Wednesday, 02 April 2008
12 Brant Street
Toronto, ON M5V 2M1
With a recessed plain looking entrance, Jacob's & Co. Steakhouse successfully hides from plain sight - except the high end cars and valets will key you in that there's something special around. At first you will head underground to a nicely decorated bar with a live pianist. The dining area is up another set of stairs:
A simple modern interior.
Complimentary bread with garlic butter:
A dry hard exterior hides a very soft and empty interior. Some of us just pulled out the inside bread to eat and left the outside.
Oysters Rockefeller - pastis, parsley, garlic:
For $18 such small oysters. You can barely taste the oyster. They were on the salty side.
Frisee Salad - walnuts, quebec blue cheese, tomato:
A very good blend of sweetly coated walnuts and the bitter greens. A little on the pricy side at $11 but a good light salad nonetheless.
NY Striploin 12oz:
The forte of Jacob's Co. is their steaks. With a number of Wagyu, USDA Prime, Black Angus choices, you'll need to come by a few times to find out which steak you like most. I love the balance of lean and marbling in a New York so I got a small one for $49. The steak didn't look as appetizing with it's dark seared top blending in with the dark hot plate. But the steak was juicy and comparable to other steaks I've had in Dallas like Perry's.
Lobster Thermidor - cremini mushrooms, ontario cheddar
A very nicely baked thermidor with lots of cheese. The coating of cheese and mushroom does get boring after a while and very filling. $48
The steaks met my expectations from a steak restaurant. The dishes were all on the pricy side however. Service was good but nothing really stood out considering the restaurant's target audience. If you're really into beef then I recommend coming to Jacob's & Co. since they're one of the few steak restaurants in Toronto to give you a choice of various premium beefs and age their own steaks.
Eric Tummy Points: 4 out of 5
Additional Review: http://www.martiniboys.com/Toronto/Jacobs-and-Co.-review.html