From now until 12 March 2017, Grand Hyatt Steakhouse is showcasing over 24 types of world-class goat, buffalo and cow's milk cheeses, including three from the United Kingdom, two from Italy, four from France, one from the Netherlands and 11 from Australia. The cheeses are available for both dine in and takeaway from 6–10:30pm daily.
Witnessing so many of the world's best cheeses on a single counter can be quite an overwhelming experience – especially when it's all laid out so beautifully in front of you! It may also make the decision of which cheeses to indulge in a difficult one. Thankfully, on our visit to the spectacular cheese market, Hugues de Kerdrel (aka the Australian Cheese Master) was on duty to enlighten us about the characteristics that make each individual cheese unique in its taste, texture and personality. As per his recommendation, we opted to try a number of handmade Australian cheeses.
We started off with two types of the award-winning Annie Baxter Pecorino/Romano-style cheese, aged two months and 15 months. Both were deliciously light and savoury, contrasting with the richer and more flavourful Apostle blue cheese that we next tried. No cheese was overpowered by saltiness, which impressed us.
In my opinion, however, it was the marinated goat's cheese that knocked our cheese experience out of the park. Although the softness of the goat's cheese was reminiscent of a cream cheese spread (like the ones you find in a tub), the former was significantly smoother and creamier. The flavour created by the olive oil marinade was similar to that of feta cheese in a Greek salad but not nearly as overwhelming.
For the full 'Murican steakhouse experience, we dug into a Tomahawk rib-eye of dry-aged USDA Prime beef, as well as signature appetisers including ahi tuna tartare and Maryland crab cakes (these are a must order – this restaurant does not skimp on the crabmeat!). The salad bar, which serves up a super-fresh variety of veggies, dressings and pre-tossed salads, left us spoiled for choice once again.
Lobby, Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, 1 Harbour Road, Wanchai, 2584 7722