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We can have many different types of steak experiences in this city. There are Michelin-starred transplants like Beefbar. There are hotel-housed classics like Morton’s at the Sheraton in Tsim Sha Tsui and the Grand Hyatt Steakhouse. There are cheap-and-cheerful chains like La Vache! and District 8. And then, once in awhile, we hear of a new twist.
Enter The Upper Deck.
The Upper Deck is part of the buzzy new area near the Tung Chung waterfront extension where you’ll find the Sheraton Tung Chung and restaurants like Cabana Breeze and Maison Du Mezze. Executive Chef Faycal El Moujahid, who also heads up Cabana Breeze, has worked at various hotels and resorts across the Middle East and Asia including at Galaxy Macau. While it’s a bit of a trip from Central (about 45 minutes) to get here, you’ll be rewarded with great value.
As The Upper Deck is an American steakhouse, we decided to go all out with an American steakhouse meal.
These Maryland crab cakes ($118) were juicy and crunchy in all the right ways, served with mango salsa and a smoked chipotle sauce.
The scallop and pancetta ($198) dish was delicious. It is served with cauliflower mousseline and chicken jus.
We also tucked into The Upper Deck Caesar salad ($88) to get some greens in before getting our steak on. This wasn’t quite as strong or garlicky as I like, but it’s not a bad option.
Now, to the steak!
The Upper Deck serves up both dry-aged and wet-aged steaks. We opted for a dry-aged USDA striploin ($338 for 9oz) and a wet-aged USDA Prime rib-eye ($328 for 10oz).
My favourite was the striploin, which was incredibly juicy and tender and had a clean, roasted, beefy flavour.
My friend preferred the rib-eye, which was, as expected, rich and fatty.
The sides ($48 each) are absolutely massive. I highly recommend the truffle mac ‘n’ cheese and garlicky sautéed mushrooms. I want to try the loaded jacket potato the next time I come.
We ended our meal with a refreshing slice of key lime pie ($88).
If you’re in the area, check out The Upper Deck for some tasty American steakhouse favourites. It’s an especially good option for those with kids in tow. On the evening we visited, the communal pool table was busy with father-son games. Even if you’re not in the area, consider a visit to this part of Hong Kong for The Upper Deck’s happy hour (from $48/drink), and the weekday lunch steak-frites menu (steak cut of the day with bordelaise sauce, unlimited fries and choice of tea, coffee, iced tea or soft drink) is just $148.
This write-up is based on a complimentary media tasting provided in exchange for an honest review and no monetary compensation. The opinions expressed here represent the author’s.
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