Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Restaraunt Review: Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse

Hyde Park Steakhouse Foyer

Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse
6360 Frantz Road; Dublin, Ohio 43017
(614) 717 - 2828
(614) 717 - 2710 (FAX)

Bar Opens Daily At 4:30pm
Happy Hour: Monday - Friday 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Monday - Thursday 5:00pm - 9:30pm
Friday and Saturday 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Closed Sunday (available for private events)

I was fortunate enough to dine at Hyde Park over the Christmas holidays, accompanied by my brothers Big Mike and California Dave. Hyde Park provides a real experience in fine dining, something that Big Mike and I are quick to appreciate. I think that discovering fine dining in Ohio may have set old Dave back on his heels a little, he being from the cultural center of civilization on the West Coast (Los Angeles, Granola Land). By the time after dinner drinks were served I think Dave had adapted pretty well.

Menu at Hyde Park

The very first thing you have to accept at Hyde Park is the service. This is becoming increasingly more difficult as the difference in quality between Hyde Park and the rest of the world steadily increases. You see, when you arrive at Hyde Park the staff really are glad to see you and they really do want to make you comfortable and provide you with a singular experience. This is complimented by their skill set; they really do have the skills to succeed.

We were greeted by the hostess and seated immediately. The floor plan of Hyde Park eliminates poorly situated tables, which is a benefit, but nevertheless the hostess asked us if we'd be comfortable here before we sat down. Upon being seated our waiter introduced himself (Mark) and took our drink order. I ordered a perfect manhattan straight up, specifying they make it just as cold as a banker's heart. A republican banker. California Dave wanted the same thing, but had a few doubts about perfection. When he asked Mark just how a perfect manhattan was made, Mark answered correctly without consulting the bartender - half rye whiskey, half sweet vermouth with a dash of angostura bitters.

Steak, Potatoes Au Gratin, Broccoli with Hollandaise

Perfect Manhattan

After a suitable interval, another server came by to explain the evening dinner specials and left the list with us. Mark took our order shortly after. Big Mike accepted Mark's advice for the wine; J Lohr Hilltop 2007, which was excellent. We each ordered a glass, then about halfway through dinner Big Mike ordered a bottle. I had a steak as did Dave, and Big Mike had lamb chops. The food is excellent, and the portions for the side dishes are enough for two or three people. I have no criticism here as the food is outstanding, but to anyone dining at Hyde Park I would advise that if you have wine, buy the bottle. I would also suggest that you order your steak cooked a little more on the rare side. This is a personal preference that reveals my age. I'm old enough to remember rare steak and raw eggs being consumed without a second thought, which is not the case these days.

J. Lohr Hilltop

At Big Mike's suggestion we had key lime pie for dessert. We elected to divide one piece between the three of us - Mark did the honors, as I was feeling the wine by then and didn't trust myself with such a delicate operation. The key lime pie at Hyde Park is excellent, and the flavor is tart. This is what I expect from a good key lime pie and rarely find, the general public having cultivated tastes that run to straight sugar, which has generally ruined key lime pie in most areas. Desert was accompanied with coffee and followed with a shot of drambuie taken straight up in a brandy snifter.

Our Damages

As you can see, dinner at Hyde Park is not for the faint of heart. Big Mike was generous to a fault and picked up the bill; Dave and I took care of the gratuity. While none of us can afford to eat at Hyde Park all the time, the value of the experience warrants the cost.

Leftovers for Excellent Rachmaninoff

In summary:
  • Ambiance: 9
  • Service: 10
  • Food: 10
Overall Rating: 10

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