There are very few foods that scream the word “celebration”, but one of those foods is arguably a good steak. Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse in Mississauga offers their New York striploin in a halal option without having to pre-order. Their website and their staff have both stated that the NY striploin is always halal.
Without needing much convincing, we decided to try the halal steak for ourselves. The interior of Ruth’s Chris is as you would imagine: dark wood and dimly lit, it is the perfect spot for a celebration or a romantic meal.
When you are seated, you are first given a warm bread basket with butter. The bread is standard but still delicious. After spending a few minutes deliberating on our sides, we decided to order the shoestring fries, potatoes au gratin, creamed spinach and the mashed sweet potatoes.
The steaks arrived sizzling and on a very hot plate. The restaurant takes great pride in serving each of their steaks on a 500-degree plate that your waiter will warn you not to touch. Upon first bite, you are greeted with a juicy, tender piece of steak that has been cooked to your liking. The optional blue cheese crust (an extra $7) that sits atop the steak adds robust flavour to the meat as well as an appreciated creaminess. While the inside of the steak was perfectly done and very enjoyable, we found a few burnt bits on the outside of the striploin.
The sides were generally good too. The potatoes au gratin was very cheesy and creamy and complemented the meaty steak well. The mashed sweet potatoes were surprisingly sweet! They had been topped with cinnamon and pecans, which gave a nice crunch to the soft potatoes.
Unfortunately, we did not enjoy the shoestring fries. These had been overdone and were crunchy rather than crispy.
After the meal, we enjoyed a few of the restaurant’s desserts as we were celebrating a special occasion: the crème brulee, cheesecake and a chocolate sin cake. The crème brulee’s crust made the most perfect *crack* sound and contained the most deliciously smooth and creamy custard underneath. The chocolate sin cake was also very smooth and packed with a strong espresso and chocolate flavour. While we enjoyed the cheesecake, we found that the base tasted rather stale and old, like it had been made from graham crackers that had been sitting on the shelf a little too long.
Overall the meal was enjoyable with a few small improvements and was the perfect way to celebrate a special occasion.
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