Steak 954 is an well-designed restaurant with impressive views of the beach where one can find a variety of dishes made with fresh ingredients presented with style.
The vibe is modern, the decor vibrant with colors ranging from the brightest greens to the deepest blues. The outside seating area could not have been more pleasant, the long white-sand beach a whisper away from the tables and the ocean so blue that it looked that it was painted by Picasso himself.
This time my dining companion was Miss D., a person whose opinions are so visceral that you can guess what she is thinking just looking at her face after each mouthful.
We started with the French Onion Soup which was made with ciabatta crostini, gruyère and provolone cheese. The thick layer of cheese was decadent and the soup underneath very aromatic.
The Long Island Duck Slider combined burgers made from duck, cabbage slaw and kimchee aïoli on a brioche bun; all this accompanied by crisp house-made chips. This was a hit around the table. It was not too big so only one bite per person and wow, the flavor was great and heavenly.
It was served with nora mills grits, shaved vegetable salad and a foie gras emulsion. The chicken was golden on the outside and juicy on the inside. The grits were creamy and the foie gras emulsion added a nice touch. This dish was a bit on the salty side though.
This snapper dish was served with an interesting combination of ingredients. The snapper itself sat on a bed of cucumber tzatziki and cilantro coulis and was topped with a fava bean "salad". Again, this dish was also a tad too salty. Miss D. agreed.
The Broiled Filet Mignon on the other hand, was pure genius. The portion was quite generous and it came with pomme frites (aka french fries), sautéed broccoli rabe leaves and a roasted mushroom sauce that was to die for.
Desserts were both spectacular and very pretty. The Sticky Carrot Cake was gooey and moist and the crème fraîche ice cream an original addition. The cognac butterscotch the cake and ice cream were sitting on was just lip-smacking.
The Caramalized Chocolate Bread Pudding was faultless, the combination of chocolate and caramilzed bananas adding a fine balance. And the hazelnut ice cream? Nothing short of a party on the tongue.
These particular dishes were part of the "Dine Out Lauderdale" menu for Steak 954, a six-week celebration of the area's top restaurants, chefs and cuisine in the area. Most of the above items are available on the menu all the time.
Will I come back to Steak 954? Definitely. The attentive service, the view of the beach, the cool ambiance and great food are all reasons to visit this exceptional eatery.
401 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
For reservations please call (954) 414-8333
* Please note that prices vary depending on if it is lunch or dinner
By Contributor Writer and Photographer Brenda Benoit