所以當時中環大利, 天后大利總店, 天后華姐, 九記
都食過好幾遍了. 那時華姐已再東山再起, 另起爐灶了.
那時認為, 天后大利同天后華姐都唔算好味的, 反以中環大利水準最好 - 清湯或咖哩汁也好D, 牛腩也好Consistent. 想當年我老早就 Blacklist 咗天后大利同天后華姐 - 但必需要我選, 我會揀後者, 因天后大利啲牛腩無咁'ern'!
I don't normally order 爽腩 as I don't like 'membranes' in higher proportions, but I ordered its cousin 崩沙腩 because it had a balance of everything in 筋.肉.伊,膜, etc! This was quite crunchy overall with a bit of fat and tendons attached, the meat was average in tenderness, but lacked beefy taste.
The Soup base however surprised me after trying this again recently. It was quite fatty and oily on the lips, very similar to eating at 九記.. 華姐清湯腩 seems to have changed their Soup flavour gradually to distinguish itself from its neighbouring competition. It used to be nearly the same as the Radish and 八角 based soup in 大利清湯腩 - that being a real 清湯! 華姐's version now is more like a Beef Broth version, but not as strong as 九記's 'fatty, bony & medicinal-herbal' version. Its actually good in its own unique way, at least it doesn't have fat floating on top like 九記 but I personally prefer 九記's soup better if it was just a bit cleaner!牛腩麵
Two cuts of leaner 牛腩 were given. I forgot to take a photo of this bowl. The noodles had a bit of alkaline taste and were ok-good but felt like a commercial 'pasta' not made badly nor very well! The Briskets / Short-plate meat however were a little bit chewy and stringy rather than soft - although it was acceptable and not as BAD as the ones I got in 九記 a few months ago, which were so tough it was inedible for a dog
It didn't have too much beef flavour but was acceptable compared to the above 崩沙腩.腩汁蘿蔔
Using the same Beef Broth Soup as above, unfortunately the soup hasn't penetrated much into the Radish. FORTUNATELY, I enjoy eating radish this natural way!
- I think 華姐清湯腩 is good, gradually becoming better than before, but not great-excellent enough I would recommend it to overseas tourists. I haven't tried any of the 大利清湯腩's all 3 remaining shops lately enough to compare but previously I never really liked 天后大利清湯腩 nor here either, but bear in mind that things change and update, plus the 灣仔 & 天后 shops might just turn out slightly different so don't judge using the Wanchai 大利 only! I mean even different McDonald's or Starbuck outlets have variations! Overall, I was more satisfied with this recent trip to 華姐清湯腩 than a couple of years ago, but that's no guarantee that next time I come here my brisket wouldn't be tough, the soup would be as good, nor that its better or worst than its neighbour until I try them a few more times again for a fair judgment.
Mid-High '4' - Brisket and Soup
Mid '3' - Noodles
Low '4' - Radish
Overall, Quite Good!
Some People Will Find it Not 入味 Enough!
Value for Money 4