Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Steak 954 @ W Hotel Ft Lauderdale

Steak 954 is Stephen Starr's first venture into the South Florida market. He is famous for Morimoto and Budakken and there is talk of a Budakken South Beach.

Steak 954 is located at the recently opened W hotel in Ft. Lauderdale. The chef, Jason Smith, was previously chef du cuisine at Table 8 (Miami Beach).

The restaurant is impressive/modern looking and features a huge aquarium filled with jellyfish. There is also a nice view of the ocean if you go for lunch or an early dinner plus there is an outdoor patio facing the beach.

The menu features steaks with a modern touch. Interesting starters include spicy tuna tacos with foie gras, Kobe sliders, and a lobster/crab ceviche. Non steak entrees include a miso-glazed cod, pan-roasted branzino and seared duck breast. Oh and don't forget the $100.00 Kobe cheese steak and the raw bar.

I really wanted to try the Kobe sliders but passed since I was going with the ribeye as an entree. The tuna tacos with foie gras were also really tempting but when it was time to pull the trigger, I opted for the lobster/crab ceviche. It contained nice and fresh pieces of lobster and crab and was very good. My ribeye was a nice cut, cooked perfectly and very tender but unfortunately and surprisingly under seasoned and bland. The large side of stuffed hash browns I ordered was an over salted bust. Why was it sooo hard to simply say tater tots????

I was with a non drinker and didn't get a look at the wine menu. However, there were several reasonable btg options.

I really liked the look/atmosphere of Steak 954 and think Ft. Lauderdale really needed a place with a modern/sophisticated feel like this. It was packed with a lively crowd on a weeknight during my visit.

My meal was good but not great and my ribeye didn't come close to the steaks I've had at Mina's Bourbon Steak. Nevertheless, I suspect there are more hits on the menu and they should be able to correct the steak issue. So, I will be back soon to try more. It should be noted that they are also open for breakfast and lunch.

Steak 954

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Photo by Greg Clark Photography

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