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Nov 9, 2006 01:51 AM

Best Single Order of Steak in Toronto

I know there are tons of topics about steakhouses already, but I feel like this one is more specific. Basically, I am looking for the single best order of steak in Toronto.

1. Price does not matter. I am NOT looking for best value!

2. Everything else about the restaurant doesn't matter: venue, service, sides, wine list... It can be in a boiler room of a jailhouse, with inmates serving the food

3. I am not looking for best overall steaks / steakhouse. I am looking for the restaurant with the single best steak.

4. Has to be a restaurant. I am not looking to cook the meat myself.

Basically, I am looking for the best piece of steak in town. What restaurant? Exactly what order (please specify. Just telling me which restaurant is not enough)?
Has anyone tried the Wagyu from North44? How was it? Does it have a chance?

Thank you so much!! Please help guys!

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  1. The best piece of steak in town, bar none, on a good night (most nights) is the large filet at the House of Chan, Eglinton just W of Bathurst. Unlikely surroundings and somewhat unsophisticated service with limited (though delicious) sides (greaseless onion bits and dollar fried taters) - but that meat ! Order it with some garlic on top, use the Chinese mustard on the side, enjoy a well price Amarone from the premium list - heaven awaits....

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    1. re: Bigtigger

      I had that steak about 4 months ago and thought it was only OK.

    2. I had Kobe beef at North 44 last year, it was horrible. What a waste of money! Everything else was great though, I love that place.

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      1. re: s0memale

        Hey s0memale, can you tell me more about North44's Wagyu? Why was it bad?


        1. re: PeteM

          Though I rarely go to Steak houses, if I have company and they want steak we go to House of Chan.
          This is an old habit, and there might better out there.

      2. Black Angus. Hands down.

        Decor meh.

        Servers meh.

        Steak GOOD. Get the rib steak.


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        1. re: Suburban Gourmand

          I would have to say I was very impressed with the Black Angus when I was there a couple of weeks ago. I had the New York Strip (as usual) and it was excellent.

        2. Carmen's Filet Mignon --> best piece of meat in the city.

          Carmen's is on Alexander St (one block north of College, East of Yonge) Seriously old school, you get a baked potatoe (or rice pilaf) with the meat and they serve the sour cream and butter from a big bowl, unlimited quantities.

          They also serve the best garlic bread (lots of garlic, made on the grill), cottage cheese (yup) and delicous pickles and olives as the included appetizers.

          This is not a stylish place, it's just old school: dark wood, covered in german steins and copper pots. The waiters are ancient and have been there from the beginning. And frankly, I think some of the upstairs rooms are privvy to some mafioso deals (okay, maybe that's just my imagination).

          The meat is, however, the best ever. They dry hang it themselves so you get a flavour that's unlike anything else in the city.

          The striploin is huge, great for a striploin but too much meat for one person.

          While you could get the Chateaubriand if you're two people, we never do because I love the flavour of the outside of the filet. Please please get it rare (which will be cool on the inside) or medium rare. If you ask for it medium, they will butterfly it as the filet's are baseball sized i.e. thick.

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            1. re: hungryabbey

              It's around $50 for the steaks - includes those seven starters plus dessert and coffee.


              1. re: Chester Eleganté

                hm.. is it an ugly atmosphere? or just kinda old?

          1. People still go to House of Chan? That's funny. On many levels. Quality is not job 1 there any more, although the faithful still flock to their "secret" place.

            For a decently priced meal, try Tom Jones. If someone else is paying, try Harbour Sixty.\


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            1. re: Cereal Killer

              how much approx. are the steaks at tom jones?

              1. re: hungryabbey

                I was at Tom Jones recently and it was terrible. I used to love the place but time has passed it by.

              2. re: Cereal Killer

                Careful with the Harbour Sixty!!!
                We had dinner there some time ago, we had to send a steak back 3 times before settling for a not so bleu ribeye. Even after writing to the management we were totally ignored - for that price, I would at least have expected a response to a written complaint.