Monday, May 16, 2011

Cutting into Meaty Heaven

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Carnivores in Hong Kong have another dining option with the recent opening of the Grand Hyatt Steakhouse. Occupying the space that was formerly JJ's, the decor has the same art deco feel with a few added touches such as long midnight blue curtains and more soft orange lighting. And you can now go into the restaurant from two entrances -- from the outside by the driveway and on the mezzanine floor across from Kaetsu. The menu is straight forward and practically all the dishes will get your mouth watering.
Seasonal oysters (HK$250 half dozen) are a good start, and when I went, we sampled White Point, Belon and Blue Point. Fresh and creamy. Delish.

Seared Maryland crab cakes with sauce remoulade (HK$240) were also good, full of crab meat and tender inside. Another appetiser worth trying is the steak tartare with grilled sourdough bread (HK$180), a decent-sized portion full of flavours and goes well with the bread.

While there is an extensive salad bar (HK$150), we opted to try the Heirloom tomato salad with red onions (HK$130) instead. These tomatoes are flown in from the United States and unlike most supermarket tomatoes, these ones were definitely flavourful with a touch of sea salt.

The lobster bisque (HK$140) is also highly recommended. It is first served with the bowl and a large piece of lobster meat in it and then ladled at the table ensuring piping hot soup. It's very rich in many ways -- worry about the cholesterol later -- and the taste has a splash of Cognac in it too.
But down to the main event -- the ribeye Nebraska USDA prime beef comes in 18 ounces (HK$390) so be prepared for a big hunk of beef. It's chargrilled and then cooked just the way you want -- cutting into the meat, the juices spill out, the beef very tender... feeling hungry?

Be sure to complement the meal with a full-bodied wine like a Cabernet Sauvignon, and the one from John C Sullenger Vineyard in Napa Valley was very good.

There are other main course alternatives, such as veal, sea bass, prawns and cod.

Oh wait there's more. The duck fat potato fries (HK$65) are a must. These thick potato wedges are seasoned just right, not too salty. Or try the whipped potatoes and they really are creamy plus lots of butter. And for more vegetables, there's steamed broccoli too (all HK$65).

And... if you still have room for dessert, there are some "adult" sundaes... or shall we say adulterated with alcohol. We tried the strawberry romanoff (HK$98), made with soft vanilla ice cream, fresh strawberries and strawberry sauce. We were so full -- too bad we couldn't take it home!!!

Grand Hyatt Steakhouse
G/F, Grand Hyatt Hong Kong
1 Harbour Road
Wan Chai
2584 7722

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