Hyde Park opened its Indianapolis location late in 2016, and they’re not missing a beat when it comes to fitting in with the well-respected steak scene in Indianapolis. The food is impeccable and the wait staff is knowledgeable and friendly. I’m going to let the photos do most of the talking, because you need few words to see why this Pittsburgh-based giant of a restaurant is giving the longstanding Indy steakhouses, oldies but goodies, a run for their money.
The lobster mashed potatoes are a sight to be seen, let alone eaten. You won’t have to dig through the potatoes to find token flecks of lobster because big hunks are laced throughout the dish. The flavor’s a little bit like étouffée—which I love—definitely has a New Orleans kick to it. Not spicy, just flavorful and rich and delicious.
The Caesar salad … I was told the croutons are house-made every night. So even though the croutons aren’t the reason you order a Caesar salad (or are they?) you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the perfect crunch they lend the crisp lettuce and tangy dressing.
The chicken piccata. So, I know this is a steak house, but I’m telling you, the chicken piccata is lovely. I don’t eat chicken, but the capers and lemon make the sauce absolutely divine. Honestly, this is no “token” chicken dish just put on the menu because there has to be a chicken dish. This is the real deal.
The brussels sprouts. Wow. Like really wow. The secret, so I was told, is they mash them before roasting. I am a fan. And I NEVER used to eat brussels sprouts. NEVER. But now, I am a believer.
The steak. Flavor is one thing, but to be a good—or a great—steakhouse in Indy, you need to know what it means to cook a steak correctly. And clearly, by the color in this photo you can see the chef know what medium rare means. Enough said.
Oh, and I should mention that while dinner is grand, it’s worth hitting the restaurant for lunch—the sushi is prepped onsite, which for a famed steak house isn’t typical, but if you go for lunch and have the sushi, you’ll be hard pressed not to want to call Hyde Park your new favorite sushi spot. Really. It’s that good.
A note about the salmon. Hyde Park sells Faroe Island salmon, a product that’s neither recommended by the Seafood Watch program, nor opposed. I’m not sure where Hyde Park gets its supply, but the Bakkafrost Faroe Island Farm it is considered by many, to be a sustainable product. The farm is a member of the Global Salmon Initiative and it’s salmon is certified by the Aquaculture Stewardship Council. The farm is dedicated to being fully transparent and from all the reports I have read, is committed to sustainable practices. However, although I do agree that the flavor is outstanding and that the farm is upstanding, I still have a personal belief that the indigenous practice of slaughtering pilot whales is beyond barbaric, and therefore, I will not eat Faroe Island salmon. Have an opinion or thought in this? I’d love to hear from you. And yes, I do reserve the right to change my mind down the road should research tell me otherwise.
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