Michael’s on Simcoe is located in the heart of the Financial and Entertainment districts in downtown Toronto. Nestled between King St and Richmond St., Michael’s on Simcoe is a trendy, urban steakhouse that ages their own meats in house.
Michael’s on Simcoe steakhouse playfully combines the best of contemporary cuisine, featuring USDA prime steak, fresh seafood and authentic Italian.
Classic cocktails are re-invented to tantalize your taste buds and our extensive wine list will tempt even those with the most discerning taste.
Zomato is a user-friendly website (and mobile app) that allows its users to socially share their food journeys and chronicle their adventures. You can see detailed information on different restaurants, find restaurants close to you and even discover new restaurants based on your mood!
Zomato began in India, and they recently acquired UrbanSpoon. Along with this acquisition – Zomato is booming and taking off around the world. Stay tuned to find it available in a city near you!
Lucky for us, Zomato recently launched right here in Toronto, and one of their initiatives was to get local influencers together to experience new restaurants and bring awareness to Zomato.
Each #ZomatoMeetup is held at a different restaurant, and brings together a group of carefully selected influencers, bloggers, foodies and journalists.
I had been invited to a more than one #ZomatoMeetup over the past couple of months, however I had always had prior commitments on each night.
Finally – our schedules synced up and I was able to make it out for the #ZomatoMeetup at Michael’s on Simcoe!
This was perfect! I’m a steak and potatoes gal, through and through! To top it off, I knew a few friends were going to this #ZomatoMeetup at Michael’s on Simcoe – so the night was set to be great!
When I arrived, I was greeted by the ever so lovely, Pam from Zomato who ushered me over to our reserved seating. Handed a delicious cocktail, I had some time to mingle before dinner and review the menu for the night.
As I reviewed the menu, the waitstaff let me know that each different course was going to be paired with a different glass of wine.
How could I not be excited for this meal?!? LOL
Before dinner, we were given a tour of the in-house meat locker located by the kitchen. To say this thing was impressive is an understatement! Just look at the above pic my friend Casey posted!
Executive Chef, Derek von Raesfeld led the tour along with explaining the meat aging process and how each piece was prepared. This added a whole new element to our meal because we were given a background of sorts on each of the delicious dishes we were being treated to that night.
First up, Imported Burrata topped with toasted spiced bread crumbs and served on eggplant, cherry tomato caponata.
I’m a big fan of Burrata cheese, so this dish was a winner in my books. The spiced bread crumbs paired perfectly with the creaminess of the cheese.
The Imported Burrata was plated along side the Dry aged beef carpaccio with fresh arugula, shaved parmesan and truffle carpaccio and lemon truffle dressing. I’m not usually a big fan of carpaccio, to be honest. Something about the raw meat just doesn’t appeal to me.
However, as I’ve been mentioning – I want to be more open with the foods I try – so I gave it a go. Paired with the arugala and parmesan cheese – this was surprisingly tasty!
This was AMAZING.
The Lobster gnocchi, soft potato dumplings, fresh N.S. lobster, chili and tomato Sofrito was perfect. I had big pieces of lobster in my serving and the gnocchi was cooked perfectly. I ate every single last piece on my plate – and would have happily had seconds!
By far, one of my fave dishes of the night. If not my fave.
Served along side the gnocchi was Fregola di Sard; fresh clams steamed in rich spiced fish stew with toasted pasta pearls.
The stew sauce was a rich fish flavour, which was new to me. However, the pasta pearls added a different element and took it to a new level.
I love pasta pearls, and am accustomed to having them in Italian Wedding Soup – so this brought me back to that comfort food feeling.
When our main dishes were brought out the server also brought out some Himalayan Pink Salt to up the ante of the flavour in each dish.
And boy did it ever!
Time for the main course(s)!
First up we had a Roasted Organic half chicken roll sliced and served with sautéed brussel sprouts with bacon, apple and onion.
So tender, so juicy – this chicken was amazing. It may be the first time I actually enjoyed eating brussel sprouts. LOL!
The chicken was served alongside some grilled USDA prime striploin sliced and served with sautéed garlic and chili rapini.
This steak was melt-in-you-mouth delicious. Adding a sprinkle of the Himalayan Pink Salt was a great decision. It brought out the flavours in the meat, as well as the chili rapini.
Hands down – one of the best steaks I have ever had.
For dessert we had Affogato, with Tahitian vanilla ice cream with a rum spiked espresso shot and house made biscotti.
I’m not a coffee drinker, let alone espresso – so I passed on the espresso shot. I did however devour the ice cream and biscotti!
The night ended after the final dish, and multiple glasses of wine. Not before the Zomato team could surprise with a little treat to take home!
All in all – my night at Michael’s on Simcoe was fantastic. The service was amazing, the restaurant itself is gorgeous,and the food was unbelievable.
Side note: Ladies…use the washroom if you visit Michael’s on Simcoe. Trust me. It’s worth it.