Hy’s Steakhouse: Old School Steak House
While The Keg has opened up steakhouses to the mass public in Canada with almost a Earls/Cactus Club-like feel, when you think of old school steakhouses… you’re probably thinking about Hy’s. Filled with old world charm, dark mahogany wood, waiters in monogrammed uniforms, etc… this is the quintessential steakhouse that has over 60 years of history in Canada.
Located on Hornby Street in downtown Vancouver, the dining area is located on the 2nd floor, up a long staircase. The interior has a luxurious vibe to it with the monogrammed napkins, the bookcases, and the intimate setting.
We started with an order of Cheese Toast for Two ($9.95). Billed as “famously irresistible since 1955” on their menu, I was actually a bit disappointed by how it was presented. Covered in tin foil, there was no elegance to this dish… it kind of looked like something you’d get at your neighbourhood pizza joint and it was quite oily. To be fair, the cheese bread was good but I’ve had better.
If you’re undecided on what to order here, the Special Mixed Grill ($74.95) might be a good option. You get a small portion of rib steak, tenderloin, and strip steak as well as 2 grilled prawns and truffle mashed potatoes, beets and mornay mushroom sauce.
I opted for the 20 oz Canadian Black Angus Bone-In Rib Steak ($74.95) served simply with mashed potatoes. The steak is a bit leaner than the regular rib steak because it’s raised on a barley-based vegetarian feed and prairie grass. They did a good job of grilling this steak. I think I should have picked the regular rib steak because I actually like my rib steak a bit more fatty.
We finished off our meal with their Key Lime Pie (10.95) with fresh whipped cream. It’s difficult to find a good key lime pie and we were pleased that this version turned out to be pretty good. The filling was sublime, light and airy – almost like a foam lime filling – and sitting on a delicately sweet crust.
637 Hornby Street
Posted on November 18, 2018, in Restaurant Review, Steakhouse and tagged Cheese Toast, Downtown, Food, Key Lime Pie, restaurant review, Rib Eye, Steakhouse, Vancouver. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.