Our team at work decided to continue the annual tradition of going out to a nice restaurant for a group dinner over the holiday’s. Last year we didn’t meet the minimum spend at the fancy restaurant we went to, and I ended up having to purchase a $70 bottle of wine to make up the difference… I wasn’t going to let that happen to me again this year! I did some research and found that Hy’s offers a private room with no minimum spend and no room rental fee. This was a perfect arrangement for the eight of us. Some were singles, some were couples, and the server set us up with bills accordingly. An automatic gratuity was added, which was fair. Our server was very friendly, informative and thoughtful. He was great at preparing all the table side dishes that we ordered and made sure our evening was enjoyable. The drink menu was available through an iPad – I still don’t understand using this new-fangled technology in a classy restaurant…
I had just come back from Maui so I had been eating fish and seafood for 10 days. Sticking to my ‘no beef’ guns for the night, I found a few items on the menu that interested me. Everyone laughed at me – you came to a steakhouse and you’re not ordering beef? Yah, well…
C and I shared the classic Cheese Toast for Two for $9.95. The cheese toast was dropped in front of us in a bowl wrapped in tin foil. We were actually confused at first, what this odd dish might be, but if it has anything to do with food or more specifically food with cheese, then you can count on me to rip into it! The cheese toast was pretty damn good. I mean, I wouldn’t drive across the city for it, but you could tell it was good quality, tasty cheese. The photos don’t do it justice, and even how it looked in person wasn’t great… but it was sure tasty!
The majority of us ordered the caesar salad, made table side. At $16.95 per person, it’s not cheap… but the serving size was significant (again, the photo doesn’t do it justice), and the entertainment of watching it made right in front of you was worth part of the price. There was a dash of Tabasco to add a kick of flavour – something you could definitely taste. This really was the best caesar salad I’ve had in a long time. Thanks Evandro!
There was a wide variety of dishes ordered that night – from my Vegetarian Meatloaf, to the classic Beef Wellington and various cuts of steak. One person ordered a beef dish that was cooked table side and the timing was impeccable – as soon as that dish was ready and served, everyone else’s food arrived from the kitchen. I don’t know how they did it, but it was impressive. Everyone was extremely happy with their beef and everyone would head back for a nice meal for sure.
After all that fish and seafood in Maui I really was craving something hearty and homey. I figured the vegetarian meatloaf with the mushroom gravy, mashed potatoes and veggies would do the trick. In theory, it did – it hit the spot. The gravy was delicious, as were the potatoes and veggies. The veggie meatloaf was just meh. It was good, but a little too crispy on the edges and I felt like I could have made it at home. My bad for going to a steakhouse and ordering a vegetarian meatloaf! 😉
For dessert I think we all ordered the bananas foster. The bananas were flambéed table side (check out the video!) and for $14.95 I think you’re again paying for part of the entertainment factor, but damn, it was good!
Overall, I was impressed. The menu isn’t cheap but if you are budget conscious, there are some things that sounded tasty and weren’t super expensive. I’d highly recommend the caesar salad for sure, and I think this restaurant would be great for special occasions for sure. I will be back!