Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Urban Eats: Morton's The Steakhouse, Toronto

Specializing in steaks, Morton’s The Steakhouse serves up rustic comfort food and stays true to their vision of quality, consistency and genuine hospitality. The staff was incredibly welcoming and are genuinely passionate about what they do. They were very knowledgeable and attentive and it was clear they want their customers to enjoy their visit and have the best experience possible.

I built my meal around the star of the menu, the steak, using my server’s recommendations of their most popular dishes.

I was incredibly spoiled during my tasting at Morton’s, here’s a look into my delicious experience: 

My evening started off with a couple of appetizers. First up was melted Mozzarella wrapped with Prosciutto ($15) and a drizzle of sweet and slightly acidic balsamic glaze on top of greens. My favourite of the two appetizers was the Jumbo Shrimp Alexander ($21). Dusted with a light and crispy coating of breadcrumbs, the shrimp were plump and tender. Pooled underneath the shrimp was a delicious and creamy white wine butter sauce which I thoroughly enjoyed covering the shrimp with. Add a squeeze of fresh lemon for some acidity and its perfect! A great start to the meal. 

 Now for their specialty: steak. Morton’s uses USDA prime, the highest quality grade of meat as designated by the U.S Department of Agriculture. This means you can expect a damn good piece of meat that is supremely juicy and flavourful. I was fortunate enough to be able to try their Chicago Style Prime Bone-In Ribeye steak. It received lofty praise by our server and for good reason. This steak is 22 ounces of pure joy for any meat-lover. Highly marbled and grilled with the bone in for maximum flavour and tenderness, this steak was so good I swear time stopped for a moment. I ordered it cooked medium rare plus which resulted in a perfectly red and succulent center. It comes with a $60 price tag so it’s best to really savour this mouth-watering treat or split it with someone special.

I sampled several different yummy sides ($13) to accompany my steak. For a classic side, try their popular and very delicious creamed spinach made with heavy cream, parmesan and nutmeg. I kept going in for more forkfuls. Another customer favourite is a traditional comfort food, macaroni and cheese. This side was removed from the menu for a short-while, but was quickly reintroduced after customers missed this dish too much. Their version is not creamy, but rather a nice blend of firm spirals of macaroni, chunky bits of real bacon, onion and a generous top layer of baked cheddar cheese. Or if potatoes are more your style, I would recommend their indulgent and aromatic Parmesan and Truffle Matchstick Fries. Sliced very thinly, the fries had a really nice crisp to them and the flavour of the truffle oil was very prominent. I love truffle oil, so I had no trouble gobbling these up. 

I finished off the evening with a decadent dessert. With sinfully sweet selections such as Key Lime Pie, Carrot Cake and Morton’s Legendary Hot Chocolate Cake, I couldn’t say no. I opted for the chocolate cake ($15) which came with a generous scoop of Haagen-Dazs vanilla ice cream. In the centre of the cake’s shell is rich and gooey liquid chocolate. Simply heavenly!

In addition to a large selection of steaks, Morton’s also serves salads, chicken and seafood and has an extensive wine selection and small cocktail menu. Morton’s is an ideal place to celebrate a special occasion and can accommodate private parties in their second floor dining room. Located in Yorkville at 4 Avenue Road in the Park Hyatt Hotel, Morton’s The Steakhouse bar and dining room is open seven days a week for dinner service. 

Natalia Dziubaniwsky is a professional in the not-for-profit and volunteer sector. An avid traveller, Natalia has explored 18 countries to date and is forever searching for a new adventure, fresh experiences and delicious eats. She has lived in South Korea as an English teacher, gone sand boarding in Peru, journeyed solo through South East Asia and Australia, volunteered with elephants in Thailand and learned to scuba dive in Indonesia. You can follow her footsteps through her blog.

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