Steak Frites ($19)

Cut Steakhouse & Urban Grill
5120 Salter St.
Halifax 429-5120
www.cutsteakhouse.ca

Signature Drink: Prosecco
Signature Dish: Porterhouse Steak
Dinner & drinks for 2: $75
Rating: ****

Cut Steakhouse caused a sensation when it opened two years ago. High-end steaks and $6 baked potatoes put it in a class of its own.

Our less extravagant tastes lead us to the busy and loud downstairs grill.  We sit at a booth with an exquisite chandelier overhead.

Over our beers we mull the menu’s steaks, burgers and “stuff that doesn’t come from the butchery.” We settle on Steak Frites (6 oz. $19) a dry aged striploin, medium rare as requested, with fat and yummy fries and house-made tomato basil ketchup.

 My Single Ground Burger ($12) is the best I’ve had in this town.

Substantial, nicely garnished and of obviously high quality meat, we declare it better than our steak.

A perfect accompaniment is the Chopped Salad Grill ($10) of greens, avocado, corn kernels, blue corn tortilla crisps, aged gouda, free range poussin (baby chicken), and its superb original and sharp chipotle pommery mustard dressing.

Our efficient server seems to be on automatic, but anyone who can serve a burger this fine is okay with me.

Dining out

Not a BAAAD Idea
Brooklyn Warehouse, 2795 Windsor St., presents Holidays in Brooklyn — A Local Lamb Tasting with Bill Wood from Wood ‘n’ Heart Farm, Sunday, Dec. 20, 6:30 p.m. Four courses  cost $50 per person. Call 446-8181 for reservations, or visit www.brooklynwarehouse.ca for more information.

ZEE FRENCH TOAST

FID Resto, 1569 Dresden Rd., has announced a new weekend brunch item: Zee French Toast: fresh brioche, from La Vendéenne bakery, fried and served with maple-whipped goat cheese and strawberry sauce. Call 422-9162 for information or visit www.fidresto.ca

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