I went out for steak tonight to a little hole in the wall place on Grand Avenue, up from Lake Merritt. It is next to a nail salon that was incredibly busy at 6:30 on a Saturday night.
It is not much to look at and you would never have pegged it for a steakhouse, in fact you'd think it was actually a Chinese restaurant. I hesitated at the door because the place was empty of customers and all the staff were sitting at the bar. However, the East Bay Express had good things to say about it, so I took a chance.
The menu is all about the meat. My dining companion had had a half slab of ribs at an earlier visit but both of us were in the mood for beef.
I ordered the Rib Eye and it came out beautifully rare. There was a lot of fat around the meat but that just made it tender and delicious. The garlic mashed potatoes were excellent and I did eat one of the broccoli florets.
business partner's husband had the NY Strip. His meat was cooked to his specification - just pink all the way through - and just what he had been dreaming about. He also had a salad with his but, you know my saying about salads: "Salad isn't food, it is what food eats!"
The waiter warned us at the outset about them losing their liquor license but the meal was still excellent without wine. The prices are also very reasonable, making this a terrific alternative to those high end steak houses where you pay for the rarefied atmosphere.
After dinner, we walked down to Walden Books and spent a lovely time just browsing the new and used books. All and all, it was a great evening.
5 weeks ago