On the ground floor of the trendy W in Fort Lauderdale, is Steven Starr’s Steak 954 with similar pulse of the hotel’s Whiskey Blue disco: dark and a bit noisy yet very hip and fun. Steak 954 is a boutique steak house serving more than just meat and potatoes. (954, by the way, is the local area code!)
Since I was with a group of journalists on a Spa-Chic press trip staying at the W, we never saw the menu. Instead we had family-style tasting of many restaurant offering served with two Casa Lapostolle wines: 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Rapel Valley and the 2010 Sauvignon Blanc, Rapel Valley.
For appetizers we sampled tuna tacos ($19) served in a crisp shell unusually topped with seared foie gras and accompanied with guacamole; some thinly sliced prime beef carpaccio ($18) with shreds of Parmesan cheese; and a simple chopped veggie salad ($11).
Our entrees included a prime NY Strip perfectly cooked, sliced ready to share ($39), an incredibly tender and juicy roasted natural chicken ($28) and a delicate tender miso black cod ($27) served with bok choy. I’d return to dine on any of the three. The veggies were fine just nothing spectacular: tender carrots ($9), delicate broccolini ($9) and way too salty truffle potato gratin ($10).
After dinner, head upstairs the the fourth floor Living Room for nightcap and entertainment, or out to the oceanfront deck replete with a fire pit to keep you warm on a chilly night.
Steak 954 also serves up a delicious brunch with traditional selections of baked goods, cereals, fresh fruit platters, French toast and omelets, yet the much quieter dining room is filled sunshine.
(In the W Hotel)
401 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304