NY cheesecake was amazing! A lot of people just went straight for that and skipped all the other desserts.

Would I pay $15 if they did not have lobsters? Simply no, not worth it. Even with lobsters I only ended up eating 4. I was expecting I can pull of way more, but each time I went I grabbed a prime rib slice, with the gravy and trying everything I filled up fast. BUT given the lobsters and for only $15, you can not beat that.
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samhth wrote: I went this Saturday. I was there around 6pm. To sign up for the elements card, it took us 20 mins in line. The casino was packed full! There was a decent line at the restaurant but it does move fast since the restaurant seats 300 people so the line is always moving; we ended up waiting another 15-20 mins.
You pay upfront and you get seated. Buffet is not that big. When they say the main course is lobster and prime rib that is it literally. Other dishes are complementing those dishes. Salad bar is decent nothing special or amazing. They had spiced rice (too greasy and oily), mashed potatoes (pretty good), chicken and veggies stir fried (average), pasta (didnt try that, it is regular tomato paste pasta), and fried greens (green peas....).
You only get one lobster tail per serving. So you cant grab two lobsters. The guy hands you one and you go to your table, come as many times as you want. Same thing with the prime rib but they didnt enforce it that bad.
They had pizza, I tried it to be able to review it, nothing special but I wouldnt my waste time on it. Plus they had gravy and garlic butter for the main dishes.
Pop fountain was free and they had coffee.
Dessert was surprisingly good. Well let me just say the NY cheesecake was amazing! A lot of people just went straight for that and skipped all the other desserts.

Would I pay $15 if they did not have lobsters? Simply no, not worth it. Even with lobsters I only ended up eating 4. I was expecting I can pull of way more, but each time I went I grabbed a prime rib slice, with the gravy and trying everything I filled up fast. BUT given the lobsters and for only $15, you can not beat that.
so was it lobster tails or full lobsters?
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Jan 28, 2014
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Montréal
Lobster tails, my bad should have made that clear. They were not that big btw!
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Fanboy wrote: We still want to try the deluxe brunch some day, so we're not put off the casino. As well, we know we'll be back for the lobster. But we won't do this one again.
Alright, so we went out on Saturday morning for a "date day" and decided this was our chance to try the Mohawk "Ultimate Brunch". Went there for 8am (wife is an early riser) and were the first in line for the buffet. Not only were we the first in line but we were the only ones in the buffet for about the first 15 mins. It was kind of creepy, being the only table in that big space. Getting LOTS of attention from the staff. :)

Anyway, on to the food, right?

Breakfast offerings were scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage and large diced potatoes. There was also an omelette station, manned by the prime rib guy. Yes, I said "prime rib guy" because the "Ultimate" part of the Ultimate Brunch is the leftovers from the night before! Oh, yes.

Alongside the eggs, bacon, etc., were mashed potatoes, yellow rice, chefs pasta and some slumgullion made from, I guess, everything else. Prime rib was also being served in its usual spot. A little more well done than usual, but that shouldn't be too surprising since it was obviously one of Friday nights roasts heated up again on Saturday morning. Still, for $9.99 it was a nice surprise.

They also had some desserts (cakes and butter tarts) as well as a soup that we didn't check out and the usual salad bar.

Drinks were the same as always, though I had OJ instead of pop at that hour. The OJ was quite nice, though I think it's the same juice as out of the pop machine. No complaint for me, especially seeing as it was included in the $9.99.

One caveat to that $9.99 -- which has not been noted yet in this thread --they are now charging TWO taxes on the buffet. Before January the buffet was tax-free, but they started charging HST as of Jan.1. Well, surprise surprise, on Saturday morning there was an entry for Prov HST and F HST which the cashier explained was an extra "food tax". WTF? You don't just get to make up taxes! At any rate, from what I can see, they are charging tax on the whole amount then applying a "coupon" to reduce the non-member price to the member price (so, in this instance, would charge $14.99 each and then apply a $10 coupon to reduce to $9.99) and break the taxes up into your pre-coupon and post-coupon amounts. I'm not sure if this was a CRA directive or a money-grab and the cashier, who looked to be about 12, had no idea either. We asked customer service on the way out and they were as perplexed as us. They have nothing to do with the restaurant, so couldn't say anything either way except to agree that it was weird.

Okay, so tl;dr, how was the Ultimate Brunch? I'd place it between the BBQ night and the lobster/prime rib buffet in terms of quality. We have never had an issue driving out for the lobster night, it has always been worth the time and money. BBQ night felt like a rip off and I wouldn't make the trip out even if I lived next door. If I lived close-by, I might go over for the odd brunch. As I said, the prime rib was a nice (and still moist and tasty) surprise.

Final scores:
Lobster/prime rib: 8/10
BBQ night: 4/10
Ultimate brunch: 6.5/10


Bonus review!
As I said, we were making a day of it. So we thought we'd be especially bad and go back for lobster the night. Well, we were out shopping around and ended up in Guelph and decided to instead go to the Elements Casino Grand River, just North of Guelph.

*Whew!* What a mistake!

Saturday night they offer a prime rib and extra large shrimp buffet, so we thought it would be comparable to the lobster buffet, and a nice change. Well, even though we were there just a few minutes after opening, the dining room was full. And when I say dining room, I mean it because for those used to Mohawk, the GR location had about 1/6 the capacity. It looked like someone's dining room. We were told the wait would be an hour, but as we could game while waiting and we were out in the middle of nowhere, we stayed.

After about 45 minutes (the casino floor is also much smaller than Mohawk) we were given a table and hit the buffet. Unfortunately, not much to hit. There was one (1!) buffet table which held hot food alongside a salad bar cold table. In between the two tables was the prime rib, such as it was. Pre-sliced and sitting in a tray were small, grey pieces of meat - not readily identifiable as prime rib. Prime gristle, maybe as all the pieces were riddled with it. Tried to find some tasty fatty pieces was an exercise in frustration. I didn't even bother on my second trip up.

Beside the "prime rib" was the extra large shrimp. Not bad. Served in a garlic butter sauce were piles of toonie-sized shrimp. They tasted fine. There was also salmon wellington, salmon pieces wrapped in a puff pastry. Not bad, actually. After that it was some grotty pasta carbonara and mixed veg. There was also a large tureen of gravy, necessary to make the beef edible. Luckily I was raised Irish, so I'm used to flavourless, overcooked meat and was able to choke it down. My wife was far less able.

There are no desserts at this location. Waitress (who was excellent) asked if we wanted drinks - the same drinks available at Mohawk - and we got a couple of Pepsis. Asked for the bill and find out that, along with the "double tax" seen above (and even more so, since the non-member price is $29.99), they charge for drinks at this casino. You know, the same drinks you get for free at all the other locations as well as on the casino floor three steps away? $2.29 each.

So, waaaay the hell out, small casino, small buffet, mostly crap food, an extra $5.20 in "tax", as well as drinks being extra, make this maybe the worst casino buffet I have ever tried, certainly giving Seneca-Niagara a run for its money.

Final score: 2/10 - the salmon wellington was a nice surprise. Almost like food from a better buffet got lost and ended up there somehow.
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Steak are so much harder to review then lobsters
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