In the heart of Toronto’s Financial District sits a cavernous, dimly lit steakhouse where during the lunch hour million dollar contracts are signed over filet mignon feasts. Stroll through the posh dining room at Hy’s Steakhouse after work hours and you’ll find a choir of romantic couples who come here to sip on champagne and watch in wonder as classic steakhouse pomp and panache entertains via table side Caesar salad toss and flashy Banana’s Foster flambe.
In 1955, Hy Aisenstat recognized a window of opportunity and founded the very first Hy’s Steakhouse in Alberta. Between the ’60s and ’80s, many more locations sprouted up across Canada with locations now found in Whistler, Vancouver, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Calgary and Toronto.
The Toronto location sits at the corner of Bay and Adelaide, an inviting urban oasis in a jungle of glass and steel. Housed in a former bank, Hy’s Steakhouse has a feeling of relaxed elegance, refined comfort and traditional grandeur. Mahogany paneled walls, grand hand painted murals and rich velvet upholsteries warm the cavernous space. If you’re a serious steak aficionado Hy’s is the perfect spot to indulge your carnivorous appetite. Sample through the menu’s extensive Prime Grade Alberta beef offering and you’ll be swooning for that well marbled meat.
Here are my Top 5 Must Try’s at Hy’s Steakhouse:
Sunset Beach | hendrick’s gin, prosecco, lemon juice, raspberries, orange blossom water
Beef Tenderloin Carpaccio | baby arugula, shaved grana padano
Sauteed Prawns | garlic, tarragon, pernod
Bone-In 16oz Rib Steak | bearnaise, double stuffed baked potato
Banana’s Foster | tableside flambe, ride bananas, butter, brown sugar, orange juice, dark rum, vanilla ice cream