It's never just a single birthday, right? How about birth-week, or even birth month? For me, it was birth-weekend this time, with back-to-back celebrations on Friday and Saturday. Saturday - my actual birthday - was going to be a double celebration with my birthday "twin" at the highly anticipated Feuille by David Toutain.
Friday night was just Bryan and me, a quiet pre-birthday dinner at Beefbar, a 1-Michelin starred steak restaurant in Central that we'd never tried before.
Little did we know how "huge" of a brand it is. Beefbar has a sprawling empire of restaurants, with a huge concentration in Europe and a strong presence in the Middle East and Central/South America. Interestingly, there are none in North America, and only one in Asia, namely, this Hong Kong branch.
Beefbar originally came from Monte-Carlo in 2005, but has since expanded broadly.
Despite starting out as a meat purveyor, Beefbar's concept is to "break" from the traditional steakhouse model. Yes, the focus is on the beef, and they source a lot of excellent high-end exclusive beef from the US, Australia, Japan, and more.
But there's a lot more besides the beef. They have a whole "Street Foods" section of the menu where you can pick all different types of street snacks.
Of course the focus is on the beef. We shared a bone-in Ribeye and black truffle fries. The steak was fantastic, cooked with a lovely char.
They tempted us with black truffle fries. How could I say no?
Yum! Haha, yep, I love gnawing on the bone, where the most flavorful meat is!
Great, great wine that went really well with the steak.
It was soft, fluffy, and all around just perfect. A small dollop of ice cream completed the dessert.
All in all, a GREAT prelude birthday meal. The ambiance was comfortable, the service was great, and the food was high quality. We had a really nice time and would totally come back again.
BeefBar Hong Kong
16 Ice House Street
Central, HONG KONG