The Business Lunch at its finest
Now that Gotham Steakhouse is open for lunch a new player has arrived on the downtown business-lunch scene. With a paired down menu of appetizers and entrees at reasonable portions and prices you can enjoy a power lunch or a long afternoon in an elegant environment. Gotham is located at 615 Seymour in an art deco building that has stood since 1933 and is open for lunch Monday to Friday beginning at 11:30. The decor has a traditional steakhouse feel with rich velvet, dark wood, white linen and substantial tableware.
Lunch time entree options include true steakhouse fare such as Cobb Salad, Steak Sandwich, Prime Rib Burger and Filet Mignon but also interesting choices like Salmon Cakes, Seafood Cannelloni and Buttermilk Fried Chicken. Most lunch entrees are under $20 with the exception of a few steaks. There is also a good selection of soups, salads and appetizers that can be combined for lighter lunch options. The wine list is long and deep but we stuck to the feature sheet. I ordered a glass of 2010 Tolloy Pinot Grigio that I quite liked while Jeff enjoyed a Whistler Pale Ale.
The West Coast Seafood Chowder ($9.95) was one of the best I’ve tasted since Cardero’s changed to a Manhattan chowder. The chowder was creamy but not too rich and seasoned well with enough chunks of seafood.
The Lobster Bisque ($12.95) with Atlantic Lobster and a hint of sherry was also very good.
We decided to share a Caesar Salad ($11.95) so as usual we could compare it to our favourite Hy’s recipe. The kitchen was kind enough to split the salad onto two plates for us – this is a half salad pictured here. The flavor of anchovy was noticeable which we like but there could have been a bit more garlic and more pepper for our taste. There was just the right amount of grand padano cheese. Very good salad, but not quite our favourite.
We also decided to share the Apple Cider Smoked Salmon Plate ($16.95). The salmon had a stronger smoky flavor than others we have tried which we really liked. The dill and herb cream cheese was soft and flavourful and there was a good portion of both red onion and capers. This was a winner. There could have been a few more toast rounds but we managed with the bread basket.
The dessert menu was impressive with 11 options to choose from. I love cheesecake but have avoided it in restaurants lately after several disappointments. I went for it here and it was perfect! The Baked American Cheesecake with Mixed Berry Sauce ($11.95) was rich and creamy, not over cooked, not overly fussy, just plain and delicious. This cheesecake would bring me back for sure. And so would the rest of the meal.
Our bill was obviously more than our last venture to Save on Meats or Dunn’s but it was actually less than we expected. For the level of service that is provided and the quality of food that is served it was a good value. We already have plans to go back to Gotham for lunch again, this time with my Aunt and Uncle who we go out for lunch with once a month. We have gone to Joe Fortes a few times lately and I think this will be a great change.
Jeff & Tara Ciecko of CK Golf Solutions write two blogs on their website, one is their 19th Hole Blog where they share personal experiences and the Biz Blog where they share business best practices and golf industry related opinions. They have owned CK Golf Solutions for 6 years.