What is it? A great new steak restaurant that has all of the foodies salivating. Elite Fresh Food's new restaurant Marbling by Mr. Steak is ideally set smack in the middle of Cleveland Street (dubbed Food Street because of all the European-style al fresco restaurant options). Marbling stands out as a great new edition with its helpful and friendly staff, its relatively minimalist and polished decor and excellent food.
Interior of Marbling by Mr. Steak; Photo credit: Marbling
What we ate: We began our lunch sets with a small daily soup (soup du jour: tomato). It came in a tiny espresso-sized cup and was rich with a creamy finish that got the appetite primed for the meats to come. We went for the lunch set which also starts with a salad buffet where we sampled shrimp and mussels, smoked salmon, fruit salad, a cheese platter and tossed our own Caesar salads with a choice of toppings and dressings.
Aged grain fed 400 days Aberdeen prime steak; Photo credit: Marbling
For our mains we chose the aged grain fed 400 days Aberdeen prime steak ($398), the orange dijon mustard pork loin with caramelized onion ($138) and the 21 days dry aged rib eye steak ($428).
The portion sizes were reasonable for the meats and side dishes (potatoes with zucchini and baby carrots with the steaks and caramelized onions with the pork loin). The dry aged rib eye steak was extremely tender. The staff shared the process for dry aging the meat, which involves concentrating the blood and flavour in the central part of the cow. This makes the meat more flavoursome The orange dijon mustard pork loin was fabulous and almost worth a trip to the restaurant all on its own. The crust was sweet and offered the right counter to balance out the flavour of the caramelized onion. The prime steak had the perfect texture. It was cooked a bit more on the inside than the dry aged rib eye but we all agreed it was actually more flavourful than the rib eye. Another great steak well worth trying.
For dessert: We loaded up from the buffet included with the set. It was a good finish to an excellent meal. We’re fans of dessert buffets for the obvious reason that you’re not restricted to just one or two desserts and the variety makes us happy foodies. The Hokkaido Milk pudding, which came in cute little milk jars, was a standout favourite along with the profiteroles. There were also an assortment of jello cubes, raspberry cheesecake, and a fruit platter.
Verdict: Slightly on the pricier side but sophisticated enough to back it up and offers great value with its delicious dishes. There is an outdoor seating area for people watching, which we will take advantage of the next time we visit.
Marbling by Mr. Steak
Shop C, Cleveland Mansion, Cleveland Mansion, 5-7 Cleveland St, Causeway Bay
Website / Tel: 2802 1128
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 11pm