From the minute we entered The Club – Steak, Oysters, Beer – I was impressed. Not only because most human beings would be excited by these three things simultaneously, but because the decor is impressive (think cabin chic). Dark wooden floors and bar make for a warm, inviting atmosphere, with simplistic shades of grey birch throughout. And for those of you who have but one complaint about Aqua – the uncomfortable plastic chairs – you’ll be happy to know these are wooden. There’s also dish cloths for napkins, house sangria and professional, attentive servers.
We enjoyed some delicious Spicy Wasabi and Sesame Nut Brittle while we waited for our mains. I was expecting an overpowering wasabi flavour but was surprised by the mild nut undertones, which pairs great with beer. All in all, delicious, but a bit crumbly (like trying to eat granola with your fingers). It would certainly be more manageable if it was served in larger chunks.
I really enjoy a decent time between courses, which The Club perfected beautifully. My 8oz Filet Mignon – grilled to perfection – arrived in due time with a side of honey roasted sweet potato wedges with sesame and cilantro.
Joel enjoyed the Prime Rib Eye Steak with pommes frites and pan roasted mushrooms and onions with worcestershire. The mushrooms and onions should be called onions and mushrooms, as the ratio was nowhere near 50/50.
The verdict? Excellent eats in a relaxed, hip restaurant that will no doubt be the topic of people’s raving for months and years to come. Advice? Make a reservation well in advance. We almost didn’t get a table on a random Wednesday night.