Decadent Dining

I’m starting to get excited for Let’s Do Lunch Downtown, when 21 downtown restaurants will be offering up awesome lunch specials starting at just $6.99. Over the next few weeks we’ll be revealing the special menus that have been prepared for you. And if you Do Lunch Downtown, you’ll be eligible to win an amazing $500 restaurant package.

I’ve also got lots of gift certificates to give away and the winners of the last two are:

The Beachcomber: Leana Buhler

Modern Restaurant: Lindsey


I’ve got two more awesome prizes up for grabs again today. This time I’ve got a $50 gift card from Lobby on York to offer and a $50 gift card from Hy’s Steakhouse.

To enter, leave a comment below telling me which one you’d like to try along with a way to contact you. (You can leave your email address in the form–it will be kept private.)

You’ve got until Wednesday at 9am to enter this one.


Lobby on York
295 York Avenue, 896-7275

I think oysters are becoming the new hot item in town and never one to miss an opportunity to eat, I knew I had to indulge. I’d been hearing about Lobby on York’s oysters for a while and last week, finally got the chance to check it out.

It turns out oyster night is every night (now that’s something I can get behind) in their lounge. They come nestled in a bed of ice, served with lemon and Tabasco and are perfectly tender and briny just as good oysters should be. Couple that with the sensuous atmosphere of Lobby’s lounge and you’re in heaven.

While we were there, we decided to try out a couple of menu items as well. I can’t rave enough about the tuna tartare. I adore tartare in all its forms and this was over the top. Flavourful and fresh, with just the right amount of avocado, sesame oil and chili aioli mixed in. It came with these incredible homemade ripple chips that were crispy and satisfying. I could have eaten whole bathtubs of both items.

We also tried their beet salad, which was also delectable. The beets were roasted and came with arugula, walnut, pear and chevre. The dressing was a maple balsamic reduction that was so rich and velvety, it almost seemed like my salad had been drizzled with chocolate. I’m not kidding. I actually had to ask the waitress if there was chocolate, but no, apparently the chef can just make things taste like chocolate without it. Kind of like turning lead into gold I think.

And finally, agedashi tofu is another of my favourites and Lobby’s upscale version goes to the top of my list. Light and airy, it came sitting in a shallow pool of truffle scented ponzu and flavoured delicately with ginger and lime. Pure heaven. (Trust me on this, even if you think you don’t like tofu. It’s to die for.)

The lounge is also featuring a new menu where we tried a plate of angus beef sliders. The meat was tender and juicy. My favourite items was the upscale poutine (you all know how much I love poutine) made with crispy fries, cheese, slices of pear and house-made demi glace. It was without fail, that perfect combination of salty, gooey and awesome.

I am going back soon to try the lemon truffle chicken wings, which sound so ridiculously good, I can’t even wrap my head around it.

Lobby is also offering a special ladies nights on Thursdays with drink specials, appetizers and the chance to win a $100 gift certificate. So get the girls and party like it’s 2011.



Hy’s Steakhouse
One Lombard Place, 942-1000

Walking into Hy’s Steakhouse is liking walking into a castle. Soaring ceilings, big white fireplaces, rich dark walls, silky fabrics and the smell of a humming kitchen permeates the air.

Last week, I headed over for lunch and enjoyed a decadent two hours enjoying delicious food and good company.

One has to start with the signature cheese toast that comes wrapped in foil and piping hot from the kitchen. Thick slices of bread are covered in melting gooey cheese that is just amazing. It’s the perfect appetizer. One of my lunch companions also decided to try the French onion soup, which was delectable. The broth was rich and earthy and came topped with bubbling crust of cheese.

For my lunch entree, I opted for the beef dip, aptly called “rare dunkin'” on the menu. A soft white baguette was topped with tender slices of rare beef and served alongside a flavourful jus for dipping. I also opted for a side of their crispy, golden French fries. It was all delicious.

One of my favourite things about these classic types of restaurants is their ability to bring old school recipes to life. Another of my lunch companions had the crab Louie salad–a concoction that was apparently first served in Seattle in the early 1900s. The salad consists of crab meat (obvs), romaine lettuce, asparagus, hard boiled eggs, tomato and cucumber all tossed in a Louie dressing of mayo, chillis and peppers. Hy’s version was a fresh, flavourful and satisfying lunch option.

For dessert, we shared a slice of bourbon chocolate cake that is going to become one of my picks for Peggy’s Bucket List. Dark, dense and rich, it was absolutely sinful–and wow, could you taste the bourbon! It came topped with a big dollop of white chocolate ganache that melded perfectly with the dark chocolate and bourbon. Don’t miss out on this one.


80 thoughts on “Decadent Dining

  1. Oyster night is every night? I thought it was just Thursdays and I can never make it – awesome! You’ve just made my day.
    That being said, please enter me for the Lobby gift card. Thanks 🙂

  2. My wife and I dined @ Hy’s for Valentines day. We had a great time!… Would have been even better had I been feeling 100%… i was sick with the flu!

    We’d like to go again, but this time, hopefully i will be filling better, and i’m certain will will enjoy the experience much more!

  3. I’ve been to Hy’s before and absolutely loved it. The service there is impeccable.

    However, since I’ve never been to The Lobby, I would love the chance to win a GC so I can check it out.

    I’m getting hungry just thinking about all this delicious food!

  4. hi there,
    I’ve not tried either one, however, would love to. We have a lot of great venues downtown and it’s always great to try something new.

    Thanks for the opportunity to put our name in the draw.

    have a great day!

  5. Oysters every night? Sign me up! Would be super-excited winning the GC for the Lobby…

    Thanks for the opportunity!

  6. I would love to go for Oyster’s a the Lobby! My Dad tried to take me there for lunch one day for Oysters and they only had them at dinner! I would love to turn the tables and take him there for an evening of delicious oysters!!!

  7. I would love to try Hy’s. My friend went and had nothing but wonderful things to say about it. Plus I love steak. All I eat is steak during the summer..

  8. HI there,
    Would love to be entered for the card to HY’s – I have only been there once with a work function and would love to go back!

    Thank you,
    Have a great day!


  9. Hmmm… I’d actually like to try Hy’s Steakhouse again. The husband and I gave it a try shortly after they moved to their new location on Lombard and had a terrible dining experience! Neither of us was very impressed, but everyone is always raving about it and it would be nice to give them another chance! 🙂

  10. I would love to try Lobby on York. I lived in Toronto for a while and miss the oyster bars there that my friends and I went to regularly. Unfortunately my Winnipeg friends are not willing to try oysters. But that’s OK with me because if the alternative is Hy’s I would still be a winner. I haven’t eaten there since the early 90’s but I can still taste the wonderful cheese toast, those perfect fries and mmmmmmm the cheesecake. I’d love an opportunity to enjoy it all again.

  11. Put me in for the Lobby drawing!
    Yet another one that I have on my list of places to check out around here! 🙂

  12. I remember when I first saw Hy’s Steakhouse. I was riding on the number 15 bus and it turns left from Portage onto Main and I just remember thinking to myself “hmm…it’s like Toronto, but in Winnipeg, where there’s restaurants on the Main Floor of high rises, that’s so cool! I can go to restaurants like that here now and not have to wait until I go to Toronto!”. To say the least, it’s been a few years since then, and since I was a student up until about a year ago and didn’t have the money, I still haven’t been able to go. I would love for the opportunity! Thank you!

  13. I would love to try the Lobby on York, especcially after you raved about all the delicious seafood like the oysters and tunatare! mmmmh. My boyfriend and I have a list of restaurants we would like to check out in Winnipeg and the Lobby is on it!

  14. Hi Ms Peggy,
    I’d like to try the Lobby! I’ve never been there, as the prices are a bit out of my range.. But 50$ will get a really nice steak there, and I’d love to take my girlfriend!

  15. You’ve got me drooling over these 2 restaurant descriptions. We’ve got 2 young kiddies at home and dinner is usually a rushed affair shoving food in our mouths, so a nice leisurely dinner would be amazing!!!

  16. I have been wanting to go to Lobby on York for some time so if I win I choose this GC.

    My bf and I live trying new foods and restaurants, he can honestly tell anyone where all of the best Asian food in this entire city is! Honest he would blow you away with his finds. So winning this I could get a new sense of flavours for a night, don’t get me wrong all food Asian is scrumptious but this is to enticing too not try for.

  17. I’d love to try Hy’s as I’ve never been to this restaurant. I thoroughly enjoy going out to eat and trying new places and recommending them if the restaurant deserves the gold star.

  18. Lobby on York is high on my list of restaurants to try. I belong to a lunch group and dinner group and would love to recommend it.

    It’s been years since I was at Hy’s Steakhouse…believe I was showing off my piano skills in the bar! lol Great restaurant.

  19. I’d love to try the Lobby – been seeing the renos and totally interested in seeing what its like inside.

  20. I used to work with one of the Chefs, but haven’t had time to check out his new gig!
    Definitely interested in The Lobby!

  21. On November 27, 2004, I took my girlfriend Michelle (now she’s my wife) to Hy’s Steakhouse for a really nice steak dinner. This was when Hy’s was in the old location with all the beautiful woodwork and character. That same night, I proposed and she said yes. Since then, Hy’s has always held a special place in our hearts. We would absolutely LOVE to win a gift card to Hy’s to reminisce about the night of our engagement.

    Thank you very much to Downtown Peggy for hosting such wonderful contests. Good luck to everyone. 🙂

  22. Lobby on York, heck yes! I’ve been there (it is delicious), but my BF hasn’t and it would be great fun to go together.

  23. I haven’t to been to either of these restaurants, but would love to try Lobby on York; heard good things about this place:)

  24. I’d be so greatful to go to either one! If I had to pick I’d say the lobby but they’re both amazing! Cheers and thanks for the opportunity 🙂

  25. To all those newbies that want to try out LOBBY here is your chance. They have just released their new website
    At the bottom of every page there is a prompt to join their Loyalty program/VIP club.
    When you do you will receive an e-mail offering you a FREE starter! Just print it off and go there!

  26. I would choose Hy’s Steakhouse. I’d be grateful for either, as I have never been to these 2 restaurants. They both sound fantastic, but I’m a huge steak fan so my choice has to be Hy’s.

  27. I’d love to win for the Lobby on York. I saw they remodeled last year and have been dying to try it ever since.

  28. Please enter me for Hy’s. My sister-in-law has never been and has always wanted to go. Their steaks are amazing.

  29. Lobby. Been watching the renos at the building for years now, would love to see what’s going on in the restaurant & main floor, and of course I hear the food is fabulous.

  30. I would love to try Hy’s; I have heard so many great things about it. I have lived in the city all my life, love steak, but have not yet been!

  31. I’d have to go with Hy’s. I’ve been there once before and had a great meal and overall dining experience; but I regret not having ordered a steak. Who in their right mind goes to a steak house and doesn’t order steak?

  32. I work in the Richardson building and would love to have a fabulous lunch at Hy’s one day. Plus, it’s where Michael Buble was the night before his concert here last summer! 🙂

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