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Toronto Steakhouses

Chili | Feb 25, 2001 10:20 AM

I would like to hear people's thoughts on the better steakhouses in Toronto. More specifically, where can one find the best STEAK in Toronto? Looking down the list of messages, this topic was brought up a long time ago, but I think it may be time for an update.
My personal preference is Harbour 60. For pure quality of the steak, it is untouchable. However, I have heard people speak highly of Barberians. This is interesting since I really don't like Barberians steak at all. It is obviously a matter of personal preference, but the style of steak served and the way it is prepared seems to me quite different at Barberians. It is highly seasoned and appears to be grilled, rather than broiled at extremely high temperature. My preference is the latter - which I think is the way it is prepared at places like Ruths Chris, Mortons. I always order ribeye and the marbling of the Harbour 60 steak was far better than Barberians.
As an aside, I loved the wine list at Harbour 60. If you are willing to consider a bottle in $60-70 range, they have some superb Australian reds (e.g., Penley Estate). However, I did think the dining room was kept way too almost had to feel your way around your plate! The service was very good and professional. They did inadvertently (I think) present me a bottle of wine from a different vintage than was listed on the menu (I guess if I could read the vintage on the bottle, it couldn't have been that dark in the room!). But when I noticed this they were very polite and it seemed like an honest mistake.
I have not been to Mortons and I went to Ruths Chris so long ago that I really can't remember how the steak was.
Any thoughts out there...?

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