When it comes to steak are you a traditionalist or more contemporary? I think I’m modern with everything, but when it comes to steak, I discovered I’m a total traditionalist. I found this out at recently reopened Hy’s Steakouse. It’s been 8-years since Hy’s was last in Calgary and let me tell you, it’s been worth the wait.
Hy’s new location at the base of The CORE meets the needs of both the corporate crowd and the younger set, who are into swish cocktails and taking a break from their shopping. It’s modern, yet classic and that’s reflected both in the decor and menu. Think red leather banquettes, high ceilings and jet black walls. It’s like a very sexy men’s club, but not at all stodgy.
The menu is conveniently divided into modern and classic dishes. You could go traditional with an escargot starter or go for the more current smoked salmon. Classic jumbo prawn cocktail or contemporary ahi tuna tartare? The choice is sometimes quite difficult.
In the end I went classic all the way: escargot, caesar salad and a big old steak sandwich for lunch. (Yes, I was splitting my appetizers.) With the classics, you get what you expect – good, fresh ingredients, but not so much creativity. You won’t find any deconstructed plates in the classic section, but if you’re into that, opt for the modern menu items.
Hy’s uses prime beef, which is a rate above your grade AAA. My New York strip steak sandwich was incredibly tender and peppery, which I like. You get your choice of sides and I opted for the world’s largest baked potato, which was filled table side. Best is they still have their grill station encased by glass so diners can watch the cooks at work. Actually, scratch that. Better yet, Hy’s still dishes out their amazing cheese toast. Whether you go classic or modern or flit between the two, you’ll want to tuck into these savoury parcels minutes after sitting down.
Naturally I had room for dessert (remember I split my appies!) and this is where kicking it traditional reigns supreme. On the dessert menu you find old school faves like B-52 shooters and proper bananas foster sautéed with wads of creamy butter and brown sugar before being flambeed with rum and sedated with vanilla ice cream.
When I’m dining with the huz, dessert is either cheesecake or I’m forced to go it alone. Fortunately Hy’s famous cheesecake was as good as the Belgian chocolate bourbon cake looked. Fragrant with notes of vanilla and lemon, it wasn’t at all heavy, which meant I had to actually share it and not concede a few token bites to Dan.
Hy’s is a Calgary institution definitely worth sussing out. If you’re keen to try it for yourself, Hy’s is offering a $50 gift card to Travels with Baggage readers. Simply comment below and let me know how you like your steak. Traditional or modern, at home or medium rare, let me know by midnight on April 1, 2015.
I’ll draw a name the next day and will mail the gift card out to you. If you want to double your chances, simply like Travels with Baggage on Facebook or follow me on Twitter @Jody_Robbins. Please let me know in the comment section you’ve done that, so I can verify.
at the CORE, corner of 8 Ave. and 3 St. SW, Calgary