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Feb 20, 2008 05:29 PM

Good steak around north Toronto/GTA?

Any suggestions for a good steakhouse that isn't downtown? Perhaps something north of York Mills, within 10km or so from Yonge? Vaughan/Markham/Thornhill/Richmond Hill/etc?

I've had steak at Terra and liked it, but the place isn't worth the money. Not impressed with the steakhouse next door. Of course, there's the Octagon, which I'd been going to for many years, but last couple times haven't had great experience either. I've been doomed to The Keg and would love something else!

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  1. With the caveat in mind that everyone's got their own version of what constitutes a good steak..."The Chan" aka House of Chan, Eglinton & Bathurst. The Steak Pit, Avenue north of Lawrence. (Okay, it's weird, both of these places are totally stuck in the 50s/60s decor wise, but they've both been serving their communities for eons, and they both specialize in steak, so they must be doing something partially right...and if you like the steaks @ Octagon, chances are you will like these.)

    1. What about the Braised Bull in Markham? Okay I'm not good with distances, it's probably farther than 10 km from Yonge -

      Braised Bull
      7750 Markham Rd, Markham, ON L3S3K1, CA

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      1. re: JamieK

        How's the steak in there compared to the Keg ?

        1. re: skylineR33

          Haven't had it myself, I'm relying on the comments of friends of mine who live in Markham who would rate it better than Keg. They also like the steaks at Chop House in Unionville and the School of Fine Dining at 14th & Kennedy.

          149 Main St, Markham, ON L3R, CA

          The School
          4121 14th Ave, Markham, ON L3R0J2, CA

          1. re: JamieK

            I've eat at The School and it's good. Very similar to Devonsleigh Place and David Duncan House.

      2. For casual dining, try the Purple Onion on Dundas W.

        Purple Onion
        2998 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6P1Z3, CA

        1. Can you give more details about your Octagon experience? We've been going 3 or 4 times a year for many years and it has always been great. I was planning to treat my husband for his birthday next month. I would like to know if their food/service quality has declined.

          Thanks kindly!

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          1. re: mrsleny

            For sure. Let me start by saying that I'd been going to the Octagon for 15+ yrs and have always thought it to be nothing short of exceptional. We typically go twice a year. The last two times we went were disappointing though and I'm not sure how quickly I'll go back.

            Last time we went, we were seated and a waiter immediately asked us if we wanted drinks. We ordered a bottle of water and said we weren't yet sure about drinks. Someone else brought water and nobody came back for about 10 mins. Our formal waiter eventually came and asked if we were ready to order. We each ordered the 8 oz filet and a caesar for two.

            Another 10-15 mins went by and the waiter came to our table to make the salad. I've always loved this salad, but the taste was off this time. There was way too much oil, too much dressing and not very much flavour. The previous time we went it was a similar case. (As an aside, I always wondered how they made the dressing from scratch with no measurement of anything and served it without ever tasting it - that should be mandatory).

            Took a while for our main courses to come. One steak was with mashed potatoes and the other was with a baked potato. Nobody ever came back to the table to offer pepper or sour cream for the baked potato. One steak was cooked medium well and the other medium. The medium steak was half medium and half medium-well. Both steaks tasted great, as usual, and I was happy with them. However, in the past, they always served some vegetables (broccoli, mushrooms, etc). This time, we each got about 4 small button mushrooms and that's it.

            Nobody came to the table during our meal, it took about 10 mins to clean the table after we were done, and nobody came back for a while to ask us about our dessert.

            Overall, the steaks were good. The sides are average. The salad was not done properly. And the service was not impressive at all. Perhaps it was the waiter that was bad (same waiter the last two times). A friend went there a few months ago and also complained about bad service.

            If others have had good experiences lately, I'm willing to go back and try again, as I've been loyal for so many years. Otherwise, I'm happy to move on.

          2. Just a bit south of York Mills on Yonge is Wildfire Grille. Nice atmosphere, good food, good service. It's always a reliable option in the area. I can't rate the steaks, but the food is generally several steps up from the Keg.


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            1. re: TorontoJo

              That's my go-to place for steak - I have been there a few times but now I mainly go because of the steak, the ribs and piri piri chicken are ok, but the steaks have a great flavour and are well-prepared - plus, they have an excellent wine selection. A bit too far for me at times to go since I live in Richmond Hill, so I am looking for a slightly closer place as well.