When you think Hong Kong cuisine, a juicy steak isn’t exactly the first thing that springs to mind… But while HK may not be famous for its steaks, it certainly isn’t lacking in great steak houses! Whether you’re a rump or fillet girl, or want it blue or well done, here’s the Sassy round-up of our fave places for the perfect slab of sizzling red meat– our top five steakhouses in Hong Kong.
Bistecca Italian Steakhouse
Tuscan steakhouse Bistecca means business when it comes to its meat! The open kitchens are separated from the buzzing dining area by a glass-fronted butchers’ counter fridge laden with various cuts of steak, whilst your placemats come illustrated with a diagram of a cow showing exactly where your chosen piece of beef comes from.
While you ponder your choices, nibble on herby focaccia and vegetable crudites with a yummy anchovy dip. Your chosen steak is then charcoal grilled, drizzled with Tuscan olive oil and lemon (that’s a Bistecca steak at the top of this article!) and served up on a rustic wooden board with a mound of rock salt and little white porcelain pots of sauce (the chianti mustard is our top pick). Be sure not to miss out on the incredible Zucchini fries – be warned though, they’re dangerously moreish! An impressive array of Italian desserts (including unusual homemade ice-creams and sorbets, like grapefruit Campari or olive oil!) is available for those with room after all the meaty indulgence. Bistecca is a little slice of Northern Italy right in the heart of Lan Kwai Fong.
Bistecca Italian Steak House 2/F, Grand Progress Building, 15 Lan Kwai Fong, Central
Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse
If you prefer a more traditional steakhouse experience, might we suggest Ruth’s? The Admiralty branch of the New Orleans restaurant chain serves up steaks just as they would have been when the first Ruth’s outpost opened almost fifty years ago.
A dinner-jacketed bowtie-clad maitre’d smoothly ushers you into the dark wooden panelled dining room, a warren of leather booths and private corners. Ruth’s has a macho old-school atmosphere – you half expect to be seated next to a martini-swilling Don Draper puffing on a cigar while he charms a pretty blonde – and the menu reflects the décor, with a run-down of your traditional all-American favourites. We recommend you keep it classic and opt for the fillet with bernaise sauce and extra skinny shoestring fries. Service is seamless, the wine list is extensive and the food is faultless. Ruth’s is pretty pricey but is the perfect place to get dressed-up and go for a treat… just make sure your waistband has some serious give!
Ruth’s Chris Steak House Shop 2&3, G/F, Lippo Centre, 89 Queensway, Admiralty
2522 9090 www.ruthschris.com/Steak-House/10029/Queensway/
Tango Argentinian Steakhouse
For a more South American flavour head to Tango, which transports you from frenetic Hong Kong to the Pampas of Argentina. Cheery front of house staff whisk you to the warm rustic dining room; get a table next to the traditional Parilla fireplace and watch the chefs grilling your dinner over the open wood fire or head out to the balcony where you can peek down onto hectic Wyndham Street.
To get you in the mood, we recommend the Chorizo or Empanadas (Cornish pasties Argentinian style) appetisers. Onto the main event – all the meat here is grass fed, sustainable La Pampa beef and comes with six terracotta pots of sauce including a killer Chimichurri. We’ve tried the super tasty Skirt, Executive Chef Ignacio’s favourite, and the bone in Ribeye for two – both tender and full of flavour. Meanwhile, the wickedly indulgent Dulce de Leche and ice cream is worth saving room for! And if you really can’t find any extra space, Tango sells Dulce de Leche by the kilo for you to take home with you…
Check out our full review of Tango here.
Tango Argentinian Steakhouse 1/F, Carfield Commercial Building, 77 Wyndham Street, Central
2525 5808 hongkong-ic.intercontinental.com/dining/steak_house.php
Another stalwart of the steak world, Morton’s HK post boasts fantastic harbour views from its prime location in TST. Inside, the atmosphere is lively and fun – extending to a definite sense of theatre as waiters talk you through a whole trolley stuffed with the ingredients that go into your meal (not sure we needed that essay on the broccoli but never mind!).
However, the steak itself doesn’t need talking up – the taste and quality speak for themselves. Morton’s use only the best of the best (the top 2% of beef available in the US to be exact) in every cut under the sun; we tried the filet mignon and emerged victorious, polishing off the whole steak even amidst the array of delicious sides and seafood. It’s no wonder Morton’s is such a favourite for special occasions and group parties, as they will make your steak night a truly memorable one.
Morton’s of Chicago 4/F, The Sheraton Hong Kong Hotel & Towers, 20 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
2732 2343 www.mortons.com/
The Intercontinental Steak House wine bar + grill
The Intercontinental Steak House may be wallet-drainingly expensive, but it’s our out and out winner for best steak in the 852. It also has to be in line for the title of world’s best views from a steakhouse – the jaw-dropping panoramas of the skyline through huge floor-to-ceiling windows will impress even the most jaded Hong Kong resident.
You’ll be spoilt for choice with over 450 wines and a mind-boggling array of meat (that 900g Wagyu Tomahawk big enough for you?!), never mind the choices to be had once your steak actually arrives. We’re talking eight different pots of rock salt, a leather case of ten different knives and a tray of twelve different types of mustards! Happily, our hormone and antibiotic free New York Strip more than lived up to the hype, outshining all the pomp and ceremony. Perfectly cooked, tender and full of flavour – the absolute king of steaks. The chocolate fondant, a slab of gooey chocolatey indulgence big enough to feed a family of ten, is not to be missed either!
For flawless steak with total over the top service, served up with a side of eye-popping views (and an even more eye-popping bill at the end!), the Intercontinental Steakhouse really cannot be beaten.
The Steak House Winebar + Grill LG, InterContinental Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
2313 2323 hongkong-ic.intercontinental.com/dining/steak_house.php
…And that’s just Western steakhouses! We’ll save Chinese style sizzling steaks for another round-up – if our waistline can take it!
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