By Victoria Fabbo
Upon your first step walking into Rare Steakhouse, you are warmly greeted by the hospitality professionals at the reception area. They kindly lead you into an elegant room where you can view an open bar that is decorated with a variety of liquors.
The staff’s attention to detail was noteworthy from the outset. One of the dining room assistants even brought over mini chairs for our bags. How thoughtful!
Our server, Bouchaib, was wonderful and knowledgeable of the menu. We had questions on the different steaks and Bouchaib was able to answer them easily.
We began our exquisite dining experience with an amuse bouche: bellini topped with creme fraiche, salmon and salmon caviar. It was delightful.
We then ordered our mocktail beverages, Passion Project and Butterfly Effect. The Passion Project was refreshing – it could be sipped all day long! The butterfly effect with the butterfly flower and cucumber was like a day at the spa.
Our appetizers included lobster bisque, French onion soup, and Little Gem Caesar Salad. The Little Gem Caesar Salad had a crostini which held the salad. As for the lobster bisque, it felt like you could taste that they had made the broth fresh using the shellfish.
Jhalak, one of our food service assistants, was knowledgeable on the ingredients in each dish. It was very helpful. The general manager, Tomas, was so kind and cordial, visiting each table and conversing with guests about their dining experience.
Next, we enjoyed our steaks, the Boneless New York sirloin with truffle butter on top! Yum! We had it served with brussel sprouts and mashed potatoes. They were just as superb as you could imagine.
The sweetest part happened to be the pineapple upside down baked Alaska for two, which was served table side. Baked Alaska has ice cream in the middle and it is covered in Italian meringue which they then flambé. The presentation was lovely – Levin did a phenomenal job. We paired the baked Alaska with the Rare chocolate cake, which had a la mode vanilla ice cream. The ice cream was just what this ice cream lover enjoys. Sweetness! As we were ready to leave our palatial surroundings, sweet goodies were served: macaroon, pâte de fruit and chocolate truffle. Oh, the Rare Steakhouse was a Rare experience indeed. The bar is set high.