Best Steak/Seafood in the City
- k-dogs Aug 22, 2005 05:30 PM
I am looking for the best steak and lobster in the city. Mortons? Harbour 60? I have not been to either one in at least a year. Any suggestions?
IMO The Strip House is the best option, and no one seems to even know of it. The steaks are the highest grade, grilled over REAL wood on ceramic grills, and the two seafood restaurants below offer a huge selection of ocean goodies. The wine list, not great, but good.
11 Duncan St. - 3rd floor above the Filet of Sole/Whistling oyster.(formally Cha Cha Cha)
My second choice would be Barbarian's, if only for the great wine list.
If will only give my comments on the Steak part of your posting. My favourite steakhouse is Bardi's on York opposite the Royal York. I know it doesn't have the hype of the new(er) guys in town but I find the quality of the steaks, the preparation and the service excellent. But I guess I like the old-style places since I still find great satisfaction at Barberians and Tom Jones.
I thought Harbor 60 was better then Morton's. Better service and the food was good and helpful with the wine. Yet Morton's has a very great presentation of their meats in the beginning. But Morton's is a little to commercialized. Barberians is another great choice and I think its a just a tad bit less expensive. But as mentioned in another reply, the strip house is great at a very responsible price with a great cozy decor.
With all due respect:
All of these places (Morton's, Barberian's, and Harbour Sixty) are ridiculous rip-offs with mediocre food. You want a good steak? Buy the best one at a good butcher, and make it at home.
Morton's "show" at the beginning of the meal is absurd. It's an insult to the customers, unless those customers are idiots. Morton's is a typical chain.
Harbour Sixty is as tacky as its owners. It's a glorified Greek steak house, with admittedly adequate food. You will enjoy, but pay way too much for the pleasure.
Barberian's is the worst of them all. Their food is terrible. Frozen veggies. Lower quality meat. Not a bad wine list, but marked up sky high.
These restaurants serve uninteresting, textbook food. On this board, you can discover other, lower-profile restaurants, that are cheaper and MUCH better. Eat steak at home; it's just a hunk of cooked meat. If you buy top quality and cook it right, it will be better than most steak houses.
On the other hand, try making Maroli's butter chicken at home. This city is full of true gems that are worth leaving your own kitchen for. Morton's, H-60, and Barberian's are crap.
I just want to say that the first thing I do when I get to a city is to seek out the best old school steakhouses. Sure Mortons is great everywhere, but if you want a place with personality go to Barberians. Seriously It was one of the best steak meals I have had in years. It was expensive, but worth it. The drinks are great and so are the garlic rolls. Even better than Hy's! I know one person hated it, but I can't wait to go back!
I ate at Starfish - and had a 70$ lobster. I don't think it was worth it. I would not mind finding out the best seafood in YYZ. I will say Mortons does make a mean lobster!
re: Robert Smith
I've been to every decent steakhouse in the city and I still think Ruth Chris's makes the best steaks. I love the sizzling plate and the crusty exterior. Only achievable with the 1800 degree oven. Can't pull this off at home.
I used to love Moishe's but they're gone from Toronto, unfortunately.
Black Angus in Etobicoke is good but over-priced for dinner, not bad for lunch.
For lobster, you can't beat Chinese restaurants. My favourite is Big Mouth Kee in Richmond Hill.
I would concur that Chinese restaurants serve an amazing lobster. My favourite is on Baldwin, down about six steps, underneath the Eating Garden. I believe it's called Wah Sing, or Hua Sang (one is on the ground floor one building west, the other is down the aforementioned steps). Go down the steps for the good stuff!
I am surprised no one even mentioned TULIP... i have had steaks at most of those places... tulip for me is up there.. club cut medium and you will fall in love...
Then barbarians and black angus... ruths chris TOO expensive.... harbour 60 and mortons.
1. Harbour 60
2. The Strand
3. Ruth's Chris
4. Bardi's / Barberian's / House of Chan / Moishe's
6. JW's / Hy's
Can't go wrong with #1-3. Consistently the best steaks I've had anywhere in the world. Didn't try Peter Luger's in NYC yet, but the famous Smith & Wollensky chain in the US would barely crack the Top 5 in Toronto IMO. The best steaks in Alberta are also not as good as the best we have to offer.
Haven't tried Tulip, Carman's, or Tom Jones yet.
2. House of Chan
3. Chinese restaurants
I'm a serious steak lover and its got to goto Hy's on Adelaide. You want the best service sit in the back in Jimmy's section. The place alone with the 2.5 story dark wood wines the competition.
Tom Jones is terrible. I've really wanted that place to work but its a joke and it ruins meat.
Harbour 60 is a worthy 2nd place. Ruth Chris should not be int this section but more compared to fast food joints. A notable 3rd could be Seniors. Carmens used to be awesome with hard core garlic but it just seems tired now.