Sunday, April 24, 2016

Steik World Meats (Hong Kong, CHINA) ★★★☆☆

It's been a while since the name "Steik World Meats" popped up except for a recent Restaurant Week promotion. The last time I recalled checking this place out, they had a private event going on that evening so that was the end of it.

But when the gang asked me to name a place for lunch this afternoon, this fine dining sister of the legendary Jimmy's Kitchen suddenly came to mind.

We decided to order a few lunch sets to share among the five of us. Classic Caesar salad with candied parma ham, croutons, parmesan cheese and anchovy dressing was obviously one of the more popular choices as everyone was fighting for something green to start things off. Not bad.

I thought it will be a huge mistake not to order this 63 degree slow-cooked egg with grilled asparagus and toasted almond dressing when asparagus is in season. As expected, the asparagus was nice and buttery and of course, working well with the egg yolk.

Out of the five starters, house smoked salmon was probably my favorite starter, but mainly because of the very refreshing apple jelly.

As for the main courses go, we pretty much took the same approach and have everybody share bit and piece of each dish. Broccoli and cherry tomato orecchiette ($158) was barely touched so judging from the responses, it's a very average one from the bunch.

Well, it was tough to share the classic beer-battered fish and chips with garden salad and house made tartar sauce ($178) among us because there was no way we could cut this into 5 pieces. But based on the little portion that I got, it was pretty decent. The beer batter was really nice but the fish was just OK in my opinion.

Now I am starting question whoever responsible for ordering here. Another fish course? Like the previous fish and chips just ahead of it, it was a decent dish. The texture of the slow cooked salmon fillet ($188) was slightly soft but that's what sous vide does, right? I didn't like the bed of cauliflower purée though as the texture was more like a porridge to me.

I thought the star of the afternoon belonged to this pan seared US prime tenderloin steak diane ($298) with potato purée, mushrooms, broccoli and beans. The tenderloin was tender and pretty juicy. I guess one can't go wrong ordering steak at a steakhouse, right?

Passion fruit pavlova, chantilly cream and passion fruit coulis was light with a good balance of acidity.

Tiramisu with mascarpone, ladyfinger biscuit and expresso wasn't very good. I was expecting something much more airy and creamy but that's just my personal preference.

I remembered this is some kind of parfait (I think). Looks more like one of those Italian desserts from Sicily to me though....

I like the starter portion of this meal a bit more than the main course and dessert part. But for the price we were paying (around $200 per head), I wasn't complaining too much (coz service and ambiance were both very good and oh yes, someone else was settling the bill!).

Food Rating: 5/10
Price: $$$
Address: Shop 14 Level 3, K11, 18 Hanoi Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Closest Metro Station: Tsim Sha Tsui / Tsim Sha Tsui East
Tel: +852 2530-0011

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