I haven't written any reviews on here so I'd figure it's about time I started submitting them.
I brought my girlfriend here for our 1st anniversary back in mid June. When calling in to make reservations the hostess asked what occasion this was - I imagine depending on the event they would have different menus with a nice congratulatory message at the top. A nice touch.
We were pleasantly greeted upon arrival and had our jackets hung. Our table wasn't quite ready yet so we had the option to mingle in the lounge/drink area. Just as we sat down our table was ready.
The hostess introduced us to our servers for the evening. They were very polite and shuttled us to our table. Just as we arrived our server pulled out the table and seated us before bringing the table back in. I have never seen this before and definitely set the tone for the evening.
The ambience is unique; no windows, dark woods and very busy with a mix of every type of diner. Lots of servers were around hustling back and forth from kitchen to table.
We started off with a couple of Martini's. What we got escapes me but the price didn't. Almost $20 per. Pricey but nicely balanced. We started off with a couple of appetizers: the Shrimp Alexander and Jumbo Lump Crabmeat Cocktail. The shrimps were cooked perfectly and the white wine butter sauce complementing it was delicious. It was certainly one of the best appetizers I've had. The crabmeat came in large chunks but was otherwise standard fare.
My girlfriend decided on the Porterhouse while I got the Bone-in Ribeye after one of the servers came by to take our order and introduced us to the different cuts/entree selections. He had a serving platter with the different cuts to show. We accompanied our red meat with the Sauteed Mushrooms, Lyonnaise Potatoes and the Australian Jumbo Lobster Tail. Our steaks were thick, nicely grilled and seasoned perfectly. Unfortunately we had wished we had gotten it grilled medium or medium well for best flavour (as oppposed to rare/medium rare). I enjoyed the lyonnaise potatoes but it was heavily salted and they put in the onions in too early so we were left with a lot of charred slices. The mushrooms too were heavily seasoned. The lobster tail was enormous however I could definitely tell it was of frozen variety. A little disheartening considering it was over $60 for it.
We closed off the evening with chocolate souffle. I was expecting individually sized servings but it came out in a large ramekin and halved served with fresh whipped cream. We were already stuffed by now but found a way to finish it. It had the right amount of sweet-bitterness to it and worth a try.
All in all it was an excellent evening. The service was the first rate; perhaps a little too good. I will give this place a future visit based on the service alone although I'd like to know if the over seasoned side dishes were just an abberation. Some might stray away because of the prices at steakhouses but considering the size of their cuts one can share their steak with another and you can have a great experience. Recommended!