I’ve been intrigued by NAO Steakhouse — a Japanese-influenced steak place, in an old Yorkville house that used to be Boba — ever since it opened. A friend used to work there, but we never quite made it in during her tenure, and for whatever reason we just hadn’t gotten around to making reservations. This week was a tiring one at work though, so we decided on Thursday to try a new place to end the week on a fun note. So we landed here.
First we stopped in at Boxcar Social for an espresso and some drinks. I like that I can get great versions of both there.
Then, on to NAO. It’s a cool space, and they gave us a nice corner on the banquette, the feel of the place was a hit. And the food? Outstanding. The Japanese influence lent a little something to the typical steak experience, but the steak itself was top-notch. I also really liked the wine selection…not the kind of 4-pound wine list that confounds or overwhelms, but well-organized and well-thought-out. We tried to get a bottle of Rustenberg from South Africa, but someone snagged the last bottle just before we did. Instead we got a Chilean Carmenere/Cab blend that wasn’t on the list, which worked out just fine indeed.
- Blanc de Blanc // Pearl Morissette Chardonnay
- Hamachi with jalapeño and yuzu // Oysters from BC and PEI
- 22oz swinging rib Canadian prime (Norwich, ON)
- Broccolini with soy, chili, and garlic
Consider it added to the favourites section of my list.
Cover photo from NAO’s site