Friday, March 25, 2016

Flint Grill and Bar (Hong Kong, CHINA) ★★★☆☆

I had the pleasure of being invited to Flint Grill & Bar's opening events when the steakhouse first opened for business back in 2013 and I have to say, I came away very impressed with the work Head Chef Sven Wunram has done for the place. 

It's been 3 years now and finally, I decided to come back for a second visit but words had Chef Sven Wunram off to Grand Cayman Islands (Ritz Carlton) early this year already. 

One of the things that has impressed me most about Flint Grill & Bar is its tranquil ambience; that is a little hard to find these days, especially for a steakhouse!

Caesar salad with baby gem lettuce, cured egg yolk, croutons, white anchovy ($140) - With a lot of meat and seafood ahead of us, starting things off with a salad sounded like a brilliant idea. The baby lettuce was crisp and fresh while the white anchovies and parmesan cheese chips provided a nice one-two punch to the flavors. 

Petuna ocean trout with finger lime, fresh seaweed ($190) - This is an interesting one. Two pieces of the ocean trout was lightly seared while a third one was almost entirely cooked. Odd isn't it?

I thought it tasted alright but a little more acidity would have done this dish a bit more justice.

Seared foie gras with veal shank, hazelnut, quince and parsnip ($190) - I haven't had seared foie gras for a while now so personally, I was really looking forward to this dish. As my partners in crime have never paid much attention to cholesterol, I let them have a larger portion while I took a smaller piece. Interesting to see veal shank in play here and surprisingly, that little experiment worked out well with the seared duck liver. Not bad.   

Grilled carabineros with shallot, red and green chilli and yuzu ($190) - Spanish red prawns were one of my favorite seafood and these were grilled to absolute perfection. Love the amount of prawn shrimp in there too. Delish!

Grilled Iberico pork chop with roasted pumpkin, red mustard, calvados and crackling ($300) - We decided we just wanted one main course to share and ended up choosing pork over beef for no particular reason. But this grilled Iberico pork chop had to be one of the more disappointing dish of the evening. 

The pork was definitely a little on the hard side and more importantly, the rich flavors we often found from Iberico pork were kind of missing from action.

There will be no dessert for us on this evening as the three of us had another engagement after the meal. So I guess we'll have to find another time to sample this dessert menu. 

Food Rating: 5/10
Price: $$$
Address: 5/F JW Marriott Hotel Hong Kong, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong
Closest Metro Station: Admiralty
Tel: +852 2810-8366
Website: Link

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