My wife and I had an overnight package from the hotel in the same building as this steak house. We had eaten at this chain in Toronto before, and knew it was going to be ridiculously expensive. We did however have a $70.00 voucher. The last time we had a package, from this same hotel, we were allowed to order what we wanted. This time we noticed that the coupon required that two entres be ordered, in order to make the coupon valed.
The meal this time started with a tiny piece of bread, much like an over sized hot dog bun, which we spit up and shared. It was very over toasted, and we joked that it must be left over from last night.
We decided on splitting the Porter House steak, which is counted as two meals ($115!) and that we would share a Caesar salad, and a $10.00 (!) "loaded" bake potato. The server soon arrived with our Caesar salad, and was kind enough to divide it up for us. Unfortunately he used a strange technique where he put a fork and a table spoon back to back and attempted to use these to pick up each piece of salad. This process seemed to take forever. Haven't these people heard of tongs? The salad was satisfactory, if a bit over dressed.
Next our steak arrived. It was gigantic, and covered in butter. It was literally like sitting down with a huge roast between two people and attempting to eat it all. We were staying at a hotel. Normally we would take over half of it home, but what could we do with a doggy bag and no fridge?
On the side was our "loaded" bake potato. We just bought a five pound bag of potatoes at Sobeys, and paid about $4. This potato was quite small. The "loading" consisted of about a table spoon of butter, cheese, and about three bacon bits. It really angers me when you are made to pay very premium prices for vegetables which really cost next to nothing, and should be provided free with your meal.
This is the last time we will eat at this restaurant. Unless you are very pretentious, just won the lottery, or have a large expense account, I don't know who this place would appeal to. The cost over and above the $70 coupon was still over $100.
We were talking later and my wife pointed out that when we go across the border to the US in this area, we stay at a luxury hotel with free breakfast, and a full meal which includes coffee,
salad, large steak, vegetables, and desert, and it only comes to about the same price of the meal at Ruth's Chris steak house. No wonder people are cross border shopping!
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