What’s on the menu at Maxime’s, a glam new King West steakhouse with tableside martinis and caviar service
Also: steaming seafood towers
Contact: 77 Portland St., maximestoronto.com, @maximestoronto
Neighbourhood: King West
Previously: Shook Kitchen
Owners: Scale Hospitality and Kontrast Entertainment
Chefs: Corporate executive chef Ted Corrado and chef Marvin Dion Garcia
Accessibility: Fully accessible
What used to be Shook Kitchen, a bright and airy plant-based restaurant, has transformed into its total opposite: a glam steakhouse inspired by Parisian nightlife. The venue is intimate, but the vibe is big. The space is dressed in velvet and leather, dry ice gets a lot of play, there’s pricey caviar service, and a DJ spins every night from 8 p.m. on. It’s lavish yet fun. “People come here to let go and let loose,” says Scale representative Stephanie Jarvis. “Smoking martinis and sizzling seafood towers add to the opulence.”
Classic steakhouse fare—prime cuts of meat, lobster, house-made pasta—but with a side of razzle-dazzle. It’s all about the theatrics here, whether it’s a dry-ice situation or a dessert you have to crack into. The mains are made to share, especially the Fred Flintstone–approved rib-eyes, T-bones and tomahawks. “Our guests seem to enjoy them, so we’re doubling the amount of steak we offer,” says Corrado.
In addition to bottle service (which ranges from $100 to a staggering $9,000), a globe-trotting wine card, a four-bottle beer list and signature cocktails, Maxime’s mixology team is bringing back old classics in a big way. The house martini is poured tableside and includes some dry-ice magic.
The outside is clean and understated, but the LED-lit arches lead to a whole other Block Pan Studios–designed world, framed by a mirrored lounge and floor-to-ceiling red velvet. Pillars wrapped in video screens display digital art, and a buzzing open-concept kitchen adds to the energy. A house DJ spins every night of the week, so there’s no need to leave in search of entertainment.