Friday, May 5, 2017

慢煮工業 Under Vacuum The Steak [Hong Kong] - Slow Cooked Sous Vide Meat in Prince Edward, Popular but Is it Any Good?

  We came to Under Vacuum's restaurant for one reason - its original sister kiosk inside a Park in Tsim Sha Tsui churns up some of the best Steak sandwiches and Turnip fries in Hong Kong,  rivaling those wagyu steak sandwiches in Tokyo but at a dime around HKD $42 (Previous Review:  Sous Vide Steak Sandwich inside Park ) .   This time we came to its second and grander restaurant,  which sells Steaks and Meat at affordable prices with seating.  

Prices are Very Reasonable - 
Duck confit starts at only HKD $48,  Steak for 1 Person from HKD $98 only... Hence it is quite popular in this Prince Edward location.

Fried Mozzarella Sticks - HKD $38
These are bulk bought from manufacturers,  but comparing Apples with Apples other shops sell these at around $58 for the same portion size. 

US Angus Sirloin - 8 Oz for One person, $98
The steak surprisingly fared worse than the Steak Sandwich in its sister kiosk shop, the inside was mostly grey meat and slightly dry.  The marination with thyme and salt was okay,  but since one cannot order the 'doneness' as they are by default Medium to Medium-Well,  we were sorely disappointed..  ~ 5/10

Duck Confit - HKD $48
At this pricing point,  we weren't expecting any miracles.  In the end the duck confit had dry stringy meat,  and a rubbery skin.  Instead of having a fatty taste,  it also had a very salty briny taste within...  If I had to pick though, I would pick the Duck over the Steak - it's like comparing eating softened Chewing Gum vs dry Protein with gristle.  ~ 6/10

Despite the Popularity - 
And my recommendation of their gorgeous Steak Sandwiches at the other park location,  this bigger premise restaurant simply didn't live up to the same hype.  Even at this more than affordable pricing point,  we personally wouldn't recommend it unless it saw a major improvement in cooking technique and finishing.   In all honesty Beef Steaks and Duck meat don't really need sous viding in my books anyway,  but we were exploratory due to good experience with the brand elsewhere.

Price: HKD $110 Per Person 
Food: ♕♕ 1/2 to ♕♕♕ 

Address: 旺角太子道西91號
91 Prince Edward Road West, Hong Kong
Ph: 56903290

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