Without steak, most people wouldn’t be able to justify owning such terrifyingly sharp steak knives, much less an entire rack of steak guns. Today's Groupon gives you a chance to use them: for $25, you get $50 worth of steak-house fare at Grill Forty One on Elgin Street.
Situated inside Lord Elgin Hotel's elegant confines, Grill Forty One quells rumbling bellies with its protein-focused menu of locally sourced fare. Early risers can induct their bellies into a new day of noshing with breakfast at Grill Forty One's full buffet ($18) or with entrees such as the smoked-salmon benedict ($16). The lunch menu, meanwhile, doles out hearty sandwiches such as the Alberta-beef cheeseburger ($13), laden with truffle aioli. Unlike a cubist-inspired hair salon, dinner rolls out classic cuts such as the 11-ounce strip sirloin ($33), dressed up with brown-butter mash, and the rack of lamb ($35), lounging beside roasted beets and sautéed bok choy. Vegetarians, meanwhile, can partake in pastas such as the butternut-squash ravioli ($15), bedecked with toasted pecans and brown butter.
A vast wine list complements Grill Forty One's robust fare, and a sugar-laced assortment of homemade desserts, such as banana bread pudding with nutmeg ice cream ($9), wraps up meals like a cotton-candy straitjacket.
Grill Forty One
Chef Brian Vallipuram garnered his flair for flavour in his birth country of Sri Lanka and honed it while training to become a Master Chef in kitchens across Europe and Pangea. After prestigious stints at various upscale eateries in Toronto, Brian headed to Rose Hall, Jamaica where he gleaned invaluable hotel-dining experience at the White Witch Restaurant at the Ritz Carlton Hotel. Currently rooted in Ottawa, Brian populates Grill Forty One's menu with handpicked fresh and local ingredients, enabling him to craft upscale dishes such as rack of lamb, slow-cooked duck, and Atlantic salmon.
Located inside the historic Lord Elgin Hotel, Grill Forty One takes its name from the year it came into fruition: 1941. Conceived of as a space where luxury mingles with warmth and a casual vibe, the eatery comprises a lounge with flat-screen TVs and huge windows where guests can gaze out onto vistas of Elgin Street and Confederation Park where squirrels are known to perform Shakespeare. Earth tones, wood trims, and a wall with built-in glass cabinets showcasing fine wines embellish the dining room. With booths and banquet seating, Grill Forty One accommodates those popping in for a cocktail before a night at the theatre or larger groups meeting for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.