FT. LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – Steak 954 at the W Hotel in Ft. Lauderdale is a hip 240 seat modern steakhouse that  first opened its doors  in 2009—and has now become a favorite for locals and tourists alike.

At the helm is Chef Jason Smith whose culinary talents have made him one of the star chefs of restaurateur Stephen Starr’s list of top eateries around the world.

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“We are first and foremost a steakhouse and we have the best steak in your life, but I want to make sure we have chicken and fish as well,” Chef Jason said adding, “I want to make sure everything is great and people don’t just come here for steak.”

Yes, steak isn’t the only thing sizzling in Chef Jason’s kitchen. New to the menu for late summer and early fall is an array of lighter plates, like Burrata and heirloom tomato salad.

“Don’t ever refrigerate a tomato unless you have to—it takes all the flavor out,” said Chef.

The crispy organic Alaskan Salmon topped with tomato relish and fennel salad is beautiful when both plated as well as tasted.

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“Here’s the salmon, I can hear the crunch of the skin,” said CBS4’s Lisa Petrillo, who jokes about having the tough task of tasting. “It’s seasoned to perfection!”

Over at the bar five are new, creative cocktails. The bartender mixes up one called Soleil Ray; It’s made up of Bombay Gin, homemade Limoncello , agave nectar and lemon bitters.

Petrillo described the drink as both refreshing, but with a kick.

Back in the restaurant are two of the wildest looking desserts ever: A rich cherry bread pudding with chocolate crunch ice cream and a crazy looking  key lime baked Alaska, which is graham cracker genoise, blackberry and kaffir soda.

“It’s crazy good!” said Petrillo of the desserts.

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For more information about the restaurant, and to take a gander at the menu, visit their website, www.starr-restaurant.com/steak954.com.

Lisa Petrillo