The aptly named 'Steak House' has been a fixture at the Intercontinental Hotel (and previously the Regent) for as long as I can remember. After undergoing a renovation and makeover 4-5 years ago, the place transformed from a nice place with great steaks to a 'trendy' place with great steaks.
We started off in the bar, located next to the main dining room. Large, red-leather banquettes and comfortable chairs make the place a great first stop for a pre-dinner cocktail. Along with your drinks, they serve a small bowl of fat, juicy green olives and some wasabi peas. Those olives are to die for...I could nearly make a meal out of those...
After taking our seat at the dining table, we selected our menu choices. Most of us chose to enjoy the fabulous salad bar that is available.
One might think that a salad bar is nothing special, but maybe because they're such a rarity in Hong Kong, the Steak House's iteration stands out. Large bowls are different lettuces, dozens of different vegetables, some grilled vegetables and even grilled fruits, nuts, pickles, and fruit, and then a modest, but quality selection of cheeses. Again, it would be easy to make a meal out of this alone (and I know people who have done just that!)...but you need to be sure to save room for the main course!
One of our party also had the lobster bisque. A generous portion of creamy soup, with some chunks of lobster meat. Having had this several times before, its nice, but far from the best lobster bisque I've had. A bit lighter than I prefer and also not nearly enough lobster meat (especially given the price).
Another starter to consider is the foie gras, again, nice, if that's what you're in the mood for, but not the finest execution.
Of course what everyone comes here for is the steak, and the Steak House doesn't disappoint. Generous (14-18oz) cuts of New York sirloin will be brought out to you. The Steak House grills their meat over charcoal so the flavor is special. No butter or other condiments to take away from the taste either.
The meat is grilled to perfection, which is not always easy given that thicker cuts of meat are hard to cook through without overdo'ing the edges.
14oz NY Steak
The steaks are served by themselves, with accompaniments needing to be ordered a la carte. Recommended here are the lobster macaroni (essentially macaroni cooked in the lobster bisque...nice!). Also the onion rings, and any of the potato dishes are sure things.
One of our party doesn't eat beef but instead chose the rack of lamb. Fantastic! A HUGE 4-bone rack is brought (uncut) so the center is nice and rare, just how I like it. Highly recommended if you're in the mood for meat, but not beef.
One of the gimmicks of the SH is they like to offer an array of options for routine items. For example, along with your bread basket (nice selection by the way), they bring you a trio of butters, including plain, black truffle, and sun dried tomato.
In addition, instead of offering just plain table salt or may sea salt, they bring you a rack featuring 8 eight or ten different salts from around the world. These include smoked salt, peruvian pink, hawaiian, etc.
For your steak, they also offer you a choice of steak knives...some small and delicate looking ones from Japan or France, all the way up to a machete-looking thing from America. I favor the Global knife from Japan or something the Laguiole from France.
Lastly, to accompany your entree, they will offer you a selection of I think 16 different mustards, from basic english and dijon, all the way to flavored mustard with horseradish or chili.
I have to give credit to the staff for being able to remember all these different options.
Desserts are great, but the portion size is crazy. One dessert can serve 6-8 people...no kidding!
My one big gripe here is the price. $700+ for a steak, plus $200+ for starters, etc means a big bill is coming at the end of the evening. No doubt the Steak House has great food, and the crowds seem to show that. But, someone in the hyper-competitive restaurant industry will come along and undercut them on price while offered the same high quality. It's only a matter of time.
Also, I have to complain about the bottled water cost...over $100 for a 300 ml bottle Come on. Don't insult us. Also, the wine by the glass prices are equally insulting. $175/glass was the cheapest red wine on the list. Again, as someone who dines out seven nights a week, I understand that alcohol is a profit-center for restaurants, but to me this is pure taking advantage of the consumer. Intercontinental...take note...wine drinkers will vote with their pocketbooks!
All in all though, the Steak House is still one of my favorite places in Hong Kong and the tops for red meat in the city. But I hope they don't rest on their laurels and feel they can take advantage of their loyal clientele.
Table Wait Time: 0 minute(s)
Date of Visit: Dec 29, 2011
Spending per head: Approximately HKD1500(Dinner)Other Ratings:
Value for Money 2