January is traditionally the month when dieters turn to vegetables and superfoods, but if you’re the type of voracious carnivore who can’t go a week without slicing into red meat, we’ve got you covered with this week’s New Eats. These restaurants are throwing calorie counting to the wind and championing meat in all its shapes and forms, from wild game to Wagyu and everything in between.
Furs & Feathers at Écriture
Newly minted 2-Michelin-star restaurant Écriture kicks off 2019 with a wild game menu to celebrate the bounty of game season. Showcasing unique game meats from pheasant to partridge, Écriture’s exotic Furs & Feathers menu is available through 31 January, courtesy of executive chef Maxime Gilbert. Stop by the French fine-dining establishment and feast on freshly hunted game from around the world, presented in innovative preparations to draw out the unique characteristics of each type of meat.
The menu kicks off with grouse, a tender dark-meat game bird, followed by partridge with its subtle and delicate taste. Teal wild duck is elevated in a sophisticated plating, while a dish of Hare’s red meat presents an intense gamey flavour for those lovers of wild game. For a more luxurious indulgence, the dishes can be topped off with shavings of decadent Italian white Alba truffles. The 4-course menu is priced at HK$1,688 while the 7-course menu is priced at HK$2,088 per person.
Australian Wagyu sings at Hyatt Regency
Australian Wagyu is best known for its intense marbling and rich beefy flavour — characteristics that chef de cuisine Chung Wai Yau heralds in his new meat-centric menu at Cafe at Hyatt Regency Tsim Sha Tsui. Available through February, the menu presents a diverse array of beef starring the premium Australian Wagyu, served up in several Asian-inspired preparations to combat the winter season. Warm up from the inside out at the live noodle station, where Australian Wagyu chuck eye rolls, Wagyu topside and local beef chuck eye are dunked into soul-warming broths and topped with DIY ingredients.
The beef buffet continues with made-to-order Aburi-style nigiri, with the melt-worthy Wagyu grilled lightly and served simply with a pinch of salt to bring out the flavours of the juicy fat marbling. Prefer hand rolls instead? The Wagyu chuck eye roll temaki is sure to please meat-seeking palates, chock full of juicy teppanyaki wagyu. Complement the beef buffet with the impressive range of international delicacies, from fresh pastas and pizzas, curries and naan from the Indian kitchen, and Western-style antipasti, salads and seafood on ice.
Cafe, Lobby Level, Hyatt Regency Hong Kong, 18 Hanoi Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, +852 3721 7700
Beef around the world at The Place
Can’t choose between beef sirloin or shank? All-day dining restaurant The Place presents an all-you-can-eat Beef Festival buffet from now until 31 March for you to dine to your heart’s content. The international buffet is taking diners on a culinary journey around the world, from East-inspired creations such as tataki sushi with wasabi mayo and soba noodles topped with five spice braised beef shank, to Western specialties such as beef Wellington and prime beef with Yorkshire pudding. A live cooking station features made-to-order grilled beef chopped salad paired with rustic sourdough, followed by the meaty mains: think Korean barbecued beef short ribs, Taiwanese beef noodle soup, and Thai-style oxtail stew with lemongrass and ginger. Beef dumplings, beef fried rice and sliced beef and enoki mushroom rolls wrap up the primal feast. Prices start from HK$358 for the lunch buffet and HK$638 for dinner.
The Place, Lobby Level, Cordis, Hong Kong, 555 Shanghai Street, Mong Kok, Kowloon, Hong Kong, +852 3552 3028