La Vache – Hong Kong

La Vache
Central, Hong Kong
http://lavache.com.hk/

 

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La Vache is a relatively new steakhouse; it’s heavily influenced by the classic French style of grill, No menu, simply steak frites and salad. My first thought was “what a fantastic idea.”

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I walked in on a Saturday night, quite early, and tried my luck. They were heavily booked but squeezed me in. Despite having to be out by 8 I was thrilled; walking in you could already smell the chargrill in full flight. Walking through the place was very classy and had this chic elegance to it, combining new wave minimalism with that old French feeling.

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I sat down and all the waitress did was ask how’d I like my steak, followed by marking my “placemat/menu” with what I had requested.

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5 minutes later the starter came out, a walnut salad.

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I don’t know what to say about the salad, it was at best a simple salad. The boundaries of plain were being pushed, but it definitely lined my palette and wet my appetite.

For the entire 20 minutes I waited for my main the bar was filled with a charred meaty aroma that just slowly drove you mad.

It finally arrived, and it was a show.

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The steak comes out on a silver platter, and the waitress dishes you out half. She then places the rest onto a stand with a candle underneath and finally serves you a mound of French fries.

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The steak came precut (a French way of serving, or so I’m told) and the first thing I noticed was the shear perfection of the cooking, perfect and even.

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The second thing I noticed was the aroma, meaty and charred. I dove in, after the first bite my face involuntarily broke out into a smile and I couldn’t stop. Everything was perfect. The flavour, the seasoning, the cooking, everything.

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It had a very particular beef flavour (I later found out it was American beef, which has a vastly different flavour profile to Australian beef).

This steak is something to be relished, and at 285HKD (a bargain if I ever saw one) it is well worth the visit to get a fantastic piece of steak, charred on a grill to literal perfection; I enjoyed every bite.

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I told myself I wouldn’t, however they had an old-school dessert trolley come around after you’d finished eating, full of amazing French classics.

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The tarte tatin was just too tempting to pass up; A delicious end to the meal.

 

How well it’s cooked (Medium Rare) – 9.6

Flavour (Mind Boggling) – 9.7

Tenderness (Melt in the mouth) – 9.2

Overall – 9.5

 

Motorino Pizza – Hong Kong

Motorino Pizza
Wan Chai, Hong Kong
http://motorinopizza.com/hong_kong

Motorino pizza is one of New Yorks most popular pizza restaurants. I heard they had opened up a branch recently in Hong Kong, and I knew in my time there I had to go. After a hefty meal at American Restaurant I made my way there.

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I had a craving for a heavily tomato based pizza but needed to try their famed meatball pizza as well. To my luck they were kind enough to half and half my pizza – I went for a marinara and half meatballs.

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They sat me right next to the kitchen and while I waited I watched the chefs at work, creating magical pizzas.

15 minutes later my pizza was in front of me and it looked stupendous.

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The base was nice and thin, but still firm and crunchy- not flopping all over the place. The marinara was exactly what I wanted, quality tomato sugo, garlic, oil and light a light sprinkling of parmesan, while the meatballs had more cheese and a much bolder, richer flavour. All in all it was delicious, with the chilli flakes on the table adding a nice kick to the palate (though I suggest you use it scarcely as it packs a bit of a punch).