Restaurant: City Grill, 384 East Ave., Rochester NY (585) 222-2489
Chef: James Dean
This season A-List is featuring Dishes to Share, and this one is pretty special. It’s the perfect choice when gathering with friends and family to make some memories this holiday season. City Grill has a number of delectable dishes to share which, along with its mouthwatering menu of steaks, chops, chicken and wood fired pizzas, has made it a popular meeting spot.
We sampled the Himalayan Hibachi, a trio of beautifully marbled NY Strip steak bites, fresh salmon and gorgeous, ruby red, sushi grade ahi tuna attractively presented with an arrangement of fresh vegetables and served with a piping hot brick of Himalayan pink salt. The brick is heated in City Grill’s pizza oven to an eye popping 600 degrees. Guests use chopsticks to cook their meal right on the brick at the table, making for not only a memorable experience, but a delicious dining experience. The meat and fish are both of the highest quality, and the Himalayan salt does exactly what proper seasoning is meant to do – it enhances the natural flavors of both the meat and the fish, rather than masking or overpowering them. The heat sears the outside beautifully for a flavorful, caramelized exterior – and perhaps the best part is that everyone at the table can decide their own degree of doneness. As trendy as this dish may sound, it is by no means a gimmick. From the presentation to the quality of the menu items to the flavors and colors produced by the cooking style, to the overall experience, everything about this dish was best in class, and without question, one of our most memorable Best Dishes.
– Allison Zimmer, A-list Contributor