Wednesday, December 23, 2015

JW Marriott Flint Grill & Bar - Steakhouse done Right and Affordable [ Wanchai, Hong Kong ]

 Been here quite a few times for their Steaks and Seafood, even covered them in some magazine and articles previously.   Flint Grill & Bar upstairs is found inside JW Marriott Hotel in Wanchai,  HK.   After coming back to Hong Kong,  one of the things that really struck my heart was how come so many Steak Houses are so unjustifiably expensive?  Steakhouses are meant to be casual places for falling back on,  kind of like seeing your lovely girlfriend at the end of the day,  not always fine dining.   Many places will cost me upwards of $700-800 or USD 90,  or more than HKD $1200 - $2000 for a 900g to 1.2Kg Bone-in Porterhouse or Tomahawk cut in town.  (Never mind no one has done the ultimate Tomahawk yet but that's again my IP).  My steaks in Italy were one quarter the price and tasted 3 times better in most cases.  No wonder places like La Vache are doing so well,  customers just want a decent steak and some wines for a reasonable price.  Here,  I think they are also very good value for money for the quality!

Hand-Crafted Burrata Cheese,  Manuka Honey,  Black Truffle.  Figs with Country Bread - $180

It rather sounded exciting indeed!!  The Truffles and Burrata cheese didn't have much expected nominal cheesy or truffled taste.   But that's alright I am getting used to it in HK 90% of times.    Actually the Figs and the Aromatic bread tasted more prominent indeed.  ~ 5/10  I am glad this was only the 1st Course instead of the Last Course,  Without her even saying,  I am sure my Chef Friend was disappointed with described taste vs reality but glad the night improved gradually..

Buttery Brioche to begin with - 

Nicely warmed,  although don't mention me.  These seem so locally bakery like in feel.  But they might have to suit everybody else so just pretend I didn't say anything about needing some proper Sourdough bread or a Bread Basket with many types,  all warmed up,   Actually these were good and addictive,  I was only trying to pull your leg because the 'bread snobs' will keep telling you I want proper leavened bread, how much hydration in the dough,  how many nipples it will need.  It's not like I don't understand the principle,  but Bread is just another food and its customisable to suit the crowd.    ~ 8/10

Double-Boiled Oxtail Consomme.  With Oxtail & Bone Marrow Dumplings - $120

This reminds me of Jewish style Kreplash dumplings too,  even with the slightly different meat but the base concept was all about the same. Quite Herbly too ~ 9/10

Grilled Boston Lobster half - $200

Done fairly well and crustacean burnt outside with aroma,  but remained moist inside,  with a herbal buttery taste.   I have had this before too and this time it was better.  Guess it depends on the Chef on the station on duty,  and also whether they broiled it as whole or half,  so many variables..  ~ 8.5/10

Grilled Rib-eye Beef from US Lintz Heritage USDA Black Angus - $390 

Nice Char-grilled flavour and Beef Taste.  Not the most tenderest meat ever but as an analogy,  probably better than 70% of others and plus I have an European preference when it comes to beef,  I expect a bit of chew.  If you want melt in your mouth steaks go buy some marbled beef without much beef taste instead.  This had a nice flame grilling and beef taste factor.  Great Price too..  Onion Ring had a hard batter though and even as garnish,  can have 1 more piece perhaps ?  ~ 8.5/10

Crepe Souffle with Lemon Cream,  Cream Cheese Ice-Cream and Berries Compote -  $90

Very lovely indeed.  My dining Chef companion said the flour taste was a bit too apparent within the Creme Patisserie layer filling in the middle though,  which at least was flowing.  She explained how this could be remedified using a simple technique.  Okay,  not arguing with her coz I know she made sense too but this was still good   ~ 8.5/10

S'more Soft Chocolate Tart with Graham Cracker,  with Burnt Marshmallow Top - Espresso Ice Cream $80

This signature here was still good as a Camp fire style dessert but a little too sweet today and a bit dense.  I remember my first few times having this,  this was more balanced though!.  I have even covered this unique S'More dessert in a magazine before from here..  but anyway,  at least the cocoa nibs were still crispy on the side.       ~6/10

Price: Around $600 to $700 + 10% Per Person
Food: ♕♕♕♕ 1/2 to ♕♕♕♕♕

Address:  金鐘金鐘道88號太古廣場香港JW萬豪酒店5樓
5/F JW Marriott Hotel,  Pacific Place,  88 Queensway Road, Admiralty, HK Island side
2810 8366  

1 comment:

  1. The smore looks fab but I can tell the souffle crepe tastes better!



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