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You Can Now Get Your STK Fix in Toronto Instead of Crossing the Border

You have yet another reason to hit up Yorkville.

After a few quiet years, the upscale neighbourhood is hot again in all of its gourmet food-filled glory.

One spot on every meat lover’s mind is the brand-new STK Toronto.

The highly anticipated upscale steak house began taking reservations this week.

Image: STK Toronto

Hollywood A-listers have already had a chance to indulge in some of the restaurant’s signature dishes during the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). Famous faces to grace the spot included Jennifer Connelly, Ewan McGregor, Dakota Fanning (who we also partied with... well, kind of), Sandra Oh, Nick Cannon, Jonathan Demme, Anne Heche and Atom Egoyan.

Frequent travellers with a soft spot for red meat are likely familiar with STK’s carnivore-heavy culinary offerings thanks to the brand’s locations in major U.S. cities.

The menu features reimagined classic American cuisine, with favourites like bite-sized ‘Lil’ BRGs’ made with Wagyu beef, Lobster Mac & Cheese and, of course, mouthwatering steak that is totally worth breaking that diet for.

Image: STK Toronto website
Image: STK Toronto

To top it off, Chef Tommy McHugh has been named STK Toronto’s Executive Chef.

Armed with training in London from some of the world’s most exceptional culinary minds – including the late Peter Kromberg at Le Souffle, Anton Mosimann, OBE, DL at The Belfry Club, Joël Robuchon at Joël Robuchon and Atelier and Eric Chavot at The Capital Hotel – Chef McHugh was the Chef de Cuisine at Splendido and the Sous Chef at both Nota Bene and Stock.

Most recently, he was Executive Chef at longtime Toronto staple Il Fornello.

“Having trained with some of the most demanding chefs in the world, I believe the standard of preparation should be exacting so that the dining experience is elevated,” said Chef McHugh. “Traditional recipes may be the foundation, but evolving them is my passion. I am really excited to be part of this incredible team and bring STK to life in Toronto.”

But what truly sets STK apart from other steakhouses is a focus on the social experience and the vibe, complete with a cool, sleek design and a high-energy in-house DJ.

It’s a place you’ll want to stick around for cocktails long after the last bite of juicy goodness has left your lips.

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Erin Davis

Erin is a Toronto-based actor, writer and queen of the side hustle. When she’s not writing the day away in a face mask, she’s taking in the city’s vibrant arts scene, doing a red carpet interview or brunching with her leading ladies. Follow me: @erinnicoledavis