There are a few high end steakhouses in Toronto. Jacobs & Co Steakhouse (@jacobsandco) is definitely amongst the top. When my friends mentioned about this place for our pre-Chinese New Year celebration dinner, I was actually very excited, also frankly speaking, a bit concerned about the high cost. But there are places I’ve got to splurge and visit at least once in my culinary journey, so I quickly said yes after comforting my wallet.
Unfortunately we started off with a little mishap in that evening. The restaurant could not find our reservation when we arrived and it was a full house (even on a long weekend Monday). The manager was quick to react and managed to arrange for us a table that’s at the far corner right beside the washrooms on the second floor. We didn’t want to look for another restaurant at that time so we gladly accepted it.
The restaurant has a very elegant and classy decor. Everything was well organized and nicely presented. There was an in-house dry-aging room for the beef, as well as a large wine cellar. There was also a shellfish bar for those who would like to have a few oysters for appetizers.
We were told the menus changed daily. Take a look at the menu on February 16.
The Yorkshire Puddings came out huge and fluffy. I only had a few bites as I was worried about being too full afterwards. My friend said it wasn’t buttery enough. For me, I rarely tried this type of bread so I can’t say too much about it.
We have ordered three orders of Jacobs Caesar salad to be shared amongst the five of us. These salads were prepared table side. It was a pleasure watching it being made, and of course, the taste was excellent. I normally don’t like Caesar salad as I find the dressing too heavy. However the salad I had at Jacobs was just right on.
There were three side dishes we ordered and shared: Sautéed Spinach (white wine, garlic, citrus), Stuffed Baked Potato (bacon, sour cream, cheddar), and Sweet Potato Fries. For some reason the sautéed spinach was on a bitter side. The stuffed baked potato was huge and delicious. Sweet potato fries were a bit over-fried but were still acceptable.
Various condiments were presented to us as well for our steaks.
Now, the main dishes came — STEAK! We weren’t quite sure what to order as there were just too many choices. The server explained to us that the difference between USDA Prime Black Angus steak aged 45 days and 60 days was that steak aged 60 days would have a more concentrated, buttery flavor and also more tender. For the five of us, we ended up ordering two 18-oz bone-in striploin aged 60 days, one 18-oz bone-in striploin aged 45 days, and one 6-oz wagyu tenderloin from Snake River Farms.
The steaks looked very tender and delicious. My friend especially liked her wagyu tenderloin. Unfortunately for the rest of us, our striploins didn’t deliver the top quality promises as we were so hoping for. Both the 45-day and 60-day steaks were not tender at all. They were still juicy, but cartilages inside the meat made them quite chewy. The cast-iron pans did not come out sizzling hot, and the steak turned cold and greasy when we were still halfway through eating. Very disappointing!
We didn’t end up ordering any desserts as our high hopes for our steaks were quite ruined. Sadly, the cappuccino and coffee were bitter as well. Seriously we could have gotten much better coffee at any local coffee shops.
Overall, service was excellent, as expected, in such a high end restaurant. We really wished it was an off night for Jacobs & Co, as we just could not compare our experiences with many other highly raved reviews out there. Would I be back again? I don’t think so, at least not within few months. May be one day I feel like super splurging or someone treats me for a real special occasional dinner, I will revisit this steakhouse again, hoping by then I would be wowed. For now, so long, Jacobs.